Santa Marie Grilled Sirloin or Tri-Tip Steak

4 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoons celery salt
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 beef sirloin tip roast or tri-tip roast (2 to 3 pounds)
2 cups (handful) soaked hickory wood chips or chunks
2 tablespoons canola oil

Combine all spices; rub desired amount over roast.  Wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight.  Store leftover dry rub in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Remove roast from refrigerator 1 hour before grilling. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Add wood soaked wood chips according manufacturer’s directions (ask your butcher).
Unwrap the roast and brush with oil; place over drip pan.  Grill, covered, over medium-low indirect heat for 1 to 1 ½ hours or until meat reaches the desired doneness.
Let stand 10-15 minutes before slicing.
Serves 6
Prep time 20 minutes plus overnight marinating
Grill 1 to 1 ½ hours plus standing time

Tangier Island Virginia Crab Cakes

1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound lump crabmeat, drained – do not break up chunks too much
2 slices white bread, finely crumbled (about 1 ½ cups)
3 tablespoons canola oil
There are 4 grades of crabmeat: claw, special, lump and jumbo lump.  Using blue lump crabmeat for this recipe will result in the best texture and flavor.

Add the crabmeat AFTER mixing the initial ingredients to avoid breaking up the chunks of crab too much.  Then, mix in the bread crumbs gently. When adding the bread crumbs, use only as much as you need to be able to form the patty that holds together.
In a large bowl, mix all the first eight ingredients until blended.  Fold in crab until well coated.  Gently stir in bread crumbs until well blended.  Shape into twelve ½ inch thick patties.
In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add crab cakes in batches; cook until golden brown, 2-3 minutes on each side.
Makes 12 crab cakes
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes per batch

Remoulade Sauce:
¾ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup chopped dill pickle
1 scallion, finely chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons creole mustard
1 tablespoon stone-ground mustard
1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
Mix all ingredients together until well blended.  Serve with crab cakes.  Makes 1 cup.

Grilled Marinated Pork Chops

½ cup Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup minced fresh parsley
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 4 boneless pork loin chops (8 oz each, 1 inch thick)
* Optional – Bone-In Pork Loin Chops can be substituted

In a large bowl, combine and mix all items except the pork chops.
Add pork chops, turn to coat – refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Drain and discard marinade.
Preheat grill medium heat.  Lightly oil grill grate to prevent sticking.
Grill chops covered for 10-15 minutes on each side or until an internal thermometer reads 145 degrees F.
Let meat stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 4
From Prep to Table 25 to 30 minutes

Marinated Chicken Breast (or other chicken)

½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup balsamic vinegar or other vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
1/8 cup lemon juice
¾ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
2 tablespoons Dijon or Spicy Brown mustard
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder

6 chicken breasts or 3.5 pounds other chicken

Whisk together all ingredients except the chicken.
Remove half cup of marinade and reserve for basting the chicken later.
Place chicken in a large resealable bag and pour marinade over the top.  Close securely and turn the bag a couple of times to cover.
Marinade for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours, turning the bag periodically.
Preheat grill to medium high heat.  Lightly oil the grill grates to prevent sticking.
Grill chicken for 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until cooked through.  Baste the chicken occasionally with the reserved marinade.
Remove chicken from grill and tent with foil.  Let chicken rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
• Optional – if you bring the reserved marinade up to a boil, let simmer until slightly reduced – it makes a wonderful sauce to go on top of the chicken when served.
Serves 6 to 8
Prep time 45 minutes; Cook Time 10 to 18 minutes
Marinade time 4 hours to 24 hours

Grilled Asian Bone-In Chicken Thighs

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1 teaspon Dijon style mustard
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
8 bone-in chicken thighs

Preheat grill to medium high heat.  Mix all ingredients except chicken; brush over chicken.
Cover and grill chicken, bone side down 15 to 20 minutes; turn.  Cover and grill until done, turning 2 or 3 times.  Internal chicken should be 165 degrees – ensure thermometer does not touch the bone.
Serves 4
From prep to table 1 hour

Asparagus Chicken Sandwiches

1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3 inch pieces
1 ½ cups sour cream
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 ½ teaspoons prepared mustard
½ teaspoon salt
8 oz sliced grilled chicken breast
4 English muffins, split & toasted
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
paprika (optional)

