Happy Fourth of July!
July 4th 2012:
4th of July is probably the most active grilling day in all of America. With the holiday falling on a Wednesday this year, we found ourselves joining friends to have a brunch-like food fest; getting together early in the day so we could all get back to the grind on Thursday.
It was an impromptu gathering of some of my “regulars” that all have massive amounts of talent in the kitchen and around the grills. There was an Israeli couscous salad with fresh cucumber, bell peppers and shallots served cold with a vinaigrette and a tomato and cucumber salad with feta and balsamic that was just as refreshing as it sounds. There was also grilled zucchini with buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomatoes with basil and peach balsamic, and chicken done lollipop style grilled to perfection.
My contribution to this was grilled pear halves drizzled in olive oil, salt and pepper. For the kicker, I seeded them with a grapefruit spoon (I had help – team effort) to leave a small divot in the bottom end, and trimmed the round side with a small one inch slice to make it flat on its bottom and stable on the grill. I grilled them face down to get some grill marks and soften them up.
After you flip, then stuff those divots with Gorgonzola cheese (or your favorite sharp cheese). They are ready to come off the grill when the cheese is nice and bubbly. Just beforehand, carefully drizzle a very small amount of organic honey on the cheese side of the pears. Enjoy!
Grill your fruit!
Big thanks to M&S, C&B, K&K, W&L, and S!