A Summer Grilling Menu

It finally felt like summertime to me today. The first day of my summer work calendar, the first full weeding of the community garden plot, and the first night we had dinner on the deck. What better way to mark the start of summer than with a weeknight grilling menu. All local. All delicious.


First on the plate: I managed to squeak a few more of last season’s potatoes from my dad’s cold storage this past weekend. New baby potatoes wont appear at the farmers’ market for a few weeks, maybe a month. So glad he shared what is left of their crop. Tonight I grilled them the same way my he does too.  Thinly sliced, tossed in a sealed foil packet with two tabs of butter and fresh herbs. Grill until potatoes are cooked through (about 10 minutes for a medium-sized packet). My favorite are the potatoes on the bottom. They are close enough to the heat to turn brown and crunchy, just like a potato chip.

Second on the plate: Grilled Swedish potato sausage, slightly charred and 100% delicious. I’ll confess, this is not a Minnesota sausage, but it’s still local in my heart. My favorite potato sausage comes from the butcher shop in my small hometown in Central Wisconsin. Somehow it regularly finds its way into my suitcase when we visit family. I’ll bet there’s a place or two in the Metro to find a good ring, I’m just attached to this one. If you’ve never had potato sausage, add it to your grilling menu this summer.

Third on the plate: The kitchen partner’s grilled asparagus that’s simple enough you could do it blindfolded. Lightly drizzle the trimmed asparagus with sunflower oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and place on the grill for 3-5 minutes, flipping once. You could I like my asparagus with a little crunch, he likes his a little softer. I eat the larger stalks, he eats the thinner ones. These are the things that make a marriage work, ya know?

Served with: The batch of Muller-Thurgau wine we began in March has finally aged enough to begin uncorking a few bottles. We suspect it will continue to get better as the summer goes. For now, the light apricot-flavor is the perfect complement to my first day of summer. Happy grilling!

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