• Book Excerpt -- Grill! Quick and delicious recipes for Indoor and Outdoor Grilling

    Excerpt from Grill!: Quick and delicious recipes for indoor and outdoor grilling
    by Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson

    Caramelized lamb chops

    Grilling meltingly tender, marinated lamb chops is one of life's simple pleasures.
    Serves 4

    1 cup (20g) cilantro, roughly chopped
    6 Tbsp brown sugar
    4 Tbsp dark soy sauce
    4 Tbsp mirin, Chinese rice wine or sherry
    4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    16 single-rib lamb chops

    To serve:

    Grilled potatoes, green salad or steamed green beans
    Combine the cilantro, brown sugar, soy sauce, mirin and garlic in a shallow baking dish. Add the chops, turning well to coat in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for up to 24 hours.
    Preheat the grill or grill pan to very hot. Brush with oil. Grill the chops to taste (4-6 minutes on each side for medium) until the edges are browned and caramelized. Transfer the chops to a platter and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes before serving with grilled potatoes and a green salad or steamed green beans.


    Blackened halibut
    Crispy heat

    A hot grill coupled with a crispy, "blackened" crust adds a fiery, Cajun touch to halibut. New Orleans chef Paul Prudhomme is to thank for putting "blackening" on the culinary map.
    Serves 4

    For the rub:

    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp dried thyme
    1/2 tsp dried oregano
    1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
    1/4 tsp hot paprika
    1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 tsp fennel seeds, toasted and roughly chopped
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    4 halibut fillets, 7oz (200g) each
    Olive oil, for brushing
    1 lime, quartered

    Combine the ingredients for the rub in a small bowl. Place the halibut fillets in a shallow baking dish and brush with oil. Pat the rub all over the fish. Season with more salt and pepper. Cover and chill for up to 1 hour, in the refrigerator.
    Preheat the grill or grill pan to hot. Brush the grill bars well with oil. Grill the fillets for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes on each side until charred and just cooked through. Serve immediately with a squeeze of lime.


    Sirloin with chimichurri marinade
    Chimichurri is a fresh herb-and-vinegar mixture used in Argentinean cuisine both for basting grilled meats and as a condiment. It's incredible with steak, as you will see!

    Serves 2

    1 cup (250ml) extra virgin olive oil
    2 Tbsp chopped thyme
    2 Tbsp chopped oregano
    2 Tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
    1 Tbsp chopped rosemary
    1 chipotle chilli in adobo sauce, chopped
    1 Tbsp sweet Spanish paprika
    3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
    1/2 tsp sea salt
    Freshly ground black pepper

    1lb 50z (600g) top sirloin steak about 1 in (2.5cm) thick
    Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized saucepan until hot. Remove from the heat and set aside. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the steak, stir, and leave at room temperature to cool and infuse for 1 hour.
    Pour one quarter of this marinade into a dish and add the steak, turning several times to coat. Reserve the remaining marinade to serve with the cooked steak. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove and leave at room temperature for 30 minutes.
    Preheat the grill or grill pan to very hot and cook the steak for 2 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Transfer the steak to a chopping board and loosely cover with foil. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes before thinly slicing across the grain.
    Serve with the reserved marinade.


    Shrimp and chorizo skewers
    All the juices and oils from the chorizo ooze out while cooking, leaving the shrimp succulent and spicy.

    Makes 12

    12 large shrimp
    1 Tbsp harissa paste (optional)
    2 chorizo sausages, about 6oz (150g) each
    12 fresh bay leaves
    1 Tbsp olive oil
    12 short skewers, soaked in wood or bamboo

    Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the small tail ends still attached. Rub over the harissa paste evenly and set aside. Slice the chorizo into 1/2-in (1-1/2-cm) thick slices. Place 1 chorizo slice into the crook of each shrimp and thread onto a skewer. Add a bay leaf to each skewer and refrigerate until ready to cook.
    Preheat the grill or grill pan to medium-hot. Brush the skewers with a little olive oil and cook for 5-6 minutes, turning once, or until the shrimp are translucent and the chorizo cooked through. Serve immediately.


    Grilled sweet potato and mango salad
    A sweet, succulent and refreshing salad.

    Serves 4-6

    1 sweet potato, peeled
    1 large mango, skin removed
    For the dressing:
    3 Tbsp olive oil
    4 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
    Juice of 1 lime
    1 tsp grated lime rind
    1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
    1/2 tsp extra-fine sugar
    Sea salt and pepper, to taste
    1 head Bibb or Boston (round) lettuce
    1/2 cup (10g) fresh mint

    Preheat the grill or grill pan to medium.
    Chop both the sweet potato and mango flesh into long wedges, about 3/4-in (2cm) wide, 1/2-in (1 cm) thick. Place in separate dishes.
    Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and pour half over the mango and potato.
    With tongs in hand, arrange sweet potato wedges directly over the grill and leave for 6-8 minutes, until grill marks appear and the bottom sides begin to soften. Turn and grill the other side for a further 6 minutes. While the other sides are cooking, arrange the mango wedges directly on the grill. Grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side. Transfer all the wedges to a cutting board and cut into cubes. Place them in a bowl and toss with the remaining dressing.
    Arrange lettuce leaves on salad plates. Scatter the sweet potato and mango over the lettuce and add a sprinkling of sea salt and finely sliced mint.


    Angel food cake with chocolate creamExcerpt from Grill!: Quick and delicious recipes for indoor and outdoor grilling
    by Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson

    I'll never forget the day I first tasted grilled angel food cake with a dollop of chocolate cream. Nothing has really been the same since. Of course you can make your own cake if you prefer, but store-bought is the simple and guaranteed-to-be fluffy option.

    Serves 8

    For the chocolate cream:

    8 Tbsp confectioners sugar
    4 Tbsp cocoa powder
    2 Tbsp milk
    1 cup (250ml) heavy cream
    1 pinch cream of tartar
    8 fat slices store-bought angel food cake
    1-2 Tbsp confectioners sugar, for dusting

    To make the chocolate cream, whisk together the confectioners sugar, cocoa powder and milk in a small bowl. Set aside. In a separate bowl, beat the cream with the cream of tartar until soft. Whisk in the chocolate mixture until well blended. Cover and refrigerate.
    Preheat the grill or grill pan to hot. Dust the angel food cake slices with confectioners sugar. Grill the slices for 1 minute on each side until golden and grill marks appear on the surface. Transfer to serving plates and top with chocolate cream.

    Reprinted with permission from Grill!. Copyright by Good Books. All rights reserved.
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