Fourth of July is almost here…so what are you going to eat? Grilled food obviously.
If you’re one of the smarty-pants who has decided to ditch bumper-to-bumper traffic by staying home and having a little patriotic party at your place, then here are five great grilling ideas…please feel free to share yours!
1. No grill, No problem! Not everyone is lucky enough to have an on-site grill or clearance for a grill on the patio/terrace, but that doesn't mean no grilling! Indoor grillers can get the job done and without breaking the bank too! Grab this BrylaneHome indoor griller now ‘cause it’s on sale for only $34.99!
- Add liquid smoke to ensure your food has that classic grill taste (most grocery stores will sell liquid smoke sauces)
2. Eat Your Veggies! Grilling veggies is about as hassle free as cooking can get. Here are three awesome crowd pleasers:
Grilled Zucchini (many non-zucchini lovers even love this)
- Slice Zucchini in half (or in thirds if it is very thick)
- Lather heavily with olive oil
- Salt & pepper and add a dash of oregano (fresh or dry)
- Grill until tender and juicy
Simple Veggie Mixer
- Chop up onions, bell peppers and garlic
- Wrap in tinfoil
- Throw on the grill
- No seriously, that’s it! They barely even need salt or pepper!
- Only caveat, these can take up to 30 minutes to fully cook
Citrus Carrot & Avocado
- Slice carrots and grill until very lightly blackened and tender
- Marinate in a mélange of olive oil and orange juice
- Mix with chopped fresh avocado & sour cream
- Pour remaining dressing over the mix
3. Italian Sausage Baby. Find a local Italian market (for Chi-town readers I prefer Caputos’) and buy a couple pounds of spicy (or mild if you must) Italian sausage and grill indirectly for 20-30 minutes (depending on heat level of your grill) – you’ll be hard pressed to find a guest who won’t adore this (vegetarians don’t count)
4. Sconnie Brats! This is how brats are done in Wisconsin and once you taste them, you’ll never go back.
- Purchase traditional bratwurst
- Boil in beer, caraway seeds and onions
- Serve with sauerkraut, Dijon mustard & beer on a toasted bun
5. Grilled Pizza! These can be so simple if you just:
- Use pita bread for the crust
- Top with spaghetti sauce of your choice
- Add mozzarella and any toppings you prefer (basil, tomatoes, olives, pepperonis, prosciutto, arugula, etc.)
- Place the pizza on the grill and cover for 2-3 minutes
- If you prefer the crust more crunchy, pre-grill the crust, then add the toppings and then return the pizza only long enough to melt the cheese
Now all you need are the fireworks!