Sunday, June 13, 2010

June Giveaway Winner

Yesterday was appetizer day here at our house. We never really at one full meal but we snacked all day long.

I made up a small bite of fun using Mezzetta's Applewood Smoked Olives in Chardonnay. I've talked about these a few times since I found them at Food City this spring. They are the best olives I've ever had, they are a treat by themselves. Just a hint of smoke shines through each briny bite. I love using them in any Spanish or Greek dish calling for any other kind of olive.

Anyway, I split them and then stuffed them with a strip of roasted red bell pepper and a spear of Locust Grove Farms Cumberland cheese. Locust Grove is a local farm that makes spectacular cheese from sheeps milk. The Cumberland is there manchego cheese that adds "a wonderful mix of green peppercorns, sweet red chili’s, onion, garlic, and ginger". It is ridiculously expensive ($19 a lb) but worth every penny. I wrapped some with prosciutto and some with bacon and then high temp smoked them with more applewood. My temps were about 300 for about 30 minutes until the bacon was crisped.

The prosciutto wrapped ones were way too salty, not surprisingly. The bacon ones were perfect.

Then I tried grilling artichokes for the first time ever. I followed the Cooking For Engineers method which I think was on target. I just wasn't thrilled with the result. Granted I had high expectations, but I think I would have preferred grilling artichoke hearts on a skewer. Anyone have tips for grilling artichokes?

Next, I grilled some wild caught Gulf shrimp. Yes Gulf shrimp, you can still get it and should support those fishermen as long as it is available. Simply seasoned with Old Bay, brushed with butter/lemon juice and grilled 2 1/2 minutes a side at 300f. They were perfect and would have been ideal on shrimp tacos but we ate them straight off the skewer before tacos had a chance.

Finally, I made a version of Chris Lilly's BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp.

And speaking of Chris Lilly, it is time to give away the autographed copy of his book, Big Bob Gibson's Barbecue Book - Recipes and Secrets of a Legendary BBQ Joint. There were 68 eligible entries and the winner was #18 - Thebtls, fellow Egghead and operator of the blog, Big T's Big Green Egg Recipe Blog.

Congratulations Big T. I'll email you through the Egg Forum but check your spam filters, a lot of messages to me from the forum end up there. I need a snail mail addy asap so I can get this to you before next weekend.

14 comments:

  1. Everything looks super good and we'll have to try the olives and look into the cheese. I especially like the bacon wrapped shrimp - are they stuffed with something?

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  2. Congrats to the winner! Man those bacon wrapped shrimp look amazing!

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  3. Those olives look fabulous! I wish your company would transfer you to Denver.

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  4. omgosh! all of these looks deliciously good! love the presentation of it. i would love to try some ;) hehee. yummms.

    jen

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  5. Looks great - I think it is actually hot enough to cook food outside w/o a grill here!

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  6. Wow! What a delicious looking post! I will have to try those olives!

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  7. Hey I think that last plate should be against the law- those shrimps are raising their rears in the air, exposing their goodness to us out here that have no ass-ess he he Damn boy, you sure can cook! Tell Alexis I say's, I'm jealous!

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  8. Appetizers are the best way to get a great selection of tasty treats!

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  9. Congrats to the lucky winner. I am loving all the appetizers... what a spread.

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  10. Congrats to the winner! All of your appetizers look terrific, but the gulf shrimp look the best! Definitely great to support the gulf coast right now:)

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  11. Cheese stuff bacon wrapped olives with apple wood smoke - What an awesome idea? I wish you were my neighbor.

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  12. Food looks good. I don't know about the olive dealie (not an olive fan) but it is wrapped in bacon, and you made it, so it would be worth the try.

    And way to support the shrimp fisherman. The gulf crisis needs support where ever you can get it.

    Finally, congrats to Big T - enjoy!

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  13. I love party food! This all looks so tasty . . . especially like the olives and the shrimp skewers. Congrats to the winner!

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  14. Everything looks so good! YUMMY! :-)

    I don't know that I'll be eating that gulf shrimp too much longer. I know the "experts" say it's safe but that's only until they find out it's not - remember these are basically the same so called experts that got the gulf into this mess to begin with - and with no emergency shut down plan! Brilliant.

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