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Settembrini and September

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grigliata di pesce


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September is now the month of  the ‘Settembrini’ when everything has a September feel to it. The air now has a gentler heat to it..the figs of September are smaller than those in July and August..

The weather has a September feel to it- fresh and lighter…….the fruit and veggies appearing at the local food markets are now all with a September theme..apples and  pears have taken the place of  fresh watermelon and peaches..

 Hope you enjoy the beginning of a new month that will soon become a new season..For more recipes, catch up with today’s recipe Tuesdays at my twitter site but here is a recipe to start off the month with one last attempt at grilling and celebrating   the finish of one season and beginning of another.

Bruschetta Grigliata (On the Grill)

Olive oil flavored with garlic, fresh basil, or rosemary.
1 loaf of crusty Italian bread cut into 1-inch thick slices
1/4 cup extra -virgin olive oil

(optional-bring along toppings to put on top-sliced mozarella cheese, pepperoni slices, fresh tomato slices, shredded chicken, shredded lettuce)

Prepare barbecue (medium-high-heat). Brush both sides of bread generously With oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill until golden, about 1 minute per side. 6 servings.

Keep the tastes buds firing with Grilled Shrimp (Scampi Grigliati). The seasoned shrimp is grilled on bamboo skewers, a fabulous accent for any summer appetizer.


Scampi Grigliati

*1/4 cup finely chopped garlic, mashed to a paste with 1 teaspoon coarse salt.
*2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
*3 tablespoons olive oil plus oil for brushing shrimp
*16 jumbo shrimp (about 10 per pound)
*four bamboo skewers
In a large bowl stir together garlic, chopped fresh rosemary, and 3 tablespoons oil and add shrimp. Marinate shrimp, covered and chilled, at least 8 hours or overnight.

To grill, thread 4 shrimp on each skewer and brush with additional oil. Grill shrimp on an oiled rack, set about 5 inches over glowing coals, 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until just cooked through.

Alternatively, brush shrimp with additional oil and grill in a hot well-season ridged grill pan, covered, over moderately high heat 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.


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