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Grill Pans from Simple Eggs to the Hot Romantic Recipes

If you don’t have a grill pan yet and still using your old skillets for pancakes, aren’t you going to give yourself a break? Own a grill pan now. If you get one, you will be amazed how the designed ridges have to do with your cooking and your meals. You may find it a bit difficult to clean but cleaning up is always a part of healthy cooking, take note, and I guess it’s only constant that to love cooking, cleaning up is constant.

You can have fun with your grill pan from the simplest egg meals and grilled vegetables to puffy pancakes and hot spicy romantic recipes!

A Grill-Panned Bonefish with Asian Sauce

Chicken Fajitas in a Ridged Grill Pan

Maybe I’m speaking by experience since I have a round and rectangular grill pan that allowed me to do just about everything that comes out of my mind.

Try this Jerk Chicken Recipe

What’s a better thing than showing someone that you love them enough to prepare deliciously healthy foods? Yes using grill pans is healthy because you get all the fat and oil pooling on the ridges so no need for them to go along your food.

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What to Do When Your Tilapia Flakes During Grilling

One of the my favorite fish to grill is tilapia. I love the white flavorful meat still oozy hot for dinner. But I never thought tilapia would flake so easily and would fall off the grates, that’s often the problem with this fish. If I only had one entire tilapia fish that keeps falling off the grates as it cooks, I wonder what would happen to the fish the moment I serve it. 🙂 Tilapia is a tender fish with meat that is firm enough to get a nice grill without flaking – that’s what I know!

Now that we know that tilapia can be delicate when grilled, it’s just ideal to always brush a little oil (sesame oil is best) around it before putting on the grill, or grease the grill properly to prevent the flesh from sticking into the grates.

Image from deliciousdishesrecipes.com

I also have began putting my tilapia in a foil before grilling. This way, you’re 100% sure the fish will come out whole and will be served intact.

Enjoy!

How to Throw a Holiday Grilling Party

It’s tradition everywhere that holiday meals should always come extra special. So you set the dinner banquet table with all the tray of fruits, vases of flowers and little candles to dazzle up the whole scene. Others simply don’t care for the standard dishes that are usually on the holiday dining table. If this rings true for you, then maybe you should consider trying something new out of the olden tradition – throw a holiday grilling party!

Grilling the usual chicken or turkey can top your list, but why not consider grilling out a nice piece of pork or beef instead? You’re throwing a grilling party so you want your guests to enjoy the outdoors too. Aside from the same chicken breasts on the grill, a nice beef or pork tenderloin is another favorite everyone will enjoy. Don’t forget the holiday herbs and spices, of course. Have thyme and rosemary ready so you’re sure they stay in tune with your theme.

Even if it’s a chilly night, you can still have a good time with it. It’s your party so you can create your own style to make it fun. Tell your guests you’re taking it outside so they should be ready with the right gear. Remind everyone to bring coats, scarves and mittens, and you can always invite them to stand around the grill to keep warm.

Cold is not a hindrance

Who would not love this!

Sounds impossible? It’s not! It only takes courage to believe you can do it and let everyone know there is no limit when it comes to grilling:-)

BBQ Grill – Best Gift Suggestion for Men

Not just for the summer cookout, bbq grills also make wonderful winter and Christmas gift for men! In fact, with premium grill accessories they sure would want to be grilling year-round. Because whether they’re serious about all things cooking or just love to barbecue, grills make the perfect gift for men like no other.  Plus, if you’re inside the store, you’ll find everything from skewers to smoke boxes, cutting boards, thermometers and much more – things that you too would find useful for your own grilling escapade.

Cast Iron Round Grill Pan - Your Smart Kitchen

If your family enjoys kabobs, then a grill fits the menu… and if you’re searching for something for a real foodie, you won’t be disappointed either. There are also cedar grilling planks perfect for infusing men’s favorite meat or fish dishes with an unbeatable all-natural smoky flavor.

Cedar Grilling Planks - Fire and Flavor

I suggest that you choose personalized grill tools for him from online stores. Shopping online has a lot more to offer than going to department stores. It can make a unique statement with accessories he will savor using every time he hits the grill. These make great gifts for grandparents who enjoy sentimental gifts, culinary items, and grilling in general.

The next thing you’ll be thinking would be a unique gift wrapper to surprise him!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 😉

Grilling Tips – How to Grill Fruits

Fruits are among the most wonderful foods to grill. Aside from that, they are also very healthy. Firm fruits like apples, pears, and pineapple are to me the most delicious and easy to grill. Softer fruits like peaches, mango, papaya, and nectarines are also fun but require special attention since they cook quickly, and if overcooked, will render mushy results.

