kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


It's summer, and the grilling is easy...

I love my grill, even in the dead of winter when there is a foot of snow covering it. But I especially love it during the summer, when my herb and vegetable garden is at its peak.

Here is an easy, summer meal I prepared last night--pair it with a fruity, slightly chilled Beaujolais for a fun weeknight meal. Or, if you prefer white, try an Orvieto or Pinot Grigio. And be sure to crack open the bottle and enjoy a glass WHILE you are preparing the meal...cook's privilege.

Grilled chicken thighs
Packet Potatoes
Assorted crudites

Rinse and pat dry the chicken thighs, and cut off a bit of the extra skin. Sprinkle both sides with garlic powder, kosher salt and pepper. Grill on an oiled grill at medium, indirect heat for 25 minutes--skin side up! After 25 minutes, turn the chicken skin side down, and grill for 25 more minutes. Remove from grill, let stand 5 minutes, and serve. (Grilling the thighs skin side up first means that the skin will be crisp and juicy at the end of cooking time...not steamed. And DO use thighs, not breasts--the dark meat in chicken thighs withstands grilling without drying out, and has WAY more flavor than white meat.)

For the potatoes, cube whatever kind of potatoes you like--Idaho, Yukon Gold, etc.--and place in a large bowl. Add olive oil, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, cracked pepper, garlic powder, chives and fresh rosemary. Toss to coat. Place on a piece of nonstick aluminum foil. Place another piece of foil on top, and crimp the edges to seal. Place on grill at medium heat for 25 minutes. Turn, and grill 25 minutes more.

For the crudites, serve whatever you happen to have--grape or cherry tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, peppers, carrots. Use a sour cream based dip, or hummus.