Tuscan Grilled Whole Turkey

Tuscan Grilled Whole Turkey
Yield: 15 -20 Servings

Ingredinets

For the Brine
1 1/2       Gallons Water
1 Cup      Packed Light Brown Sugar
1 Cup      Kosher Salt
3 Tbsp.   Hartz Seafood & Poultry Seasoning
1 Bunch  Fresh Thyme
1 Bunch  Fresh Rosemary
6 each     Garlic Cloves – Sliced
4 each     Lemons – zest (reserve the zested lemons for below)

For the Turkey
1 each       Whole Turkey (15 to 20 Pounds) – Giblets Removed
1 Bunch    Fresh Thyme
1 Bunch    Fresh Rosemary
1 each       Yellow Onion – Chopped
10 each    Garlic Cloves
4 each       Lemons from above (1 cut into 8 chunks, 3 cut in half)
2 Tbsp.     Olive Oil
1 Tbsp.     Black Pepper
3 Tbsp.     Hartz Seafood & Poultry Seasoning

Procedure

  1.   Combine the water, brown sugar, salt, and the 3 Tbsp. Hartz Seafood & Poultry Seasoning in a large pot.  Bring to a boil then remove from heat.
  2.   Add the 1 bunch of thyme, 1 bunch of rosemary, 6 garlic cloves sliced, and the zest from the 4 lemons.
  3.   Mix well and chill completely.
  4.   Once the brine is cold, add the turkey and brine for about 10 to 12 hours.
  5.   Remove the turkey, rinse off and pat dry.
  6.   Light a charcoal BBQ. (You can use a gas BBQ, just prepare it to cook indirectly)
  7.   Stuff the turkey with the 1 bunch of thyme, 1 bunch of rosemary, yellow onion, garlic cloves, and the lemon chunks.
  8.   Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and sprinkle the 1 Tbsp. black pepper and 3 Tbsp. Hartz Seafood & Poultry Seasoning all over.
  9.   When the coals are hot, arrange them on either end of the BBQ to cook indirectly.
  10. Place the turkey breast side down for 1 hour.
  11. Flip the turkey over so the breast side is up and drizzle with one of the lemons that are cut in half.
  12. Cook for about an hour more or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F.
  13. Remove the turkey from the grill, drizzle with another lemon, then cover with foil and allow to rest for about an hour.
  14. Cut the turkey off the bone and place on a platter, squeeze the last lemon over it and serve.
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Caprese Skewers

Caprese Skewers
Yield: Six Servings

Ingredients
2 Tbsp.      Greek Taverna Blend
2 Tbsp.      Water
2 Tbsp.      Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp.      Honey
1/4 Cup     Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Cup     Olive Oil

As Needed     6 Inch Skewers
1 Pint              Cherry Tomatoes
1 Bunch          Basil – Torn into 1 Inch Pieces
1 Log               Fresh Mozzarella – Sliced & Cut into Cubes
As Needed     Cracked Black Pepper

Procedure
1. Mix the Greek Taverna Blend and water together in a mixing bowl.
2. Mix in the Dijon mustard, honey and balsamic vinegar.
3. Whisk well.
4. While whisking, slowly add the oil until combined.
5. Set the dressing aside.
6. Prepare the skewers by adding a cube of fresh mozzarella, followed by a basil leaf, followed by a cherry tomato.
7. Drizzle a little of the balsamic vinaigrette over the the skewers.
8. Top with some fresh cracked black pepper.

Blackened Ribeye with Gorgonzola Cheese

Blackened Ribeye with Gorgonzola Cheese
Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients
4 each        Beef Ribeye (Cut 1 Inch Thick)
4 Tbsp.      Hartz Black Bayou Blend
1 Cup          Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese
Procedure

  1. Heat a grill to high.
  2. Season the steaks on both sides with the Hartz Black Bayou Blend.
  3. Grill the steak turning once on the same side to get the checkerboard pattern.
  4. Flip the steak over and turn it once to get the checkerboard pattern on that side.
  5. Check the temperature using an instant-read thermometer. When it is about 20 degrees away

    from your desired temperature add the Gorgonzola cheese.

  6. Place the lid on the grill to help it melt the cheese.
  7. Check the temperature again. Remove from the grill when it reaches the desired temperature.
  8. Set on a plate and tent with aluminum foil for about two minutes.
  9. Serve and enjoy.

Tasting Tomorrow at the Orenco Station Farmer’s Market

Grilled Walla Walla Sweet Onions with Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, and a Balsamic Greek Vinaigrette

Today I was inspired when traveling through Walla Walla Washington to make tomorrows tasting.  I picked up some sweet onions from a small stand alongside the road.  They were just picked a couple of days ago.

