Nothing says summer quite like firing up the BBQ in the backyard and having family and friends over for summer fun. But sometimes, the same old barbecue recipes or potato salads just aren’t going to cut it. It is fun to mix things up a little bit and try some new combinations. Summer is the perfect time to try new foods and include more fruit as so many delicious fruits, and veggies, are in season during the summer months. So if you’re looking for some inspiration, try these new recipes for a summer party sure to please.
Grilled Chicken Sliders
These mini-burgers are great for the grandkids coming round as they are perfect for small hands. Plus, the kiwi and apple salsa gives the slides balance and a nutritional boost. All you need for six sliders is:
- One pound skinless chicken breasts
- Four kiwis, peeled and chopped
- One tsp agave syrup
- One tsp chopped fresh mint
- Six small whole grain buns OR butter lettuce leaves (for a low carb alternative)
- Three tbsp mustard
- Four red apples, sliced and cored
Slice the chicken breasts into six portions and season with salt, pepper and perhaps a spice blend, such as Montreal Chicken seasoning. Place on the grill for 10 minutes (or until no longer pink in the middle), flipping halfway through. Then mix together the pieces of kiwi, the mint, agave syrup, and a sprinkle more of salt and pepper. Spread the mustard on the bottom burger bun or directly on the chicken. Then layer on two apple slices per bun, with the chicken, kiwi salsa, and the other half of the burger bun.
Grilled Corn with Herby Lime Butter
Corn on the cob is always a winning combination at a summer BBQ. They are tasty to eat, and it’s fine to get a little messy when eating outside, right? But this twist on the traditional corn on the cob is a great addition to any BBQ. Start by making the herby lime butter using:
- ½ cup soft unsalted butter
- One tbsp each of chives, parsley, and dill
- Two tsp of lime zest
- Two tbsp lime juice
- Salt and pepper
Put the butter ingredients into a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Then keep in the refrigerator until ready to use. Once you’ve grilled several ears of corn on the cob, serve immediately with the herby lime butter. Perfection.
With all the fresh fruit in season, the best dessert is a simple fruit salad or slices of watermelon.
But if you have kids attending your barbecue party, you may want to include a sweet treat, such as snow cones. These are great for holidays like Memorial Day or 4th of July, since you can make three colors/flavors of red, white and blue. You’ll need:
- 3/4 cup of white sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- One packet of Drink Powder (Kool-Aid) depending on what snow cone flavors you want
- Finely crushed ice
To make the flavored syrup, mix the sugar and water in a pan and bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for around 3 or 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add in the package of drink powder and stir it all together. It will take a couple of minutes to dissolve. Pour the sugar syrup into a jug or bottle and chill. Pile crushed into a paper cone, drizzle with the syrup and serve.