Summertime really makes me wish that we had a grill. Well, it makes me wish that we had room for a grill. I would totally buy one, if it weren’t for the fact that there is nowhere to put it! Our little, two-bedroom apartment is on the second floor, and as much as I would *love* a balcony — alack, no such luck here. But we do have a “Griddler,” which, when open, does a reasonable job of imitating a grill, so we do get to sample some happy summer recipes. Here’s a new one we tried recently. Ok, so it’s really from Cooking Light, but it’s quite good, and if you’re looking for something to grill, or even to sear or stick in the oven, this is tasty!
4 tsp dried basil (crush it between your hands before adding)
4 tsp dried mint (crush this, too)
2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Combine all ingredients. Sprinkle evenly over meat on one side, then gently pat in place. Turn meat over and repeat. Go easy on it–it’s got a rich flavor to it. They recommend about 1 tbsp per serving (or per piece of meat). The recipe will certainly make more than that–store the rest in an airtight container in a dark place, they say for up to two weeks. The magazine also recommends it for use on dark-meat chicken, strong-flavored fish like salmon, or pork. We had it on pork (with buttered noodles and fresh asparagus 😉 ) and it was great!