Mouth-Watering Quick Grilling Recipes

Open-Face Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

Eight 1/2-inch-thick slices of peasant bread
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
One 1 1/4-pound eggplant, sliced crosswise 1 inch thick
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 plum tomatoes, sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
1/2 pound buffalo mozzarella, sliced 1/4 inch thick
8 large basil leaves, torn
Coarse sea salt
Light a grill.
Brush the bread on both sides with olive oil and grill over high heat until crisp on the outside but still soft inside, about 30 seconds per side.
Transfer to a platter.
Brush the eggplant slices with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
Grill over moderate heat until charred on the bottom, about 5 minutes.
Turn and grill until tender, about 3 minutes longer.
Top the eggplant with the tomato, mozzarella and basil.
Cover the grill and cook until the cheese melts, 2 minutes.
Transfer the eggplant to the bread, sprinkle with sea salt and serve.

Grilled Tuna with Smoked-Almond Romesco Sauce
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons smoked almonds (2 1/2 ounces)
One 3-inch piece of baguette, cubed
1 garlic clove
1 cup canned diced tomatoes
2 roasted red bell peppers from a jar, drained
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/4 teaspoon pimentón de la Vera
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Four 1-inch-thick tuna steaks
Light a grill.
In a food processor, coarsely chop the almonds, bread cubes and garlic.
Add the tomatoes, roasted red peppers, sherry vinegar and pimentón and puree until smooth. With the machine on, gradually add the oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Season the tuna with salt and pepper.
Grill over moderate heat, turning once, for 6 minutes for medium-rare, or 8 minutes for medium.
Transfer the tuna to plates. Spoon some of the romesco sauce over the fish and pass the rest at the table.

Fajitas with Roquefort
8 6-inch flour or corn tortillas
3 tablespoons cooking oil
2 onions, cut into thin slices
2 green bell peppers, cut into thin strips
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 pounds skirt steak, cut into 2 pieces
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1/4 pound Roquefort or other blue cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)
Heat the oven to 350°.
Stack the tortillas and wrap them in aluminum foil.
Warm in the oven for about 15 minutes.
In a large frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over moderately high heat.
Add the onions, peppers, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
Light the grill.
Coat the steaks with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.
Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the black pepper.
Grill the steaks for 3 minutes.
Turn the meat and cook to your taste, 2 to 3 minutes longer for medium rare.
Let rest in a warm spot for 5 minutes.
Cut the steaks diagonally across the grain into thin slices.
Roll the steak slices, onions and peppers, and Roquefort in the warm tortillas.
Grilled Shrimp with Couscous Salad
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 clove garlic, halved
2 pounds large shrimp, shelled
2 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups couscous
2 1/2 cups watercress, tough stems removed (from a 5-ounce bunch)
2 scallions including green tops, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 pound tomatoes, diced
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
Lemon wedges, for serving
Light the grill.
In a small saucepan, combine the oil, tarragon, and garlic.
Cook over moderately low heat until the garlic just starts to brown, about 3 minutes.
Remove from the heat, let the oil cool slightly, and then discard the garlic.
Thread the shrimp onto metal or wooden skewers and brush with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the tarragon oil.
In a medium saucepan, bring the broth to a boil with 3/4 teaspoon of the salt.
Stir in the couscous.
Cover, remove from the heat, and let sit for 5 minutes.
In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, toss the couscous with the watercress, scallions, lemon juice, tomatoes, and the remaining tarragon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the pepper.
Meanwhile, grill the shrimp, turning once, until just done, about 5 minutes.
Serve the shrimp skewers on top of the couscous salad with lemon wedges on the side.

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