5 Sizzling Ideas For This Year's Summer BarbequePosted 6th July 2014 in Advice
Barbecues are not just about meat, especially if you are inviting any vegetarians over, so make sure you get some vegetables involved in the grilling. However, making vegetables exciting on a barbecue is not always easy. How can you make your veg more exciting? Here's a good option.
Simply dice up some potatoes, a red pepper and an onion (and any other vegetables you want to add), and throw in some fresh herbs like parsley and basil. Take a handful of the mixture and wrap it up in tin foil, then add a few cubes of butter and a pinch of salt. Make as many wraps as you want, then simply place them on the grill and heat them for about half an hour.
The result will be a delicious vegetable side dish that you can spice up with as many variations as you can think of.
Asparagus is amazing on the barbecue, but it can be a little boring on its own. To make it more exciting, simply wrap the stalks in bacon and then cook them on the grill until the bacon is crispy. This incredibly simple idea is the perfect starter for your barbecue to prepare your guests' palates for the coming steaks.
Squid is the perfect barbecue food: incredibly simple to prepare and cook, and very tasty. If you want to add a fishy element to your barbecue, start with squid.
Simply prepare some squid by washing it and cutting it up (or buy it ready prepared), then grill it up on the barbecue as it is. Once it is cooked through and starting to crisp, drizzle some fresh lemon juice over it and you have a fresh and delicious addition to your menu.
The simplest things are always the best, and corn on the cob is a fantastic side on any barbecue. The secret is to prepare it properly, but this is easy to do.
Start by soaking the cobs in water for about 20 minutes, keeping the husks on. While they are soaking, add some fresh herbs like parsley and oregano to some butter. When they have finished soaking, pull down the husks without removing them completely, and coat the corn in the butter.
Then tie back the husks – they keep the moisture in and prevent the corn from burning – and place them on the grill for about 15 minutes until they are done.
If you have space left over after the main meal, it never hurts to finish off with something sweet, and this classic is simple and delicious.
Simply cut a banana in half and place it on some tin foil, then place some lumps of your favourite chocolate inside the banana. Wrap it all up, place it on the grill, and remove it after a few minutes for a hot, sticky, delicious desert.
The five simple ideas above will add a bit of originality to your barbecue this year and help you to break from the norm. If you know how to cook burgers, you are more than capable of any of the above ideas. So start with these recipes for inspiration and then see what else you can add to your barbecues this summer to impress your friends.
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