Top 10 Things to Cook on Evo! People who aren’t familiar with an EVO flat top grill will often ask me, “What can you cook on it?”. People who are ask , “What’s your favorite thing to cook ?” This post addresses both of these common questions. Because while you can cook pretty much everything onContinue reading »
Charleston Wine and Food Festival 2016 Kicks Off Charleston, SC. It’s an embarrassment of riches. We have what is arguably one of the finest dining scenes to be found anywhere. And it’s ever changing and expanding with new places opening regularly. How’s a girl to keep up?!? It seems impossible at times to stay inContinue reading »
These easy recipes mean that a simple summer supper, which is both healthy and delicious, can be ready for your family in just minutes. These family friendly chicken kabobs come out juicy, flavorful, and tender every time (a far cry from the dried out grilled chicken too common in backyards across America). The trick isContinue reading »
One of our favorite ways to entertain is with a tapas party. This easy recipe gives you perfect tapas off the EVO grill. Spicy chorizo is stuffed inside a sweet, chewy date then wrapped inside smoky, crispy, bacon. Grilled on the EVO it is a mouthful of WOW. Spicy, salty, sweet, smoky, and crunchy all in one perfectly balanced bite. Although the combination may sound unusual, it has a classic Spanish pedigree and is a true crowd pleaser. Most people are drawn to the grill by the smell of bacon (even vegetarians seem subject to it’s allure) and after they pop one into their mouth are delighted and happily curious.
“WHAT is that? It’s sooo delicious. Can I have another please? Dates? Huh…” all while chewing happily and encouraging others to sample one. That’s the kind of party food I love to serve. A little different, yet still approachable. Memorable. Exciting. Conversational. Oh yeah, and it’s pretty simple to prepare ahead. Only 3 ingredients. And reasonably priced for a large crowd. Sounds perfect right? Exactly.
And if you don’t own an EVO, don’t let that stop you from enjoying these. They can also be made on a cookie sheet in an oven in just 15 minutes. This recipe makes about 30 pieces. How many that serves depends on what else you make. As a part of a tapas menu, I usually allow for 3 a person. I like to serve a vegetable tapa, a chicken tapa, and Spanish olives with good bread alongside these stuffed dates. Add a pitcher of Sangria turn on some Flamenco Guitar music and you are set. Tapas parties are perfect for potluck style entertaining as well. Everyone can bring a tapa or wine to share and you simple grill it up or set it out.
Here’s the Recipe.
Chorizo Stuffed Dates with Bacon
- 15 Medjool pitted dates, cut in half
- 1 pound ground chorizo, taken from casing and sautéed until brown
- 10 slices applewood bacon, cut into thirds
Prepare dates by cutting in half and removing pit. Brown chorizo in pan ( can be done on top of EVO ) and drain excess fat. Cut bacon into thirds and bake for about 8 minutes to partially cook. ( This step is not strictly necessary, but I like how it speeds up the party time cooking and gives off less grease when cooking). You can also just wrap stuffed dates in raw bacon and cook directly on EVO for slightly longer time. I like to skewer the tapas with a toothpick to hold them together. You can make ahead and hold in frig overnight or until party time. With skewers in place, guests can help themselves to a tapa right off the grill. Again , this is optional.
At serving time simply heat the EVO to medium and place in circles around the grill. Turn occasionally to brown all sides. In about 10 minutes, you will have perfect tapas off the EVO grill. (Warning, we have had people so desperate for another one that they swipe a raw bacon piece right off the grill. The hazard of grill side service! Keep the most done ones nearest the guests to cut down on this.)
If preparing indoors set oven to 400 and cook 10-15 minutes turning twice.
Sometimes a serve them on top a little Red Pepper puree splashed with a sherry vinegar and arugula. This is nice if you are plating them for a fancier event. But it is definitely gilding a lily.
We showed off what an EVO can do on their beautiful back porch. It was a very luxurious and fun place to entertain. With golf course views, a curious alligator attracted to bacon, and about 500 guests gathered around the EVO over 4 hours we had a blast. We sure appreciate how you can serve directly off the EVO when entertaining a crowd like this! The porch itself had some real luxury features anyone would love to have at their home. A beautiful brick outdoor fireplace that lit up with a flip of a switch. Views of water , golfers, and trees dripping with Spanish moss. But my favorite feature was that although the porch seemed to be open air, it had a ceiling mounted screen that came down with the touch of a remote control. Instant screen porch, a real party saver in a city where our state bird could be the mosquito! The crowds definitely agreed that these are the perfect tapa off the EVO grill! They were the first thing to run out.
For more information on our EVO grills and how to get one for your next party here’s a link to our grill page.
This dish was introduced to me by Chef Blaine Staniford of Grace Restaurant in Fort Worth Texas. He made them for us at the 2014 Telluride Wine Festival on a EVO Procart. If you want to follow his recipe and make your own chorizo here’s a link. He does give oven directions as well. If you happen to be any where near Fort Worth, do yourself a favor and dine with Chef Staniford. You will be very glad you did. http://www.blainestaniford.com/chorizo-stuffed-dates.html
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We here at Outdoorlux together with our featured product Evo grills, are so excited to be a sponsor of the Telluride Wine Festival this year. We just had to find a way to share the joy. So until July 5,2014 we will be running an easy to enter contest on Pinterest for our fellow attendees.Continue reading »
A large paella pan filled with smoky wild mushrooms, deep earthy flavor, and both creamy and crispy rice. This may not be your “go to” party menu, but you just might want to rethink that. Millions of Spaniards have made this their traditional weekend house or celebratory meal of choice for hundreds of years. WeContinue reading »
Most times when you taste something you have cooked and it doesn’t seem quite right, the first thing we all do is reach for the salt shaker. It seems that whatever the dish lacks it just might be solved by that simple addition. Often it works because salt more than any other ingredient, has aContinue reading »
This winter has seen colder, bleaker days than usual for most of our country. Even here in Charleston, SC, where we are normally spared the trials of frost and freeze, we have seen ice bringing down trees and snow days from school. And as with most things, it is in their absence that we areContinue reading »