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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 11, Saturday

Shrimp on Avocado Cream
Grilled Cornish Hens with Spicy Rub
Potato and Chard Gratin

Cooking time:  70 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       We used shrimp for our starter, but you could use smoked salmon, ham or even leftover tuna.  The little chickens are perfect for a single serving and any leftovers are perfect for snacks.

Shrimp on Avocado Cream

Total time: 15 minutes 
   The is a knife and fork sandwich, modeled on the famous Smorbrod or open-faced sandwiches of the Scandinavian (and Austrian) countries.  If you have Avocado Cream left - have it on toast for breakfast. 

Shrimp on Avocado Cream  Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Grilled Cornish Hens (Poussin) with Spicy Rub

Total time: 60 minutes 
    Cooked over indirect heat with a spicy rub gives these hens a crisp, flavorful skin.  Both the dry mustard and pepper add a bit of heat.

Grilled Cornish Hens (Poussin) with Spicy Rub Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Potato and Chard Gratin 

Total time: 70 minutes 
      A simple, dish with few ingredients, this highlights the fresh taste of chard (Swiss Chard) in summer.  Use a deep dish and pile it high.  It wilts and compacts as it bakes.  Add the cheese at the end or it all ends up on the foil.  The top layer of potatoes looks a bit strange balancing on top of the chard, but it all comes together.

Potato and Chard Gratin Ingredients:

 Instructions:

 

Cooking Schedule: 70 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, medium bowl, 2 small bowls, fork, skillet,
baking dish, foil, barbecue  grill and tools
Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Light / turn on barbecue grill
Wash, trim, slice chard
Heat stock in microwave or saucepan
Slice potatoes
Lightly oil baking dish
Arrange layer of potatoes
Add chard, herbs to baking dish
Drizzle with hot stock, press down
Add remaining potatoes, cover, bake
Prepare birds, rub with oil
Make rub, sprinkle on hens, pat down, cook hens

      30 minute break but mind the hens
Melt butter
Mix butter, pepper, lemon, add shrimp, stir
Cook shrimp: skillet or barbecue
Remove avocado from shell, mash with lemon juice
Add yogurt, mash
Make toast
Cut tomatoes
Remove toast, trim crusts, allow to cool
Slice cheese
Uncover gratin, add cheese, bake
Spread avocado cream on toast
Arrange shrimp and tomatoes
Serve Shrimp
Done? Remove hens and let rest
Remove Gratin
Serve

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