Pesto is one of those things that we pair with summertime. I look forward to the time when Tomatoes are ripening on my vines....Mrs. JellyMan looks forward to Pesto and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. We only have this in the summer, or when we can make fresh pesto. We really do not touch any store bought, because there is a taste difference. We LOVE it!!
So, I took the leftover Pesto and added with some more Olive Oil, some Apple Cider Vinegar, and some Lemon Juice. I let some Chicken Thigh's sit in this wonderful mixture most of the day.
I decided to give the Chrome Monster a break today. I chose to dust off the trust Webber. A role model of mine has a catchy saying. 3 is 2, 2 is 1, 1 is none. So I have 4 BBQ's. Big, Small, Gas, Charcoal. =)
I love this time of year in the grocery store, as all of the BBQ stuff is on clearance. I picked up a couple of bags of Apple Wood, for 75% off. LOVE IT!!
I let these chips soak in water for 4 hours. They last longer, smoke longer, and don't just burn. You get a nice smoulder going when they are wet.
See all that good smoke coming out!!!
So, Chicken on the grill. I browned the chicken over direct heat. When both sides had a nice char going, I put them onto the other side of the grill and let them slow cook in the smoke. When cooking with charcoal, I like to cook quick cuts of meats. Pork Chops, Steaks, Chicken Thighs, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. Since I do not cook with Charcoal alot, I tend to loose my touch. I let the coals sit to long before putting the meat on, so I loose cooking time. Tri Tips, Ribs, Turkey Breast's...I leave them as offerings to the Chrome Monster.
So while the Chicken is cooking, What to cook? Hmmmmm....I have onions out of the garden, a couple of real nice Roma's, and fresh Basil. Hmmmmmmmm Oh yeah, and some Bacon. Curious Yet?
First the Onions. Chop them up real nice, then the Tomatoes, then the Bacon.
Fill a pot with water, bring to a boil.
I used a whole pack of Bacon. I opened up the pack, and stacked them on top of each other. I made two equal size piles. Starting on the first stack, I sliced it lengthwise down the middle, then cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Repeat on second stack.
Fry up the Bacon. Once the Bacon is crisp, transfer to a bowl lined with a paper towel.
Drain all grease, reserve 2 table spoon's in the pan. Add a tablespoon of olive oil. Bring back up to temperature and add your onions, and minced Garlic. ( I cheated and used store bought ).
Cook until Onions start to turn translucent ( I love that word ). Add wine. I bought a 4 pack of small bottles for cooking, I added the whole bottle. Reduce by half. Add Tomatoes, and Bacon, lower heat.
I let Mrs. JellyMan plant the seeds in the garden this year. I was shocked when she just poured the whole seed pack into the prepared squares and covered them up. I was like wow...what a waste. Well she suceeded where I failed. We actually had plants that grew from seed. We planted 3 kinds of Basil. Genoveese, Lemon, and Cinnamon.
I went out to the garden, and picked a handful of Lemon, and Cinnamon.
Washed them, and laid them out on the cutting board. Separated by flavor, and stacked them up.
Quite Blurry, but that is Cinnamon Basil.
I rolled them up width wise, and then cut them. Chiffonade?
Okay, Chicken is done, Bacon Mixture is done, Pasta is done and drained.
Add contents of Bacon mixture to drained pasta, and mix well. Once Mixed, add Basil. Cover and let sit 5-10 minutes to let the flavors sit.
For the Midget Pygmy's
In all, a great meal, one that will last us a couple of days.
Bacon Basil Pasta
1 Package Spaghetti
1 Package Bacon
3 Good Sizes Roma Tomatoes
1/2 Large Red Onion
2 Table Spoons Minced Garlic
10-20 Basil Leaves
The Pigmy's ate it. Mrs JellyMan ate it. I look forward to seasons by the food that I can make during that time. Summer is for Fresh Produce, Grilling, more laid back fare. Fall finishes up the Grilling and Fresh Produce, and starts some of the heavier dishes. Light soups and such. Winter brings us the heavy Soups and Stew's, more baked dishes. and Spring is like fall. A combination of heavier Winter dishes, starting to thin out to the more laid back summer fare. I don't know which season I like better. I do know that JellyManKelly likes his Jelly, and he really likes his Jelly on toast. Later!!