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Grilled Romaine Hearts with Avocado Lime Dressing

4 Sep

I love grilled lettuce. I absolutely love it. It is such a wacky idea, but yet tastes so amazing!

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There isn’t much to it either…..you put a lil olive oil on your lettuce, grill it on low heat, and then fix however you like! It can be casual or very refined, depending on how you dress it up and top it.

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And this dressing is amazing. Like, amazing. It is bright and fresh and enhances the grilled romaine.

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Never mind the shrimp there 🙂 That was for another part of the meal. But thinking it through more, you could easily put grilled shrimp on top of this grilled lettuce with the dressing and it would taste amazing. Hmmmmm, another meal idea!!

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There is the grilled romaine to the right in the pic. I had an accidental drunk-pour of the dressing and put a bit too much on there……ooops! It tasted delicious – and I saved the extra dressing to put on some garden-grown tomatoes later in the week. Yum!

Grilled Romaine Hearts with Avocado Lime Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 2 romaine hearts, washed, trimmed, and sliced in half
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped up all small
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • a pinch of salt and pepper

Avocado Lime Dressing

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped all small
  • ½ teaspoon agave or honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt to taste

Directions:

For the dressing, put all the ingredients in a small food processor or blender and combine until creamy. Add the pinch of sea salt and mix it in. If it looks way too thick, add more water until it looks like salad dressing. Pour it all into a small container and refrigerate until the lettuce is ready. Can be made a day ahead.

To grill the romaine hearts, heat the grill to a medium-low heat. As long as the grill isn’t crazy hot, you are good.

While the grill heats up, mix the garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper in a little cup. Brush or spoon the oil mixture to the cut side of the lettuce. This isn’t the real dressing so go easy.

Place the lettuce face down on the grill for 60 seconds or until there are clear grill marks and the leaves are beginning to wilt. Flip the hearts over and grill the other side for another 60 seconds. You want the leaves to look charred but not all limp so pay attention.

When they look good, put them on a plate and put some dressing over the hearts. Top with sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, and plenty of black pepper.

Makes enough for 4 people with some extra dressing

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guacamole

11 Dec

There are a zillion different ways to make guacamole. There are a zillion recipes – each with varying twists and levels of heat, sometimes just variations on amount of the same ingredients to use.

For Supper Club in October, I decided to make a simple guacamole. I found the recipe in Cooks Illustrated Mexican issue.

I think most guacamole is really good. Although I grew up not liking it – and didnt like avocados. I mostly didnt like them because there wasnt much taste although there were a lot of calories. But as of 5 years ago, I realized the wonder and awesomeness of the avocado.

When cutting avocados, it’s best to slice down the middle and break apart. Then slam your knife into the seed and twist it in a circle and pull it out of the fruit. Then slice each half of the avocado lengthwise all the way across as it sits in your hand, then move the avocado sideways in your hand and slice lengthwise the opposite way. Then you can scoop it all out easily!

This recipe was rather delicious. It wasnt too onion-y, it was flavorful and thick, but not too thick.

This is a really easy dip to bring to a party if need-be. It will be wildly popular with your friends as they dig in with their chips. And it’s SO easy to make!

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Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 3 avocados
  • ¼ cup minced cilantro
  • 2 tblsp finely chopped onion
  • 1 small jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 2 tblsp lime juice
  • Salt

Directions:

Mix everything together and mash to your desired consistency. Sprinkle lime juice and salt last and taste.

Can be made ahead 1 day as long as saran is placed DIRECTLY ON TOP of guac (so guac doesnt get brown and gross) and refrigerated. Return to room temp before serving.

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