Ultimate wine and grilling recipes and pairings

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Summer is the ultimate season for backyard barbecues, so help you up your open-flame game, we’ve collected 10 tasty and easy grilling recipes from top chefs, including killer burgers, inventive pizzas, stupendously simple sides and dips, and more. How long does salmon take to cook in oven See the slideshow and get your grill on!

Everyone’s favorite summer fruit gets the gourmet treatment in this recipe. How long to cook salmon fillets Grilling is a winning technique for chef and television personality Michael Psilakis, star of the BBC show No Kitchen Required.


How to cook salmon fillets in the oven “Charring the watermelon elevates the sweetness of the fruit, making for an intense contrast from the tangy manouri,” says Psilakis.

Recipe courtesy Michael Psilakis, Chef/Owner, MP Taverna, Irvington, Roslyn and Astoria, New York City

1? pounds seedless watermelon, cut in two 1-inch, center-cut slices

Preheat a charcoal or gas grill until hot. How to cook salmon steaks in a frying pan Cut the manouri into two 1-inch-thick circles. Salmon steak cooking time Trim the rind from the watermelon and cut into large pie-shaped wedges. Salmon fillet cooking time Brush the watermelons and the manouri with a little olive oil, and season with kosher salt and pepper. How to prepare salmon steaks Grill the watermelon wedges and the manouri rounds just until slightly char marked on both sides. Cooking a salmon fillet Transfer to a platter and cut the manouri into wedges about the same size as the watermelon. How to cook salmon without skin Drizzle with a little more olive oil. Salmon oven cooking time Scatter with the mint leaves, dill sprigs and a little sea salt. How to prepare salmon fillet Grind a little pepper over the top. Oven baked salmon with lemon Serves 4–6.

Put you palate on burn notice with this easy-to-make spread from Del Campo. Oven roasted salmon fillet The charred condiment adds South American flair when dolloped atop breads and grilled meats.

Season the onions with salt and pepper and drizzle very lightly with the olive oil.

Over high heat, char the onions on a grill or in a cast iron pan for 5–7 minutes per side, or until the onions are crisp and blackened.

Meanwhile, combine the parsley, cilantro, bell pepper and garlic. Oven cook salmon fillet Remove the onions from heat and place on a cutting board. How to cook salmon fillet in a pan Switch between chopping the onions and drizzling the vinegar on the onions until it turns into a jam-like paste. Oven baked salmon fillets Add the paste to the bowl with the pepper, garlic and herbs, then stir in the remaining olive oil, oregano, and red wine vinegar. Oven cook salmon fillets Serve on top of grilled meats like steak or lamb, or serve alongside bruschetta.

Looking for a substantial side dish that can be prepped alongside your main fare? Look no further than this effortless grilled eggplant.

Recipe courtesy Executive Chef Todd Knoll, Jordan Vineyard and Winery, Healdsburg, California

Pierce the eggplants with a fork and grill over high heat for 8–10 minutes, or until completely soft. Cooking salmon with skin on Immediately plunge into an ice bath and let rest. How to cook salmon with skin on When cool to the touch, peel from the stem down and place the whole eggplants in a saute pan with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grilling salmon with skin on Leave uncovered and warm in the oven during the last 10 minutes of roasting the lamb.

Slice the eggplants on a bias and serve with lamb, grilled pita and tzatziki. Cook salmon fillet oven Serves 8–10.

Scott Klann is the winemaker behind Zinfandel-focused Newsome-Harlow; his wife Melanie—whom he refers to affectionately as Melly—is a chef. Whole salmon fillet recipes Based in the Calaveras County town of Murphys, together they know their wine and food, honing in on great vineyard sites throughout the Foothills and offering companionable bites from their tasting room kitchen. Cooking frozen salmon fillets Great entertainers, they prefer to keep things casual, gathering around the bocce court in their backyard or meeting friends in Murphys Park for an all-day hang out. Baked whole salmon fillet This pizzeta hits the spot and pairs great with a bottle of Newsome-Harlow Big John Zinfandel (Calaveras County).

Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Recipe for baked salmon fillet Prepare the pomegranate sauce by combining the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mint, pomegranate molasses, cumin and shallot.

Split the dough in half, and roll out into two 10-inch rounds. Cooking salmon fillets in oven Brush the rounds with some of the pomegranate sauce.

Grill the pizzettas, seasoned side down, until golden on bottom, about 4 minutes. Cooking salmon steaks in oven Turn the pizzettas over, and top with Fontina, arugula, sausages, figs and onions. How to cook a salmon steak Drizzle with more pomegranate sauce.

Cover and grill until the Fontina melts and the pizzettas are cooked through, about 4 minutes.

Top with goat cheese, and grill until cheese softens, about 1 minute. Baking a salmon fillet Top with fresh arugula. Recipe for baked salmon fillets Serves 6.

Entertaining a crowd? Build a better burger with this simple lamb and pancetta slider. When pairing, “resist the automatic beer-with-burger reflex with this dish,” suggests Chef Kevin Humphreys. Baking salmon fillets in oven “Instead, swap in Gauchezco 2009 Plata Malbec (Mendoza), a big-fruit, but earthy, Malbec. Baked salmon fillets You’ll be happy you did.”

