All fired up for flavor
Beef steak soft tacos, wholly lime cheeseburgers, avocado stuffed salmon
Grilling is a great way to get a whole lot of flavor that goes way beyond plain burgers and basic barbecue. Lean meats, juicy marinades and zesty toppings add up to terrific flame-kissed dishes that will make guests want to kiss the cook.
Here are some easy ways to take big flavor from the grate to the plate:
Grill Up the Unexpected
A lot of fruits and veggies are easy to cook over the coals. Try:
• Portobello mushrooms
• Romaine hearts
• Onion (sliced thick)
• Stone fruits like peaches, plums and mangoes
When grilling lean meat, use a flavorful marinade with some acidic ingredients (like citrus juices) to help break down tough meat fibers. Make sure the marinade covers the meat entirely, and let it do its magic for several hours or overnight. Some bold ingredients to experiment with:
• Chili sauce
• Olive oil
• Lemon or lime juice
• Soy sauce
• Worcestershire sauce
• Red pepper flakes
Top It Off
In addition to the good old grilling standbys like ketchup or barbecue sauce, set out some tasty toppers that can work on just about anything:
• Roasted red peppers
• Caramelized onions
• Spicy Wholly Guacamole
• Pickled jalapeÒo peppers
• Chipotle or basil mayo
• Wholly Salsa
• Smoked cheese slices
When you're ready to fire up some flavor, try these recipes from Wholly Guacamole. Made with all-natural ingredients, Wholly Guacamole can be found in the produce section of your grocery store. For more recipes, visit www.eatwholly.com.
Guacamole isn't just packed with flavor, it's packed with healthful ingredients. Avocados are full of the good kinds of fats - the same ones in olive oil and almonds. They're loaded with magnesium, Vitamin E, folic acid and lutein, a natural antioxidant. Avocados have 60 percent more potassium than bananas. Add in the benefits associated with tomatoes and onions and you have a remarkably low-calorie, good-time food.
Beef Steak Soft Tacos
2/3—cup prepared Italian dressing
2—tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1— tablespoon chili powder
2— boneless beef chuck shoulder steaks, cut
3/4—inch thick (about 1-1/2 pounds)
12—small flour tortillas, warmed
Thinly sliced lettuce, chopped tomato, dairy sour cream, guacamole (optional)
Combine marinade ingredients in small bowl. Place beef steaks and marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally.
Remove steaks; discard marinade. Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, uncovered, 14 to 17 minutes for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally.
Carve into thin slices; season with salt. Serve in tortillas with toppings.
Wholly Lime Cheeseburgers
2—pounds lean ground beef
1— teaspoon garlic
1/2—cup diced onion
1/2—cup diced tomatoes
6—slices Monterey Jack cheese
6— hamburger buns
Your favorite flavor of Wholly Guacamole
In a large bowl mix together ground beef, lime juice, garlic, onion and tomatoes. Form meat into 6 patties.
Cook burgers to desired doneness on a preheated grill. Add a slice of cheese to each burger during the last minute of cooking.
Serve on toasted buns with a healthy dollop of guacamole.
This recipe also makes great sliders. For a leaner version, use ground turkey instead of ground beef.
Avocado Stuffed Salmon
2—packages lemon butter grilled salmon, defrosted
1—cup spicy Wholly Guacamole
1— egg yolk
1/4—cup bread crumbs
1— teaspoon lemon zest
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut a pocket into the side of each piece of salmon.
In a bowl, combine guacamole, egg yolk, bread crumbs and lemon zest to make stuffing.
Stuff fish with avocado mixture; season each fillet with salt and pepper. Bake for 8 minutes and serve immediately.
Despite increasing concerns about growing waistlines and the dangerous obesity epidemic, many families continue to feel overwhelmed by the idea of a full-fledged diet overhaul. Don’t be discouraged. Even small changes at the dinner table can make a big difference.
Summer is the ideal time to have friends and family over for casual get-togethers that are centered on the grill and outdoor dining. Add some zip to your summer party with a few tips and a simple recipe that are sure to please your guests.
Set the Mood: Get the party started right with some great music. Bring the speakers outside and start your playlist about 20 minutes before anyone is expected to arrive. That way, you get into the swing of things early - and you’re ready for any early birds.
This Father's Day, give Dad the royal treatment by creating a feast that combines his two favorite things - the grill and steak.
Whether you serve the King Tenderloin with Red Velvet Demi Glace, the Duke of Sirloin with Pub Rub, the Count Strip Loin with Parmesan Crusted Crown, or the Barron of Ribeye with Royal Forest Butter, His Majesty will savor every mouthwatering bite. And when you follow these grilling tips and cook his steaks to perfection, he may very well proclaim you Master of the Grill.
Summer is filled with family picnics and barbecues, but you need to make sure that those burgers and pasta salads aren’t served with a side of bacteria.
Bring new inspiration and variety to your weeknight meal planning by adding pork to your shopping list. Most cuts take minimal preparation time and the savory flavor pairs well with almost any ingredient you already have in your kitchen, as well as your family's favorite side dish.
Take it straight from Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais who recommends starting with the versatile meat to get juices flowing. "Pork is my go-to ingredient when I want to experiment with flavors, or create a terrific meal for family and friends."