YOUR SUMMER RECIPE’S
When the sun comes out, so do the shorts, sunglasses and most importantly the barbecue! There’s something very special about eating outdoors, Especially in Scotland. – cafes, restaurant and bars are spilling out onto every available street space, capturing as much of the summer sun as they possibly can.
Add the sights, sounds and smells of freshly cooked food, friends and family and you have an irresistable mix.
The great news is that your BBQ food can be healthy and relatively low in calories as well as finger-licking good. Grilling is a great way to cook meat without additional fat and some of the fat in the meat will sizzle away. Forget the fatty sausages – do something different.
Here’s some simple but sumptuous ideas to keep you going this summer.
CHIPOTLE-MANGO BBQ CHICKEN
Put the mango, cilantro, lemon juice, vinegar, oil, garlic, chipotle, salt and pepper in a food processor and puree until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Add the chicken with half of the chipotle-mango sauce to a resealable plastic bag, and massage to coat the chicken with the sauce. Refrigerate at least 6 hours to marinate.
Put the other half of the chipotle-mango sauce into a small saucepan and simmer over low heat until thick, stirring often, about 15 minutes. Set some of the simmered sauce aside to serve on the side, and baste the chicken every few minutes with the rest of the sauce.
Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat and brush with oil. Remove the chicken from the marinade and put on the grill.
Grill the chicken, turning and basting about every 5 minutes, until cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and serve with the reserved chipotle-mango sauce.- Recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri.
SPICY-LIME GRILLED PRAWNS
‘Put another shrimp on the barbie’ Place the prawns and lime zest in a large, non-metallic bowl. Place the lime juice, chile pepper, garlic, ginger, and onion in a food processor or blender, and process until smooth. You may need to add a little oil to facilitate blending. Pour over the bowl of prawns, and stir to coat. Cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours.
Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Thread prawns onto skewers, piercing each first through the tail, and then the head.
Brush grill grate with oil. Cook prawns for 5 minutes, turning once, or until opaque.
In a bowl, mix chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, thyme, mustard, salt, pepper, and cloves. Rinse ribs and pat dry. Rub ribs all over with spice mixture. Wrap airtight and chill 8 hours or overnight.
If using charcoal briquets, mound and ignite 50 briquets on the firegrate of a barbecue with a lid. When briquets are dotted with gray ash, in 15 to 20 minutes, push equal amounts to opposite sides of firegrate. Set a drip pan on firegrate between coals. If using a gas barbecue, turn all burners to high and close lid for 10 minutes. Adjust burners for indirect cooking (no heat down center) and lower side burners to medium heat. Lay ribs along center of the grill (not directly over heat). Cover the barbecue (if using charcoal, open vents) and cook, turning once midway through cooking time, until meat is browned, about 15 minutes. Wrap ribs in foil and return to grill. