In this section, Cool Springs' staff members make recommendations for kitchen concoctions you can try at home. Some recipes contain wine or spirits. Some are just paired with wine or spirits. In all cases, we promise palate-pleasing dishes that will (hopefully) inspire you to share it with others. Let us know what you think...
Grilled Plank Salmon
Try this simple method of grilling salmon and serve it with a chilled bottle of Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc on sale this week at Cool Springs Wine & Spirits
Guidelines for Successful Plank Grilling
Plank grilling is simple. Plan ahead, follow these tips, and only use untreated cedar, alder, hickory, or maple planks.
1. Prepare the plank by soaking it at least one hour in a bucket or cooler filled with water. This adds moisture to the wood and prevents it from burning on the grill.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of salt or 1 cup of white wine, apple juice, citrus, or berry juice to the soaking water to accent wood aromas.
3. If a plank is being used for the first time, season it by placing it on a preheated grill for 2 minutes, turning once. Lightly toasting the plank on both sides will intensify its smoky flavor and prevent warping. When the plank starts crackling, it's ready for cooking.
4. Place marinated or ready-to-cook foods directly on the plank. Keep the grill's lid closed as much as possible to maintain temperatures and maximize smoking. Note: planked food does not have to be turned during grilling.
5. Keep a spray bottle filled with water handy so flames can be extinguished if the plank starts to burn.