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Mother’s Day Grill

Mother’s Day has always been about the food and the most amazing meals. As the years have gone by my dishes have gotten more and more elevated. Now Mother’s Day is one of the most anticipated days on my food calendar!

This year is no exception.

Perhaps Mother’s Day is so great for food because there isn’t the pressure of traditional holiday menus. So on Mother’s Day you can experiment with dishes. Maybe you’ll even start some new traditions.

My Mother’s Day menu changes every year but one thing remains the same. Amazing dishes full of flavour!

This year I went with a varied menu of beef, vegetables, salad and seafood. I found some succulent crab legs that I couldn’t pass up. They were the perfect addition to the menu. And of course, no Mother’s Day meal would be complete without a incredible dessert.

The Menu

I started with marinating thin strips of beef in a combination of soya sauce, maple syrup, crushed garlic, brown sugar and a pinch of cayenne pepper.  I let those sit for an hour. To weave them on the skewers I just folded the meat back and fourth into neat little stacks. I stuck the skewers through the center of each stack and pulled the beef from the top up the length of the skewer. If you  can get the rouladen cuts of beef these work perfectly and saves the work of thinly slicing the beef. If you can not find the rouladen cut chose a nice steak.  Pop the steak into the freezer for 30 minutes before cutting. This makes for an easier job of achieving nice thin strips.

After you are done with the beef put the shrimp on to skewers. Run the skewer through the tail section then the head section for a nice snug fit.

In a small sauce pan place a few cloves of crushed garlic, a squeeze of lemon and 1/2 to 3/4 cup butter. Heat this on the side burner while you are grilling. You can use this to not only baste the shrimp as they are grilling but to dunk the finished crab into.

Set your BBQ to medium heat. Start with the crab legs. I cooked them from frozen. Just set them on the grill and give them a flip every once in a while.

Nutmeg Disrupted grilling crab legs with Char Broil for Mothers Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After about 10 minutes you can add the beef and shrimp skewers. I added a few baby sweet peppers and lemon wedges that were drizzled with a touch of oil to the grill.

Nutmeg Disrupted grilling seafood with Chasr Broil for Mothers Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grill everything for another 10 minutes, basting the shrimp with the lemon butter.

Place the butter on a hot mat on the table. Remove everything to a large platter to be served family style with fresh salads and crusty bread.

Grilled maple beef skewers with fresh salad for Mothers Day on NUtmeg Disrupted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Dreams

We have the perfect dish to finish off any Mother’s Day feast.

Grilled pineapple topped with Nutella, freshly whipped cream and strawberries. Topped off with a few nuts to add a bit of crunch to this light dessert.

To prep the pineapple cut the top and bottom off. Stand the pineapple up and from top to bottom cut off the skin. Now you can cut it into nice thick slices. Place on the grill cooking until it has nice sear marks and has become tender. Remove to a platter.

Grilled pineapple with nutella & cream on Nutmeg Disrupted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While still warm add generous dollops of Nutella to the slices. Top with whipped cream, slivered almonds and fresh strawberries.

 

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Grilled Vegetable Salad

For the  first trial run on my new Char-Broil stainless grill I went with something I don’t cook everyday and a fabulous Spring grilling dish. Shish kabobs! The combination of beef and vegetables is absolute perfection.

I love shish kabobs but I have to admit, one of my favorite parts of the kabobs is the grilled peppers. The smokiness of the grilling brings out the sweetness of the tender peppers. Add the amazing flavor of grilled red onion along with a generous drizzle of grilled lemon and oil and you have the fantastic starting of what will be a spectacular grilled vegetable salad. Enjoy with some lightly toasted crusty bread & some wonderful wine it is an amazing anytime meal.

Grilled Vegetable Salad from Nutmeg Disrupted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a few ways to grill vegetables.

You can cut them all into similar sizes and put them all on skewers. I prefer metal ones as they don’t burn and come in large sizes so you need fewer to grill more! You can use wood ones as well, just be sure to soak them in water for up to an hour before you plan on grilling. It will not completely prevent the ends from burning but it does slow down the process.

Another option is a grill basket. This can be used to grill smaller vegetables, to save on time or to just make the grilling of vegetables a bit easier when you are working with a full BBQ. Or you can cook your veggies directly on the grates of the BBQ. All they need is a light drizzle of oil before being placed on the BBQ.

The grates on my BBQ are nice and close together to I could put the peppers right on the grilling surface. I did place the Brussel sprouts in a wok shaped grill basket just to catch any of the leaves that fell off while cooking.

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To give this grilled vegetable salad an extra layer of flavor I added roasted garlic to the mix in addition to the bacon grilled lemon vinaigrette.

To  prepare the garlic all you need is 3 full heads of garlic, a generous drizzle of oil, salt and pepper and a good sized piece of aluminum foil to wrap up the garlic.

  1.   Trim the tops of the garlic off, leaving the heads in tack. You just want to expose the raw garlic so that the oil can get down inside the bulbs.
  2.   Place the trimmed heads of garlic in the center of the foil and give it a generous drizzle of oil. I used canola oil because of the high heat I’m using for the grilled vegetables.
  3.   Season the heads of garlic with salt & pepper then wrap tightly.
  4.   Place on the top rack of your BBQ then prep all your other vegetables.
  5.   The garlic will take about 40 minutes to be perfectly roasted.

