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True Blood themed grilling menu

13 Jun

How could I have forgotten to mention the season premiere of True Blood tonight in my first post? I’ve been so busy thinking about hot dogs that I almost forgot about my thoughts about my True Blood menu tonight! I can’t wait to see the new season and whether they introduce Alcide this season, and to find out what Sookie really “is.”

So to go with the vampire theme, here’s a realistic (i.e., easy and inexpensive) grilling menu: bloody mary grilled chicken with grilled balsamic tomatoes and rouge summer salad.

Bloody Mary Grilled Chicken


2 skinless chicken breasts


4 ounces V-8, tomato juice, or bloody mary mix

1 ounce vodka

1 tsp worcestershire sauce

1/2-2 tsp tabasco sauce (amount depending on taste)

A couple squeezes or drops of lemon or lime juice or both

1 tsp green olive juice (optional)

1 pinch celery salt (optional)

Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder to taste

Mix ingredients and pour into a plastic sandwich bag with the chicken to marinade. Grill chicken.

I love having multiple choices for sauces and toppings, so what I like to do is marinate meats in different sandwich bags with different marinades. So here are some variations for this marinade recipe:

Russian Mary

recipe same as above

1 ounce plain yogurt

Bloody Bull Grilled Chicken

recipe same as above

1 tsp horseradish

Bloody Mariner Grilled Chicken

recipe same as above

1 ounce clam juice

Wasabi Bloody Mary

recipe same as above

1/2-2 tsp wasabi (according to taste)

Bloody Maria Grilled Chicken

Substitute tequila for vodka

Grilled Balsamic Tomatoes

2 large beefsteak tomatoes

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup grated or sprinkled low fat parmesan cheese

Sprinkle of basil, oregano, and thyme or italian seasoning

Salt and pepper to taste

Slice tomatoes in half and make some shallow cuts in the inside of each tomato with a knife so the ingredients will seep in.  Mix ingredients together and add to the top of the tomato. Place tomato in tinfoil, leave top exposed.  Grill tomato (10-20 minutes, depending on taste, just make sure to remove before the top burns).

Rouge Summer Salad


Lettuce or prepackaged salad mix

Tomatoes (I like grape tomatoes, but any will do)

1 (or more) red bell peppers, sliced

1/2 can beets

1 cup strawberries, sliced

1 cup dried cranberries

Walnuts (to taste)

3 tsp red wine or raspberry vinegar

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (optional)

A couple squeezes or drops of lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Crumbled goat or feta cheese

Combine ingredients in a decorative salad bowl.  Sprinkle crumbed cheese on top.