Elevate Your Grill Game!


Chef and Cooking Instructor Corey Pressman showed Tra'Renee how to elevate her grill game with special sauces! For more information about Corey here's a link.


This makes about two cups.

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more

1-3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced or minced

1 shallot, finely chopped

1 Fresno chile or red jalapeƱo, finely chopped (optional)

1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro

1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine all this and mix it around. Some folks like to prepare this in a blender or food processor. Personally, I like to chop things by hand for meditative purposes. Also, wazzing this by machine releases a lot of liquid and maybe makes the sauce too watery. Experiment with adding sweetness (maple syrup, date syrup, honey).

Hazelnut Romesco

This makes about a cup and a half.

2 roasted red peppers, cored and seeded (or from a bottle)

1 dried Ancho pepper, rehydrated in hot water until soft, cored and seeded

1-3 garlic cloves

2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika

1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts

1/4 cup breadcrumbs (or one slice whole wheat bread)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Place all of the ingredients except for the oil, salt and pepper in the food processor and puree with a splash of water (about 1/4 cup). With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil through the feed tube and process until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cover and refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

Labneh with Garlic and Herbs

1 cup labneh

1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice

1 small clove garlic, minced (or maybe 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder)

10 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill

Big pinch of kosher salt

Few grinds black pepper

Combine all this in a bowl and use as a dip for grilled veggies or or as a secret sauce for your grilles sliders.