Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Collection are encouraging Americans to fire up their grills this season with recipes that showcase regional cuisine from coast to coast. In celebration of July’s National Grilling Month, the company’s award-winning chefs have shared eight grill-friendly dishes to try at home.
“Sixty-three percent of Americans own outdoor grills, and our chefs are delighted to share these innovative ideas that will make their cook-outs fun and flavorful,” says Olivier Gaupin, director of culinary operations.
Grill like a pro this season with these tasty summer recipes:
Willows Lodge, Woodinville, Washington
Grilled Rib Eye with Pickled Peached and Gewurztraminer Vinaigrette (serves 8-10)
Chef Bobby Moore
Rib Eye Rub
¼ c. white sugar
½ c. brown sugar
½ c. paprika
¼ c. kosher salt
¼ c. chili powder
1 tbsp. dry mustard
2 tbsp. old bay
½ tsp. cayenne
½ tsp. onion powder
½ tsp. granulated garlic
Method: Start with five 14-16 oz. bone-in rib eyes. Season the meat with the spice blend rub. Rub the blended spices into the meat. Place the rib eyes directly over the grill on medium high heat and cook for 2 minutes, then mark the meat by rotating 30 degrees and cook for another 2 minutes. Turn the rib eye over and repeat by marking the side for a total of 4 minutes. Let the meat rest for 3-4 minutes and serve medium rare. Serve with Pickled Peaches and baby arugula tossed with a Gewurztraminer Vinaigrette.
3 c. rice vinegar
3 c. Mirin
½ ea. jalapeno (halved)
2 tsp. green cardamom
1 tbsp. pickling spice
4 peaches (medium size)
Method: Combine the first five ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Prep peaches by washing, halving and seeding. Cut each half into three even slices and place in a container large enough to hold the peaches and the liquid. Strain liquid to remove the spices. If peaches are firm, pour over them while it is still hot. If the peaches are soft, cool liquid down before introducing to the peaches. Let the peaches “pickle” overnight.
Stephen Pyles Concepts, Dallas, Texas
Grilled Tomato Gazpacho with Goat Cheese Horseradish Panna Cotta (serves 4-6)
Chef Stephan Pyles, Benchmark Partner Chef
Grilled Tomato Gazpacho
2 pounds ripe plum tomatoes
1 small red bell pepper
1 English cucumber, peeled and seeded, divided
½ c. torn fresh or day-old country bread, (crusts removed)
1 small clove garlic
2-3 tbsp. Spanish sherry vinegar
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
¼ tsp. hot Spanish paprika or pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Method: Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill tomatoes and bell pepper, turning a few times, until they soften and the skins are blistered and charred in spots, about 8 minutes. Transfer the pepper to a plastic bag and let it steam until cool enough to handle. Peel off the skin; cut the pepper in half and discard the stem and seeds. Place one half in a blender. When the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, core and roughly chop. Add the tomatoes, skins and all, to the blender.
Add half the cucumber to the blender along with bread, garlic, vinegar to taste, parsley, paprika (or cayenne), salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Add oil and blend until well combined. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.
Before serving, finely dice the remaining cucumber and bell pepper; stir half of each into the gazpacho and garnish with the remaining cucumber and bell pepper.
Goat Cheese-Horseradish Panna Cotta
1 ¼ tsp. unflavored gelatin (or 2 sheets)
½ c. milk
½ c. heavy cream
4 tbsp. freshly grated horseradish root
½ c. whole milk yogurt, crème fraiche or sour cream
½ c. fresh goat cheese
Method: Brush six 2-ounce ramekins with olive oil. Sprinkle the gelatin over the milk and let soften, about 5 minutes. If using sheets, cover with water in bowl and strain water when softened.
Place the cream and the horseradish in a medium saucepan and bring just to boil. Remove from heat, cover and let infuse for 15 minutes. Add the milk and crème fraiche to the saucepan and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk in the goat cheese until all lumps are gone. Strain mixture into a bowl; season with salt.
Evenly divide the mixture between the ramekins. Place the ramekins in the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours or overnight. To serve, run the tip of a small knife around the edge of the ramekin and invert onto a soup plate. Spoon the gazpacho around the panna cottas. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil or garnish with olive oil powder.
Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida
Grilled Florida merlot with Summer Corn Salsa and Lime Butter (serves 4-6)
Chef Robert Gioia
Grouper in marinade
2 lb fresh grouper filet
1 tbs. olive oil
1 tbsp. minced Garlic
2 tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp. chopped mint
1 tsp salt
.5 tsp cracked black pepper
Method: Take grouper filet and cut in 4-6 equal parts. It should be about 5-6oz per serving. Once the fish is cut, mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl and add grouper to coat.
