Cooking on the grill is one of the best parts of changing weather.
Grill season is here! We have some unique recipes to really “wow” your guests
There are few things in this world that I love more than sitting around a bonfire waiting on really good food that’s cooking and being surrounded by people that I love. What is not to be happy about in that scenario? Now that the weather is finally starting to get nicer outside I’m totally trying to spend every second that I can out there. (Of course, being pale from a long winter has already caused the tops of my shoulders to turn a bit crispy. So remember, wear sunscreen!)
Whenever I want to have some friends or family over for a barbeque I always want to try and make something that I haven’t before. Don’t get me wrong, hot dogs and burgers are pretty much a staple in the summer, and definitely is a crowd pleaser, but it does get a bit boring after awhile.
So, I started searching last summer for new things that I could do to really get the taste buds invigorated. Below are some of the ones my friends went ga-ga over.
I love having my own garden, but sometimes I get a bit carried away and have more tomatoes and other veggies than I know what to do with (especially hot peppers, they grow fast and in quantities!) So, I decided to try grilled salsa, I mean, why not?
This is a pretty simple recipe, it just sounds a lot more complicated than it is. What you will want to do is take all of your typical salsa veggies (tomatoes, onion, chilies, and garlic) and grill them. Not everyone will want to grill the garlic, so do as you please there. The tomatoes and onion will take about 6-8 mins and the chilies about 4 mins.
After you have grilled your veggies you’re going to want to puree the tomatoes, chilies, onions, garlic and cilantro in a blender until your desired consistency (I like chunky salsa, personally.)
Then taste test. Does it need more hot sauce? Salt? (probably, salt is a wonderful thing.)
Serve and brag, you deserve to.
*I didn’t add proportions. Salsa is one of those dishes that you have to “feel” not measure.
My Dads Corn on the Cob
I have never heard of many people doing this before, maybe it is just my dad, maybe it is really “a thing,” but what I CAN tell you is that his corn on the cob rocks. I’ve watched him do this a few times, and every time he alters the steps just a little bit – I guess that’s the thing about family recipes, nobody can ever really do it “just right” because there was never any real method to it.
My dad would prepare corn on the cob the normal way: husk, add a lot of butter and salt, close the husks and grill. But! What he did that was ever so different would be to add just a hint of lemon juice and some parmesan cheese. It certainly isn’t healthy, but it is delicious.
Cover the corn in aluminum foil, grill as usual.
S’mores Roll Ups! (Dessert)
Okay, what good would this be if I didn’t add a delicious dessert? Yum. These are so easy to make, and actually easier to eat than traditional bonfire s’mores.
You’re going to want to get a 12 inch by 12 inch piece of foil. The rest is so simple: place a flour tortilla onto the foil, then add a handful of marshmallows, crushed graham crackers, and a handful of chocolate chips (really, add however much you like – who am I to tell you proportions when it comes to chocolate?!) Try to keep all of the ingredients on one side of the tortilla, then wrap into the foil and grill shouldn’t last more than about 5 mins.
Eat, and then understand what heaven on earth is.