Grilled Chicken with Chimichurri

Grilled Chicken with Chimichurri

The secret to this perfectly juicy grilled chicken recipe from chef Anthony Endy of The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is twofold: One, let the chicken sit in the aromatic citrus-and-herb flavored brine for 24 hours, and two, once your coals are hot, keep it moving on the grill. After the initial sear, turn the chicken often, and grill until a probe thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 155°F. Try serving it with Santa Maria–Style Pinquito Beans and a Mild Tomato Salsa on the side.

Ingredients

CHICKEN

8 cups water
2 (5-ounce) oranges, quartered
2 (2-ounce) lemons, quartered
2 (1/4-ounce) chiles de árbol, cracked open
1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
10 thyme sprigs
8 bay leaves
4 rosemary sprigs
4 medium garlic cloves, smashed
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
2 (4-pound) whole chickens, split, backbones and wings removed and discarded or reserved for another use

CHIMICHURRI

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed and discarded
1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, stems removed and discarded
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallot (from 1 medium shallot)
2 1/4 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon crushed chile de árbol or other dried red chile flakes

SPICE BLEND

5 teaspoons paprika
4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

Directions

Make the chicken

Step 1
Combine 8 cups water, oranges, lemons, chiles, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, rosemary, garlic, salt, and peppercorns in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil over high. Cook, whisking occasionally, until salt dissolves and herbs are aromatic, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool completely, about 1 hour. Place chicken halves in mixture in stockpot. (Chicken should be fully submerged in liquid.) Cover and refrigerate 24 hours.

Make the chimichurri

Step 2
Process all chimichurri ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to use, up to 8 hours.

Make the chimichurri

Step 3
Process all chimichurri ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to use, up to 8 hours.

Make the spice blend

Step 4
Stir together all spice blend ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Set aside.

Step 5
Open bottom vent of a charcoal grill completely. Light 2 charcoal chimney starters filled with hardwood lump charcoal. When coals are hot, pour them evenly onto the 2 outer sides of grill, leaving center of grill unlit. Top each side of coals with an oak wood chunk. Adjust vents as needed to maintain an internal temperature of 300°F to 350°F. Coat top grate with oil; place on grill. (If using a gas grill, preheat to medium-low [300°F to 350°F] on outer burners, leaving middle burner[s] unlit.) Remove chicken from brine; discard brine, and pat chicken dry.

Step 6
Place chicken, skin side up, on oiled grates over center portion of grill without coals (or unlit center portion of gas grill). Grill, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of breasts registers 110°F, about 15 minutes, rotating chicken every 2 to 3 minutes to avoid burning. Flip chicken on grates; grill until skin is slightly caramelized and browned, about 3 minutes. Cover and grill until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of breasts registers 150°F, about 25 minutes, flipping and rotating chicken every 5 minutes.

Step 7
Sprinkle chicken all over with 2 tablespoons spice blend. Place chicken, skin side up, on grates. Grill, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of breasts registers 155°F, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove chicken from grill, and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Let rest 15 minutes. Carve chicken. Sprinkle with additional spice blend to taste. Serve with chimichurri.
 

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Spicy Lemon Shrimp Skewers

Spicy Lemon Shrimp Skewers

Level: Easy

Total: 40 min

Prep: 25 min

Cook: 15 min

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

 

6 lemons

Kosher salt

1 stalk lemongrass, finely chopped

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons Sriracha (Asian chile sauce)

2 cloves garlic, minced

 

 

1 tablespoon fish sauce

2 teaspoons packed light brown sugar

30 extra-large shrimp, unpeeled

Vegetable oil, for the grill

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Directions:

1. Finely grate the zest from 4 of the lemons, then pulse in a mini food processor with 3 tablespoons salt. Squeeze the juice from 2 of the zested lemons into a large bowl; add the lemongrass, olive oil, Sriracha, garlic, fish sauce, brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of the lemon salt. Thinly slice the 2 remaining lemons and add to the bowl.

2. Using kitchen shears, cut through the shrimp shells along the outer curve, leaving the shells on. Remove the veins and rinse the shrimp. Add to the bowl with the lemongrass marinade and toss; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Meanwhile, soak 12 to 15 wooden skewers in water.

3. Preheat a grill to medium high. Thread the shrimp onto the skewers. Brush the grill with vegetable oil, then add the lemon slices and grill until they begin to char, turning once, about 2 minutes; transfer to a platter. Stir the mint into the remaining marinade. Add the shrimp skewers to the grill and cook, brushing with the marinade-mint mixture, until the shells begin to char, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to the platter and sprinkle with the lemon salt to taste.


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Seared Salmon in Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce

Seared Salmon in Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce

Salmon, that pretty pink fish fillet rich in protein and Omega-3 Fatty Acids is not only good for you it’s delicious too!

