Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Manning The Grill: A dinner Party

SOOOOOOOOO I finally had a dinner party...
Something I've been meaning to do for about two years..
It was raging....
The food as well as the people.

On the Menu:

  • Garrett's Bacon wrapped Water-Chestnuts
  • Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese Mayonnaise
  • Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Feta, Mint, and Thai Basil
  • Emily's Grilled Asparagus with drizzled Balsamic
  • Ceriah's Sweet Potato Fries with A homemade Barbecue Sauce and a Chipotle Sauce
  • Fresh Watermelon Sangria
  • Ceriah's freshly squeezed raspberry juice
  • Grilled Peaches with Home-churned Butter-Rum Pecan Ice Cream
Everything was phenomenal.
AND refreshing for the gazillion degree heat.
Good people, good food.
What's better?!

Our Family's FAVORITE Turkey Burgers (they'll make you drool.. I'm just sayin'):

Your favorite Buns (I used fresh baked rolls so it was more like a little slider)
1 package 85/15 Ground Turkey (DON'T GO FOR THE LEAN, If you do they won't be epic.)
1/2 cup part skim Ricotta cheese
1 3/4 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1 3/4 Worcestershire Sauce
Salt and Pepper

Mix all the ingredients together and form patties.


Caramelize a large onion in a skillet with a tablespoon of butter.

Blue Cheese Mayonnaise:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
less than 1/4 cup of blue cheese crumbles

Combine and Congeal.

This salad is SOOOO refreshing for summer. I have always been intrigued by the thought of watermelon as a savory sweet combination. This is what I came up with.

Chopped Seedless Watermelon
Medium Seedless Cucumber
Block of Feta
Thai Basil
Fresh Mint
Drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar

Chop watermelon into 1/2 inch little cubes. Slice the cucumber thin on a cheese slicer. Chop feta into 1/4 inch cubes. Combine watermelon, cucumber and feta. Tear a handful of fresh basil and mint leaves into the salad. Drizzle a tablespoon of Balsamic over the salad and gently toss. Use salt and pepper to taste.

Watermelon Sangria:
This sangria is DELICIOUS. I made up the recipe on the fly and it turned out delicious. I really recommend the sparkling Lemonade to give fizz and a cut sweetness with some yummy tartness! You could always squeeze in a Lemon or lime with Club Soda if you can't find the Sparkling Lemonade.

1 bottle White Wine (I used White Haven Savignon Blanc)
1 bottle Sparkling Lemonade
2 1/2 cups fresh Watermelon Juice
Some Watermelon Chunks
Fresh Blueberries
1/2 Cup Lemoncello Liquer

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate.

1 lb Local Texas Peaches
Local Honey

Adapted from David Lebovitz's Butterscotch Pecan Ice Cream:
5 tbls butter
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
tablespoon Molasses
1/3 tsp. Salt
2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup whole milk
6 large egg yolks

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, then stir in the brown sugar, molasses and salt until well moistened. Whisk in 1 cup of the cream and the milk.
Warm the Brown sugar and cream mixture. Pour the remaining 1 cup cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm brown sugar mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scrapping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Add the rum vanilla, then stir until cool over an ice bath.
Chill in refrigerator, then freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufactures instructions.

Butter Pecans:
1 1/2 cups pecans
1 1/2 tbls butter
1/4 tsp coarse salt

Toss pecans and salt with Melted butter.
Toast in an oven set to 350 degrees for 10 mins, turning once during baking.

SLice in half and take out the seed. Grill over medium heat until soft. Drizzle with honey and cook another couple minutes.

Serve Ice Cream over Grilled Peaches and crumble some buttered pecans over the top.

Beautiful People:

EM brought the BABY WEBER. Couldn't have done it without her.

Katelyn and Garrett

Ceriah, Cutest ever.

"Hey why don't you just come inside and take the picture?"

Oh yeah one more note, did I mention this was all done on the fly with little to ZERO planning?
Yeah. Go us.

This is what Gemma says about the whole thing....

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