An Island BBQ Feast!
This eclectic combination gives a very tropical feeling, although it is quite off the beaten Jerk chicken, black beans, and plantains path!
Skewered Shrimp with Coconut Chili Marinade
12 shrimp, cleaned and deveined
1 tablespoon shallots
Place the marinade ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
Skewer the shrimp and pour 1/4 of the marinade on the shrimp. Grill one or two minutes each side. Place shrimp on serving platter, garnish generously with cilantro, and drizzle the remaining marinade over them.
Grilled Pork Loin with Mango Chutney
Tomato Salad with Grape Leaf Wrapped Goat Cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Whisk 1/2 cup of oil, thyme, and black pepper until blended. Arrange the grape leaves on a work surface. Dip each cheese piece in the thyme oil, and then wrap in a grape leaf. Place the folded packets on a plate, folds down. Brush them lightly with some of the thyme oil. Cover and chill at least an hour up to overnight.
To make the vinegrette, whisk 1/4 cup oil, vinegar, and mustard until blended. Season with salt and pepper. Overlap the tomatoes on a platter, drizzle them with some dressing, and sprinkle about half the olives on.
Place the grape leaf wraps fold down on a medium-high grill. Grill unti the leaves begin to char, about 2 minutes per side. Arrange them atop the tomatoes, drizzle on the remaining dressing and serve.
Mango Rum Punch
1 mango, peeled and chopped
Puree the mango, sugar, orange, and lime juice in a blendar and keep the mixture on ice. For each drink, place three ounces of the mixture with two ounces of spiced rum in a shaker. Shake vigorously, pour, and garnish with lime wedge.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Strawberry Delight
Add this luscious dessert if you need a real over-the-top dinner party!
For the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies:
1 cup all-purpose flour
To bake the cookies:
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 3 to 4 baking sheets. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl. Set the bowl aside.
Cream the butter and sugars together in a bowl. Ad the egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until thoroughly blended. Stire in the oats and chocolate chips, mixing well with a wooden spoon. The dough should be crumbly.
Drop heaped teaspoons of dough onto the baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart. Bake for about 15 minutes or until firm around the edges but soft to touch in the center. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
Alternate layers of cookie with strawberries and whipped cream. By the way, kids and guests like to build their own too! Also, there will be extra cookies for later.
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