Eat Your Way Through Summer
What to grill, where to drink, how to cook farmers' market finds, and more!
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Summer's Best Burgers
Icehouse: Foie Gras Burger
Victory 44: Perfect Burger
Harriet Brasserie: Hill Burger
Blue Door Pub: Jiffy Burger
Anchor Fish & Chips: Helicopter Burger
From Clancey’s proprietor Kristin Tombers
Don’t think of your grill as a kind of overheated microwave—start early and take your time. When Tombers lights her backyard fire pit, she keeps it going for several hours. She roasts veggies. She cooks proteins. Some she eats right away, some she saves to stir into chopped salads later in the week. • 4307 Upton Ave. S., Mpls., 612-926-0222, clanceysmeats.com
5 Great Grillables that go beyond burgers & brats
We asked the protein professionals at Clancey’s Meats & Fish in Linden Hills for their favorite under-the-radar grillables
1. Goat Chops with Curried Yogurt
You can get these already marinated at Clancey’s or make your own marinade with yogurt and Indian spices. Mix up extra yogurt to top cooked meat. Alexander Huffington serves these over a salad of couscous and parsley.
2. Blue Prawns with Charmoula
Fresh, herby flavors and sweet, meaty shrimp. Andrew Garrison makes a thin sauce by blending garlic, lemon juice, cilantro, parsley, hot pepper, and lots of olive oil. Use some to marinate the shrimp for an hour, save the rest for dipping.
3. Halibut Cheeks
Halibut filets are a bit delicate for the grill, so Susan Wiesner marinates the cheeks in a soy-based dipping sauce or nuoc cham (fish sauce with lime and chilis).
4. Offal Skewer
David Urso and Julian Oja recommend soaking chicken livers, rabbit kidneys, and duck hearts in milk overnight to leach out the iron. Then thread onto skewers with big chunks of bacon (at least three-quarters of an inch). Serve over bitter greens, like frisée.
5. Grilled Feta Over Sliced Tomatoes
The grill isn’t just for meat. Mike Veazey grills thick slabs of feta and layers them with local tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil and fresh oregano. Advanced backyard cooks should try smoking some duck eggs to serve over spinach for a veggie-friendly summer meal.