Where did the week go? I’ve had a full load of phone meetings and planning this week for upcoming work like the banh mi photo shoot next week as well as an educational video project (I’ll let you know about this sooner than later). And, we’ve been making plans for a holiday trip to Asia.
The weekend has suddenly appeared and in the United States, it’s a long 3-day weekend holiday. For many folks, it’s the last summer hurrah before kids go back to school, the last opportunity to enjoy food cooked outdoors. If you’re in need of inspiration, here are some from past VWK recipe posts. I’ve added some notes and ideas for you to change things up too.
Chicken thighs are my favorite all around cut of chicken. It’s what I most often buy at the butcher counter. Use boneless, skinless ones to cut down on work and calories. Or, bone your own. Keep things on the bone (buy leg-thigh quarters) for the most succulent results.
- Thai Grilled Chicken – Use deboned thighs, if you like. It’s pictured above.
- Grilled Lemon Basil Chicken – Vary the herb according to what you have on hand. It just needs to be super fresh. Combine herbs, if you like.
Lemongrass is sold fresh in many supermarkets and is easy to grow. Summer is its peak so go wild. Freeze trimmed lemongrass for the cooler months.
- Viet Restaurant-Style Lemongrass Pork – A favorite of VWK folks and CHOW.com. Try the marinade on chicken.
- Grilled Goat Chops with Lemongrass and Galangal – When you can’t get goat, use lamb. Try this as a kebab. Ground lamb would work well for grilled patties.
Grill a one-dish meal by cooking a whole fish or sliced meats and serving them with lettuce, herbs, and a dipping sauce. It’s a one-dish meal to be eaten with hands.
- Singaporean Grilled Whole Fish – Let people pick the bones themselves. Serve lots of beer.
- Grilled Korean-Viet Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps – A cross-cultural meal that’s hard to beat if you love rich pork.
- Fine Rice Noodles with Grilled Beef (Banh Hoi Thit Bo Nuong) – A favorite Vietnamese nosh dish. More beer but maybe enjoy it over ice for extra authenticity.
Have a great weekend! What are you going to cook this weekend?