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LongHorn Grilling: Watermelon Wedge Salad, Grilled Bananas Foster, Lemon Vinaigrette and Grilled Corn & Strawberry Pound Cake

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For the second year, LongHorn Steakhouse will make grilling easy with the “Grill Us Hotline.” The restaurant’s Certified Grill Masters will be on hand to answer listeners’ questions and help take the pressure off cook-out preparation for the holiday weekend.  The hotline will be accessible via phone, text and Facebook from July 3 through July 6 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call 1-855-544-7455. Or visit their Facebook page: facebook.com/LongHornSteakhouse or follow them on Twitter: @longhornsteaks

Watermelon Wedge Salad & Grilled Bananas Foster Recipe

Ingredients:

Grilled watermelon
Goat cheese crumbles
Cooked quinoa
Lemon vinaigrette (recipe below)
Chopped romaine lettuce
Chopped kale
Balsamic drizzle

Directions:

Start with fresh watermelon, cut into wedges. Make sure your grill grates are already rubbed down with canola oil so your food doesn’t stick.
Brush a light coat of honey on your watermelon slices.
Place slices on the grill. Cook the slices for 10-15 seconds on one side, until grill marks appear. Only grill one side.
Build salad base with fresh, hand-chopped kale and romaine. Add cooked quinoa and goat cheese crumbles.
Mix with the Lemon Vinaigrette.
Top with grilled watermelon and finish with a balsamic glaze drizzle.

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Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

Ingredients:

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 small clove of minced garlic (roughly 1 teaspoon)
Salt to taste
Coarsely ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Add salt and pepper; whisk together to combine.

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Grilled Bananas Foster Recipe

Ingredients:

Bananas – 4 yellow, firm, unpeeled
Butter – 1 stick, unsalted
Light Brown Sugar – 1 cup
Cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
Dark Rum – ½ cup
Banana Liqueur – ¼ cup
4 Large Scoops of Ice Cream or 4 Large Slices of Cheesecake
Melted butter for brushing bananas

Directions:

Turn grill to med-high heat. Place a 10” sauté pan on one side of grill to pre-heat.
Leaving skin intact, cut bananas in half. Then cut each half lengthwise into quarters.
Place bananas on sheet pan, cut side up, and brush each with melted butter.
Place bananas cut side down (still in peels) and grill 5 minutes until grill marks can be seen.
While bananas are grilling, place stick of butter into sauté pan.
When butter is melted, add brown sugar and cinnamon. Heat until sugar dissolves.
Remove grilled bananas and remove skins. Place all banana pieces into the sauté pan.
Carefully add rum and banana liqueur to the sauté pan.
Using a grill lighter, light the alcohol and let cook until the flame die
Evenly distribute hot sauce and bananas over 4 dishes of vanilla ice cream and serve!​

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Grilled Corn & Strawberry Pound Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

Pound Cake
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Strawberries
Raspberries
Blueberries
Whipped Cream
Mint
Sugar

Directions:

Start by slicing your pound cake into even slices.
Lightly coat pound cake with extra virgin olive oil.
Place pound cake slices on grill for about 30 seconds – or until you achieve grill marks.
While that’s grilling, mix together strawberries, raspberries and blueberries with some mint and sugar.
Cover pound cake with berries and top with whipped cream.

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