Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tequila Lime Mahi-Mahi with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

It's National Tequila Day and it's hot as you-know-what out there, so break out the tequila and fire up the grill.  Sure you can make a great margarita with your tequila, but did you know you can cook with it too?! Yup, tequila makes everything better.  So grab that bottle, put some in the marinade, put some in the salsa and oh yeah, don't forget to put a whole lot in the margaritas!

Grilling the pineapple enhances the flavor of this fresh fruit salsa making it the perfect accompaniment to slightly spicy grilled mahi-mahi.

photography by Paul Gelsobello Studio
food stylist: Catherine Paukner
prop stylist: Heather Bean
recipe developed for Baker's Joy

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Marinate Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time:  10 minutes
4 servings

3 Tbsp. lime juice, divided
2 Tbsp. tequila, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder
3/4 tsp. salt, divided
1 lb. mahi-mahi fillets (or other firm white fish fillet)
1 can Griller’s Joy Grilling Non-Stick Cooking Spray (High Temperature Formula)
1/2 pineapple, cored, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch thick wedges
1 mango, peeled, pitted, and chopped
1 small red bell pepper, seeded, and chopped
1 avocado, diced
3 green onions, chopped
1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro leaves
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (optional)

Combine 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon tequila, garlic and chipotle chili powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Pour marinade over fish and marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes

Spray grill grates with Griller's Joy spray and preheat grill to medium.  Grill pineapple 6 to 8 minutes until tender and slightly charred.  Remove pineapple, chop and combine with remaining ingredients.

Grill mahi-mahi fillets 8 minutes, turning once, until fish flakes.  Serve salsa over fish.


Serving suggestion:  Serve with warmed flour or corn tortillas for a delicious fish taco.

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Cooks Tip:   The heat from jalapeno comes from it's seeds, so remove them for a more mild dish.  If you like it extra spicy, you can leave some or all of the seeds in the jalapeno.  Remember to always be careful when handling jalapeno's.  Wear gloves or wash hands very thoroughly after handling and be careful to not rub your face or eyes.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Fig & Bourbon Ice Cream Topping

When it's too hot outside to cook, ice cream for dinner sounds like a perfect plan.   But not plain old ice cream of course. It needs this luscious and easy Fig and Bourbon Topping.  Only three ingredients and you can make it in minutes in the microwave.  There's no need to even turn on the stove.  Top your sundae off with a little fresh fruit, some granola, maybe a few nuts or whatever else you're feeling and you've pretty much got all of your basic food groups covered, or maybe not, but it's ok!  

If you're wondering what to do with all that leftover bourbon...mix it with some with lemonade or ginger beer for a cool cocktail.    I'll be experimenting with some simple summer cocktails with mine, so stay tuned!
Recipe developed for Dalmatia

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Yield: 3/4 cup

Ingredients:
1 (6-ounce) jar Dalmatia Fig Spread with Orange or Dalmatia Fig Spread - Original 
1 to 2 tablespoons bourbon whiskey 
1 tablespoon unsalted butter 


Directions:

Spoon Fig Spread into microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High for 30 seconds. Stir in bourbon and microwave on High 1 minute, stirring once halfway through cooking.  Add butter and stir until completely melted.

Serve over vanilla ice cream and top with crushed granola or chopped nuts.


Garnish if desired with fresh mint and a few orange slices.

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Oh and this spread isn't only for ice cream.  Spoon over yogurt, fruit, cakes and more!  It's so easy and delicious I'm sure you'll find plenty of great uses for it.

If you have any leftover, this topping will keep for several weeks.  Just keep it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator.  Putting it back into the Dalmatia jar works well since the jars are just so pretty.  

This also makes a lovely gift for the holidays or when visiting friends for summer barbecues.  Pour the mixture into a ball jar and tie a pretty ribbon around the outside and you are good to go.