Warmer days are on their way, which is the perfect opportunity to spend more time with friends and family and a wonderful time eating yummy food. Usually, during this time of the year, we have a little more time to cook and eat and we also get more energy to focus on various recipes when our everyday life slows down a bit. Summer often offers very good foods, such as fruits and berries, fresh salads, and delicious light dishes.
There are probably few things we associate with summer as much as barbecues, apart from ice cream. Barbecue gives a wonderful taste and aroma to the difficult to get in any other way and barbecuing also becomes a social meeting place, a chance to hang out with family and friends, maybe have a glass of wine or play some game while the food is being cooked.
Barbecuing is also extremely practical, partly because there are lots of good things to put on the grill, but also because it’s a healthy way to cook. We avoid the tough treatment that, for example, frying meat and more entails, and the food is cooked gently so that the nutritional elements remain.
In this article, we’ll try to inspire you to put something on the grill by suggesting some jaw-dropping delicious barbecue meals.
1. Start with the Meat
Grilling meat is an essential part of the barbecue, although many people fear not preparing the meat properly. A common mistake is when people are in a hurry, as barbecuing requires time and patience.
Start the barbecuing with a proper high-quality American wagyu as it is the finest cut of beef out there, tender and delicious all at the same time. Our tip is to prepare an American wagyu barbecue sandwich that is easy for adults and kids to eat.
First, prepare the barbecue and place the wagyu pieces on it. The grill’s temperature should reach 500 degrees so that the outer edge of the meat gets crusty while the inside is packed with its delicious juices.
Cut long slices of baguette, put some sweet onions and mushrooms on the grill. When the meat is finished, add it inside the warm and crisp baguette and top it with some mozzarella, salt, and pepper. Not only is this a really delicious idea, but it’s very hassle-free and easy as well.
2. Grill Some Greens
Let’s look at the trends in general. Vegetarian food is growing in popularity as we eat and cook more veggies because it is tasty and good for the body and the environment. Grilled vegetables work wonders when put together with both meat and fish.
Classics such as grilled corn and zucchini are excellent healthy barbecue ideas to round off every summer dinner. Most people’s favorite is the simple grilled zucchini prepared with olive oil, garlic, and oregano. You just need to rinse, slice, and mix the zucchini with a little oil, salt, and pepper, or any barbecue marinade and put it on the grill.
The way to prepare the dish is to peel and press the garlic and afterward mix it with olive oil, oregano, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl.
Rinse and slice the zucchini into about ¼ in thick slices. Mix them in the marinade and continue by grilling the zucchini so that it gets some color on medium heat for about 3 minutes on each side. The zucchini should be soft and well-done but not burnt. And easy as that, your zucchini is ready to be served.
3. Grilled Salmon
Doesn’t grilled salmon with fresh lemon sound like the perfect summer dish? Its smell soothes all your senses and it is a very simple and fast recipe idea for a hot sizzling day spent outside.
All you need to do is put the salmon in a foil package. Drizzle over olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and place it on a few lemon slices. Fold and seal the foil and then place it on the barbecue on medium heat until the fish is ready. This will take about 20 minutes.
You can serve the salmon with a potato salad. All you need is to boil some potatoes and slice them into wedges. Cut some red onions, mix your favorite vegetables and stir all of them for a mouth-watering potato salad.
4. Grilled Halloumi Cheese
It’s time to revel in halloumi as it has become a big hit among people. And rightly so since it’s both easy and quick to cook and on top of that, halloumi is incredibly delicious. The cheese’s firm texture is suitable for the grill as it retains its solid shape when prepared.
The halloumi cheese can easily fall apart when you cut it and that’s why you should make the slices quite thick. Continue by putting them on the barbecue on high medium heat for a few minutes until the slices get a nice brownish color.
The easiest way is to grill the cheese whole on low heat for about 20 minutes. The cheese should be warm and soft. Turn it in different directions to create nice grill stripes over it.
As the cheese is quite salty, it goes well with something sweet. Honey is a perfect option to drizzle over the cheese but avocados, strawberries and French fries work perfectly with it as well. Experiment and taste to see what you like best.
You can mix some grilled tomatoes with the halloumi, but they are also perfect for meat dishes, pasta, or rustic salads. Turn the tomatoes often and grill them for about ten minutes. Press them a little when they have been placed on the plate so that they are mashed slightly and put some pesto on top.
Barbecues are the perfect way to bring people together, whether it is for a celebration or for spending a chill weekend with family and friends. It doesn’t break the bank but is an experience that will create many happy memories. It is also a unique challenge as we always strive to come up with ideas for dishes and food combinations that our guests may not have tasted.
The juicy American wagyu, along with fresh crispy veggies, salty halloumi, and a refreshing cocktail will surely elevate your barbecue and satisfy everyone’s appetite and cravings.