Recipe courtesy Chef Kevin Humphreys of Spur Restaurant & Bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, parsley, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and spices. Bake salmon fillet in oven Add lamb mix together with a wooden spoon or hands, until just combined (do not over mix).

In a small bowl, beat the eggs, and then add to the meat. How to bake salmon fillet Combine and form into 8 patties.

On an oiled grill, cook each patty until golden brown and crispy, about 1–4 minutes on each side. How long to bake salmon fillet While lamb patties are cooking, fry pancetta in a pan until crispy. How to bake a salmon fillet Remove the burgers from the grill and top with pancetta. How to bake salmon fillet in oven Slather each bun with an ale-spiked mustard and 1 tablespoon of chopped sun-dried tomatoes. How long to bake a salmon fillet Serves 4.

Lighten up the red-meat load with this flavorful take on grilled salmon. How long bake salmon fillet Grilling over open flame will impart smoky notes, while the salmon will also take on woody flavors from the planks.

“Syrah melds texturally with the cedar plank dish, in which the dry rub brings out the subtle flavors of the salmon,” says Erik Liedholm, wine director of John Howie Restaurants. Baked salmon fillet “If you’re splurging, choose a Northern Rhone, such as a Crozes-Hermitage. How to bake salmon fillets A less-expensive option is Grenache, like the ones produced by Qupe in California or McCrea Cellars in Washington. Baked salmon fillet in foil They have the acidity and depth to go with the dish.”

Recipe courtesy Chef John Howie, chef at Seastar Restaurant, Seattle

To make the dry rub seasoning, place all ingredients into a food processor and process until well blended. Baked salmon fillet recipes Transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature.

Place the fillets on wax paper. Baked salmon fillets recipes Sprinkle both sides of the salmon with 1? teaspoons of the dry rub seasoning. Easy baked salmon fillet recipes Really press the seasoning into the flesh. Calories in baked salmon fillet Refrigerate the fillets uncovered, for at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours prior to cooking.

Before removing the salmon from the refrigerator, soak cedar planks in water for 1–2 hours or until completely soaked.

Place the seasoned salmon fillets onto the soaked cedar plank, then squeeze lemon over each salmon fillet. How long do you bake salmon fillets Make sure the fillets are not touching.

Meanwhile pre-heat an outdoor grill to high. How long to bake salmon fillets When pre-heated, turn the heat down to medium-high.

Place the planks on the grill, and cover the grill with the lid. How long do you cook salmon fillets Cook for 8–12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon fillet, or until the internal temperature of the fillet reaches 120–125?F. How to cook a salmon fillet Remove the planks from the grill and place them on a cookie sheet. How to cook a fillet of salmon Baste the fillets with butter, then garnish with the parsley sprig and lemon slice and serve on a cedar plank. How to cook salmon fillet in the oven Serves 4.

This dish, full of the the distinct flavors of anise, citrus and parsley, is a perfect match for Barbera, like Stark’s 2012 Damiano Vineyard Barbera from the Sierra Foothills ($34), a wine that’s juicy and balanced, and awash in bright blackberry and red cherry fruit.

Recipe courtesy Christian and Jennifer Stark. How long to cook a salmon fillet Adapted from Jerusalem: A Cookbook, by Yotam ­Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi (Ten Speed Press, 2012)

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the Pernod, olive oil, orange and lemon juices, mustard, brown sugar and salt. How long to cook salmon fillet in oven Season to taste with pepper.

Add the fennel, chicken thighs, clementine halves, lemon slices, thyme and crushed fennel seeds. How to cook a whole salmon fillet Turn several times to coat. How to cook salmon steaks in the oven If time allows, marinate the chicken, refrigerated, for a few hours or overnight.

Preheat a grill and place a chapa (a large, flat cast-iron surface) or a cast-iron pan on it. How long to cook a salmon fillet in the oven When the surface is quite hot, sear the chicken thighs skin-side down until crispy. Best way to cook salmon fillets Turn chicken over and place over indirect heat to finish cooking. How to cook salmon fillet with skin Cook slowly for about 45 minutes, watching that the chicken doesn’t burn.

Place the lemon slices and clementine halves cut-side down on the chapa. How to cook salmon fillets in foil When brown and caramelized, turn over and place over indirect heat to soften.

Place fennel quarters on grill. How long to bake salmon steaks Cook until browned and crispy. How do you cook salmon fillets Remove from direct heat, but continue to cook.

Put remaining marinade in a saucepan over direct heat. How to cook salmon fillets in oven Bring to a boil and reduce by half.

When the chicken, clementines, lemons and fennel are nicely browned and cooked through, move them to a large platter. How to cook frozen salmon fillets Pour the sauce over and garnish with parsley. How long to cook salmon fillets in oven Serves 4.

Poached Lobster with Grilled Watermelon and West Indies Chorizo Vinaigrette

Dabble in Caribbean flavors with this modern twist on a classic crowd pleaser: lobster.

