NATIONAL GRILLING MONTH RECIPES
With preparations for 4th of July weekend celebrations underway, Maria Zoitas* has prepared a variety of unique grilled recipes that are great for an upcoming BBQ or summer family gathering. All of these recipes can be prepared on an outdoor grill or indoors on a stove-top/George Forman grill, making each dish adaptable for any type of lifestyle.
*Maria Zoitas is the creator of “Maria’s Homemade” line of prepared food sold exclusively at Westside Market NYC
â€¢ 1 Lb. Watermelon cut into one-inch cubes
â€¢ 1 Lb. Honeydew melon cut into one-inch cubes
â€¢ 1 Lb. Cantaloupe cut into one-inch cubes
â€¢ 1 Lb. Pineapple cut into one-inch cubes
â€¢ Â½ Cup of honey
â€¢ 1/3 Cup of unsalted pistachio shelled nuts, chopped roughly.
â€¢ 6 pieces wood skewers (6” long, soaked in water for 2-3 hours before use)
â€¢ Preheat grill at 400Â°F.
â€¢ Pass the cubed fruit (in whichever order you want) through the wood skewers and place them onto the hot grill to create grill lines for about 20 seconds each side.
â€¢ Remove and place them in an oval platter, drizzle the kebabs with honey and sprinkle the chopped pistachios on top and around the grilled fruit kebabs.
GRILLED LEMON CHICKEN
â€¢ Â½ Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
â€¢ Â½ Cup Soy Sauce
â€¢ Â½ Teaspoon Ground Ginger
â€¢ Â¼ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
â€¢ 4, 6 oz Skinless, Boneless Chicken Cutlets
â€¢ Combine lemon juice, soy sauce, ginger, and black pepper in large re-sealable plastic bag
â€¢ Add chicken to bag, seal bag and then toss the bag several times to coat chicken
â€¢ Marinate chicken in refrigerator for 2 hours
â€¢ Heat grill pan on medium-high heat
â€¢ Remove chicken from bag, discarding marinade, and cook chicken 4 to 5 minutes per side
â€¢ Serve with grilled or steamed vegetables
GRILLED VEGETABLES ON CIABBATTA BREAD
â€¢ 6 Oz. grilled mixed vegetables (peppers, eggplant, zucchini and red onions)
â€¢ 4 Slices of fresh mozzarella
â€¢ 4 Slices of beefsteak tomato
â€¢ 3 Leaves of red leaf lettuce
â€¢ Â¼ Cup of pesto sauce
â€¢ 1 Ciabbatta
â€¢ Slice the ciabbatta bread lengthwise.
â€¢ Spread the pesto sauce on each side, place the grilled vegetables on one side of the bread, add the mozzarella slices, and then add lettuce and tomatoes.
â€¢ Top the sandwich with the other ciabbatta half and enjoy.
MEDITERRANEAN STYLE GRILLED CHICKEN
â€¢ 3Â½ Lbs. boneless chicken breast
â€¢ 2 Teaspoon black pepper
â€¢ 2 Tablespoon minced garlic
â€¢ 1 Â½ Tablespoon kosher salt.
â€¢ Â¾ Cups lemon juice.
â€¢ Â¼ Cup fresh chopped tarragon
â€¢ 1 Cup Greek yogurt
â€¢ Â¾ Cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
â€¢ 2 Teaspoon dry oregano
â€¢ Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
â€¢ Preheat gas or charcoal grill for ten minutes.
â€¢ Grill chicken breasts, each side for 6-7 minutes or until they reach internal temperature 165Â°F.