Let the grouper sit in marinade while making remaining parts of recipe.
4 ea. corn on the cob
1 cup diced mango
.5 cup diced avocado
.25 cup diced tomato
.25 cup grilled and diced red pepper
.25 cup grilled and diced red onion
.25 tsp. ground cumin
.25 tsp. smoked paprika
2 ea. limes (juiced)
2 tbsp. honey
1/8 cup white balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
4 tbsp. olive oil
.5 tsp. salt
.25 tsp cracked black pepper
Method: Shuck and rinse the corn, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and place on grill till lightly browned and charred. Slice the onion and char along with the corn. Remove corn and onion from heat and let cool. In the meantime, dice the mango, tomato, avocado, grilled red bell pepper, grilled onion and place in mixing bowl. Add the chopped cilantro, olive oil, spices, and lime juice to the mix and toss with salt and pepper. Shave the corn from the husk and using your hands separate the kernels. Add to your mix and incorporate till well mixed. Season with salt and pepper.
½ lb soft whole butter
3 ea limes juiced
½ ea Jalapeno diced
2 tbs. Cilantro chopped
Method: Blend all ingredients together till smooth.
La Cantera Resort & Spa, San Antonio, Texas
Pollo Asado el Carbon (serves 2-4)
Chef Robert Carr
1 ½ c. ancho chili powder
1 tsp. dried Mexican oregano
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ c. lime juice
½ ea. jalapeno pepper (chopped)
2 tbsp. achiote paste
4 ea. garlic cloves
3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
½ c. orange juice
½ tbsp. kosher salt
Method: Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until all ingredients are combined thoroughly. Puree should be smooth. Place in a container and keep refrigerated until ready to use.
Note: Jalapeno pepper can be omitted for milder spice or jalapeno can be substituted with serrano or habanero for a much spicier marinade.
1 large roasting chicken (3 lbs.)
1 c. marinade
Method: Rinse chicken under cold running water and pat dry. Using chicken shears or large sharp knife cut through the back to remove the back bone. Chicken should be connected still by the breast plate. Flip chicken over and press down on the chicken to break the breast plate. Chicken should lie flat. Truss the legs close to the body using butcher twine. Tuck wings into the back. Smear the marinade over the chicken on both sides. Using your hands, rub the marinade into each side of the chicken. Let chicken rest in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours.
Prepare charcoal grill and bring up to 325 degrees. When charcoal is ready, place chicken on the grill with skin side up for 30-45 minutes. Do not turn chicken over. Using the remaining marinade, baste the chicken as it cooks. Before chicken is done flip over and cook until internal temperature reaches 165F and juices run clear. Remove from the grill, wrap in foil and let rest 10 minutes before cutting. Serve on platter along with roasted corn, beans, lime, tortillas and hot sauce.
Note: Chicken can also be prepared on propane grill or cooked in the oven although flavor will not be the same. Mesquite wood chips can also be added to charcoal to give a smokier flavor to the chicken.
Delta Allen by Marriott Hotel, Allen (Dallas), Texas
Texas Brisket BBQ, with Chipotle BBQ Sauce Smoked over Pecan Wood (serves 20)
Chef Stuart Race
1 brisket (average weight 16 lbs.)
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
2/3 c. kosher salt
4 tbsp. course black pepper
2 tbsp. chipotle powder
4 tbsp. paprika
2 tbsp. cumin ground
2 tbsp. onion powder
2 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. cinnamon
.5 tbsp. nutmeg
.5 tbsp. cloves ground
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well mixed.
BBQ Brisket Method: Take the brisket and trim excess fat off, then rub down the brisket very generously all over until evenly coated. Bring smoker up to 220 degrees, place brisket in smoker and smoke for 12 hours or internal temperature of 190 degrees. Wrap up in butchers’ paper then let sit for 1 hour to relax before cutting. Once rested, cut the brisket and serve with the BBQ sauce.
6 oz. onions (small diced)
2 oz. garlic (rough chopped)
1 tbsp. Worchester sauce
1 chipotle (Chipotle in Adobe sauce)
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. brown sugar
6 cilantro stalks
.5 tsp. cinnamon
1.5 c. chicken stock
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
3 tbsp. tomato ketchup
2 tbsp. molasses
Method: Sautee the onions and garlic until transparent, add the brown sugar and caramelize. Add the rest of the ingredients then bring up to a slow simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and
place in a blender and blend until smooth. Place back on heat and bring to a simmer, correct seasoning with salt and pepper.
