Turn on some summer sounds, sip back some sangria and get the grill fired up ! It's finally summer !!!
My Favorite Summer Recipes :
Black Bean Burgers with Wasabi Mayo
1 Can of Black Beans
1/4 C Chopped Shallots
3/4 C Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs
pinch of Salt, Pepper and Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon of Oregano
1/2 tablespoon Wasabi Powder
1 teaspoon Water
3 tablespoons of Mayo
In a food processor , place the beans, shallots, egg , breadcrumbs and spices. Blend until all the ingredients have mixed.
Form the mixture into 6 patties and place in a lightly oiled frying pan so that the burgers develop a nice crispy outside. This takes about 5 mins . Be sure to flip the burgers while on the stove top so that they are cooked equally throughout. ( I find that slightly precooking them helps them to stay together firmly when placed on the grill )
Take the burgers and place on the grill for about 5 minutes on each side to finish cooking .
Top with Wasabi Mayo, tomato slices and whatever else your heart desires and place on bun. Eat.Smile.Repeat.
Grilled Corn on the Cob with Garlic Parmesan Butter
6 Ears of Ripe Corn
1/4 lb farm fresh butter
3 tablespoons of grated fresh Parmesan
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
A pinch of chili pepper flakes
Combine all of the butter ingredients in a food processor. Place in a container and keep at room temperature so it remains spreadable.
Peel the first few layers of husk off the corn , but be sure to leave a few for grilling. Soak the cobs in cold water for about ten minutes to absorb moisture for our grilling.
Remove from the pot and shake off excess moisture. Peel back a side of the remaining husks ( make sure that the corn silk is removed ) and brush with garlic/Parmesan butter mixture. Place husk back over to trap the flavor while it grills.
Rotate the corn as you see the husks beginning to grill. After a few turns place to the side in indirect heat . Let it continue to slowly grill for about 15 minutes.
Remove ears from the grill ( use mitts, they will be hottttt ! ) , peel and discard husks when they have cooled down . Feel free to brush again with the garlic butter , and enjoy !!
Grilled Watermelon with Feta and Balsamic Drizzle
8 slices of Watermelon
1/2 cup of your favorite Balsamic Vinegar mixed with 1 tablespoon Sugar
*or this amazing lil Fig Balsamic variation from O&CO
1 package of Crumbled Feta
A few fresh sprigs of Mint
Prep the drizzle by placing the vinegar in sugar in a small saucepan and cooking on medium heat for about 4 minutes or until it begins to thicken . Remove from heat and set aside until watermelon grills.
Pat the watermelon dry and place on grill . Rotate each side after about 4 minutes ( or until grill marks appear)
Once the watermelon is finished grilling , fan the pieces out on a platter . Drizzle your balsamic syrup and feta. Garnish with fresh mint.
Quick Summer Quinoa
1 cup Organic Quinoa
2 tablespoons of Pesto
1 cup of Cherry Tomatoes
2 cups Chopped Fresh Spinach
Prepare Quinoa as directed on package. Cut cherry tomatoes in fourths and set aside. Chop fresh spinach , so that it can be incorporated into the salad. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix in the pesto. Enjoy!
.....and last but not least DESSERT !!!
Strawberry Shortcakes on the Grill
1 loaf of plain pound cake
2 cups of fresh whipped cream*
1 quart of fresh strawberries
Homemade Whipped Cream:
1 cup of Heavy Cream
2 tablespoons of Sugar
Place a metal bowl and whisk in the freezer for ten minutes.
Remove and place cream and sugar in the bowl. Whisk until stiff peaks form .
Prep strawberries by washing and removing stems. Cut strawberries in half ( lengthwise ). Set aside in a bowl.
Cut the pound cake into ten slices then cube the slices ( about 1" x 1" works well for the grill).
Load up a barbeque skewer with strawberries and pound cake, alternating each selection.
Grill until the cake begins to turn a golden brown .
Remove skewers from the grill and dip the pieces in whip cream and chocolate drizzle for a little extra deliciousness!
Happy griling and stay tuned this weekend for backyard DIY design ideas !