by Laura Steiger, Outreach Team
After a longer and colder than usual winter, it’s time to embrace all that summer has to offer. So, break free of the kitchen and head outside to fire up the grill.
These simple techniques—combined with the best selection of meats, fish, and farm fresh vegetables and fruits harvested at the peak of flavor—will produce results that will be the envy of all.
Remove any bones with tweezers. Brush both sides of the salmon with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. For more seasoning, try adding a bit of crushed garlic, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a bit of lemon zest. On a grill heated to medium high, place the salmon, skin-side-down, on the grill and cover. Cook, undisturbed, until the salmon flesh flakes easily. For most 1-inch-thick fillets, cook 10 to 15 minutes. Allow another 10 minutes for each extra inch of thickness. Serve over salad for an easy summer meal.
CO-OP HOUSEMADE SAUSAGE
All our Co-op sausages are ground, seasoned, and packed right here by the experts in our meat department. That means they're fresh, juicy, and made with quality ingredients. To grill sausage, start them over indirect heat. Turn as needed until cooked through (165 F). Then, brown the sausage quickly over direct heat to finish. If the grill is hot enough, you can skip the browning step—on many grills, 20 minutes of indirect heat is enough time to brown the sausage AND cook it through.
Select a combo of your favorite summer vegetables like peppers, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, and spring onions. For a more unique array, try grilling cauliflower, fennel, baby bok choy, or watermelon radishes. Drizzle veggies with olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. For added flavor, add a couple dashes of soy sauce, crushed garlic, and a handful of chopped fresh herbs—try rosemary, thyme, tarragon, or basil. Toss gently to evenly coat. Grill vegetables on an oiled preheated grill until lightly charred, 3 to 5 minutes per side.
Peaches, plums, nectarines, mango, and pineapple are all absolutely delicious when grilled. Slice in half or into spears. Brush the cut sides of fruit with olive oil. Grill on medium-low until fruit develops grill marks and starts to soften, about 4 to 5 minutes. Brush the tops with oil, turn over and move to the side of the grill to continue cooking over indirect heat for another 4 to 5 minutes. You can add flavor by brushing fruit with maple syrup, butter, or honey. But if you start with ripe fruit, they really shouldn’t need anything at all!