Chef Wolfgang von Wieser recommends St. How to cook salmon fillet in oven Francis Winery’s 2012 White Splash, a blend of Muscat, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Viognier. How to cook salmon fillets in a pan “Paired with White Splash, the dish creates a real rock ’n’ roll feeling for your taste buds,” he says.

Recipe courtesy Wolfgang von Wieser, chef at Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

2 ounces mirepoix (2 parts leeks to 1 part celery to 1 part carrot)

Place the lobster tails and mirepoix in a large stock pot and season with salt and pepper.

Add the wine and 1 cup of water, and heat the liquid until it simmers but doesn’t boil, poaching the ingredients for 8 minutes. How to cook salmon fillets Remove the lobster and set aside to cool. How to cook frozen salmon fillets in the oven Cut the watermelon into 4″ ? 1″ rectangles and marinate with the Dijon mustard until needed.

Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat, and grill the watermelon for 5 seconds on each side. How to cook a salmon fillet in the oven Set aside to cool. How long does salmon take to cook in the oven For the dressing, saute the peppers with the chorizo in the grapeseed oil and emulsify with the Sherry vinegar.

To finish, lay the grilled watermelon on the plate and top with feta cheese. How to cook salmon without foil Remove the lobster from its shell and cut into medallions, placing on top of the watermelon. How to cook salmon steaks in oven Drizzle chorizo dressing over the lobster and garnish with arugula. How to cook salmon on stove top Serves 2.

Grilled Lamb Chops With Roast Tomato, Green Bean & Herb Salad

These lamb chops pair beautifully with the fruit-forward, elegantly balanced Yarden Rom 2006, a rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot and a collaboration between Schoenfeld and renowned consulting winemaker Zelma Long. How to cook smoked salmon fillet Or consider the full-bodied Galil Mountain 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon as another Israeli alternative.

Recipe courtesy Chef Oded Schwartzbard, Torrance Restaurant, Tiberius, Israel

Peel the potatoes, cut into slices and chop the green beans in half. How long to cook salmon steaks Boil together for 5 minutes, drain and set aside. How to grill salmon fillets Slice the garlic and shallots and saute in olive oil for 3 minutes. How to cook baked salmon Add the boiled potato slices and green beans. How long to cook salmon fillet Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and toss all ingredients together with salt, pepper, oregano, olive oil and lemon juice.

Separate the racks into 16 individual chops. How long to cook baked salmon French the rib bones if you like—or have your butcher do this. How long does salmon take to cook in oven Sprinkle both sides of each with salt, pepper and thyme. How long to cook salmon fillets Grill over medium flame for 2 minutes on each side after the warm vegetable mixture and herb salad have been prepared and are ready to plate. How to cook salmon fillets in the oven To plate, place one quarter of the warmed vegetables in the center of the plate and arrange 4 lamb chops with the Frenched bones all facing inward. How to cook salmon steaks in a frying pan Sprinkle each plate liberally with the herb salad. Salmon steak cooking time Serves 4.

Buffalo Burger with Vermont Cheddar, Apple Smoked Bacon and Chili Mayonnaise

Stacked with artisanal bacon, escabeche onions and orange-chipotle mayo, this Buffalo Burger explodes with flavor. Salmon fillet cooking time For a wine pairing, Diane Cochran, assistant food and beverage manager, suggests Perrin & Fils’s 2007 Le Christins Vacqueyras. How to prepare salmon steaks “[Its] smokiness and minerality enhance the [buffalo] meat and bacon flavors,” she says.

Recipe courtesy Juan Bochenski chef of Anasazi Restaurant, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Season the buffalo meat with salt and pepper, and form into 6 patties equal patties.

Preheat a grill to 375?F. Cooking a salmon fillet When the grill is hot, cook the burgers for about 4–5 minutes per side for medium-rare. How to cook salmon without skin In the final minutes of cooking, place a slice of cheddar on each patty and allow it to melt.

Place a burger on the bottom half of a brioche bun. Salmon oven cooking time Top with onions, 2 slices of bacon, chili mayonnaise, and garnish with butter lettuce leaves and tomato slices. How to prepare salmon fillet Cover with the top half of the brioche bun. Oven baked salmon with lemon Serves 4.

In a small bowl, whisk together the chipotle adobo, mayonnaise, mustard and chives. Oven roasted salmon fillet Season with orange juice and salt and pepper to taste. Oven cook salmon fillet Yields approximately ? cup.

In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the wine and vinegar, and bring to a boil. How to cook salmon fillet in a pan Add the herbs and onions and turn off the heat. Oven baked salmon fillets Transfer the mixture to a holding container and refrigerate overnight. Oven cook salmon fillets Makes approximately 2 cups.

In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the wine and vinegar, and bring to a boil. Cooking salmon with skin on Add the herbs and onions and turn off the heat. How to cook salmon with skin on Transfer the mixture to a holding container and refrigerate overnight. Grilling salmon with skin on Makes approximately 2 cups.

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