We had guests for dinner on Friday night. My sister, Kara had requested grilled food since she never gets to eat it. She’s also a vegetarian, so we had to work around those specifications. We also had to work around some sketchy weather… but it all turned out fine in the end! We had some great food and played fun games. It was a really great night!
Ross made his homemade salsa for an appetizer… I’m not sure he’s ready to share his secret recipe, or if he ever will be for that matter. It is the best salsa you will ever taste, though!
Ross grilled chicken for the carnivores in the group. He used this marinade recipe found on recipezaar.com and spiced it up a bit with things like cilantro and green onion… and who knows what else. The recipe is actually for sandwiches, but we just used the marinade.
Hoisin Chicken Marinade
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
Mix all ingredients together and marinade chicken overnight.
We made Spicy Vegetarian Peanut Noodle Salad courtesy of Food Network and Ming Tsai. It was also very easy to make, had fairly simple ingredients and was a super nice change from a typical pasta salad. We all loved it! I didn’t have any coriander, so I had to leave that out… I’ll put it in next time, but it was still great without it.
For Kara, we made Grilled Portabello Mushrooms with Artichoke Puree and Roasted Corn-Tomato Topping. I found this recipe on another recipe blog with lots of vegetarian recipes. This was nice because you could make the toppings ahead of time, so all you had to do at the last minute was grill the mushrooms. We didn’t have room on the grill to roast corn, so I cooked some corn in a frying pan in a little bit of butter until it was slightly blackened. We also cook corn this way to put in tacos or other Mexican meals and it is delicious. The dish looks really pretty when you serve it, and Kara said it tasted great, too! I want to make it again sometime soon when I can eat it!
At the last minute, we decided to skewer some pinapple and grill that, too. The meal turned out really well, and Kara made us a key lime pie to have for dessert. It was a great night with some good food, but more importantly, great company!