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Nothing says summer better than a meal full of grilled meats. But it can be stressful trying to prepare meat, seafood and vegetables at the same time. If you try to season everything individually, you’ll not only create a ton of extra work and dishes for yourself, but you also risk having a meal where each component tastes too different to put together consistently. That’s why we’re a little obsessed with Giada De Laurentiis Lemon Garlic All Purpose Marinade. She shared the marinade as part of her recipe for saffron orzo topped with grilled chicken, shrimp and summer vegetables, and while the whole meal was definitely a summer sight worth watching fact, marinade can be used for so much more.
The marinade ingredients are pretty simple, but the summery fresh flavor will make just about anything you grill taste amazing. De Laurentiis uses a mixture of garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes and fresh parsley to make its marinade. But there’s one ingredient De Laurentiis recommends that will really take the flavor of his Lemon Garlic Marinade recipe to the next level: smoked salt.
You can just use kosher salt, but smoked salt
will add a wonderfully woody and savory flavor to marinade, and it’s also a hack for making food cooked on a gas grill or indoor grill pan more authentic.
Once the marinade is mixed, De Laurentiis toss it with the chicken and shrimp for an hour or more, and brush the rest over the corn, mushrooms and peppers before grilling.
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While the meat marinates, De Laurentiis prepares a batch of saffron
-infused orzo. It’s easier than making risotto, but it still provides a creamy, starchy, flavorful bed for your grilled meats and vegetables. As the juices from your grilled food drip into the orzo, it further enhances the flavor, so every bite of the rice-like pasta tastes like saffron, smoky grill, lemon and garlic. In a word: summer.
The combination is totally delicious, but you can also use its Lemon Garlic Marinade in other recipes. It is particularly divine with chicken and prawns, but you can imagine it with any grilled seafood (lobster, swordfish, salmon!); grilled eggplant, asparagus and green beans; grilled potato salad; or even used to make a summery pasta dish. Let De Laurentiis, the queen of Italian cuisine,
for coming up with such a versatile summer recipe!
Looking for more summer recipes? Giada De Laurentiis has plenty:
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