In a large saucepan, bring ½ inch of water to a boil.  Add asparagus; cover and boil for 3 minutes.  Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water.  Drain & pat dry.
In the same pan, combine the sour cream, lemon juice, mustard and salt; cook on low until heated through.  Remove from the heat.
If grilled chicken is cold, warm in microwave for 30 to 40 seconds.
Place two English muffin halves on each serving plate.  Top with the chicken, tomatoes, asparagus and sauce.  Sprinkle with paprika if desired.
Serves 4

Spinach Steak Pinwheels

1 ½ pounds beef top sirloin steak *
8 bacon strips, cooked
1 package (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed & squeezed dry
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* or substitute marinated/tenderized flank steak

Lightly score steak by making shallow diagonal cuts at 1 inch intervals into top of steak; repeat cuts in the opposite direction.  Cover steak with plastic wrap; pound with a meat mallet to ½ inch thickness.  Remove plastic.
Place bacon widthwise at center of steak.  In a bowl, mix remaining ingredients; spoon over bacon.  Starting at a short side, roll up steak jelly-roll style; secure with toothpicks.  Cut into six slices.
Lightly oil grill grate to prevent sticking.  Preheat grill to medium high heat.
Grill pinwheels, covered, 5-6 minutes on each side or until beef reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, internal temp should read 145 degrees F; medium, 160 degrees F.
Pull and discard toothpicks before serving.
Serves 6
From prep to table 25 minutes

Chicken Francese

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup dry bread crumbs
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
1 cup water
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 chicken bouillon cubes
lemon slices

Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to ¼ inch thickness; slice into cutlets 1 ½ inch wide. Place beaten eggs in a shallow bowl; in a separate shallow bowl, combine the next six ingredients. Dip chicken in egg, then in crumb mixture, patting to help coating adhere.
In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Brown the chicken in batches, adding oil as needed, until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove; drain on paper towels.
For lemon sauce, add water, lemon juice and bouillon to skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until liquid is reduced by half, 8-10 minutes. Return chicken to pan; toss to coat. Cook until heated through, 4-6 minutes. Serve with lemon slices.
Serves 4
From prep to table 40 minutes

Delicious Glazed Black Pearl Salmon

Four 8 oz salmon fillets – skin removed
1/3 cup soy sauce
¼ cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons Dijon style mustard
Oil for grill grates

Mix the soy sauce, brown sugar and the Dijon mustard together and rub the fillets with the mixture. Allow the fillets to get to room temperature.
Preheat grill to medium high heat – should be about 400 degrees. Lightly oil the grates to prevent sticking. Fish takes about 8-10 minutes per inch at 400 degrees to cook. Measure the thickest part of your fillets to judge how long it will take to cook.
Place the fillets on grill grate. Allow to cook about 5 minutes – turn to second side to finish grilling. Salmon should flake easily – do not overcook. Remember that when you remove from the grill, the salmon is still cooking about another 5 degrees internal temperature. Salmon internal temperature should be 130 to 135 degrees, so pull off the grill when it is about 125 to 130 degrees to finish cooking internally.
A nice glaze will form on the fillets. Serve with cooked rice and vegetables.
Serves 4
From prep to table 20 minutes

Baked Tilapia With Cajun Crumb topping

4 to 6 tilapia fillets – thawed
1 cup soft fresh bread crumbs
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 ½ teaspoons Cajun seasoning
Pinch dried thyme
½ teaspoon salt
Dash ground black pepper

Heat oven to 400 F.
Spray non-stick oil a large shallow baking dish.
Arrange thawed fish fillets on the prepared baking pan.  Brush with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter.  Combine the remaining butter with the soft bread crumbs and seasonings.  Sprinkle the crumbs over the tilapia fillets.
Bake the fish for 10 to 15 minutes or until fish is cooked thoroughly.  Fish will be opaque and will flake easily with a fork when done.
Carefully remove the fillets to plates with a spatula.
Serve with spicy cooked rice like Vigo yellow rice or dirty rice.
Serves 4
From prep to table 25 minutes

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