Sunday, May 23, 2010

Grilled Pizza 2.0 Fresh and Loaded High Pizza Pie!

Tom and Bev invited us to come over for dinner- Natalie and Blake were cooking.  Tom even bought Pigs Nose Scotch so I knew it was going to be great.  I walked in the door and saw FOUR gorgeous pizzas piled high with fresh toppings and turned right around and went home to get my cameras.  I should have known something good was going on the grill.
Natalie told me that she and Blake grill her favorite pizza all the time and I really got a lesson in healthier pizza building!   We named it Natalie and Blakes Piled High Pizza and here are a few of the ingredients.  Full recipe link

Just a few secrets:
  1. Ground Turkey with Fennel delivers great sausage flavor without the grease and thinly sliced pepperoni keeps the taste but eliminates the oil
  2. Roast peppers, onions and garlic in shell ahead of time on the grill or in the oven
  3. FRESH sliced mozzarella
  4. GrillGrates!
So cool to see Natalie a MamaMary's Pizza Crust fan and for sharing her wonderful recipe with us last night! Glad I ran home to get my camera. Thanks Tommy Boy, Ralphie and Natalie!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Science of Grate Grilling 5.5 CINCO DE MAYO Grilled Quesadillas

Break out GrillGrates to grill fabulous Cinco de Mayo Quesadillas.  Invite your friends over for a real treat that you can make ahead of time and just add the toppings before grilling.

Two flour tortillas form a sandwich that becomes the platform for the quesadilla toppings.  You can use several different fillings for the sandwich between the tortillas. 
  • Just Cheese- 3 part mexican cheese or whatever you have in the fridge
  • 3 Bean Mash or can of refried beans sprinkled with a little cheese
  • Even sliced pears and goat cheese
TIP:  Make the flour tortilla bases ahead of time and separate with wax paper.   Make two or three and enjoy putting the toppings on with your guests.  Suggested toppings:
  • Salsa
  • Tomato slices
  • Mexican Cheese
  • Avocado slices
  • NONE- bring inside as chip for dips!
Links to quesadilla recipes:  
GrillGrate TIP:  Keep GrillGrate temp below 400F- no burning of the bottom of the tortilla- just crispy golden sear marks.   LOW on Gas Grills- hood temp will read 300F.  10 minute grilling time required to thoroughly grill toppings and get tortillas crispy.

Science of GrillGrate Part 6 EZ SMOKING with BBQR's Delight All Natural Pellets

It doesn't get any easier than this!  Sprinkle a few pellets on the fringe area of your GrillGrates and almost instantly- smoke is wafting your way.  Craig "Meathead" Goldwyn of  introduced me to their all natural wood pellets last fall and hooked me up with Candy Sue Weaver owner of BBQR's Delight- a serious pittmaster and bbq businesswoman.  Craig called our products peanut butter and jelly because we go so well together.   Now we include a sample bag of pellets with every GrillGrate order. They're that good! -and the scent in the backyard is just unbelieveable.