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Tue Aug 19, 2014

Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp with Mozzarella and Basil

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Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp

Longtime readers already know I'm a bit seafood averse. I feel like I'm doing a disservice to all of you by not taking advantage of how great the grill is at cooking up fish, shellfish, and more, but when it comes down it, I'm probably never going to opt for any of those over meat. In order to make seafood a more appealing prospect to me, I need to doctor it up in a way that's appetizing to my taste buds, and sometimes when I do this, I surprise myself by actually liking the dish a lot. That was certainly the case with bacon-wrapped, jalapeño and cheese-stuffed shrimp, where a little Tex-Mex love did a lot to entice my appetite for these little crustaceans. Trying to replicate some of that success, I took the same method I employed in that recipe and gave it an Italian influence to make these prosciutto-wrapped shrimp with mozzarella and basil.

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Tue Aug 5, 2014

Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers

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Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers

My discovery of halloumi cheese is worthy of being called a "life changing moment." I remember it clearly—BZ Grill, a (then) new gyro shop opened up a few blocks away from where I was living in Astoria, Queens. My wife and I went for the gryos, which still rank as the best I've ever had, but upon perusing the menu, my better half opted for a halloumi sandwich.

Having never seen or heard of this hard Cypriot goat or sheep's milk cheese before, I was in awe as I watched the cook cut off slices and place them directly on the grill. The cheese not only kept its shape, but browned like a meat or veggie would over the high, direct heat. As if that weren't enough, the flavor and texture were incredible—slighty salty, a little tangy with a chew and squeak that I found really satisfying.

Ever since then, halloumi has become a regular item on my grill, but I tend to not do much with it beyond piling it into a pita or putting it in the occasional salad. Trying to think of different ways to use this grillable cheese, I came up with these halloumi and vegetable skewers, where it continued to triumph.

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Tue Jul 29, 2014

Spicy and Chunky Baba Ghanoush

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Chunky & Spicy Baba Ghanoush

While in Southern Spain last spring, I came across a baba ghanoush in a Moroccan restaurant that was so starkly different than what I make that it ignited a desire to try to put together something similar as soon as I got home. It took me a few years to get a baba ghanoush recipe I really loved, and since then, I haven't changed a thing, but this new variation challenged me to rethink how to put together this smoky eggplant dip. My recipe was smooth, this dip was chunky. My recipe was mellow, this had a kick of heat to it. My recipe was thick and creamy, this one was thinner and oily (in a good way). So I had my work cut out for me, but I was up to the task and this spicy and chunky baba ghanoush is what came out of it.

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Tue Jul 22, 2014

Moroccan-spiced Meatballs

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Moroccan-spiced Meatballs

Meatballs aren't usually associated with the grill, but they're becoming the meat form of choice for me when I want to do a ground meat creation that brings in influence from other cuisines and cultures. When done with the right consistency, meatballs actually cook incredibly well over a live fire and are so quick to make and versatile, they've served me well again and again in many variations, including: Greek, barbecue, Italian, and now, Moroccan.

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Tue Jul 15, 2014

Moroccan Chicken Brouchettes

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Continuing on the Moroccan road I'm treading this month, I was looking for short cut to bring me another North African dish without the amount of work I had to put in for merguez or the resulting sandwiches. That path led me to these chicken brochettes (otherwise known as skewers). Just about every culture has their own variation of meat on a stick, and I can attest that these little cubes of marinated chicken just went to further prove why that tradition is one that will never die.

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