Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb restaurant in San Francisco serves this aioli with his Blistered Squash Blossoms.
Blistered Squash Blossoms
Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb restaurant in San Francisco likes to serve this barely seared appetizer hot, followed by the cooler Grilled Calamari, Watermelon, and Tomato Salad. Since both require a blazing fire, start each with a fresh chimney, if you're using charcoal.
Crispy Cod Bánh Mì
Niki Nichols and her husband were trying to work more fish into their diets when they came up with this colorful sandwich. Now it's in their regular weeknight rotation.
Quick Grilled Dinner Salad
While cooking a big summer grilling story, we had leftover grilled meat galore. So we gave it a new life in main-dish salads for our Test Kitchen lunches. The dressing is a cinch to customize, depending on what you have on hand--and so is the salad itself: Use whatever grilled meat, vegetables, and greens you like.
Spicy Chicken Thighs with Summer Squash
A metal cooling rack set in a rimmed baking sheet makes bi-level cooking possible--squash below, chicken above--so the meat's glaze stays nicely charred, while the juices drip into and moisten the squash.
Broiled Salmon and Asparagus with Crème Fraîche
This technique cooks salmon perfectly every time. The sauce is flavorful and rich, but not heavy--just right for a weeknight.
Baked Eggs with Leeks and Mushrooms
Enjoy this dish hot from the oven, with crusty bread to soak up the runny yolks. For firmer yolks and whites, leave the eggs on the rimmed baking sheet for 4 to 5 minutes before serving.
Boysenberry Mousse with Cookie Crumble
This vanilla mousse, with ribbons of tart-sweet boysenberry sauce, has a delicate, cloudlike texture. If you're substituting raspberries and blackberries, start with more berries for the sauce, as they're not as juicy as boysenberries.
Boysenberry Wine Compote with Goat Cheese and Basil
Here's one for your summer-party recipe stash. Wine and black pepper make the compote sophisticated, and you can put the whole thing together in minutes--for guests to serve themselves.
Even if you're a baking newbie, you can turn these out with ease, thanks to frozen puff pastry. To keep them from sticking, remove the pastries from the pan right after baking.
Herb and Onion Salad
The bright, robust flavors in this all-herb salad are so refreshing with a rich steak or salmon, you may never go back to lettuce. The recipe comes from Matthew Dillon of Bar Sajor restaurant in Seattle.
Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks with Blistered Padrón Peppers
With its generous marbling, rib-eye just may be the tastiest steak of all for the grill. Inspired by the cider-house tradition in the Spanish countryside, Matthew Dillon of Bar Sajor restaurant in Seattle adds a phenomenal but simple sauce from the resting juices and a touch of cider vinegar and honey. He grills the meat over wood at the restaurant; for home grillers, he recommends hardwood charcoal and fruitwood chips.
Grilled Potato, Onion, and Bacon Skewers
Crisp-edged bacon, starchy potatoes, and juicy onions together make an unbeatable side for just about any summer dish. The recipe, by Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton of Ox restaurant in Portland, is adapted from their book Around the Fire with Stacy Adimando (Ten Speed Press, March 2016). You'll need 6 flat metal skewers, each 14 in., or a dozen 7-in. skewers.
Grilled Salmon with Sumac Oil and Green Onion Yogurt
Wild king salmon requires the right mix of exuberance and restraint. Chefs Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton of Ox restaurant in Portland hit the sweet spot, brightening its richness with tart sumac and a luscious yogurt sauce, and crisping the skin to create cracklings. The recipe is adapted from their book Around the Fire with Stacy Adimando (Ten Speed Press, March 2016). You'll need a rimless baking sheet to ease the salmon off the grill.
Grilled Calamari, Watermelon, and Tomato Salad
Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb restaurant in San Francisco is known for adventurous dishes like this one, a meet-up of mild grilled calamari (squid), fresh produce, and exciting seasonings. He grills the calamari over almond wood plus regular charcoal briquets; for the home cook, he recommends easy-to-find mesquite hardwood charcoal. To make the dish as fiery as Cosentino likes it, use 2 tbsp. black pepper and 2 tsp. Aleppo pepper, and don't seed the serrano chile.
Grilled Chicken with Spicy Corn on the Cob and Grilled Lettuces
Russell Moore, chef and owner at Camino restaurant in Oakland, gave us this technique for grilling chicken breast--and it's the juiciest version we've ever had, protected from overcooking by the bones and skin. "Don't cook it too fast," he adds. "You don't want it burnt outside and raw inside." We also like his clever way of producing an entire dinner over one fire, grilling everything in sequence. At Camino, he uses cherry and almond wood, but for the home griller, he suggests a mix of mesquite hardwood charcoal and either fruitwood or hardwood chunks--and lighting more charcoal partway through cooking.
For these extremely flavorful, deluxe burgers, Noah von Blöm, chef at Arc restaurant in Costa Mesa, California, mixes ground rib-eye with boneless short ribs and bacon. Then he sizzles the patties in a cast-iron skillet set in the coals of a wood fire. At the restaurant, each one weighs a full pound. "People get up from their tables to take pictures," he says. (Our version is a still-mighty half-pound.) Although you can build a wood fire as von Blöm does, for this grill-friendly version, he suggests charcoal briquets and fruit wood chunks.
Buttermilk Potato Hamburger Buns
Significantly fresher and more flavorful than store-bought, these big, pillowy buns, from chef Noah von Blöm of Arc restaurant in Costa Mesa, California, are very much worth making. This recipe makes double what you need, but the buns freeze well.
Pickled Fresno Chiles
Spicy and sweet, these pickles add a hit of color and flavor to burgers--and are great with any rich food, like sausages or fried chicken. If you'd like a milder pickle, slit the chiles lengthwise and remove their seeds before slicing. Chef Noah von Blöm of Arc restaurant in Costa Mesa, California, gave us the recipe.