Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Grilled Romaine Hearts with Warm Peas

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 grilled lettuce


On my last post I declared my love for all things grilled, so here it another grilled recipe. This time it's romaine lettuce that takes a trip to the barbeque.  Don't be so surprised, grilled lettuce is really good. I love how charred they get, a little burnt on the edges, warm but still crunchy in the middle. The trick is to brush it well with oil and cook for a very short time. You can use grilled lettuce in salads, with some grilled cherry tomatoes and red onions. It's delicious and unexpected. This recipe is for grilled romaine hearts that are topped with a warm peas and shallots mix.  I like the combination of peas and lettuce a lot. This makes  a perfect side dish for a barbeque party.


Grilled Romaine Hearts with Warm Peas Recipe:

 serves 2 as a side dish


You will need:

1 tablespoon of olive oil *

1 tablespoon of chopped shallots (use red onions if you don't have shallots on hand)

1/2 cup of peas, fresh or frozen

1/4 cup of either water, chicken or vegetable broth

salt and pepper

1 lettuce head, preferably romaine hearts

Parmesan cheese for topping (optional)



First make the warm peas mix. Heat the olive oil in a medium pan or skillet, add the shallots and cook until translucent. Add the peas, your liquid of choice and cook until warmed up, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Cut the lettuce in half lengthwise leaving the root still attached ( it holds the leaves together). Rinse with cold water and let it dry. Brush cut sides with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt. Grill the lettuces cut side down over a medium hot grill for about 5 minutes (start checking after 3 minutes as grill temperatures vary). Remove from the heat.

Plate lettuce halves cut side up and spoon the warm pea mix on top (reheat it if necessary). Top everything with shaved Parmesan, if using and serve immediately.


* If you like butter (who doesn't?), go ahead and use it instead of the olive oil for a richer dish.


Enjoy it!

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pam said...

Now, that is an elegant side dish for a grilled dinner!

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Would've never thought to put these two together, but it sounds pretty delicious (and green!)

Dana said...

I love grilled lettuce! I often grill wedges of radicchio and drizzle them with balsamic vinegar. This looks awesome, I especially love the peas.

Rita said...

@ Dana- try adding some honey along with the balsamic to the grilled radicchio, it's one of my favourite ways to have radicchio.:)

Fer Guimaraes Rosa said...

Rita, que bom que voce saiu do anonimato e comentou no Chucrute, assim pude conhecer seu blog, que eh lindo! Beijos,

Clare said...

This looks absolutely lovely! I adore peas and grilled romaine so I will have to try this - it's the perfect salad!

Helene said...

I love grilled lettuce! I even love lettuce soup :) and that was a long shot from my mother!!

Aggie said...

Wow! I have yet to try grilled romaine...this combo sounds awesome!

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