I’m thinking I’ll focus on grilling recipes this week. Start with something a bit different with some exotic flavors. Serve over rice or couscous and add some grilled vegetables for a quick and easy dinner.
Grilled Chicken & Papaya
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 4 boneless chicken breasts
- 8 button mushrooms, washed
- 1 onion, cut into 8 wedges
- 1 green pepper, cut into 8 pieces
- 1 papaya, peeled, seeded & cut into 8 chunks
- 4 large metal skewers (if you use wooden, remember to soak them first)
Heat oil in skillet, add curry powder and stir for 30 seconds, remove from heat & add lemon juice, water, salt & pepper. Cut each breast into 4 to 6 cubes. Thread on skewers: (suggested) mushroom, chicken, onion, pepper, chicken, papaya, chicken, pepper, onion, chicken, papaya, mushroom. Brush curry mixture on all sides of the kabobs. Grill for 10-15 minutes, turning frequently and basting with curry mixture.
This recipe is so simple and so very good. It’s great to make and then have ingredients for sandwiches all weekend. Eat cold or reheat, both are good.
Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
- 2-3 lb boneless pork roast
- salt and pepper
- cayenne or red chili pepper flakes (opt)
- red wine vinegar
- favorite barbecue sauce (JeffreyW and I are both fond of Sweet Baby Rays – I like the spicy)
- favorite rolls (I like multi-grain hoagie rolls)
Remove the string ties from the pork roast. Spread the roast out, season all sections with salt, pepper and if you like, cayenne or chili pepper flakes. Roll back up and place in the slow-cooker (don’t tie it up again). Add red wine vinegar (about 2 tbsp or more as desired). Cover and cook according to slow-cooker directions – usually 8-10 hours on low. Keep that lid closed.
Once its cooked, remove the roast and pour off all but about 2 tbsp of the liquid and fat. Shred the roast and return it to the slow-cooker, add barbecue sauce, start with 1/4 cup and add more as desired. I eventually used about 1/2 cup and a little bit more each time I reheated.
Don’t want barbecued pork, how about Carnitas? Just change out the spices:
- salt and pepper
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, coarsely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, chopped
- 1 orange, cut in half
Mix together spices and oil and rub over the roast liberally. Add the roast, garlic and jalapeno to the slow-cooker. Squeeze the orange over the meat before adding it as well. Cover and cook as above. No need to drain, just shred the pork and serve on tortillas.
This is a great recipe to grill (or bake) – the tangy yogurt marinade keeps chicken moist and creates a flavorful outer coating that zings. Serve with couscous and citrus chunks for a winter break.
Yogurt Dill Chicken:
2 cups plain yogurt
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp dry dill, crushed
½ tsp thyme
4 boneless chicken breasts, pounded*
large shallow covered dish, broiler or grill
Mix together yogurt, mustard, dill, thyme. Place pounded chicken in dish, spoon yogurt mixture over, cover and let marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Grill or broil for 10-15 minutes each side, until fully cooked at center. If you’re broiling, place rack one level from the top most setting.
*The easiest way to pound chicken is to wrap in plastic wrap and pound with the smooth side of a meat mallet. Keeps meat from splattering.