Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Blackened BBQ Chicken

So I thought I would make something fast and easy Tonight.

You will need the following

 1 bottle of your favorite bbq sauce

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons of creole or cajun seasoning

6 chicken breast

1 glass baking dish

Butterfly the chicken breast then add seasoning evenly between all the chicken.

Drizzle some honey on the seasoning

Fold chicken back together

Drizzle rest of the honey over the chicken

Smother chicken with the bbq sauce

Place dish in 400 degree oven for 35 minutes

Chicken will be juicy and tender!!

Serve with pasta or your favorite side dish and enjoy!!

Let me know what you guys think!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tomatoe Caprise'

Hello friends here is another quick and easy appatizer recipe sure to impress.

8 roma tomatoes sliced about 1/4 inch thick
Mozzarella cheese sliced about 1/8 inch thick
1/4 cup of fresh basil diced
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste (how you like it)

Place slice of tomatoe on plate. Then place slice of cheese on top. Sprinkle fresh basil on. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the top of the basil, then salt and pepper to taste. then enjoy!!!!!

Just a side note the measurments are a guide please don't pull out your ruler or tape measure and make sure they are exactly 1/4th and 1/8 inch slices. Have fun with it!!:)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Chicken Picatta!!!

Ok here is the much awaited highly anticipated new recipe sorry for delay back on track now.

 Chicken picatta

3 eggs
1 half cup milk
4 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs

6 boneless chicken breast skinned
1/2 cup capers
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups white wine

Mix eggs and milk in a wide bottomed bowl.
Place bread crumbs in a deep bowl

Heat pan on stove on medium heat. Add butter, olive oil, and garlic in pan.
Take Chicken breast dip in bread crumbs then dip in egg wash and then back in bread crumbs and place in heated pan.
Cook chicken for 4 minutes then flip and capers to the pan.
Cook for 1 minute then add white wine
Continue to cook for 6 minutes.
Place cooked chicken picatta on plate and drizzle sauce that is left in the pan on the chicken.
You can serve your favorite pasta or mashed potatoes or even rice.


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Chicken or Steak Kabobs with Fruit Kabobs


2 boneless skinless chicken breasts diced
1 red bell pepper roughly diced
1 squash sliced about 1/4 inch thick
12 grape or cherry tomatoes
1 red onion roughly diced
1  tsp Montreal steak seasoning

Place chicken and veggies on a bamboo or stainless steel skewer alternating meat and veggies until the skewer is full. Place on grill on medium heat. Rotate the skewers every 3 to 4 minutes until all 4 sides of meat and veggies are cooked.

Steak kabobs follow the same theory as chicken but use New york or ribeye steak.


we used mangos,strawberries, watermelon and Crenshaw melons.

Other fruit we use sometimes is pineapple, papaya, cantaloupe, honeydew and plums.

But you can use whatever fruit you like. Also if you want to make it an even sweeter treat you can sprinkle a little sugar on top of the fruit.

Can't wait to hear how you like this weeks recipes.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The big apple (New york steak topped with carmalized apples)

Sorry about the interruption in weekly posts.  We have been experiencing some (a gross understatement) Internet issues.  Had the repair man out yesterday and after two hours we should be good to go. 

We went with a simple recipe but with 4 star results.


4 New york steaks
Montreal Steak Seasoning
2 Fuji (or whatever kind you prefer) apples diced
1 tablespoon of butter
1 tablespoon of sugar

STEP 1: Simply place the steaks on the BBQ at medium heat
STEP 2: Season with Montreal Steak Seasoning
STEP 3: Cook to desired done-ness

***Prepare the caramelized apples***

STEP 1: Place the butter in saute pan over medium heat until melted

STEP 2: Add diced apples to melted butter and saute until the apples are slightly translucent

STEP 3: Turn off heat and add sugar.  Mix the apples with the butter and sugar combination until they are well coated

STEP 4: Place the apples on top of the steak and serve

We devoured ours paired with mashed potatoes and some fresh strawberries.

Now for the best part, try it yourself and enjoy!!!! 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cali and Aloha burgers

Cali Burger

1/2 pound of ground burger hand pressed to desired thickness
1/2 avacado cut into slices
1 slice of swiss cheese
Montreal steak seasoning

Place burger on medium heat bbq and season with Montreal steak seasoning cook between 4 to 8 minutes(depending on thickness of burger) then flip and cook for same amount of time.

