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Thu Sep 18, 2014

Planked Figs with Pancetta and Goat Cheese

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Figs with Pancetta and Goat Cheese

I'm creeping into the mindset that planking is b.s. Well, at least the flavor enhancement part is. Wood flavors food through smoke, and with little to no smoke created when planking, there is little to no benefit in that area, at least in my (changing) opinion. However, I do see a distinct advantage to planking in the realm of convenience—the plank can serve as a great medium for delicate or small foods that would otherwise be difficult to grill, plus it then makes an attractive serving dish (assuming you didn't scorch it to death) that adds the aura of outdoor grilling. So when approaching this recipe for figs with pancetta and goat cheese, I saw the plank as almost essential to be able to grill and serve these small delicious fruits with ease.

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Tue Sep 9, 2014

Ajvar

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Ajvar

Spending a lot of time to find just the right recipe for cevapi—an uncased grilled Balkan sausage—it would have been a shame to serve it with a subpar ajvar—the traditional roasted red pepper sauce accompaniment. So while already at the grill, I took a shot at preparing ajvar in a few different ways to find the one that could proudly sit on the plate next to those delicious sausages.

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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 Aug 26, 2014

Texas-Style Beef Short Ribs

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Texas-style Beef Ribs

Texas has bred in me a true appreciation for beef barbecue—it is my favorite type, but also the hardest for me to get right. While I love a great brisket, a perfect beef rib is even better with its super beefy flavor, luscious soft fat, and blackened peppery crust. Stick me in Louie Mueller and tell me I can only order one item, and I'm going for that damn beef rib, it's just so good. I've been in a constant state of trying to find a path to transcendent beef ribs like that using my Weber bullet, which looks like a cute little play thing compared to those giant Texas tanks. I can't say these ribs are there yet, but this represents a big step up from past attempts.

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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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