BBQ MY WAY: Spiralizer and a salad
August 27, 2017 - bbq set
This week I don’t have a specific grilling dish, other than discussing a great way to use leftover grilled chicken or grilled salmon. And before I get too far into the topic, I should preface this column with the statement that pasta, especially fresh pasta is one of my favorite things in the world. But I don’t fix it much because of all the carbs.
Enter my new favorite kitchen contraption, the spiralizer. This thing is awesome. You take a zucchini, yellow or green or both, and crank it through the spiralizer. Presto! You have zucchini noodles. And there are different settings. We like the thicker fettuccine setting.
All you have to do is saute’ the “noodles” over medium-high heat with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and granulated garlic for five to seven minutes, tossing frequently. You want them cooked through but not mushy. Add your favorite pasta sauce and some leftover grilled meat. In our case we used salmon we had grilled the night before. We have also used grilled chicken and sauteed turkey sausage. Once the sauce and the meat is warmed through sprinkle on some grated Parmesan cheese and you are all set. The noodles have the feel of a pasta noodle. We really do love it. If you are looking to find ways of eating healthier and getting more vegetables into your diet, give the spiralizer a try. I think ours cost $20 or so.
Now onto the salad. One of our friends hosted our company Fantasy Football draft party. I made pulled pork BBQ, white Alabama sauce and the cole slaw. She took care of all the side dishes. She had a really cool way of presenting a salad to a bunch of hungry guys. You take whole leaves of romaine lettuce and lay them on a large platter. Then your favorite dressing is brushed on. Next, a whole piece of bacon, halved cherry tomatoes, grated cheese and some onion slices. What was really cool is that you could eat it almost like a slice of pizza. And it looked neat on the platter as you can see in the picture.
I hope you get out there this weekend and grill or smoke something delicious. Fall and football are right around the corner!
— Dave Lobeck is an Edward Jones financial adviser in Jeffersonville by day and a BBQ enthusiast on nights and weekends. Liz is his wife. You can contact Dave with your BBQ, cooking or grilling questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/BBQMyWay.!