My blogger friend Anatoli sent me some Beyond Salt and Pepper wine infused cedar grilling planks to try on my grill. Please visit his blog
to experience his inspiring stories about wine and food.
I was couldn’t wait to get grillin’… then it started to rain and rain and rain. Every day it rained buckets. So it was difficult to find a time to grill. Then finally the sun peeked through the clouds we decided NOW we grill! As soon as we put the food on the grill it started to…you guessed it…rain! We did not let the raindrops deter us, we were bound and determined to grill.
My sweet husband grilled under the cover of his umbrella.
Fresh swordfish sprinkled with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, drizzled with olive oil,
topped with fresh lemon slices, ready for the grill.
Since the planks are soaked for 48 hours in their respective wines or spirits there is no need to pre-soak the planks. I seasoned the plank by lightly toasting each side on the grill before cooking the fish. This imparts more intense flavor and helps prevent warping.
We tested the fish for doneness with a cake tester. This is a favorite chef’s secret: Insert a cake tester into the thickest part of the fish and leave it there for three seconds. Immediately after removing the cake tester, touch the tip to the skin under your bottom lip for three seconds. (the skin under your lip is especially sensitive to temperature). If the metal is warm, the fish is done. If it’s hot, the fish is probably overcooked, and if the metal is still cool, keep the fish on the grill awhile longer.
We kept a water bottle close by to spritz on any little flames as the plank got nice and hot. The aroma of the chardonnay coming off the grill was fabulous!
A simple sauce of fresh dill and melted butter was the perfect flavor for the chardonnay infused fish. The chardonnay plank helped to keep the fish moist and tender.
The perfect pairing ~ Dill Butter Chardonnay Infused Grilled Swordfish with Delamotte Champagne. Cheers!
Here’s a link to Anatoli’s blog post with more information about Beyond Salt and Pepper Grilling Planks: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/4534732/posts/19754
I am looking forward to trying the other plank flavors ~ champagne, merlot, bourbon, rum and beer. They are easy to order directly from the website, or on Amazon (the website offers a bit wider selection). For more inspiring grilling ideas follow Beyond Salt and Pepper on Instagram. There are lots of fun recipes (grilled vegetable recipes for my vegetarian friends too!) on their website. Recipes include Chardonnay Infused Cedar Planked Shrimps With Blood Orange And Peppercorns, Lamb Chops And Gnocchi On Chardonnay Infused Cedar Planked, Ginger-Marinated Pork Tenderloin On Bourbon Infused Cedar Plank…yum! Let’s get grillin’!
These flavor infused grilling planks will make a fun gift for Dad for Father’s Day on June 17, 2018!