Getting the family together for an enjoyable barbeque over the upcoming summer holidays is always a good idea. If you’re tired of the same old grilled food and desire to make something special the next time everyone is over for a nice feed, read on. Here are 3 different recipe ideas for your next family barbeque.
Grilled steak and asparagus salad
Don’t be fooled by this dish’s simplicity. The combination of grilled steak served over a bed of fresh greens tossed in balsamic vinegar is a classic barbeque recipe that’s healthy and delicious. Sprinkling fresh goat cheese over the dish just makes it that much better. Getting started, make a steak rub by combining celery seeds, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl. Then rub it all over the steak. When the steak is primed, turn on your grill and prepare the asparagus by tossing it in virgin olive oil. Once the barbeque has reached medium-heat, place the steak and asparagus on the grill grate, cooking it for about 8 minutes. Be sure to only turn the steak once, ensuring that it remains medium-rare the entire way through. Once cooked, let the steak stand for 5 minutes before cutting it into slices. Then, grab your salad bowl and toss your lettuce, onion and asparagus in balsamic vinegar and more olive oil, finishing up with a generous sprinkling of goat cheese. Viola! It really is that easy.
Aussie burgers with the lot
Featuring a great Aussie burger from Down Under on the menu for your next family barbeque is sure to go down well with the crowd. Whether you choose to make your burgers by scratch (mixing ground beef, red onions, garlic, chopped parsley, and eggs together), or buying them ready-made from your local butcher or supermarket, they are very easy to make and won’t take up too much of your time at all. Simply warm up the grill and cook your burger patties until they turn a nice golden brown. (If you don’t have a barbeque at home, then check out a supplier such as Barbeques Galore for a range of models to choose from.) Once your burgers are cooked, grill the undersides of your burger rolls until crisp. With everything cooked and ready to go, place cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, beetroot and pineapple on top of the burger patty, and garnish with mayo or tomato sauce (or both). You may never buy a fast-food burger again!
Grilled polenta with corn and green salsa
For something a bit different, try serving up some grilled polenta with corn and green salsa on your next family barbeque. Although polenta can taste a little bland on its own, adding cheese and chill to the mix completely changes the game. Here’s how to make this recipe. First, cook the polenta in a saucepan over high-heat, stirring constantly and making sure it doesn’t splutter too much. After 10 minutes, stir in the corn, parmesan cheese, and chili with 2 teaspoons of salt. Take the polenta off the stove top and pour it into a shallow baking tray. Chill for at least 2 hours. Whilst waiting for the polenta to chill, toss some avocado, cucumber, spring onions, coriander and lime in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the polenta is chilled, cut it into triangles, heat up the grill, and cook each side for roughly 5 minutes. When ready, place two servings of polenta on a plate and heap a generous amount of green salsa on top. That’s all there is to it.
What other recipe ideas do you have for family barbeques? Don’t be shy and leave your ideas below.