Month: May 2007

For This Memorial Day Make it a Lamb Burger

Serving of Barbecued Lamb Burger
Serving of Barbecued Lamb Burger

Tired of eating plain old hamburgers, or are just looking for something a little different to have on the barbecue this weekend? Consider using different meats for your burger grilling needs. Delicious burgers can be made from ground pork, chicken, turkey, and lamb. The secret is to properly season these meats before cooking so that the resulting burger is tasty.

Lamb is a traditional Greek meat dish which is often seasoned with mint. We love the flavor we get when we use McCormick’s Greek Seasoning with lamb dishes, and the lamb burgers are no exception. This is really a quick to make and unique tasting burger.

Greek Seasoned Lamb Burgers
1 pound lean ground lamb
2 tsps McCormick Greek Seasoning

Place ground lamb in a bowl. Sprinkle 1 tsp of Greek Seasoning over top of the meat and mix. Sprinkle remaining 1 tsp of Greek seasoning over top of meat and mix well. Then form into 4 to 5 burgers. Grill until well done. Serve on toasted rolls.

We served our lamb burgers on toasted rolls spread thinly with mint jelly. Top with lettuce, tomato, and cheese.
McCormick Greek Seasoning

Three Big and Bold Seasonings for your Summer Cooking

McCormick Big & Bold Seasonings
Big and Bold Seasonings from McCormick

New at our Spice Place online store are McCormick’s Big and Bold Seasoning Blends. This is a line for very unique blends of seasonings from McCormick that we’ve simply fallen in love with. The flavor experts at McCormick have crafted some very delicious and savory blends into these seasonings. Each of these seasonings has a unique blend of herbs, and spices and they contain very little salt. We offer each of these spice blends in professional chef size containers ranging from 19 to 21 ounces.

Ranging in taste from Key West’s citrus flavor through Santa Fe’s cumin chili taste to Monterey’s red bell pepper seasoning, the McCormick Big and Bold Seasonings are a treat for the taste buds. These seasonings can be simply sprinkled on your foods, or mixed with liquids such as vinegar, lemon juice or water to make a delicious marinade. The flavors are unique, and will add a whole new set of tastes to your meals.

  • Key West Style – A blend of lemon peel, basil, thyme and other herbs and spices for use on shrimp, seafood, chicken, beef, and pork.
  • Monterey Style – Bold Red Pepper and Roasted Garlic flavor goes well with chicken, fish, seafood, pork and beef.
  • Santa Fe Style – A rich taste of the southwest seasoned with chili, cumin and just the right amount of garlic. Use with beef, pork, chicken and seafood. Blend 1 tbsp with a pound of lean ground beef for a Santa Fe style hamburger.

As the summer barbecue season approaches, curious chefs should consider this line of seasonings for there backyard cooking. Each seasoning has it’s unique taste that will make your outdoor cooking taste great and you’re certain to receive rave reviews of your recipes from your guests.

Making a Monterey Seasoned & Grilled Whole Chicken

Barbecued Monterey Style Seasoned Chicken

McCormick’s Big and Bold Monterey Style Seasoning has become a favorite seasoning of ours. It’s a mix of coarsely ground garlic, red bell pepper, roasted garlic, red pepper, and contains tumeric and annatto for adding a yellow color to foods. We find that the yellow color adds a pleasing and appealing look to chicken. So today we’re going to share our recipe for making a barbecued whole chicken seasoned with McCormick’s Monterey Style Seasoning along with a little bit of chili powder.

Monterey Seasoned Chicken Recipe
a 4 pound whole chicken
2 tbsp McCormick Monterey Style Seasoning
1 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp vinegar
1/2 cup water

  1. Wash the chicken under cold water and set on a plate to allow excess water to drain off.
  2. Place the Monterey Style Seasoning and Chili Powder in a cup. Add sugar, water and vinegar. Stir to mix well.
  3. Put the whole chicken in a one gallon size freezer zip-loc storage bag.
  4. Dump the seasonings over top of the chicken, seal the bag, and flip over a few times to distribute the seasonings. Place the chicken in the refrigerator and marinate for about 2 hours turning over every 1/2 hour so the seasonings evenly infuse the chicken.
  5. Since this is a whole chicken, it needs to be cooked indirectly so it cooks slowly and completely. So place the charcoal on only one side of the grill. Light grill.
  6. Remove the chicken from the zip-loc bag, and place into a disposable heavy-duty aluminum pan that has the bottom lined with non-stick aluminum foil. We use the disposable pans because the smoke from cooking will permanently mark a real roasting pan.
  7. When the grill is ready, place the chicken on the side away from the heat, cover and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the internal temperature of the chicken is about 170° F. For proper food safety, it’s very important that a meat thermometer is used to make sure the chicken it cooked thoroughly to prevent illness from under cooked chicken.
  8. Let the cooked chicken sit for 10 minutes before carving or else you’ll find you have shredded chicken (instead of sliced chicken).