Cook a Perfect Mixed Grill
The mixed grill is a serious challenge for any carnivores in your life. Whichever selection of meats you choose to use can make a substantial meal for one super-athlete in your family, or a significant spread for the whole (family) team.
Traditionally, the mixed grill was cooked over charcoal in the chop houses and grill rooms of our cities, but if you have a grill don’t be afraid to use it! Likewise if you have a griddle plate on your cooker, try using it for this dish. (Check your cooker guidelines first.)
As always, use the best quality meats available. It is so disappointing when you realise-from that first bite-that the meat does not match the amount of effort you’ve put in to preparing the meal! Don’t be too concerned about what ‘can’ and ‘cannot’ be used in a mixed grill: if you’re defrosting a freezer, adapt the meal to suit. It may mean using the oven/microwave/skillet for some of the ingredients, but makes more sense than buying extra food specially. (There are no laws about mixed grills; yet!)
There are other versions of this meal where chicken hearts and chorizo, garlic, onion and chutneys are included.
Ingredients for a Mixed Grill to Feed 6
- 6 lamb cutlets
- 6 lamb’s kidneys (halved and trimmed)
- 6 small beef steaks (or one large steak cut into 6 portions)
- 6 small gammon steaks (or three larger ones, halved)
- 6 pork sausages (cook more sausages if required-not everyone likes kidney)
- 6-12 medium-sized tomatoes (or 3-6 beefsteak tomatoes cut in half)
- Mushrooms: allow at least 2 medium-sized per person because 1 single mushroom on a plate looks pathetic!
- Melted butter
Cooking Times: A Guideline for Popular Grills
- Lamb cutlets (on the bone) 7-10 minutes
- Lamb chops (on the bone) 12-15 minutes
- Lamb’s Kidneys, allow 5-10 minutes
- Lamb’s Liver, sliced to about 1.2cm, 4-6 minutes
- Beef steak, measuring 2.5cm thick: Allow 7 minutes for rare steak, 10 minutes for medium, 15 minutes for well done
- Gammon steaks need 10-15 minutes cooking time
If using bacon rashers in your mixed grill, add them to the pan in the last few minutes; as they need less cooking time and taste like wood if overcooked!
Method1. Preheat the grill or griddle to high. As the meats need different cooking times, keep a hot baking tray ready for the cooked items as you go along. Have a serving dish heated ready.
2. Wipe the mushrooms and place a small blob of butter in the flat underside part. Leave the mushroom stalks on.Halve the tomatoes across the middle (looks better than end to end)
3. Grill the mushrooms and tomatoes for 5-8 minutes beneath a hot grill. Keep warm.
4. Place the meats on the hot grill tray or griddle and brush with melted butter. Cook quickly at high temperature and turn the meat pieces over once or twice to brown them all over and cook evenly. (Use the cooking times guideline above.)
5. Transfer cooked meats to the baking tray as you go but avoid over-cooking them.