4 th of July

Are you firing up your 4th of July menu before you fire up your grill?  Try something different in addition to your hot dogs and burgers.

Here is an easy recipe for grilled lamb chops and below I have listed some great Portuguese grilling recipes to think about. Just add your bread and olives and if you like, some wine or beer.

Our cousin Evelina would make these simple to do chops that are hard to resist if you like lamb.

Grilled Lamb Chops

Serves 6 to 8

    • 18 lamb shoulder chops or desired chops
    • 2 tablespoons coarse kosher or sea salt
    • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon oregano
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • Juice of 1 lemon, about 4 tablespoons
    • Olive oil to drizzle, about 2 tablespoons
      1. Trim each chop as much as possible of visible fat and any gristle, even between sections of the meat. Set aside in a flat dish.
      2. Using a mortar and pestle, mash the garlic with the salt, forming a paste.  Grind in the oregano and pepper, releasing their essences.  Add the mixture to the chops,  turning to coat evenly.  Drizzle with the lemon juice and olive oil.  Turn gently and marinate for several hours or overnight, turning occasionally
      3. Grill over a hot charcoal or wood fire for the best flavor, 3 to 5 minutes each side or to desired doneness. Serve with a  salad and a side of choice. Enjoy!


How about from Authentic Portuguese Cooking:

Chili Chicken Wings (page 72), a garlicky, herb and spice infused starter

Grilled Shrimp with Spicy Garlic Sauce, (page 94), the perfect match for heat loving tastebuds

Grilled Salt Cod with Onions (page 107)or with Punched Potatoes (page 110), garlic and olive oil dress up this dish to perfection

Grilled Mackerel with Villain Sauce (page 115), why serve grilled mackerel with minimal seasoning when you can give it a life of its own with the traditional vinaigrette dressing

Grilled Octopus (see Variations, page 126) Tender and perfect for adventurous eater,

Madeiran Wine and Garlic Beef Kabobs (page 30) for the beef lover



From my first book,  Portuguese Homestyle Cooking:

Grilled whole Sardines (page 53)

Grilled Rabbit (page 95)

Grilled Chili Basted Chicken (page 90)

Grilled Pork Cutlets (page 100)

Broiled Garlic Steak (these can be grilled) (page 121)

and last but not least, the ever present grilled linguica sausage.

Happy 4th!

From my kitchen to yours!





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