Its finally that time of year we no matter what part of the country you live in, the temperature has risen and it’s time to get outside! The days are long and the sun isn’t setting till well past 9pm in many areas. So, what are you doing with all that extra daylight? Well in my house are cooking on the grill at least 4 or 5 times a week.
My boyfriend and I love being outside, cracking a few cold drinks and seeing what concoctions we can come up with on our Weber Genesis E-330 that we think it is the best gas grill for under $1,000 on the market today. In the past week we’ve grilled fish, steaks, and even slow cooked a beer can chicken.
One of our favorite things to do is to invite friends over and on a Saturday afternoon and try to make an entire meal from appetizers on through to dessert using the grill for each dish. That may seem like a challenge but we have lots of fun with it! Besides, how awful can beers, friends, and grilled foods be even if overcook them? Sounds pretty perfect doesn’t it?
Last weekend we cooked an entire spread of fajitas and used the Chimichurri recipe found in the cookbook 4-Hour Chef. It was absolutely amazeballs! It is super easy to make. If you cook on a regular basis and make things beyond frozen chicken nuggets there is a good chance you have most of the ingredients in your pantry already. Just pick up some fresh garlic and flat-leaf parsley at the store. We used our handheld immersion blender and whipped it up in under 2 minutes. You have to try it.
For dessert we made Churro Quesadillas. Which sound difficult but really aren’t. We followed the steps we found in this YouTube video:
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So what are you waiting for? Oh right, a cocktail! Because what is backyard grilling without a drink. Of course there are countless beer options and you can never go wrong there. But what about trying something new?
One my personal favorites is to make “Bellinis”. I put it in quotations because I’m not making a true version of the classic drink and can anticipate getting all sorts of comments about it. I get a couple bottles of Proseco and a couple cartons of Sherbert in any fruit flavor. Put a scoop or two of sherbert in the bottom of a glass (I use margarita glasses) and pour the proseco over the top (you can use any sparkling wine). The result is a delicious blend of creamy fruit flavor with effervescent bubbles from the sparkling wine. I can’t describe how yummy it is, try for yourself!
So get out and enjoy summer! The only wrong way to grill is to not grill at all!