Then place slices of avacado and swiss cheese, melt cheese then place on bun and top with desired toppings.


Then most of all ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aloha Burger

1/2 pound ground burger pressed to desired thickness
1 slice of pineapple or 6 chunks of pineapple
1 tablespoon of teriyaki glaze
1 slice of swiss cheese
Montreal steak seasoning

Place burger on grill, season with montreal seasoning and cook for 4 to 8 minutes ( depending on the thickness of the burger) Then flip burger and cook for same amount of time.

Then place pineapple on top of the burger,

add sauce

and melt cheese.

Then place on bun and add desired toppings. 

Once again the most important of all ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Monday, May 17, 2010

BBQ Ribs & Catalina Chicken

Had a great BBQ this weekend with friends and family to share this week's recipes, I hope you have as much fun trying them for yourselves.

We used St. Louis style pork ribs, but you can use any type of ribs that you prefer. 
Marinate the ribs for up to 3 days in your favorite BBQ sauce mixed with 2 tablespoons of honey per bottle of BBQ sauce.  Use enough sauce to cover the meat completely.  Use a container that seals tight for the marinading and store in a fridge. 

Hint:  If you have vacuum baggies or food saver you can marinade in one day.

Preferred cooking method is over charcoal.  Cook ribs for 12 minutes on each side.  Meat should be pulling away from the bone. 

Alternate Cooking methods:
Propane grilling over medium high heat.  Follow the same cooking instructions as the charcoal method above.

Conventional Oven...400 degrees.  Use a deep casserole dish and put the meat and sauce.  Cover with tin foil.  Cook for 30 minutes checking after 20 minutes. When the meat pulls away from the bone cooking is complete. 

Easy as that. Now enjoy..................


You can marinade the chicken from an hour up to 3 days.  In your local grocery store you can find Catalina salad dressing.

Preferred cooking method is over charcoal.  Cook chicken four minutes on each side.  You can use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken.  (165 degrees)

Alternate cooking methods:
Gas Grill: Over medium flames follow the same steps as charcoal grilling

Conventional Oven: Cook at 400 degrees.  Place chicken and sauce in a deep casserole dish and cover with foil.  Cook for 20 minutes.  Use a meat thermometer to check internal temp of chicken.  (165 degrees)


Clean up was taken care of by Gizmo who escaped the sun by hiding in the shade of the grill while waiting for anything to drop to the ground.. 

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pork Tenderloin

Thanks everyone that voted on the Facebook page "Life Behind the Grill".  Pork tenderloin won to be the recipe of the week. This is a great recipe to prepare for mom on mother's day too. 

What you'll need:
2 - 3 lbs Pork Tenderloin
Tin Foil
1 Carrot
1 Onion
1 Potato
3 Stalks of Celery
1 Apple (Optional)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Garlic Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Oregano

Step 1 - Rinse the TENDERLOIN and set aside. 
Step 2 - Lay down FOIL on a flat surface
Step 3 - Chop CARROT, ONION, POTATO, and APPLE.  These should stay in large chunks or slices.
Step 4 - Place veggies on the foil  and then put the tenderloin on top.

Step 5 - Drizzle the OLIVE OIL over the top of the tenderloin and veggies and then sprinkle with GARLIC SALT, PEPPER, and OREGANO.

Step 6 - Wrap it in the foil.  Remember that if your cooking it on the grill it will need to be turned during cooking so make sure you seal it well.

Step 7 - Place on the grill over medium flames.  Cook for 40 minutes rotating once after the first 20 minutes. 

NOTE: This can also be cooked in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes no need to rotate using this method.

We had a lot of tenderloin so you get a lot to choose from. : )  Here are 3 serving options for ideas.

Pork Tenderloin with a raspberry chipolte  sauce.  The sauce is a sweet and spicy blend that really brings out the flavor of the pork. The sauce can be found in most grocery stores or sometimes in member shopping stores. (Costco or Sams Club).

We paired it with cheesy mashed potatoes and edamame. 

Using the veggies that we cooked with the pork and some edamame.


Tenderloin with mashed potatoes and pork gravy.  Paired with edamame and apple sauce.  Pork goes well with fruit, be creative and pair it with your favorite non-citrus fruit.  Let us know how it turns out for you.

NEXT WEEK:  Two recipe's next week.  We will be making Ribs and Catalina Chicken.