“GOURMET INDOOR GRILLING,” by Matt Pelton, Cedar Fort, $19.99, 144 pages
Grilling enthusiasts and novices alike will be happy to try out Matthew Pelton’s new cookbook titled “Gourmet Indoor Grilling.” The 65 recipes in the collection provide clear guidance to beginners while offering plenty of fresh and interesting recipes for those who are more experienced. There’s no need to wait until summer to use them, since Pelton’s recipes are designed for indoor grilling devices like stovetop cast iron, hibachi and even electric countertop grills.
Before diving right into world cuisine such as churrasco, Mediterranean or Asian, Pelton first walks the reader through the best way to cook individual proteins.
After a quick primer on beef, pork, chicken and fish, he follows with instructions on how to prepare them simply, using ingredients easily found in just about any pantry — some of the most common ingredients throughout include salt, pepper, garlic, soy sauce and brown sugar. There is an excellent vegetarian section that includes artichokes, sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts.
The world fare requires more specific ingredients, but the ease of the preparation might compensate for the extra time tracking them down.
Two sections on gourmet sandwiches and grilled dessert are an interesting and tasty way to conclude, with offerings like a Monte Cristo sandwich and grilled peaches with honey. There are plenty family friendly recipes that will entice even the pickiest eater.
Pelton argues convincingly that grilling is a simple, healthy, and distinctly tasty method of cooking. His book backs his claims very successfully.
BACON-WRAPPED CHICKENComment on this story
This is a simple and very tasty churrasco dish. The bacon pairs well with the chicken and keeps it moist while adding a layer of crispness.
boneless, skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper to taste
1. Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized chunks, and lightly season with salt and pepper.
2. Wrap the bacon strips once around the chicken chunks, and place them on a skewer.
3. Heat the grill to high, and grill the skewers for several minutes per side. The bacon should be crispy and the chicken white.
4. Let the skewers relax for 5 minutes before serving.
— “Gourmet Indoor Grilling,” by Matt Pelton