You’ve been dreaming about bbq season all winter long and now that it is here you need bbq recipes that will wow your guests and make clean up a snap. There is no need to slave over a stove or spend time doing dishes when the sun is still shining and there is fun to be had. Take ten minutes to prep a meal plan that will allow you the luxury of eating with your guests instead of spending all of your time cooking and cleaning.
‘Tis the season of fresh vegetables. Take advantage of the great prices and serve fresh snap peas and strawberries to your guests. Chips and guacamole are always a huge hit, too. Cooking Light has a lovely Guacamole recipe that won’t leave your guests feeling too full for the main course. The best part: guacamole can be made in one bowl so the dishes will be minimal.
Always remember to have lots of water on hand to keep your guest hydrated on hot summer days but you can also serve something with a little kick. Hard lemonade is a favorite this time of year. Try the Food Networks recipe for Sunny’s Hard Lemonade or throw caution to the wind and boil a cup a sugar (yes, a cup or even a little more, if you desire) and squeeze the juice of ten lemons and two limes to taste. Add your preferred ‘kick’ and enjoy.
This is where is usually gets tricky. You want to socialize but you are stuck in front of the bbq making sure you don’t burn the meat you paid big bucks for. Save some time and money and go for the burgers. It’s an expensive way to make your guests happy and you can dress them up so fancy your friends will think they stepped into a gourmet restaurant. You’ll need a spot to lay out the buffet of toppings so guests can create a colorful, delicious meal. Try this burger recipe for a simple yet scrumptious burger and prepare these toppings for your guests: Condiments like ketchup, mayo, mustard and relish are must. Don’t forget pickles, onions, peppers, cheese, tomato and bacon, too. If you really want to impress, display avocado, salsa, hummus, feta, mango chutney and sour cream on your buffet of toppings.
Burgers are so great because everyone loves them and you don’t need utensils. Even a plate is optional as the bun provides protection for you hands. Bbq recipes like burgers are a great choice when you want few dishes to deal with in the morning.
There is really no better choice than strawberry shortcake for a BBQ dessert. You may buy the biscuit ready made but you MUST always make your own whipped cream. Try this simple recipe from The Food Network to create a dessert to temp the taste buds of anyone.
- 1 1/2 pounds strawberries, stemmed and quartered
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- Whipped Cream, recipe follows
- Whipped Cream:
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
Mix strawberries with 3 tablespoons sugar and refrigerate while juices develop, at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add heavy cream and mix until just combined. Place mixture in an ungreased 8-inch square pan and bake until golden, 18 to 20 minutes.
Remove shortcake from pan and place on a rack to cool slightly. Cut into 6 pieces and split each piece in half horizontally.
Spoon some of the strawberries with their juice onto each shortcake bottom. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and then the shortcake top. Spoon more strawberries over the top and serve.
Using a mixer, beat the heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest until soft peaks form, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes