Summer Grilling Series: Spicing things up with Sur La Table

Grilling Plate

Ah summer, the season where cooking outside in a cloud of smoke is considered a treat and eating with your hands is not only not frowned upon, it's encouraged. Grilling is a summer tradition we Americans cherish, because for whatever reason, everything just tastes better with grill marks. So given the season, and the large amount of backyard grilling taking place, I developed a summer grilling series for Recipe4Living.

I myself am an amateur griller, so I thought it would be interesting to experiment with different recipes, foods, and grilling tools, and see what happens.

As I said, my knowledge of grilling is limited, so when I was presented with these fancy toys from our friends at Sur La Table, I was both excited and intimidated. On the plus side this was not the first time I braved new territory when it came to cooking. I came prepared with a slew of grilling recipes and armored with a few fancy gadgets. Here’s how it panned out:

The Tools: 

Sur La Table Himalayan Salt Plate: This may be one of the coolest items I’ve ever cooked with. These thick, hand-cut slabs of mineral-rich pink Himalayan salt infuse flavor into whatever you’re grilling. I let mine sit on the grill at medium heat for about 30 minutes before I put my skewers on top. I loved watching the skewers instantly begin to sizzle on the plate. Anyone who has cooked on a hot rock knows the simple pleasure I’m referencing. The food was so flavorful, and surprisingly not overpowering with salt. The Verdict: A must have in my grilling toolbox! 

Sur La Table Mesh Nonstick 3-in-1 Grill Pan: This pan basically makes stir-frying or sautéing not seamless on top of the grill. Long gone are the days where you have to wrap vegetables in tinfoil and hope you’ve cooked them long enough. This particular pan comes in three sizes, so you can cook multiple items at once. It was easy to maneuver and clean, not to mention grilling more awkwardly shaped foods suddenly becomes easy! The Verdict: Easy to clean, even easier to use! 

The Ingredients:

Jumbo Uncooked Shrimp

Chicken Breasts

Fresh Corn on the Cob

The Recipes:

Spicy Grilled Shrimp: The perfect amount of spice.

Grilled Lemon Chicken Kabobs: These babies soaked up the salt plate quite nicely.

Italian Style Grilled Corn on the Cob: If you want to kick things up a notch.  

The Result:

For me, mastering the art of grilling is definitely as work in progress. Remember to keep it simple when you first start preparing your foods on a grill. Don’t feel like you have to go overboard with seasonings. Figure out what you like and then add on to it as you see fit. Even simple seasoning like lemon or paprika will really make your grilled food pop! Instead pay more attention to how you’re cooking the meat. If it’s your first time, set the grill only on medium and turn or sauté your food often. The last thing you want is an overcooked piece of meat.

For some beginners inspiration check out Our Top 10 Grill Recipes!

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