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Jambalaya on the Grill

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I do all my cooking – and dishes – outside now. It’s kind of like camping, with real beds.

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The grill is my new BFF. Really, it’s amazing what you can do on it. I’m wondering if I even need a stove. I’m getting so used to cooking in my back yard that I might not want to go back into my kitchen even if it does miraculously get finished. This morning I made jambalaya on it.

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I came across this recipe called “camping jambalaya” – I don’t know what kind of crazy camping cooks are out there, but I’m not this ambitious when I’m cooking over a campfire and sleeping in a tent. To me, camping is an excuse to eat hot dogs and Cheezies. I’m pretty sure you won’t find me mincing garlic at a campsite any time soon. However. You can grill the meat bits (sausage, chicken and shrimp) on the barbecue, and the rest of the bits in your cast iron skillet on the barbecue, then simmer the lot together with rice and tomatoes and stock and turn out a pretty decent meal without heating up the house, or while you have a gaping chasm where your kitchen used to be.

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(This is noticeably lacking chicken – only because when I went to get the thighs from the freezer, the frostbitten bag wasn’t actually chicken thighs. I need to learn to label my freezer packages. The jambalaya was still delicious.)

Jambalaya on the Grill

Adapted from Brad’s Campsite Jambalaya in Bon Appétit.

canola or olive oil, for cooking
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs
1 lb. garlic or farmers’ sausage
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2-3 celery stalks, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 pint cherry tomatoes, some halved, some whole (or a couple of diced tomatoes)
1 cup long-grain white rice
2 tsp. each garlic powder, oregano and paprika
a few sprigs of thyme
2 bay leaves
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
a handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley or cilantro

Preheat the grill to medium-high and set a large, heavy cast iron skillet directly on grate. Place the chicken thighs and sausage on the grill alongside it and cook, turning, until charred and cooked through. Remove to a wood cutting board and when it’s cool enough to handle, cut into bite-sized pieces.

Meanwhile, add a drizzle of oil to the skillet, and when it’s hot add the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes or until softened. Add the tomato paste and cook for another minute, then stir in the tomatoes, scraping up browned bits. Mix in the rice, spices, thyme and bay leaves. Add the stock; season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Move the pan to a cooler spot (or reduce the heat), cover with foil, and simmer until almost all the liquid is absorbed, 20–30 minutes.

Season shrimp with salt and pepper; quickly cook on the hot grill, then mix into the rice along with the chicken and sausage. Toss to combine and top with parsley.

Serves 6.

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July 22 2014 | on the grill and one dish | 13 Comments »

Prime Rib on the Grill

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I know, cooking a $50 prime rib is scary. Trusting it to cook properly on the grill can be even scarier. But once you get the hang of cooking on your grill over indirect heat – there really is nothing to it – it’s very liberating to realize you can use your backyard barbecue much like your indoor oven.

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Prime rib is a classic – the marbling means it will be juicy, the bone means one lucky person (or a few, if you get a 2 or 3 bone roast) will get to stretch out in the grass and gnaw on it afterward. This is a single bone roast – almost like an enormous steak. A beautiful cut of meat I do not want to screw up.

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So here’s the trick: once you prep your roast however you like it – I just pat it dry with paper towel, then rub it with a cut garlic clove and sprinkle with salt and pepper – a good piece of meat doesn’t need anything more – preheat your grill and sear it on both sides. Get some good colour and char marks on it. Then put the roast into a cast iron skillet or disposable aluminum baking pan and put it to one side – turn that side of the grill off, but leave the other side on.

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You don’t want to incinerate the meat, but you want the heat – close the lid to trap it.

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This took about 45 minutes and the thermometer on the outside of the grill read about 400F; adjust your cooking time according to the size of your roast. Or if you have a meat probe, stick it in and let it do its job. Keep in mind that when you pull the roast off, wrap it in foil and let it rest, it will continue to go up a few degrees.

Next on my to-do list: Yorkshire puddings on the grill…

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Prime Rib on the Grill

one 1-2 bone prime rib, about 2 lbs.
1 garlic clove
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pat your prime rib dry with paper towel, rub all over with a cut clove of garlic and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Preheat your grill to high.

Brown your prime rib for a few minutes on each side, until deep golden and char-marked. Transfer it to a cast iron skillet or aluminum roasting pan, and place it on one side of the grill, turning off the heat underneath that side but leaving it on on the other side. Close the lid and cook over indirect heat for about 45-50 minutes – the temperature should be about 400F – until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the roast (make sure it doesn’t touch the bone, which conducts heat more efficiently than the meat itself) reads about 130F for medium-rare.

Remove from the heat and wrap in foil; let rest for 15-20 minutes before carving. (The temperature will continue to rise as it sits.)

Serves 6.

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June 10 2014 | beef and on the grill | 10 Comments »

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