Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bobby Flay's Grilling For Life


Labor Day is the traditional end of outdoor grilling in much of the country. We are very lucky here in South Mississippi that we can hang out on the patio year round. In fact, as the temperatures cool down a bit and the afternoon thunderstorms become scarce, early fall can be the best time to plan outdoor activities.
We celebrated Labor Day weekend with the grill, using recipes from Bobby Flay's Grilling For Life. Flay says these recipes are healthy alternatives that keep the "big flavor" of his richer style of cooking. I'm not sure how healthy these ideas are (they are a lot heavier than what we normally eat) but they are darn good!
We prepared Grilled Salmon with Anchovy Vinaigrette and Grilled Pepper and Black Olive Relish for friends. Flay is right when he advises you to not be afraid of anchovies. I neglected to mention that the vinaigrette had anchovies in it and everyone raved over it. I'm pretty sure most would have refused to try it if they know about the little salty fish.
We don't eat much beef, but steak seemed like the most appropriate meal for Labor Day. We made Black Pepper-Crusted Filet Mignon with Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper-Ancho Salsa. For folks who claim not to like red meat, we sure ate it all up! The contrast between the spicy salsa and the creamy goat cheese was great, and the barely medium-rare steaks were perfectly crusty outside.
I haven't had time to try his Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Pancetta and Rosemary Vinaigrette, but a friend gave us some sweet potatoes this week, so I'm running out of excuses.
Don't be afraid to fire up the grill year round. The library has lots of great grilling books to inspire you. Food seems to taste better outside (even with the bug spray) and clean up is easier!

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