Grill Skewers

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Forty years ago people were afraid to enter the water at the beach... the movie Jaws has had an everlasting effect since. But I say - no worries, just skewer and marinate. Today, I'll opt for grilling swordfish which is ideal when topped with a highly seasoned marinade for flavoring, not tenderizing. The fish is marinated for under 30 minutes making for a quick fix from kitchen to grill.  

Have a great weekend!

Use this vinaigrette as a marinade for vegetables, meats, or seafood and as a basic vinaigrette for salad greens.

Chef George's Grilling Vinaigrette

makes about 1 cup | from  George Hirsch Living it UP! cookbook

1/2 cup tomato or vegetable juice

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 Tablespoon horseradish

2 Tablespoons pitted green olives, chopped

4 cloves Caramelized Garlic

1 green onion, chopped

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon hot sauce

Fresh ground black pepper

Combine all the ingredients until well blended. Cover and alow the vinaigrette to sit at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours.


Swordfish Skewers

makes 4 servings | George Hirsch Lifestyle

1 1/4 pounds *swordfish, cut into 2 inch pieces

1 green pepper, cut into 2 inch cubes

1 red pepper, cut into 2 inch cubes

1 sweet onion, cut into 2 inch cubes

1 lemon, cut in quarters

1 lime, cut in quarters

2 Tablespoons olive oil

Arrange the swordfish, peppers, onion, wedges of lemon and limes on skewers. Pour Grilling Vinaigrette and olive oil over skewers; marinate for 30 minutes, in the refrigerator.

Preheat the grill. Grill for 2 or 3 minutes on each side on high. Baste with the marinade, then cook over a lower temperature for several minutes until done.

*Optional: use mako, jumbo shrimp or sea scallops. And chicken.

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KYFF, Dry Rub

The most important ingredient in cooking champion ribs is time. Ribs cooked slowly with a dry rub = Q heaven! But, don't forget to add a little moisture; by misting or brushing with water, or better yet secret, with apple juice. Over the years, I’ve offered several ways to cook ribs in my books. Caution - speedy versions that cook at temperatures hotter than 225 degrees just boils the juice out of the ribs, basically dry bones. The bottom line, great ribs cannot be prepared in a hurry. Good practice of patience. Enjoy!



Pork Rib Rub 

recipe by Chef George Hirsch | Makes 1/2 cup

1/4 cup paprika

2 Tablespoons each dry thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, brown sugar, cumin

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

In a small bowl combine all ingredients. 


Ribs with Pork Dry Rub

recipe by Chef George Hirsch | Makes four servings

1 slab of St. Louis Style meaty pork ribs, with 14 ribs, about 3 1/2 pounds

1 recipe pork rib rub

2 cups apple juice

3 cups pork ribs wet sticky sauce, see sauce recipe.

Coat the entire rack of ribs with pork rib rub, wrap ribs tightly and refrigerate overnight.

Pre heat a grill to low temperature (approximately 225-250 degrees F). Place ribs meat side up on grill and cook for 2-3 hours. The lower temperature keeps the meat from drying out and becoming tough. After 2 hours begin to baste or spray the ribs with apple juice. The juice keeps the meat moist and from becoming dry during the long cooking.

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Thanksgiving Countdown: Brined or Grilled & Gravy

Hi Friends. Here's my best of taking the turkey to the grill! Hands down- my Apple Brined Roasted Turkey Recipe is an all time winner for a moist and flavorful turkey. I've prepared this recipe on my TV show, on Live with Regis & Kelly, and for my toughest audience, my family. Sure, emails for requests and success stories pour in, but my toughest test was still before me with my family; a group with more food issues and conditions than should ever be under one roof. Somehow, I don't remember my Nana having such a tough group. She cooked. We ate and were happy. 

Need more kitchen? If your oven is all jammed up- take it outdoors and grill-it. Or, make a Thanksgiving turkey challenge. Cook 1 turkey in the oven and 1 on the grill. Yep. Been there, done that. 

Apple Brined Roasted Turkey Recipe

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Savory Herb Gravy

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