May 11, 2012

Foodie Friday: Mary S - Guest Blogger

Hello fellow readers of "Everyday Thoughts" - I am thrilled to be guest blogging here today!

My name is Mary S. and the brain behind this blog is one of my dearest friends! Brittany and I met our final year in college while we were going through our senior advertising courses. We became quick friends and I may have even given a gentle nudge in getting Brittany and her husband together. Such an instigator I tell ya! ;) This past October, Brittany was a bridesmaid in my wedding and she was so helpful to me throughout the entire process - I am so happy to have such an encouraging and amazing person as one of my dear friends...

Now I just need her back in Memphis with me!

Reading one of Brittany's recent posts about festivals it brought back so many great memories of some of the events I attended with Brittany and her husband and my husband in Memphis - like barbecue fest and Italian fest.

Another great "excuse" for us to all get together and eat (and drink) was the golf tournament held in Memphis each summer. I always love having people over, grilling out and hanging out by the pool. One of my absolute favorite recipes to throw together that people always seem to enjoy is my sausage and cheese plate. So as a tribute to my dear friend, I figure I would share that recipe with you!

Grilled Sausage and Cheese Plate (serves 10-12 as an appetizer)

2 Tbsp. ground cumin
3 Tbsp. celery salt
2 Tbsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper
2 (16oz.) packages Hillshire Farms polish kielbasa
12 oz. cheddar cheese, cut into cubes
12 oz. pepper jack or other white cheese, cut into cubes
1 bunch grapes


Mix together cumin, celery salt, pepper, salt and cayenne pepper until blended well. Set aside until ready to cook. (This is pretty spicy - so if you have a low tolerance, cut back on the cayenne!)


Heat grill to medium.
Now, open the kielbasa and drain excess liquid. Cut into quarters. Now take each quarter and slice about 3/4 way through every 1/4 inch.

Using a spoon, sprinkle the dry rub in the scores of each kielbasa section. You will most likely have some leftover rub - but nothing wrong with that!

Add your kielbasa to the grill. Cover and cook about 5-7 minutes. Then flip kielbasa and cook another 5 minutes.

Now cut the kielbasa into pieces and add to a large tray. Then throw on the cubed cheese and grapes and add some toothpicks for easy snacking and voila, you have an amazing appetizer that's perfect for any occasion! The spice of the rub is balanced out nicely with the cheese and the grapes really cool it down - so I highly recommend getting all three in one bite to get the full effect!

You'll have to pardon my "completed" pictures - because this was such a hit that I didn't get to take a picture of the real final product, so I snapped what was leftover...

Thanks for letting me host "Foodie Friday" this week and I hope you'll stop by my blog, and check out some of the other delicious recipes I've been whipping up!

Have a great weekend everybody!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for allowing me to "host" - hope your followers enjoy!