Orange Shortbread and Basil Grilled Chicken

Almond -Orange Shortbread

  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 tsp almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • grated zest of 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  1. In mixer, beat butter, sugar almond extract until smooth. With mixer on low add flour and zest, until a dough forms.
  2. Gently mix in almonds, by hand.
  3. Form dough into rectangular log. 12 inches long, 2 1/2 inches wide and 1 inch thick.
  4. Wrap log in wax paper.
  5. When you are ready to bake, remove from freezer and let sit for 30 minutes.
  6. Cut dough into 1/4 inch slices. Place on parchmant lined baking sheet and bake 20-25 minutes.
  7. Cool 5 minutes, before transferring to rack to cool completely.
Basil Grilled Chicken

  • 3/4 tsp coarsley ground black pepper
  • 4 skinned chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped basil leaves, plus 2 tbsp freshly minced basil leaves
  • 5 tbsp butter, melted, plus 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • fresh basil sprigs, optional
  1. Prepare your grill
  2. Get out your fresh basil.
  3. Press the coarsley ground pepper into the meaty side of the chicken breast halves. Stir the chopped basil into the melted butter.
  4. Brush the chicken lightly with this mixture.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the softened butter,minced basil,parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix together until smoothly blended. Transfer to a small serving bowl and set aside.
  6. Grill the chicken 8 to 10 minutes on each side, basting frequently with remaining butter mixture.
  7. Serve the chicken with the basil- butter mixture. Garnish with fresh basil, if you choose.
  8. Add a squeeze of lemon or lime over the top, just brightens everything up.
Great summer BBQ dish.