Main Course Menu Plan: Week 13  Summer I

Day 1: Grilled Scallops on Tomato Tarragon Pasta

Total time: 30 minutes
     The scallops can be cooked on the grill or quickly pan-fried in a hot skillet. They release a lot of liquid when cooked, so be careful not to crowd. The paprika adds both flavor and color. Use a grill pan or basket for easy handling and be careful not to overcook.

Grilled Scallops on Tomato Tarragon Pasta Ingredients:


Day 2: Barbecued Stuffed Pork Loin

Total time: 60 minutes     with 10 earlier
   This is marinated for a few hours in a cross between a brine and a classic pork rib sauce.  I stuffed it with mushrooms and ham and cooked it on the barbecue. After removing the pork from the marinade I boiled the marinade for 5 minutes, reducing it to use both as a basting sauce (some of it) and a dipping sauce (the rest).  There is enough pork for two meals.  Be sure to save any leftover sauce for the leftover pork!

Barbecued Stuffed Pork Loin Ingredients:

stuffed pork loin, sliced Instructions:

Day 3: Ratatouille

Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes 
     There are as many recipes for Ratatouille as there are cooks who make it.  And as many methods.  Some call for cooking it all together in one pot for hours, some in separate pots for 30 minutes, some for sautéing first, others for roasting.  This is my way,  I think sautéing the vegetables first highlights their individual flavors.  The one universal is the list of vegetables (although not their ratio) and stirring in fresh basil at the end!

Ratatouille Ingredients:


Note: It took me about 35 minutes to do the chopping and sauteing; everything was tender and well done in 30 minutes but I let it simmer for 45.

Note 2:  Peel tomatoes by blanching in boiling water for 30 seconds first.  The peels slip off easily.

Day 4: Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts 

Total time: 30 minutes
   Chicken breasts are a favorite on the grill but be careful not to overcook or they tend to dry out.  We prefer to slice them thinly, at an angle, to serve rather than leaving the breast whole, but that, of course is optional!

Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts Ingredients:


Day 5:  Giant Burger Stuffed with Mushrooms

Total time: 35 minutes       longer if using oven 
    You could make smaller burgers, but we like this big one.  Cut into wedges, with cheese oozing out of the center.... This one is filled with mushrooms, olives and Gruyère.

Giant Burger Stuffed with Mushrooms Ingredients:


Day 6: Deviled Pork Chops, Grilled

Total time: 30 minutes
  Pork chops with a kick, marinated and cooked on the barbecue grill.  If you want them hotter, more 'devilish' you could add a drop or 2 of Tabasco or other hot sauce. 

Deviled Pork Chops, Grilled Ingredients:


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