Ingredients
5 each    Walla Walla Sweet Onions – Sliced
3 Tbsp.  Olive Oil
1 Tbsp.   Hartz Greek Taverna Blend
5 each    Roma Tomatoes – Seeded & Diced
10 each  Leaves of Fresh Basil – Chopped
1/4 Cup  Balsamic Greek Vinaigrette (see Farmer’s Market Salad with Balsamic Greek Vinaigrette below)

Procedure
1. Heat a grill on high.
2. Season the onions with the olive oil and the Greek Taverna Blend.
3. Grill the onions until slightly charred.
4. Allow the onions to cool.
5. While the onions are cooling combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and toss well.
6. When the onions are cool, toss in the tomato mixture and mix well.
7. Serve at room temperature.

Note
* This would be great served over steak, chicken, or fish.

Grilled Mediterranean Relish

Grilled Mediterranean Relish
Yield: 1 Quart

Ingredients
1/2 Bunch  Fresh Asparagus
1 each          Red Onion – Sliced
3 fl. oz.       Olive Oil
2 Tbsp.       Hartz Greek Taverna Blend
8 each         Roma Tomatoes – Seeded & Diced
2 each         Roasted Red Bell Peppers – Diced
4 oz.            Fresh Mozzarella – Diced
4 fl. oz.       Greek Balsamic Vinaigrette (see Farmer’s Market Salad with Greek Vinaigrette below)
4 each         Fresh Basil Leaves – Chiffonade

Procedure
1. Heat a grill to high.
2. Season the asparagus and red onion slices with olive oil and the Greek Taverna Blend.
3. Grill the asparagus and red onions until slightly charred.
4. While the asparagus and onions are cooling down toss the tomatoes, roasted peppers, and mozzarella in a bowl.
5. When the asparagus and onions are cool dice them and toss them into the bowl with the tomatoes.  Toss well.
6. Add the vinaigrette and mix well.
7. Garnish with the basil
8. Serve at room temperature.

Note:
* This relish will go well with chicken, fish, and pork.
* This also works well as a dip served with chips or topped on a salad.

 

 

Farmer’s Market Salad with Balsamic Greek Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 Servings

It’s Farmer’s Market season and there are many good finds to be found.  Strawberries, raspberries, many assortments of lettuces, wildflower honey, and even farm stand cheeses.  Find a market close to you and enjoy the extraordinary selection of produce and other goods.

Greek Balsamic Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette Ingredients
2 Tbsp.       Hartz Greek Taverna Blend
2 Tbsp.       Water
1 Tbsp.       Dijon Mustard
2 Tbsp.       Honey
1/4 Cup      Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Cup      Olive Oil

Vinaigrette Procedure
1. In a small bowl combine the Greek Taverna Blend with the water.  Set aside for a couple of minutes.
2. In a blender add the spice and water mixture, Dijon, honey, and balsamic vinegar.
3. Place the lid on the blender and turn on high.
4. While the blender is still running slowly add the oil through the center of the lid to emulsify the dressing.

Salad Ingredients
8 Cups     Fresh Lettuce (Such as Arugula, Lola Rosa, Bib, and / or Mixed Greens)
1/2 Cup   Toasted Pine Nuts
1 Pint       Fresh Strawberries (Such as Hoods) – Quartered
1/2 Pint   Fresh Raspberries
1/2 Cup    Diced Fresh Mango
1/2 Cup    Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese

Salad Procedure
1. Toss the lettuce with some of the vinaigrette.
2. Top with the pine nuts, strawberries, raspberries, mango, and Gorgonzola cheese.
3. Serve and enjoy.

Note
* Add grilled chicken dusted with Hartz Moroccan Moorish Blend for a more substantial salad.

 

Cajun Salsa

Cajun Vinaigrette

Ingredients
1 Tbsp.     Black Bayou Blend
1 Tbsp.     Lime Juice
1 Tbsp.     Honey
1 tsp.         Dijon Mustard
1 fl. oz.     Apple Cidar Vinegar
2 fl. oz.     Olive Oil

Procedure
1. Mix the Black Bayou Blend and lime juice together and let stand for a few minutes.
2. Combine all the remaining ingredients with the spice mixture and mix well.

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Cajun Salsa
Yield: 1 Quart

Ingredients
1 each Canned Black Beans – Rinsed & Drained
1 each Canned Corn – Rinsed & Drained
1 each Red Bell Pepper – Diced
2 each Roma Tomatoes – Seeded & Diced
1/2 Cup Diced Jicama
1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
1/4 Cup Chopped Scallions
4 fl. oz. CajunVinaigrette (See Recipe)
To Taste Kosher Salt

Procedure
1. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
2. Adjust seasoning with salt if needed.

Note
*This salsa is also great served with tortilla chips
*Use this salsa as a topping on Chicken or fish such as Tilapia, Salmon or Halibut. Serve the salsa at room temperature.
*This salsa would also be great topping a black bean or tortilla soup.