Delicious does not have to be complicated. I was recently asked to do a grilling demo for some of the hockey players at York University’s Canlan Ice Sports. In preparing to feed the masses, the more I could prepare ahead of time, the better. So a lot of thought went into food that was easy to prepare at home, throw into resealable bags and put in the cooler ready to grill. I also needed something that people could plate themselves buffet style without me having to worry about the serving aspect.
I decided to focus on talking about the broad range of food you can throw on the grill and encourage people to step outside of their comfort zone in this regard. Grilling adds a lovely dimension to nearly any food and it’s great to see your guests’ reactions when you can serve them something from the grill that they wouldn’t otherwise expect.
I cooked up some spicy and sweet grilled Hawaiian chicken sandwiches for the hungry brood. While there was no recipe per se here are all the components I put together:
- Fresh sandwich rolls, split
- Skinless, boneless oganic Yorkshire Valley Farms chicken thighs marinated with David’s Peri Peri Rub and a touch of olive oil
- Canned, sliced pineapple
- Sliced Pastrami
- Spicy BBQ sauce – made by combining one bottle of generic barbecue sauce with one bottle of Stasis Preserves Ontario Hot Sauce
I grilled the chicken over medium-high heat and the pineapple and pastrami on low. As always with chicken, you don’t want too high of a heat or your chicken will burn on the outside before it has cooked all the way through.
The flavours worked really well together. The heat of the chicken and the hot sauce balanced off perfectly with the sweetness and tang of the BBQ sauce and pineapple. I tried to explain how layering some simple common ingredients together can result in some splendidly tasty results.
Check out some pictures I managed to capture when not busy manning the grill. The food disappeared as quickly as I could grill it. Can’t wait until my next cooking demo just around the corner!
Note: while I did receive compensation for my time & effort, all thoughts and opinions are most definitely my own.
Yorkshire Valley Farms raises organic, free range chickens that are fed only the finest certified organic grains, with no antibiotics, hormones or animal bi-products added.
Filed under: Photo Essay, Recipe on July 11th, 2013