Grilled maple pork chops with peaches and figs

???????????????????????????????It’s grilling season! I topped these pork chops with pure maple syrup, grilled peaches and figs for an elegant summer meal. And yes, I get the irony of seasoning pork with Kosher salt.

Ingredients:

4 bone-in pork chops

2 ripe peaches

2 ripe figs

Kosher salt

Black pepper

Approximately 2 Tb olive oil for dipping

Approximately 3 Tb pure maple syrup for brushing

Season both sides of pork chops with Kosher salt and pepper. Sear one side on hot grill for 3 minutes. Grill the other side over medium heat for 5 -6 minutes, until nicely browned.

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As they finish cooking, place chops on a large plate and brush with maple syrup. Cover them with foil to keep them warm while you grill the peaches and figs.

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While chops are cooking, halve 2 peaches and 2 figs. Pour a couple of tablespoons of olive oil on a plate and dip cut sides of the fruit into the oil, then sprinkle with kosher salt.

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Place fruit cut side down on grill over medium heat while the rest of the chops finish cooking. Grill for a couple of minutes, until the cut side of the fruit begins to blacken.

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I placed each chop on a bed of rice. Serve peach and fig halves over each pork chop. Drizzle accumulated juices over them.

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Barbecued Salmon with Fresh Herbs

My friend Karen and I invented this easy recipe on the Fourth of the July. We grilled it in the park on a charcoal grill. The second time I made it on a gas grill at home. Barbecue the salmon about 3 inches above the coals after they  have turned white, or on medium high for gas.

Serves 3  (1/3 pound per person)

1  pound  salmon fillet or steak

2 lemons: 1 sliced and 1 quartered

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

salt to taste

1 sprig rosemary

3 sprigs dill weed

Place salmon on a sheet of aluminum foil, skin side down.

Sprinkle with olive oil, garlic and salt.

Tear up rosemary and dill sprigs and place on top.

Place lemon slices on top.

Squeeze two quarters of the second lemon on the fish. Wrap salmon tightly in foil, place another piece of foil on top, then wrap again.

Heat up grill on high, then put on medium high before placing salmon on. Cook salmon fillet 3-5 minutes on each side. After 6-10 minutes of cooking, check that it is firm and flaky. For salmon steak, cook 6 minutes on each side, 12 minutes total.

Unwrap salmon on plate, remove lemon slices.  Squeeze last two quarters of  lemon on salmon.