Grill your sauce on a stick

June 7, 2009

If you’re like us, we grill outside almost every single day in the summer. Actually, here in CA, we use our grill year round. If I have the choice of whether to cook inside or do something up outside on the grill, I’m always outside.

I love this idea! I haven’t tried it yet, but it makes perfect sense.  You simply thread your veggies on a skewer, brush lightly with oil and cook alongside the meat. While the meat rests, you puree the sauce ingredients in a blender.

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Veggies for Creamy Green Chile and Avocado Sauce

These three sauces were the ones shown in the June 2009 Food & Wine issue.


Creamy Green Chile and Avocado Sauce

Creamy Green Chile and Avocado Sauce

Creamy Green Chile and Avocado Sauce


1 firm Hass avocado—quartered, pitted and skin left on for grilling; remove skin when blending
1 small onion, quartered
2 tomatillos—husked, cored and halved
4 peeled garlic cloves
1 jalapeño—stemmed, seeded and quartered
1 poblano chile—stemmed, seeded and quartered
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
1/4 cup water 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Thread the avocado, onion, tomatillos, garlic, jalapeño and chile onto skewers. Brush the kebabs with oil and grill over high heat, turning occasionally, until the vegetables are charred in spots, about 15 minutes; let cool slightly. Remove the ingredients from the skewers and transfer them to a blender.

Add the cilantro, water, and lime juice. Puree until smooth and season with salt.

Recommended to serve with grilled chicken.


Pineapple and Red Chile Salsa

Pineapple and Red Chile Salsa

Pineapple and Red Chile Salsa

1/2 pound plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
4 peeled garlic cloves
1/2 pound fresh pineapple, cut into 8 pieces
1 red bell pepper—stemmed, seeded and quartered
1 fresh long red chile, such as a cayenne or Holland chile—stemmed, seeded and quartered
12 mint leaves
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Thread the ingredients onto skewers. Brush the kebabs with oil and grill over high heat, turning occasionally, until the vegetables are charred in spots, about 15 minutes; let cool slightly. Remove the ingredients from the skewers and transfer them to a blender.

Add the mint leaves, water, and lime juice and puree until smooth. Season with salt.

Recommended to serve with grilled pork chops.


Smoky Steak Sauce

Smoky Steak Sauce

Smoky Steak Sauce

2 thick slices of bacon, halved crosswise and rolled into cylinders
1 small onion, quartered
1 portobello mushroom, stemmed and cap quartered
2 plum tomatoes, cored and halved lengthwise
4 pitted prunes
4 peeled garlic cloves
1 large supple ancho chile, seeded and quartered
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 cup water

Thread the ingredients onto skewers. Brush the kebabs with oil and grill over high heat, turning occasionally, until the vegetables are charred in spots, about 15 minutes; let cool slightly. Remove the ingredients from the skewers and transfer them to a blender.

Add the wine vinegar, light brown sugar, and water and puree until smooth. Season with salt.

Recommended to serve with grilled steak.

I can’t wait to try some of these sauces. When you think about it, the possibilities are endless. Happy grilling!  :-)

~LilSis

6 Comments so far

  1. Posted by noble pig

    June 7, 20098:26 am

    Wow, that is a cool idea.

  2. Posted by Musingwoman

    June 7, 200912:59 pm

    The pineapple and red chile salsa sounds scrumptious!

  3. Posted by Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer

    June 7, 20091:22 pm

    How fun!! All 3 sauces look great but I confess I am partial to the first one!

  4. Posted by LilSis

    June 8, 20097:48 am

    Hi, hi, hi,

    Thanks for the comments. I might have to do another post once I give this a try. The first one sounds the best to me, too.

  5. Posted by sarah von

    June 8, 20099:30 am

    Good lord – that Avocado sauce looks amazing! Yummo.

  6. Posted by BigSis

    June 8, 20095:23 pm

    Hey LilSis, that avocado chili one looks awesome! This is such a great idea, I can’t believe no one has come up with this before. If you try it, report back on how it turned out.

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