Chaminade Resort and Spa, Santa Cruz, California
Santa Maria Grilled Tri-Tip Sirloin, Chipotle Butter (serves 2-4)
Chef Pete Page
¼ c. kosher salt
3 tbsp. ground black pepper
2 tbsp. granulated onion
1 tbsp. granulated garlic
24 oz. - 32 oz. Tri-Tip Sirloin
4 tbsp. chipotle butter
1 oz. wild baby arugula
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
Method: Mix the salt, pepper, granulated onion and garlic in a small bowl. Trim any silver skin membrane or gristle from the whole tri-tip sirloin. Rub the steak generously with the seasoning mix. Set aside. Light charcoal or hard wood grill and allow to burn until coals are white and evenly distributed, Place steak on the hottest part of the grill and allow to cook 4 minutes. Flip steak over and cook 4 minutes more, undisturbed. Rotate the steak one half turn and flip over. Cook 2-3 minutes. Flip steak once more and cook to desired temperature. Remove steak from grill and allow to rest off the grill in a small pan for 10-15 minutes. To serve, slice steak across the grain of the meat, top with chipotle butter and pan juices from the resting pan. Garnish with arugula dressed with olive oil.
3 lb. unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 ea. 7 oz. can chipotle in adobo
2 tbsp. steak seasoning mix (above)
3 sheets parchment paper or wax paper
Method: Puree chipotle chilies and adobo sauce in a blender or food processer until smooth. Place butter and seasoning in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment and starting on low, whip butter until softened. Add chipotle puree and slowly increase blender speak until butter is fluffy and a pale orange in color. Roll reserved butter in parchment paper and store frozen until needed for service.
Olivier Gaupin, Benchmark Director of Culinary Operations
Rosemary Grilled Lobster Tail, Toasted Corn and Tomato Salsa Toasted Pecan Basil Pesto (serves 4)
Grilled Lobster Tail
4 ea., 9oz lobster tail
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. squeezed lemon juice
black pepper and sea salt
Method: Combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper, rub each lobster tail with the mixture, insert a sprig of rosemary inside the shell of the lobster. Grill the lobster tail on top of hot wood charcoal for 6-7 minutes, remove the lobster and set aside.
Roasted Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salsa with basil
3 each sweet white corn on husk
2 each fresh heirloom tomato
1 each red onions julienne
1 clove fresh garlic
1 each lime zest
1 each lemon zest
5 tbsp. olive oil
4 each basil Leaves chiffonade
1 pinch Piment D’espelette
Method: Grill the corn until tender, 6-8 minutes, once the corn is grilled and cooled, cut the kernels off the cob and reserve. Blanch the tomatoes in a hot water bath for 30 second to remove the skin, remove the tomatoes and chill in an ice water bath. Once the tomatoes are cold, peel off the skin, dice the tomatoes to a half of an inch and reserve. Slice half of a red onion in a very fine julienne, set aside. Chop 1 clove of garlic, and set aside.
Once all ingredients are ready, incorporate all ingredients together, with the Lime zest, olive oil, basil chiffonade and a pinch of espelette pepper, season well with salt and pepper.
Toasted Pecan Basil Pesto
4 oz. raw pecans (toasted)
5 each blanched basil leaves
1 tbsp. parmesan reggiano
1 clove garlic blanched
1 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 each lemon juice
Method: Incorporate all ingredients together in a blender at high speed, until all ingredients are well blended, 40-60 seconds. Refrigerate the pesto immediately to preserve its color. Cut the shell of the lobster, serve the salsa on the bottom of a coupe bowl-like plate, display the lobster tail still warm on top of the salsa and drizzle the pesto over the lobster.
The Ridge, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Grilled N.Y Strip Steak, Spinach Puree, Marinated Trumpet Mushroom, Shallot-Merlot Reduction (serves 10)
Chef Vincent Raith
Spinach Puree (cream of Spinach)
3 qt. baby spinach
½ c. heavy cream
1 tsp. nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
Method: Reduce the heavy cream and nutmeg over low heat until thick consistency. Blanch baby spinach in salted, boiling water for 8 seconds, put it in an ice bath. When cool, press out excess water and chop. Quickly blend baby spinach and reduced cream then season with salt and pepper. Keep in a bain-marie until plating.
Marinated Trumpet Mushrooms Sous-Vide
20 small royal trumpet mushrooms
3 pieces orange peel (½ orange)
1 piece lime peel (½ lime)
4 tbsp. lemon oil
Juice from 1 orange
Method: Cut mushrooms in half, cut clementine in 4 pieces and place with the rest of the ingredients in a sous vide pouch or sealed plastic bag and let it marinate in the refrigerator for about 12 hours. Open the pouch, season with salt and pepper and grill with the steak.