Sometimes, having a cookout may get dull, especially if this is your third, fourth or even fifth cookout of the summer. You might have this concern in the back of your mind about boring your guests with standard food options and grilling recipes. But, there is still one more way to ‘wow’ your party members with this cookout theme idea.
Meet Build a Better Burger Finalist Kathy Keithline, a mom with creative recipes on the brain.
Keithline is entering her Smoky Sweet Salmon Slider into the Build a Better Burger recipe contest this year. The salmon has a creative twist – it’s glazed with a tangy sweet mixture of maple syrup, whole-grain mustard and wine. The ingredients might not be as sing-songy, but I still think it could give the Big Mac a run for its money.
The secret to a flawless party is pulling off your flawless party! So keep it simple, like going with a taco theme, maybe a taco cantina party?
"This catina taco party speaks to the trend right now... simple, easy, ways to get together with your friends and family and sticking to just great ingredients." ~Amanda Haas
Chef Amanda Haas, the culinary director at Williams-Sonoma, has some party tips for creating the perfect cantina taco party that will keep you from making a party foul.
Chef Haas's Top Three Tips:
Pick Up A Little Extra Grab a mango mixed salsa or fresh Pico de Gallo at the store, so you save all of that prep time but don't miss out on a colorful addition to your table.
Buy Your Cocktails Mixed Go with a mix when it comes to your "signature" party cocktail. It allows your theme to be a bit on the "super" trendy side. Find a bottled margarita with a little spice like habanero-pineapple or a little sweet like mango-passion fruit that is already mixed in.
Make Ahead Side-Dishes You don't have to wait to the last minute, even with the fresh side-dishes. Use cling wrap, make sure all of the air is out, to wrap up for serving later.
Getting ready for those summer picnics, barbecues, outdoor parties, beach parties and much more? Well if you plan on grilling at all, get prepped with our grilling guide right here! If you don't know how to grill with charcoal, this is the perfect time to learn.
There are definite benefits to grilling with gas. The most obvious perk is how convenient a gas grill is. All you have to do is push a button or turn a knob and you have instant, adjustable heat. Novice grillers appreciate the control and ease of grilling with gas, but those who consider themselves masters of the grates will swear by charcoal.
There are a surprising number of reasons to try grilling with charcoal, but the most important one is flavor. The intense, ashy heat that comes from grilling with charcoal imparts a distinct smoky flavor to grilled foods that is hard to write off. In fact, grilling aficionados will go so far as to say that foods cooked on a gas grill aren't really barbecue. If you want authentic, mouth-watering ribs or the ultimate summer burger, you simply can't get the full effect without using a charcoal grill.
The most important thing to understand about how to grill with charcoal is how to distribute heat. Hot coals are great for searing meat, but if you have a cut that is thick or large, cooking over direct heat will cause the outside to burn before the inside is cooked through.
By arranging your charcoal grill in the above manner, you've essentially given yourself heat zones that will work for cooking just about anything. With meat and poultry, begin by searing cuts on both sides at the back of the grill. Use the medium heat at the center of the grill to finish cooking larger cuts of meat or to grill fish or vegetables. The front section of the grill is perfect for keeping things warm before serving, adding sauces or glazes and toasting buns.
Don't let summer pass you by without learning how to grill with charcoal. You will be amazed at how much more flavor your favorite dishes will have thanks to the humble charcoal briquette.