We had such a nice afternoon and happily everything turned out really good. Except I almost burned the bread! The directions said to cook for 35 minutes and here’s how it looked at 25!
I am not going to post this recipe – it still needs tweaking!
My side dishes:
Asian Cucumber Salad
- 2 cups thin sliced cucumbers
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for one hour.
I also made a pasta salad, but I never have a recipe for it – just eye ball it! After I boil my pasta, I reserve the starchy water and blanch my veggies in that. This one also had pearl mozzarella balls and chunks of salami – yum! I also use Paul Newman’s Light balsamic for the dressing.
I had two separate marinades – one for the pork and one for the chicken.
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
- fresh ground black pepper
Mix all ingredients and marinate thick cut pork chops overnight.
Honey Jalapeno Marinade
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped (I wish I would have kept the seeds in – it could have been spicier!)
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red peper
Combine marinade with chicken breasts overnight.
I decided to make a mango salsa to go with the chicken – it turned out really good!
- 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
- 1 small cucumber, peeled and diced
- 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 jicama, peeled and diced
- salt and pepper to taste
I let this marinate overnight too. I left the jalapeno out of it thinking the chicken was going to be spicy, but it wasn’t!
I also grilled corn on the cob – I love the flavor that the corn gets when it grills outside the husk!
After three hours in the refrigerator, I flipped them out on my cutting board. Since I was making smores, I made them the same size as my graham crackers.
Then it was time to assemble – my SIL and nephews girlfriend chose dark chocolate with sea salt, Hannah had milk chocolate, and my nephew had toffee chocolate.
Then I wrapped up each one and put the name on the outside before putting them on the grill.
Let me just say these were a bit messy!
But everyone loved them!
Off to finish cleaning the kitchen – hope everyone had a great weekend! 😀