Wash and trim all the vegetables you choose for in your salad. I used baby sweet peppers, zucchini, red onion and Brussels sprouts, with fresh cherry tomatoes stirred in just before serving.

Feel free to use any vegetables you enjoy.  I also grilled a lemon to juice in the vinaigrette.

You’ll also need 5 slices of bacon, chopped and fried until crisp. You can do this on your BBQs side burner as the garlic is roasting. Once the bacon is cooked set it aside and pour the drippings into a small saucepan.

Now you are ready to grill your vegetables.

Place them all in a large bowl or in your grill basket and give them a light coating of oil. Have your BBQ on a medium high heat and use tongs place the veggies on the grill.

That amazing aroma you smell is the garlic roasting! You can take a peak at the garlic; it will have a nice caramelized appearance when it is done. Put it to the side while you finish grilling the vegetables and let it cool.

 Roasted garlic form Nutmeg Disrupted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place some pieces of crusty bread on the grill to toast lightly as you make your salad. I used a large loaf just torn into nice rustic wedges.

To make the vinaigrette:

  1.         Place the pot with the bacon drippings over low heat on the side burner.
  2.        Take the grilled lemon wedges and squeeze the juice into the drippings. Stir well to combine.
  3.         Take the heads of the roasted garlic and squeeze the bulbs into the pot. Be sure to pour any of the oil remaining in the package into the pot as well.
  4.        Using a fork, mash up the garlic.
  5.        Now pour all that bacon garlic goodness into the grill basket and top with all the grilled vegetable.
  6.        Remove from heat and stir in a handful of cherry tomatoes. The heat from the grilled vegetables will bring out amazing juiciness of the tomatoes.
  7.       Sprinkle the bacon on top.

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Serve with your lightly toasted crusty bread and nice chilled white wine.

Be sure to see all the cool BBQ hints tips & recipes the #lifeisbetterbbqed team have created! We have had a fantastic time putting this all together for you! Next week I’ll be talking about my Mother’s Day menu, all grilled, including dessert!

 

 

 

 

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BBQ Love a Review of Char-Broils 4 Burner Stainless Grill from Lowe’s

BBQ has grown into one of my biggest passions.

I’ve learned from the weddings I’ve BBQed for, all the seafood that’s graced my grill to my newest adventure, competition BBQ …that it is all about the equipment.

I have cooked over fires, charcoal, in habachis, on $50,000 BBQs and smokers. All are great but for majority of my outdoor cooking I use gas grills. They are quick, no waiting for coals or wood to burn down to proper cooking temps. They are versatile enough to work well as a smoker. They have a large surface to cook a lot of food. Many come with rotisseries. Sometimes they have side burners, which makes for ease of cooking no running into the house to babysit any sides or sauces you  have on the stove. And best of all, you can cook year round, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Living in Canada winters can be long but you can have a taste of summer anytime! Be the master of the grill…..and make the neighbors hungry.

When I was asked by Char-Broil to do a BBQ review I was all over it! So this spring I have the pleasure of  breaking in a new BBQ from Char-Broil.

Stainless Steel 4 burner BBQ from Char Broil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a gorgeous piece of equipment! I keep going to the window to admire it! I am a bit of a gear/equipment junkie and this BBQ rings all the bells. It is a nice broad BBQ with a fantastic profile! There is nothing sweeter then a spectacular stainless steel BBQ, it really is the showpiece of the backyard.

Stainles Steel 4 burner BBQ from Char Broil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it is not just the exterior that is fantastic; the inside of the BBQ is completely stainless steel.

The BBQ has an out put of 47,000 BTUs. And enough grill space to cook an entire meal along with a side burner to do any additional cooking.

There is an opening in the lid to accommodate all the gear needed for a rotisserie. If you have never used a rotisserie I highly suggest you give it a try. It will add another level to your grilling repertoire.

For my first my outing on this gorgeous grill I went with something that for myself, represents spring. Shish kabobs! Right now there are amazing spring vegetables in store that are made even better when grilled. Being an Alberta girl I naturally included some fantastic marinated Alberta beef!

Shish kabobs one on a BBQ from Char Broil by Nutmeg Disrupte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is ample grilling space to cook a lot of food at once. My kabobs only filled a small area of the grill. You could easily cook for 6 – 8 people at once making use of both the regular grill top and the additional shelf above it. I like that area for grilling garlic bread and to place finished product to keep warm.

The side burner is a snap to turn on; just a twist of the dial and one click of the ignitor and you have immediate heat.

The controls are smooth and the unit heats up quickly. It is a very solid unit that is sturdy and moves easily over any surface.  Not like those monster BBQs that need 4 people to move and damage wood deck surfaces when you try and move them yourself.

It is definitely one of the nicest backyard BBQs I have cooked on. Not only is it gorgeous it is a very nice BBQ to use.  If you are looking to buy a new BBQ this year, I highly recommend you check out a Char-Broil grill.

Be sure to see all the cool BBQ hints tips & recipes the  #lifeisbetterbbqed team have created! We have had a fantastic time putting this all together for you! Next week I’ll be talking about my Mother’s Day menu, all grilled, including dessert!

Disclosure: I collaborate with brands/products that I’m passionate about and that are a good fit  within the scope of what I blog about on Nutmeg Disrupted. Char-Broil did supply me with the BBQ from Lowe’s written about in this review. All opinions stated above are my own.

 

 

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