We are suffering through a heat wave here in Boston and it is simply awful. Not only is it hot, it’s sticky and humid. Not only is it sticky and humid, but our first floor Victorian has no AC. It’s brutal. I am not a hot weather person… in fact, I’m writing this from a nicely chilled café as we speak.
[Fortunately we have a small window unit that keeps our bedroom at an amenable temperature so nights are at least tolerable–with exception to two dogs and a cat all vying for space on the bed. Panting hot dog breath… ugh!]
Things to do when you have no A/C: see a movie, go bowling, find a friend with a pool, and/or hang out in Home Depot.
I know it’s hot (deliriously hot) when I can get ANYONE to go to Home Depot with me–not just willingly go, but also suddenly share my passion for such things as air compressor nail guns and drills. [I have a long standing history of making friends and family suffer at my hands through many lengthy Home Depot excursions.] Having recently done some grill research, it seemed like a good day to check out the expansive grill aisle. Why not? At this point the thought of turning on a stove is/was as awesome as the thought of Texas-style boiling hot ginger ale and/or a nice long hot steam bath.
It’s been a few years since I’ve owned a grill since my last one crapped out–but what was I to expect? I found it on craigslist for $80 and it spent 4 winters and several blizzards encapsulated in snow.
The new grill will be given much better care. I went with a Weber 2-burner gas grill, the “Spirit”. Surprisingly, this grill retails for $399, the same price point for other brands’ gigantor models, i.e. grills with the dual side burners and split-covered grill doors. The next price down, for the same size as the Weber Spirit, was significantly lower–by at least $250. But, unlike other brands the Weber has hands down the best reviews–consistently 5 stars. My feeling is that you get what you pay for and this model feels ridiculously solid and heavy. It’s love at first sight.
I didn’t waste anytime in getting this baby fired up–is there anything sweeter than a virgin grill? GRILL. I said GRILL.
The next morning I was so excited about my grill I decided to make breakfast with it and it was amazing.
grilled sausage with eggs and kale
you will need
- 2 cups chopped kale
- 1 medium sweet yellow onion
- 1 cup mushrooms of your preference
- olive oil
- 4 sausage links (I used chicken, but you could also use veggie sausage)
- 4 eggs
- cast iron skillet
- gas grill
First, preheat your grill!
Back in the kitchen roughly chop the kale.
In a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat sauté onions in a generous amount of olive oil. After they become clear add the mushrooms.
When the mushrooms and onions begin to sublimate add the kale.
Grill the sausage.
When the kale turns bright green remove from the heat and crack four eggs in the center. Place the cast iron skillet in the middle of the grill or where the indirect heat space is. NOTE: Do not attempt this with anything other than a cast iron skillet!
When the sausage is cooked through you can add to the perimeter of the pan. Make sure to cover the grill so that the eggs cook.
I prefer a slightly runny yolk, but you can cook to your liking. As I’ve recently adopted a gluten-free diet I served this as-is, but this also makes a fantastic breakfast sandwich.
Grills: they’re not just for barbecues or dinner! You can probably expect a slew of grilling entries in the next few weeks, especially if this bullshit weather continues.
Stay cool my friends.