Saturday, May 18, 2013

Kitchen Gadget of the Month: May edition

Who else has a hankering to do some grilling?  Spring has finally arrived in my neck of the woods, and that always makes me hungry for some grilled foods.  My absolute favorite thing to grill is chicken with my mother's famous "garlic sauce".  It's a secret family recipe - I'm not allowed to share or I'd have to kill you.  Sorry about the tease.

Kingsford's Grilling Skillet
Another fav thing to grill is shrimp.  Bacon wrapped shrimp are especially tasty.  But, shrimp are kinda small and have a tendency to fall through the grill rack into the fire.  Not fun.  This segues perfectly into our Kitchen Gadget of the Month for May:  Kingsford's Non-Stick Grilling Skillet!  Yay!

This Grilling Skillet lets you grill small items with no fear of losing them to the grate or the coals.  It has a handle so it's easy to put on and take off of the grill - plus the handle folds for easy storage.  I love grilling veggies with this skillet too. 

 I found this recipe from Food and Wine - and it is simply delicious grilled.  I think I'll make it tonight along with a perfectly chilled Chardonnay.  Ah.....

Grilled Shrimp with Citrus-Sambal-Oelek Dressing

Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil - Try Baja Precious from California
1 TBLSP oregano
1 TBLSP fresh orange juice - Use April's Kitchen Gadget of the Month - Lemon squeezer
1 TBLSP fresh lime juice
2 TBLSPs fresh lemon juice
1 TBLSP sambal oelek or other Asian chile sauce
32 jumbo shrimp veined - raw (frozen raw) NOT precooked
Pre-heat grill.
In a bowl, whisk the sambal oelek with the lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice and oregano. Whisk in the 1/2 cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Brush the shrimp with dressing and season with salt and pepper.  Place shrimp into Grilling Skillet.  Grill over moderate heat, turning once, until cooked through, about 8 minutesDon't over cook - the shrimp will get rubbery.  Transfer the shrimp to plates and spoon the dressing on top. Serve.