Wednesday, August 3, 2016

ChezCindy: Easy Summer Grilling

It's time for summer grilling.  Easy and enjoyable as you listen to the sounds of cicadas, watch the occasional flutter of a butterfly, and catch a glimpse of the beginning flicker of fireflies.  

Keep the evening meal simple by using a compound butter.  When grilling meat, chicken, fish, vegetables or even fruit, there are a myriad of marinades, rubs and sauces available.  But one of my favorites is compound butter.  Compound butters are great to have on hand, stored in the freezer, ready to melt gently into your grilled food imparting a great impact of flavor.  

I recently created a new combination using ground turmeric, garlic and fresh oregano.  The turmeric is a surprise ingredient that provides the gorgeous golden color.  Slather onto grilled steak hot from the grill, corn on the cob, and grilled bread.  Simple and delicious as you enjoy a beautiful summer evening.  

Golden Garlic Butter
1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Combine all ingredients into a small bowl.  Stir to combine.  Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap.  Spoon the butter onto the plastic wrap.  Shape the butter into a log; roll up in the plastic wrap.  Chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.  Store the remaining butter in the fridge for 3-5 days or 1 month in the freezer.

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