Simple Kitchen: Barbecue bash
By Errin Stevenon
July 9, 2008 | Let's let the fire begin by filling
up our propane tanks to start the grill. With Pioneer
Day just around the corner, we know there is lots of
barbecues headed our way. Common barbecues serve the
traditional hot dogs and hamburgers, right? These are
cheap, easy, quick and a dish that most people like.
So, let's just add some flavor to the tradition and
spice things up a little.
A simple way to spice up a hamburger is by seasoning.
A recipe from allrecipes.com, submitted by Jan, is the
Bacon Wrapped Hamburgers:
* 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
* 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 small onion, chopped
* 1 egg
* 1 tablespoon ketchup
* 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/8 teaspoon pepper
* 1 pound ground beef
* 6 slices bacon
* 6 hamburger buns, split
1. Preheat a grill for high heat.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the Cheddar cheese,
Parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, Worcestershire
sauce, salt and pepper. Crumble in the ground beef,
and mix together by hand. Form into 6 patties, and wrap
a slice of bacon around each one. Secure bacon with
toothpicks. 3. Place patties on the grill, and cook
for 5 minutes per side, or until well done. Remove toothpicks
before serving on hamburger buns. This hamburger is
great and one that will make the barbecue a little more
up beat. Serve with the typical hamburger toppings such
as pickles, mayo, ketchup, onions, lettuce and mustard.
To spice up a hot dog, chili is a personal favorite.
If you are running out of time and can't make it, just
go to the store and pick up your favorite chili. Warm
it up and serve with grated cheddar cheese.
Sides at barbecues are supposed to be easy to eat and
finger foods work great. Veggies with dip and fruit
with dip are both personal favorites. Quick dips:
1 c. mayo
1 c. sour cream
1 T. dill weed
1 T. bon appetite
1 small tub of Cool Whip
1 container of Yoplait yogurt
Some other quick side dishes can include beans or fresh
corn on the cob.
Salads are always a fresh and healthy choice on the
table. If you are looking for salad sides, here are
some quick recipes for you!
Red Cool Whip salad
1 lg. container of large curd cottage cheese
1 lg. tub of Cool Whip
1 pkg. of strawberry Jell-O powder
1 container of washed and cut up strawberries
Red leaf lettuce, washed and chopped
1 avocado, peeled and chopped
Jicama, peeled and chopped
1 red onion, chopped
2 kiwis, peeled and chopped
1 mango, peeled and chopped
Mix together in a salad bowl.
1/3 c. cider vinegar
2 crushed garlic
2-3 green onions, chopped
1 c. cilantro
1 T. honey
1 t. salt
pinch of ground cloves
1ž2 c. vegetable oil
1ž2 c. olive oil
Now, to top off the day, a quick and easy treat is always
fun for the kids and everyone. My favorite treats to
take to barbecues are homemade Oreos. They are not the
typical dessert but a nice treat. Homemade Oreos: From:
2 pkg. Devils Food Cake
1 c. butter
1 t. vanilla
Mix all in bowl with wooden spoon. Mixture will be thick.
Roll dough into small balls and place on un-greased
baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Frost the
middle with Betty Crocker whipped white frosting.