Every summer I like to create a list of things to do with my family. It starts with the typical trip to the beach, 4th of July BBQ, maybe a weekend camping trip but I always end up thinking about a few things to celebrate the typical summer day at home; like grilling! Here are some recipes you do not want to miss this season. Whether you are throwing a party or simply relaxing on a summer day, these are the top 5 grilling recipes on my bucket list.
1. Gott’s Roadside Cheeseburger- Can you remember the best burger you’ve EVER tasted? I can, and guess what? I got to have the Chef and Owner as guests on the show. Now I can make these burgers in my own backyard! They also shared the recipe for the special sauce(well almost, it is a secret after all.)
2. BBQ Turkey Legs- This is a new recipe to me from Chef Michael Midgley. Michael was our guest chef on the “Salute to the Troops” episode of Bringing It Home. Since the show aired, I have been craving these turkey legs and looking for an excuse to get the grill going! Make sure to call ahead to the butcher to see if he has these legs or can get them for you. Grill up these legs and have a nostalgic night. (They always remind me of Disneyland.)
3. Linebacker Barbeque Potatoes- This recipe is from the “Tailgate” episode with Chef Chris Lily on the last season of Bringing It Home but it has not lost its popularity(in my books, anyway)! This recipe is so delicious, but I think it is even better using leftovers. It is a simple recipe that the kids will go crazy over! Round up some ingredients from the fridge(sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, scallions, pulled pork whatever your heart desires) and let your kids build their own baked potatoes! Don’t forget to use lots of BUTTER, this is a baked potato we’re talking about!
4. Wood Grilled Caesar- A simple and delicious salad for your light summer meal. Warm up your traditional caesar salad by grilling the lettuce. I know, I know, grilled lettuce has you worried, but trust me this recipe is a WINNER! The main idea is to slice the head of lettuce length-wise, brush it with a bit of oil, and place on the grill. Let the lettuce get slightly charred before removing. Remove core of the lettuce and continue preparing your salad.
5. Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream- If you have never tried grilling fruit, don’t let another year pass you by. Almost any kind of fruit can be thrown on the grill, but this one has a permanent position on my summer grilling list. Simply cut the peach in half, remove the pit, and brush some canola oil on it and place the peaches cut-side down on a medium hot grill. Let peaches cook for 3 minutes before flipping them on the grill. Sprinkle them with cinnamon and let cook for 4 more minutes. Remove the fruit, plate the peaches with a drizzle of honey and a scoop of ice cream and… enjoy!