Sunday, May 31, 2009

Fire 'er Up

"Grilling, broiling, barbecuing - whatever you want to call it - is an art, not just a matter of building a pyre and throwing on a piece of meat as a sacrifice to the gods of the stomach" ~
James Beard

Fired up the grill again today, why turn on a stove when we have warm breezes and sunny skies? Today's menu was inspired by Paula over at It's All Gouda. Ever since she posted her super stuffed peppers, I knew that these babies would make it onto my grill. I put my own twist on these using chicken instead of beef, check Paula's blog for her recipe and directions for assembling and cooking these peppers.

Super Stuffed Peppers

My changes/substitutions:

1 pound ground chicken
1 cup cooked brown rice
3/4 cup corn
3/4 cup black beans
1 small onion, minced
1 cup Sargento's Classic 4 Cheese Mexican
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
Salt, to taste
1/2 tsp. fire brick pepper
Chopped fresh parsley
Chili powder
Light basting of BBQ sauce
Note: I did not parboil the peppers, they turned out crisp/tender

I had a 2 pound package of ground chicken, so I also made Super Chicken Burgers with grilled Vidalia Onions

Super Chicken Burgers

1 pound ground chicken
1/4 to 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 onion, minced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
Salt & Fire Brick Pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients, shape into patties. Grill on each side till done. I lightly basted them with BBQ sauce and left them on the grill for about another minute (each side). The Vidalia onions were basted with equal portions of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sprinkled with sea salt and grilled.


Claudia said...

This look summer-fantastic. I love using ground chicken. And I adore peppers on the grill. Plus the filling - it's sort of spring/summer comfort food! Yes. definitely see this in my future. he photos are delicious.

maybelle's mom said...

what a good idea to do stuffed peppers on the grill.

shambo said...

The stuffed peppers look great. As do the burgers. But you know what got me drooling? The grilled onions! I can't help myself. I have always loved onions, in any form. Now that the sweet onions are in the market, I'm definitely going to have to try grilling them.

OhioMom said...

Thank you Claudia, I am looking forward to warm weather, cooking on the grill .. and fresh produce!

That is what I thought Maybelle, thanks to Paula for posting these :)

LOL Sue ... onions and mushrooms are in a dead heat for my fav ... !

Grace said...

incredible. if i had a grill, i'd probably be eating this daily, as it incorporates all my favorite ingredients and flavors. excellent recreation of a fabulous recipe!

Lucy said...

Grilling is certainly a favorite, everything always taste better and it's a wonderful change of meals!!

Everything looks wonderful, great meal!!

perennialgardener said...

Those stuffed peppers made my mouth water Mom, yum! ;) I think you could definitely talk your grandson into eating a chicken burger. lol

OhioMom said...

Thanks Grace :)

Lucy it is a nice change of pace :)

Racquel .. my grandson would love these!

Juliana said...

Great idea of grilling the stuffed really stuffed them really nice...looks delicious...and the chicken burger looks terrific...very the pictures!

Theresa said...

Love this time of year for grilling. I didn't get my invite.

OhioMom said...

Thank you Juliana :)

Theresa .. the door is always open, no invite needed :)

Proud Italian Cook said...

I just came home from work, I'm so hungry looking at all this good food! BTW, your garden is looking great, zucchini flowers already? Lucky you!

OhioMom said...

Thanks Marie. I am really enjoying my little garden and was just about dancing this morning when I found the bloom .. lol

anudivya said...

Stuffing brown rice into peppers sounds awesome. I am a brown rice convert and always looking for ways to cook them.

OhioMom said...

Anudivya, I have converted my guys to brown rice .. they love the nutty taste :)