Try these salmon tacos & white sangria drinks

Happy Memorial Day, check out these recipes for your weekend parties!

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Grilled Marinated Salmon Tacos

1 lb. fresh salmon
1 package Weber® Just Add Juice® Sesame Ginger Marinade Mix
½ cup orange juice
1 bunch fresh scallions, chopped
4 large taco shells
1 large onion, sliced thickly
4-6 assorted small peppers
2 avocados, sliced

Salmon:
Prepare salmon according to marinade directions (do not marinade overnight). Remove fish and discard remaining marinade. Grill on preheated cooking grates until the internal temperature of the fish reaches 140°F. Let rest 5 minutes, flake meat apart.

Vegetables:
Place onion slices and peppers on prepared grill. Cook until vegetables are soft and slightly charred. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.

Taco Shells:
Place shells directly on hot grate rotating 90° after 1 minute. Turn shell over and repeat process.

Assemble:
On toasted taco shell, place salmon, vegetables and avocado slices.

White Wine Sangria with Lemoncello

1 bottle (750 ml.) Spanish white…

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Grilled Shrimp in Galena’s Tomato Vodka Sauce

Grilled Shrimp

Grilled Shrimp

Love this warmer spring weather we are having here in Memphis.  Last night was a perfect night to do a little outdoor grilling.  However I was really in the mood for some Italian food.  What goes great with any pasta dish????  SHRIMP

How to Grill Shrimp

1 pound large shrimp
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper, to taste
30 6-inch skewers (soaked in water for 30 minutes prior to use)*

Peel and devein the shrimp.  In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine shrimp, oil, salt and pepper.  Insert skewer through entire body of shrimp (this prevents  shrimp from curling up when cooked – see picture above).  Preheat grill to high heat, spray grill with cooking spray.  Place prepared shrimp on grill and cook 2 minutes on each side, or until shrimp is pink and opaque.  Remove from grill, when cooled, remove skewer from shrimp.  Place in bowl until needed.

Prepare Tomato Vodka Sauce according to directions.  Add shrimp to sauce with the heavy cream.  Toss with your favorite cooked pasta.  

Grilled Shrimp in Tomato Vodka Sauce

Grilled Shrimp in Tomato Vodka Sauce

*Soak package of skewers in a large bowl of water with a small plate on top to hold down the skewers.  Remove skewers and place in a zip lock bag in the freezer.  Your skewers will be ready for use whenever you need them.

Boun Appetito!


Grilling Pizza

We have a favorite pizza place back east, Sally’s in New Haven, CT.  This is the closest I’ve come to creating that wonderful pizza….grilling.  Sally’s uses a “coal” fired oven so cooking the pizza on the grill is a very close resemblance.  It’s pretty easy to do, and no better time than summer.  Whip up some dough, fire up the grill, pop a cold one and enjoy!Grilling Pizza

BBQ Grilled Pizza

BBQ Grilled Pizza

Grilled BBQ Pizza

Dough:

1 package Fleishman’s active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 3/4 cups warm water (110 – 125 degrees)
1 tablespoon Mazola Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 cups King Arthurs Bread Flour
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

Add yeast and sugar to stand mixer. Add warm water and wait 2-3 minutes until yeast blossoms. Add remaining ingredients. Using a dough hook, knead for 8 minutes. (Can also be made in a large mixing bowl, then knead by hand, or use a food processor and process until all ingredients are combined). Place dough in a large bowl (oil bowl first), and cover with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for up to 5 days. Remove dough at least an hour before rolling out pizza. Recipe makes enough for 4 pizza’s. This dough also freezes well for up to 2-3 months.

Sauce:

1 quart crushed tomatoes (Pomi Brand is best, $$$ at Fresh Market)
1/4 cup red wine….drinking wine
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
red pepper flakes to taste
black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon crushed fennel seed
1/2 cup Weber’s “Kick’n Spicy” BBQ Sauce

Combine all ingredients, simmer 30 to 60 minutes until slightly thick. Makes enough for 3-4 pizzas.

Pizza:

Extra virgin olive oil
1 cup shredded roasted chicken (store bought roasters work great) tossed with 1 teaspoon liquid smoke and 1/4 cup Weber’s “Kick’n Spicy” BBQ Sauce, or 1 cup shredded pulled pork (recipe below to make your own)
shredded cheese – mozzarella, pepper jack, sharp cheddar (use your imagination)
2-3 grilled jalapeños, sliced, optional

Roll dough thinly and place on a flour dusted pizza peel. Using a silicon pastry brush, brush the entire surface of the pizza. Place pizza oiled side down on hot grill (make sure you either oil or pan spray your grates). Close grill cover and cook for about five to 10 minutes, checking periodically to make sure dough is not burning (reduce your heat if needed). Oil top side of dough, when bottom is slightly browned, flip dough over.

Cover dough with sauce, cheeses, shredded chicken or pork, and top with jalapeños (I grill these while preheating the grill). Cover grill and let cook 5-10 minutes until slightly golden and cheese are melted.

To make your own Slow Cooked Boston Pork Butt:

1 4-5 pound bone-in pork Boston butt
1-2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons “Weber N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning”
Preheat oven to 275°F.

Remove excess fat from pork. Using a large carving fork, poke holes over entire surface of pork. Sprinkle meat with salt and seasoning. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Place on baking sheet. (This may be done the night before and held in the refrigerator over night).
Place baking sheet in preheated oven and cook for 6-7 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 225°F and the meat pulls away easily from the bone. Let meat rest 10-15 minutes before shredding. This also freezes very well after cooked. You might also purchase a larger Boston butt if on sale and have the butcher cut it for you, freeze what you don’t use for a later time.

 


A New “Twist” On Cooking Dogs, and a Black Bean, Rice, Avocado Salad with the “Perfect Margarita”

A new “twist” on cooking hotdogs….a quick and easy black bean, rice and avocado salad, along with the “perfect” margarita!

My LOVE for food runs family wide.  I am very proud of my nephew Kris Wallenta, owner of “Kinta’s” Restaurant…

Kinta'sSeems like only yesterday he was gathering shells at the beach in front of our home…

Kristopher WallentaKris was recently filmed for the new season of “Flavors of Cozumel”.  Hope we get to see that episode in the United States.

Filming "The Flavor of Cozumel"

When I was looking for a “perfect” margarita, I thought I would ask the expert!  This is his “house” margarita. Thank you Kris!  Next time you vacation in Cozumel, make sure you visit my nephew’s restaurant…if you mention me you will get a “free” house margarita…  🙂

Black Bean Rice Avocado Salad

1 ½ cup chicken stock
½ cup water
1 cup long grain rice
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 avocados, diced
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
½ of one lime, juiced
4 tablespoons “Blood Orange” olive oil, or
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice

In a 2 quart sauce pan combine chicken stock, water and rice. Cook over high heat until mixture begins to boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender. Place cooked rice on a serving dish to cool.

In a large bowl combine remaining ingredients. Stir in cooled rice and gently toss until mixture is well combined. Adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper, if needed.
Cover bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours or more before serving.

Salad may be served in hollowed out avocado shells, top with additional fresh cilantro.

Kinta’s Famous House Margarita

1.5 ounces Tequila (Reposado)
1.5 ounces Triple Sec
1.5 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)
1 cup Ice
1 lime
kosher salt

Rub the outside of 1 glass with cut lime. Dip into a plate of Kosher salt.
Combine the Tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice and ice into a cocktail shaker, shake well
and pour into prepared glass…..

Recipe courtesy of Kristopher Wallenta
Kinta’s Restaurant
Cozumel, Mexico

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