I love salmon because of it’s mild flavor making one of the easiest fish to prepare in so many different ways.  You can make salmon patties, burgers or cakes; grill salmon steaks and kabobs; use it in fish stew; and fry or bake it topped with all sorts of sauces.  In short Salmon is like a blank canvas!

One of my favorite Salmon recipes is Seared Salmon with Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce.  It’s delicious!  I serve it with a side of poor man’s pasta (that’s spaghetti or any type of pasta tossed in butter and garlic then sprinkled with parmesan cheese) or if we’re on diets (which we are almost always on) I serve it with grilled asparagus or sauteed spinach.  Anyway you serve it this Salmon dish is wonderful!

Seared Salmon with Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce

Ingredients:

1 large Salmon fillet sliced into 3-4 strips (see picture)

1 Tbs. Olive Oil

2 Tbs. Butter

Pinch of salt & pepper

1 Tsp. Garlic – minced

1/2 Cup Chicken Broth

1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

2 Lemons – 1 with juice squeezed out and the other cut in slices for garnish

2 Tbs. Fresh Dill chopped

Directions:

Pat Salmon slices dry with a paper towel and season both sides with salt and pepper.

In a medium to large skillet melt 1 Tbs. butter in the olive oil.

When butter is melted add salmon, cook both sides about 5 minutes per side.

Remove cooked salmon from pan, place on a dish and set aside.

Add garlic to skillet and cook just until it starts to turn brown.

Add chicken broth and lemon juice to skillet and scrape off any salmon pieces and garlic off the bottom.  This is called “deglazing”.

Bring liquid to a simmer and add heavy whipping cream.

Simmer for about 3-4 minutes until sauce starts to thicken a bit.

Place salmon back into skillet to warm up.

Add dill to sauce and spoon over salmon.

Place salmon on serving dish.  Pour sauce over salmon garnish with lemon slices to serve.

 


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Easy Lemon Cream Cheese Pastry Squares

Easy Lemon Cream Cheese Pastry Squares

Lemon Cream Cheese Pastry Squares
My daughter-in-law sent me a recipe for a cheese pastry using refrigerated crescent dough and cream cheese, it was delicious.  We make it all the time.  Today I decided to change it up a bit and added some fresh lemon juice, it was delicious!
This recipe is so easy to whip up and used just 4 ingredients!
Ingredients:
Lemon Cream Cheese Pastry Squares
2 cans refrigerated crescent dough
2 packages cream cheese softened to room temperature
2 lemons – juiced and zested
1 1/2 cups sugar
Baking spray
Directions:
Reserve about 1 tbls. of lemon zest and place in small bowl.  Set aside.
Spray the bottom and sides of 9 x 12 baking pan with baking spray.
Press 1 can of crescent dough on the pan bottom.  Try to get it as close to the sides as possible.  Press seam together to form a large piece of dough.
Lemon Cream Cheese Pastry Squares
Place remaining lemon zest and lemon juice in a mixing bowl.
Lemon Cream Cheese Pastry Squares
Add cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar to the lemon juice.  Mix with an electric mixer until smooth.
Lemon Cream Cheese Pastry Squares
Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on the dough.
Lemon Cream Cheese Pastry Squares
Place remaining can of crescent dough over the cream cheese mixture.  Place the dough as close to the sides as possible.
Lemon Cream Cheese Pastry Squares
Mix remaining sugar with the reserved lemon zest.
Lemon Cream Cheese Pastry Squares
Evenly sprinkle the sugar mixture over the dough.
Lemon Cream Cheese Pastry Squares
Bake in 350 degree oven for 28 minutes or until the dough turns golden brown.
Lemon Cream Cheese Pastry Squares
Cool on counter for at least 30 minutes, then place in the refrigerator to cool completely.
Cut into squares and enjoy!
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12 Squares 25 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
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12 Squares 25 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Squares 25 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Squares
Instructions
  1. Reserve about 1 tbls. of lemon zest and place in small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Spray the bottom and sides of 9 x 12 baking pan with baking spray. Press 1 can of crescent dough on the pan bottom. Try to get it as close to the sides as possible. Press seam together to form a large piece of dough.
  3. Place remaining lemon zest and lemon juice in a mixing bowl.
  4. Add cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar to the lemon juice. Mix with an electric mixer until smooth.
  5. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on the dough.
  6. Place remaining can of crescent dough over the cream cheese mixture. Place the dough as close to the sides as possible.
  7. Mix remaining sugar with the reserved lemon zest.
  8. Evenly sprinkle the sugar mixture over the dough.
  9. Bake in 350 degree oven for 28 minutes or until the dough turns golden brown.
  10. Cool on counter for at least 30 minutes, then place in the refrigerator to cool completely.
  11. Cut into squares and enjoy!
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