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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Grilled Romaine Lettuce

Okay we were striving for something different for dinner last night and I believe we did!  I have seen grilled lettuces of different kinds and always thought it looked really strange.  Really lettuce on the grill?!! But it was really good.  It's not like grilling a steak you only want it on the grill for a few minutes to get some nice grill marks.  We probably could have left it on a couple more minutes but it was still good.  On these hot summer nights it sure is nice to not have to heat up the oven.  So give this a try some night when you are turning on the grill anyway to cook dinner. It will only take a couple of minutes.

This is a nice change for dinner. 
 I almost made a mistake at the store and bought the romaine lettuce in the produce section with the other lettuces.  You need to look for the romaine hearts.
 Remove a few of the really green leafy leaves.  You can save these for another use.
 Then cut the piece in half.  Don't cut the ends off yet.
 The recipe called for drizzling the olive oil but I chose to brush it on so that it would cover well.  Make sure you cover both sides.
 Add a little of your favorite salt.
 Add a little pepper.
 Turn it over and salt and pepper and oil the cut side.  I did this a little ahead of time and put in the fridge until I was ready for it.
 After we grilled the main part of our dinner, which you will see soon, we put the lettuce on the grill.  Put the back on first.  You will rotate it around to get the char on all sides.
 You have to watch it because you don't want it to flame up too much.
 Then the sides.
 When you take it up add some fresh grated parmesan cheese on top. I have also seen this with a dressing but I liked just having the cheese.  It made it a nice light side dish.
 Now you can cut the bottom core off.  You need to do this because as I read sediment can settle there in the bottoms of the leaves.
Then serve.

Grilled Romaine Lettuce Recipe

Romaine Lettuce hearts
olive oil
salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese.

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