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Tue Sep 2, 2014

Cevapi

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Cevapi

After tackling merguez—a Moroccan lamb sausage that required a lot of spices, a hefty time commitment, and some frustration working with finicky sheep casings—I wanted my next sausage endeavor to be quick and easy. I found that in cevapi, a Balkan uncased sausage that, in my experience, tastes mainly of just meat, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Of course, it couldn't be quite so simple.

As I looked into origins and recipes, I found no clear path to follow in making it. The diverse states in the Balkan region—Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, and Macedonia, to name a few—each lay claim to their own nuanced versions on this finger-sized sausage, utilizing different combinations of meats and spices. So I decided to find my own favorite version of cevapi by building it from the ground up, creating variations until I struck meaty gold with the best one possible.

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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 8, 2014

Merguez Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions, Manchego, and Harissa Mayonnaise

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Meatroccan Nights

I was pretty damn proud of myself that I pulled off making merguez at home. I thought I hit a high point in my exploration into Moroccan-influenced grilling with those links, but then I took those little sausages and put them between a toasted baguette, added some caramelized onions, cilantro, Manchego, and harissa mayo and created one of my favorite things I've ever grilled.

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Tue Jul 1, 2014

Homemade Merguez

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Meatroccan Nights

There can't be a bad Meatwave—as long as I'm with my friend and grilling, I'm happy—but some certainly stand out as true achievements. One of those was last summer's Meatroccan Nights, where I decided to do an entirely Moroccan-themed menu that spanned eight different recipes. I tend to overdue the amount of recipes I tackle each time I have an audience, but that's part of the game, especially considering they won't all be winners. On that day last June though, each thing I pulled off the grill just seemed better than the last, and by the end of the day I remember feeling very accomplished and proud of what had just transpired. So to relive one of my prouder grilling moments, I'm dedicating the entire month of July to the Moroccan-influenced recipes from that day, beginning with the one that sparked the idea in the first place—merguez.

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Tue Apr 15, 2014

Roasted Garlic and Mint Pesto Stuffed Leg of Lamb

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Roasted Garlic and Mint Pesto Stuffed Leg of Lamb

Like many of us, I use holidays as an excuse to to forgo the usual watchful eye on the budget. That means top dollar meats like rib roast, tenderloin, and ham all become fair game. When it comes to Easter, there's always one pricey cut I choose above them all—leg of lamb. I noticed that it's pretty consistently been my choice year after year, and thought maybe I should change things up this time around, but as I considered my alternatives, I couldn't mask my true desire for that wonderful rich and tender leg of lamb. So I went for it again, but gave it a little twist from the usual by stuffing it was roasted garlic and mint pesto.

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