Flavors for the Grill

Easter has passed, spring break has started, and summer is just around the corner! Time to gear up for summer cooking fun - May is National Barbecue Month! According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue association)a record 17.4 million grills were shipped in 2007.

Get grilling with some fresh new recipes:

Spicy Lemon Pesto Flat Iron Steaks
(Courtesy National Cattleman's Beef Association)

4 beef shoulder top blade (flat iron) steaks (6 to 8 ounces each)

Spicy Lemon Pesto
1/3 cup prepared basil pesto sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 large cloves garlic, minced
Salt
Freshly grated lemon peel (optional)

1. Combine Spicy Lemon Pesto ingredients in small bowl. Set aside.
2. Press garlic evenly onto beef steaks. Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 10 to 14 minutes for medium rare to medium doneness, turning once. Season with salt, as desired.
3. Top steaks with pesto. Garnish with lemon peel, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.



“Grilling is a great way to create new cooking sensations,” said Joan Hanson, test kitchen director for Hormel Foods. “This season try combining and grilling common, convenient ingredients, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, for a flavorful and healthy complement to protein.”

Here are some quick and easy grilling tips from Ms. Hanson, champion pit master Chris Lilly, and baseball great Ozzie Smith.

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