Let the Grilling Begin!

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Memorial Day is right around the corner, here’s a few tasty ideas you might want to try.
First up, Chicken Flavored with a Mustard and Herb Paste.
Place 1 1/2 cups of loosely packed herbs of your choice into a food processor, I used parsley, basil, rosemary and thyme. Add 3 cloves of garlic, the zest of a lemon, salt and pepper then process to a fine chop. Add the juice of one lemon, a healthy glop of dijon mustard then drizzle in some olive oil until you get a thick paste consistency.
Now rub it all over your chicken, under and over the skin and let it sit for a few, then it’s time for the grill!
The end result is chicken flavored to the max!
When the chicken is done and resting you can make these Garlic Grilled Tomatoes, a recipe adapted from Steven Raichlen the BBQ king.
Cut your tomatoes in half crosswise, season with salt and pepper.
In a small frying pan add crushed garlic, olive oil and fresh thyme, cook til golden, take off the heat and add in grated parmesan cheese. Place your tomato halves cut side down on and oiled grill until you get grill marks, then turn them over with tongs and spoon the garlic cheese mixture on top and continue cooking.
This is a wonderful side for anything you might be putting on your grill.
You might also want to plan ahead and grill up some eggplant.
Then pair it with a caprese salad for another side or appetizer. Oh, this is so good!
Then finally, you have to have dessert! My go to, no brainer, quick dessert is a scoop of
 vanilla ice cream drenched with Amaretto and topped with chopped almonds, so simple and a hit every time!
Or you just might be in the mood for Limoncello drenched ice cream… To die for!
Enjoy your weekend!

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  1. wooooowwwww!

  2. The Garlic Grilled Tomatoes can be roasted in the oven any time of year –just prepare the same way and place them on a cookie sheet and bake SLOW, 275-degrees for four hours (don’t let them get brown). Freeze what you don’t eat and use them in any recipe calling for tomatoes.

  3. These recipes look amazing. made my mouth water. Want to get te grill out now but it’s dark out!!

  4. Love this idea–great way to add flavor without adding a lot of anything else!

    Did you know a sort-of-kind-of version of your recipe (as well as your actual photograph) is on the web here: http://www.daydreamkitchen.com/2012/09/garlic-grilled-tomatoes/ I’m so glad I followed the link provided to find your blog and the REAL directions for making this dish!

    Thank you!

  5. I love grilling and your photos look amazing. I am your new follower. Meriem

  6. You are my new best friend!

  7. I made the chicken last night for a BBQ and it was a huge success. Everyone loved it! I just made it for 14 large chicken drumsticks so everyone could have at least one.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  8. The chicken is grilled very nicely and it looks very good and delicious.The mustard and herb paste will provide a taste to the chicken.

  9. Wow!it looks so delicious everything which you have prepared.You are a great cook,so nicely you have explained the method,the stuff everything is nice.Liked it thanks for its sharing.

  10. Those garlic tomatoes sound and look amazing!

  11. Came to your blog thru Javeline’s Food Fetish Friday series. I love your grilled tomato recipe…it looks beautiful.You have a great blog..will keep visiting:)

  12. Every Friday, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday. These garlic grilled tomatoes were recommended to me by my friend Dan via Pinterest – and I’m so glad he introduced me to your blog. I’m featuring this post as part of the Friday roundup (with a link-back and attribution) and I hope you have no objections. It’s a pleasure following your creations…

  13. Yep, gonna make the tomatoes tonight… and will probably have to run out and buy eggplant, mozz. & tomatoes tomorrow 🙂

  14. Yes, please…all of it 🙂

  15. I feel ecstatic I found you website and blogs.recipes food recipes

  16. Just found your blog. Pretty sure I’m going to make everything on here. Can’t wait. Love it all!!

  17. Is there anything that doesn’t taste incredible grilled?
    Just cleaned our barbecue inside and out. Yes, indeed, let the grilling begin!

  18. Love grilling – we do it all year round. The tomatoes are a perfect side. And I love the simple desserts. I have a grappa whipped cream recipe that I use all the time, with just berries or roasted fruit.

    Do you have much issue with flare ups on the grill when you use oil in the rub/paste? I often leave this out to avoid it.

  19. Each and every photo makes me look forward to preparing your recipes.

  20. I’m going to have to plan another trip to Chicago and this time it will be when you’re grilling. Could you have that amaretto and ice cream waiting for me too?

  21. I’m a huge fan of Steve Raichlen and use his books to improve our grilling. This chicken looks out of this world…and those tomatoes! AS for the dessert, I love Amaretto. LOVE it! Great recipes, Marie. If you ever come to California… I’ll buy the ingredients, and you grill for us! K?

    Debby, “A Feast for the Eyes”

  22. A complete “heavenly” meal.

  23. Bella lady says

    Great idea!!Timely too, I’m trying this on Memorial Day, love the dessert, might just do that on Sunday. Love cook-outs.

  24. I can’t decide which looks better, the chicken or the tomatoes but everything looks delicious.

  25. Hi Marie,
    I am sooo in love with your recipes! I don’t know which one to try first! I just nominated you & your blog for The One Lovely Blog Award! Stop by She Loves Simple for more information!
    Looking forward to getting to know you!

  26. Wow, I can’t help drooling. I just love the barbecue
    Well done!
    If you submitted your barbecue photos to http://www.foodporn.net , I’ll bet they will make you on the home page.
    Gosh, you have made me sooo hungry !

  27. That chicken is on my agenda. Limoncello and ice cream – oh my! Especially as I am looking to make limoncello this summer. Caprese on eggplant? Bring it on!

  28. Everything looks delicious. I love grilled chicken, my favorite way to cook it. I could go for one of your desserts about now. Have a good weekend, Marie. xo

  29. Seems like a well flavoured dish for a bbq, Jubilee is round the corner for us so will have to serve this one up. Nice pictures by the way.


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