Hot off the BBQ for Memorial Weekend: Chef Jeff Anderson Shares Tips, Tricks + RECIPES!!

Just in time for the summer grilling season and Memorial Day, Chef Jeff Anderson will share his secrets for grilling and creating recipes that will impress your friends, family and favorite guests at any backyard BBQ. Discover how using quality ingredients ­– from Signature Farms, Signature Kitchens and Signature SELECT brands – will produce a chef-inspired difference in any meal, especially when entertaining at your backyard grill. Of course, Chef Jeff says don’t forget about the all-important dessert to finish any great meal.

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Check out this amazing menu:
–Stuffed Chicken with Hickory Bacon & Mushrooms,
–Brown Rice Salad with Capers, Artichoke Hearts and Greek Feta Vinaigrette;
–Grilled Cherry Packet with Maple and Graham Cracker Crumble.

Chef Jeff shares his secrets for grilling the perfect burgers, steaks, fish and hot dogs. It makes us hungry just thinking about it!

Stuffed Chicken with Smoked Bacon & Mushrooms
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings per Recipe: 2 stuffed chicken breasts

Ingredients:

Chicken:

2 Signature Farms® boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 pinch kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning chicken pre-grilling

1 pinch ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning chicken pre-grilling

2 Tbs olive oil, plus added oil for brushing chicken pre-grilling

butcher’s twine (for tying rolled chicken)

Signature SELECT™ aluminum foil (optional for grilling)

Hickory Bacon Compound Butter:
Ingredients:

4 Tbs unsalted butter softened to room temperature

3 slices Signature Farms® hickory bacon, cooked, cooled and minced

1/2 cup thinly sliced mushrooms

2 Tbs minced shallots

2 Tbs olive oil

1 pinch kosher salt

1 pinch ground black pepper

Directions

1. To prepare hickory bacon compound butter, combine the cooked, minced bacon and the unsalted butter together, mix well and chill.

2. Heat a medium-size sauté pan, add oil, shallots, and mushrooms, then season with salt and pepper. Sauté for 2 minutes, then set aside and allow to cool.

3. Butterfly chicken breast, opening it up into 2-3 folds. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Divide butter between the butterflied breast, then add sautéed mushrooms. Fold and tie with butcher’s twine.

5. Brush roll-tied chicken breast with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.

6. Heat grill to medium-high and spray grates with non-stick spray (or brush with oil).

7. Place stuffed chicken breast on hot grill. Grill for 1 ½ minutes, pick up and turn 90 degrees to create grill cross marks. Grill chicken breast for another 1 ½ minutes, turn over and then cover grill. Cook covered for an additional 10-12 minutes.

Pro Tip: If the twine is becoming charred, place chicken breast on a sheet of aluminum foil and continue cooking until internal temperature reaches 165°.

8. Remove from grill and allow to rest 4-5 minutes, remove twine and serve.

Brown Rice Salad with Capers, Artichoke Hearts & Greek Feta Vinaigrette
Serves: 4 sides or 2 Entrée

Ingredients:

2 cups Signature SELECT™ long grain brown rice, cooked and cooled

1 cup Signature SELECT™ marinated artichoke hearts

1 cup baby spinach

3 Tbs minced parsley

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion

1/4 cup minced red pepper

1/4 cup minced yellow pepper

2 pinches seasoning

1/2 cup Signature SELECT™ Greek Feta vinaigrette

Directions

In mixing bowl, combine cooked/ cooled rice, artichoke hearts spinach, parsley, green onions and peppers.

Season with salt and pepper, dress with Greek feta vinaigrette, then mix to distribute dressing and coat all ingredients evenly.

Transfer to serving bowl and enjoy.

Grilled Cherry Packets with Maple and Graham Cracker Crumble

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings Per Recipe: 4 servings

Ingredients:

Grilled Cherry Packets with Maple and Graham Cracker Crumble

1 orange, peeled, cut into segments

24 cherries, pitted

2 Tbs unsalted butter, cut into cubes

4 Tbs pure maple syrup

1/4 cup orange juice

4 scoops Signature SELECT™ vanilla ice cream

4 large squares Signature SELECT™ aluminum foil

graham crackers crumbles (see Graham Cracker Crumble directions)

Graham Cracker Crumble:

6 Signature SELECT™ honey graham crackers

4 Tbs all purpose flour

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 pinch kosher salt

4 Tbs granulated sugar

Directions:

Cherries

1. Double stack aluminum foil squares to create two packets, combine the cherries, orange slices, orange juice, maple syrup and butter, then divide between the two squares and wrap up in foil, sealing the top.

2. Place onto preheated grill for approximately 8-10 minutes per side or until thoroughly heated. Note: you should be able to hear the liquid boiling.

3. Remove from grill and divide into jars, then top with ice cream and pour syrup over top. Garnish with crushed graham crackers

Graham Cracker Crumbles

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Put graham crackers, flour, salt and sugar into food processor, process until finely ground.

3. Transfer to mixing bowl, add in melted butter, mix well.

4. Line small baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil, add crumb mixture.

5. Bake 10-15 minutes, until golden brown, stirring as necessary to allow for even toasting.

6. Remove from oven and cool.

Chef Jeff Anderson
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As the Executive Chef for Albertson Stores, Jeff Anderson is responsible for developing new product ideas and recipes. He is always eager to share his extensive culinary knowledge in order to help consumers create better home-cooked meals. Please let him share his newly-developed series of summer recipes with your viewers and listeners – including his Stuffed Chicken with Hickory Bacon & Mushrooms, Brown Rice Salad and – our favorite—Grilled Cherry Packet with Maple and Graham Cracker Crumble-using ingredients from exclusive Signature Farms, Signature Kitchens and Signature SELECT lines.

Thanks to Chef Jeff Anderson for these yummy recipes!

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