Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Mother's Little Helper - The Grill

Many working women ask me, "What quick recipes do you have?"  Well, my quick recipes involve my best cooking tool which is the grill, and that is how I get a tasty meal on the table so quickly. I am a working mom too, and I have distractions and struggles as does any mom when its time to get dinner ready. Grilling has become one of the best ways to get a quick meal ready. If you have read previous posts of mine you know I grill all year, through rain or snow. Sure there are times you have to plan and marinate something, but you can do that while you are at work. Other times you can get away with marinating something in an hour.  Take last nights dinner. I marinated some shrimp for an hour, put them on the grill, and bam! Dinner was ready. I even blanched some leeks and made a marinade for that too while the shrimp were getting their flavor on. Here is a short cut dinner recipe.

Grilled Shrimp with Leeks

12 to 18 raw shrimp, deveined, defrosted if frozen
1 package McCormick's Grill Mates Garlic, Herb and Wine Marinade
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
For leeks:
4 leeks, washed well, cut lengthwise, leaving the root intact
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the marinade, reserving 2 tablespoons so you can use to brush on while grilling, and marinate shrimp for 1 hour.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and blanch the leeks for 2 to 3 minutes.  Remove and immediately put leeks into a bowl filled with ice and water to stop the cooking. After a couple of minutes drain the leeks on a paper towel.  You can do this step a few hours ahead of time and refrigerate leeks until ready to grill. Mix together the mustard, sherry vinegar and olive oil and combine well.  Add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.  Prepare grill. Brush leeks with mustard vinaigrette on both sides and grill until you have grill marks, about 5 minutes.  Grill shrimp about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.  Serve with basmati rice.

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