Thursday, September 3, 2009

What's on Your Grill?

Hold on summer, you only have a few more days to go!

I don't know about your hometown, but it has been feeling a bit cooler in our neck of the woods. Not that I am complaining; I have already told you about my love for the change in the seasons, but at least let summer make it until Labor day!

Speaking of Labor day, one of our country's great grill-fest holidays, are you planning on throwing something on the grill? Will you have the all-American fare, or do something unconventional? You don't know yet? Well, I'll give you a couple of ideas!

We had a couple of good friends over for dinner this past Monday night. They were great company; providing good conversation, developing a deeper friendship and being very patient as we tried our hand at a few new recipes for the grill. If you don't have Labor day plans, and don't mind veering from the traditional burger and baked bean recipes, try these. I'll be giving you one recipe a day for the next few days, so that your Labor day grill repertoire will be complete and completely fabulous!

Oh, and maybe you can help me coax Summer to hold on until then.

The Menu:

Appetizer: Artichoke Bruschetta
Entree: Tuscan Grilled Chicken and Panzanella
Dessert: Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream

Artichoke Bruschetta

Half of a Baguette
1 can Artichoke Hearts
15 Basil Leaves
1/4 cups Ricotta Cheese
1/4 cups Asiago Cheese, Grated
Kosher Salt
Olive Oil For Brushing
1 Garlic Clove, Halved

Slice the baguette into 8-10 rounds. Set aside.

Drain the artichoke hearts. Cut the hearts in half lengthwise, and then cut each half into three pieces. Put the chopped artichoke hearts into a small bowl. Roughly chop the basil and add to the bowl. Add the cheeses and mix to blend. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Prepare the grill to low heat. Brush one side of each baguette round with olive oil. Place the oiled side down on the grill for 3-4 minutes, until the underside is toasted. Remove the rounds from the grill and rub the toasted side with the cut garlic slice. Brush the other side of the bread with oil and place face down on the grill. Top the rounds with the artichoke mixture and close the lid, so that the artichoke warms slightly while the bottoms of the bread toast (3-4 minutes). Remove to a plate and enjoy!

Once the second side of the bread is toasted, you can always move these to indirect heat, keeping them warm until you want to enjoy them.
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Sarah Barry Spooner said...

all your food looks SO good. beautiful pictures. my mom is making the black Russian cake this weekend!

Sarah Barry Spooner said...

my mom said the cake is wonderful. i look forward to eating a piece tonight with coffee ice cream. have a happy labor day.

Barefoot Belle said...

Yeah! I'm so glad that she made it, and I hope you enjoy it, too! Have a wonderful weekend.