On Saturday, our resident grilling expert Jim held a cooking demo and shared some quick and easy grilling ideas, perfect for entertaining around your grill. Saturday's menu featured recipes with an Italian flair, ingredients from a few of our favorite neighborhood establishments, and grilling accessories found here at Fleet-Plummer.
- Start with BRUSCHETTA: Jim takes garlic/parmesan French rounds and adds Campari tomatoes, one slice per round and a drop of olive oil. He then sprinkles with fresh parmesan cheese and places on a grill plate. These go on your 400-degree grill until the cheese melts, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add sweetness with grilled PINEAPPLE: Super simple, toothpicks in chunked pineapple make them easier to handle, place on your grill plate, top with a sprinkle of brown sugar if you'd like, then warm through, about 3-4 minutes.
- Spice it up with SAUSAGES: Jim likes the Bratwurst, Sweet Italian and Chicken Sausage with Onion and Pepper varieties featured at our neighbor Fresh Market. Place these directly on your grill, and roll every 3 minutes. 400 degrees is an ideal temp for these. Sausages will split open when done.
- Try some SHRIMP: Also at Fresh Market, you can pick up shrimp tempura, already prepared and ready to grill! Place these on your plate setter to grill. A plate setter allows the shrimp to stay on the grill long enough to cook without getting singed on the bottom. 400 degrees is ideal, for 5-6 minutes, turning them once halfway through with tongs.
- Top off your menu with PIZZA! Jim likes to get pizzas from our neighbor Papa Murphy, and recommends thin crusts for grills. A thin crust browns beautifully on the top and bottom, while a thicker crust on the grill may not cook all the way through. Place your pizza on your place setting and then on your baking stone for best results. Grill at 425 degrees, and in 10-12 minutes, your guests will "ooh" and "ahh".
(Our grill master Jim also suggests that if you'd like to make your own pizza, or one from your favorite grocery, that you place parchment paper or sprinkle corn meal under your pizza, so the crust does not stick. Papa Murphy's pizza already has parchment.)
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