Use alder, hickory, maple and cedar grilling planks for grilling fish or get creative and make the perfect wood-fired pizza with this versatile cookbook. Grilling with cedar and other flavorful wood planks imparts a wonderful smoky infusion to all kinds of dishes with crowd-pleasing results. Learn how to use wood planks to make smoky homemade bacon, caramelized Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, and flavorful Rack of Lamb with Rosemary Pomegranate Sauce. Filled with color photography throughout, this cookbook explains the basics of plank grilling, such as how to prepare wood planks, as well as how to get the most out of cedar, alder, hickory, and maple planks in 75 versatile recipes.
Currently gaining more and more prominence among chefs and foodies, plank grilling has been around for centuries, points out Guillen (Cooking Club: Great Ideas and Delicious Recipes for Fabulous Get-Togethers), noting that cedar wood has long been used by Native Americans to impart seasoning. Here, she elaborates on that concept, showing home cooks how to use wood planks in a number of settings to impart unique flavors. Using only a handful of woods (cedar, alder, oak, cherry and maple), Guillen uses them to great effect, showing readers how to whip up everything from beet hummus and classic Scotch eggs to barbecue chicken pizza, DIY bacon and flank steak stuffed with artichokes and brie. Yes, there are a few of the obligatory novelty items (Caramel Apple Pizza), and some exist only because they can (tomato bisque takes an inordinate amount of time and her ribs are baked in the oven, then finished over planks), the majority of the dishes (pizza's a favorite, as is fish) are practical and doable, provided readers have a reliable source of untreated wood. Her instructions on the mechanics of plank grilling are sound, to-the-point without being patronizing yet specific enough to ensure consistency and success even among novices. Grillhounds and smoke lovers (not to mention woodworkers and lumberjacks) will find a lot of ingenuity here.