When grilling softer fruits, they only need to be heated and not “cooked.” To make sure you don’t get them mushy, grill them in their skins. Fruits like bananas, pineapples, peaches, plums, apples, and pears can be cut in half, pitted or cored, and grilled. Oranges and other juicy fruits do best cut into thick slices. In general, leaving the skin or peel on the fruit helps it maintain its structural integrity as it cooks. Simply place large pieces directly on the grill and smaller pieces on skewers or a grill pan. To prevent their sticking to the grill, baste items very lightly with melted butter, a non-stick vegetable oil spray, or an oil-based marinade.

Grilling fruit is an excellent way to bring out their natural sugars. Their wonderful taste when grilled makes among the best side dish burgers, hot dogs and other grilled meat dishes. Wash the fruit before grilling. A helpful tip is to slice the fruit in half or into large chunks and to leave skins on to help hold the fruit together as it cooks. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Successful Steps in Grilling Fish

Grilling fish is one of the best and healthiest way to cook fish. Aside from these, grilling usually takes ony a few minutes of your time, making it the best and easy to prepare grilled meal for your visitor. Although charcoal grilling is also the most fun methods of grilling, using gas grills I should say is easier. Try the following proven steps for a more successful grilled fish.

Step 1: Clean your grate.

A clean grill is the beginning of a deliciously-flavored fish. Remove debris from previous dinner to avoid the new fish to stick on the grate.  To make the grill grates glossy and non-stick, dip about two folded paper towels in olive oil, use a tong to grasp it and rub the grill grates.

Step 2: Get an aluminum foil and cover it to the gas grill.

Set the fire to high heat and wait for about 10 to 15 minutes to thoroughly burn off the debris. When this process is done, remove the foil.

Step 4: Grill the fish.

Before putting your fish on the grill, season it with salt. To add more flavor and keep the fish moist, you can brush each sides olive oil (or any vegetable oil) or with melted butter or some fresh lemon juice while you are grilling. Remember to check your fish from time to time because using butter can burn the fish easily.

Step 5: Arrange the fish diagonally on the grate, with skin side down across the grate to create that famous grill marks.

To grill a thinner and flakier fish, use a grill basket or wrap it with aluminum foil with olive oil, wine or lemon juice. This is to avoid the fish from falling apart and to keep the moisture during cooking and flipping.

Step 6: Adjust the temperature of the grill down to low.

This is to prevent it from cooking too fast. Close the lid while cooking. Cooking will approximately take about 10 minutes for every inch of thickness of the fish. It is advisable to check your fish from time to time.

Step 7: Check if the skin of the fish has become seared and crisp.

Lift the edge of the fish using a turner, spatula or tong to see if it easily moves from the grates. Do not move the fish when you see it is not yet done for it could easily break up. If the skin is already seared, flip your fish over.

Step 8: Remove it from the grill.

When both sides are seared and fish flakes easily when a fork is inserted, then it is done. Remove the fish from the grill and you can now serve it to your hungry guests!


The Healthy Benefits of Grilling Vegetables

When grilling vegetables, you will get the best results when using veggies with a low water content. These are the cabbages, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, asparagus. It is fun wrapping these vegetables in tinfoil before putting them on the grill, although it is also fine to put them directly on the grill.

What I love about wrapping them is the no need for anything like fat or seasoning. Grilling to me is the best way to preserve the nutrients present in your vegetables.  Boiling rids them a lot of their nutritional value. Frying soaks them up a lot in fat… so grilling is the healthiest way to prepare vegetables.

Eating a diet, which is rich in vegetables and fruits, can reduce the risk for cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. This makes eating vegetables the best thing.  Orange and dark green vegetables are higher in cancer-preventing antioxidants and nutrients than other types.

Vegetables are also low in calories and fat but high in fiber, so they can help you to lose weight by making you feel full. You find potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and folate (folic acid) in vegetables. Dietary fiber can reduce the blood’s cholesterol levels and helps with good bowel function.

Potassium keeps blood pressure at a healthy level. Folate helps in the production of red blood cells. Vitamin C is good for the teeth, gums, wound healing and iron absorption. Vitamin A is good for the skin and eyes. Vitamin E protects vitamin A and essential acids in the body from cell oxidization.

Secrets to Wonderful Grilling Marinades

There are thousands of marinade recipes, but how come not all of them renders wonderfully marinated meat or fish? Have you ever asked yourself why other people get very tasty grilled foods? Have you ever wondered if you too could do the same?

Try these secrets.

Typical blends of vinegar, wine, oil, salt, and seasonings make terrific marinades that boost the flavor of food. The natural acid in the liquids along with salt tenderize tough fibers, while the oil acts as a flavor enhancer. Always use a non-reactive container such as glass, ceramic, or even plastic bowls. Aluminum containers react with the acid in your marinade and will begin to corrode, causing off flavors in the marinated food.

When using pineapple, papaya, yogurt and kiwifruit, marinate for not more than 30 minutes. These ingredients tenderize by enzymatic action, so limit the amount of time that foods soak in the marinade to avoid mushy marinated foods. To avoid tough marinated foods, remember to go easy on the acid in the marinade, which can toughen the proteins in food. To add flavor to food through marinating, simply add large amounts of highly-flavored seasonings and ingredients to your marinades.

Marinades made with red wine, oil, garlic and herbs like rosemary and thyme are suitable for beef and lamb. Yogurt or buttermilk is suitable for poultry so definitely great for your turkey, while beer and hard cider make good marinades for pork. Generally, fruits and fruit juices make the most wonderful marinade ingredients. Lime or lemon juice, pineapple juice, tangerine juice, passion fruit juice, or even tomato juice make the best liquid for your marinades.

Marinating in a Dutch Oven

After your savory grilled dish, think of a wonderful side dish for a more gratifying dinner.

Source: Ezinearticles

Understanding the Most Delicious Fish to Grill

Not only are the following fishes make fantastic meat, but they render one of the most delicious grilled fish meals one can ever imagine. Apart from being easy and fast to prepare, grilling the following fish can literally get fish off the grill in a matter of minutes. As soon as you get home, pick up a couple of fillets and lemon, heat up your grill pan, and make a fantastic after work meal.

Wahoo
Wahoo has a white delicate flesh that is highly regarded by many gourmets.  The flanks can then be cut into steaks which will make delicious grilled, fried or smoked fish.

Mahi-Mahi
This fish which is also known as dorado or dolphin fish is popular in many restaurants, well-liked by gourmets for they make one of the most delicious grilled and smoked fish.

Striped Bass
Cooks have their own favorite masterpiece for cooking rockfish. Frying whole fillets of school sized fish or steaks of larger fish are exceptionally delicious. Striped bass, or strippers are versatile. They can be grilled, broiled, poached, fried and smoked. They make wonderful fish cakes too.

Black Sea Bass
The firm white meat of this fish is regarded as a flavorful fish. They are easily skinned and filleted and comes out superb when fried, grilled, baked or broiled. This fish is always best when fresh as the fish do not freeze well.

Grouper
Grouper is a high-value specie that is commercially in demand. Groupers are not chilled and are usually sold alive in the markets. They are described as lean, white flesh fish with a mild unique taste and texture that can be cooked in many different ways. Grouper is great when fried or grilled, and is excellent to use in soups.

You deserve that fantastic fish BBQ!

Recipes – Three of Asia’s Most Popular Pork Dishes

By: Maria Antoniet Fornillos

The art of Asian cooking is a reflection of many different cultures and influences that born the most popular ethnic cuisines. Famous for its antique flavors, you will only understand genuine Asian food when you experience it. While pork dishes are among the most popular, there are a few pork recipes that are more favored in more than one country in Asia and among foreign countries as well. I have three of them.

Crispy Sweet & Sour Pork

The arguably flavorsome rage of sugar along with ketchup and tangy rice vinegar has created the most admired blend of sweet and sour taste that is very pleasing to the palate. Some use dry sherry or even dry red or white wine for vinegar making crispy sweet and sour pork as one of the staples in many Chinese restaurants.

Home-style sweet and sour pork include white onions, celery, bell peppers and fresh or tinned pineapple to add another layer of sweetness to the sweet and sour pork chunks. By tradition, the secret to an authentic sweet and sour pork dish lies in the perfect balance of the sweet vs. sour taste of the sauce, along with a great batter for crispy and crunchy coating for the pork.

Baby Back Ribs

This tender meat around the ribs is called loin ribs or back ribs. This is taken from the top of the rib cage between the spine and the spareribs just below the loin muscle. The term “baby back ribs” comes not from the age of the hog, but the small size of the ribs which is meatier and tender compared to the larger pork spareribs.

Smoked or roasted baby back ribs are very popular; this is why they are also one of the most expensive cuts of meat from the hog. Asians spend time marinating the pork ribs and cook them slowly; getting roasted or grilled ribs that just fall off the bone. The hint of wine in the marinade which is also used to baste meat during the cooking process results to an even tastier baby back ribs pork dish.

Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin is one of the most favorite Asian recipes for pork. It is the dish mostly considered perfect for potluck, buffet or picnic. This mild-flavored slender cut of boneless meat that comes from the loin lends itself to dry rubs, marinades and even brining, that Asians find it juicier than it has been thought of. Pork tenderloin is also one of quickest to cook meat that you can cook it on the grill in less than 10 minutes.

Asian-style pork tenderloin is classically marinated with hoisin sauce, soy sauce herbs and spices to infuse meat with complex flavors, and transpose a simply cooked meal into something that tastes more impressive than it sounds. When you slice your tenderloin into medallions, you will see and taste how each bite includes a part of the surface the marinade came in contact with. This is why Asians have been marinating for more than five centuries.

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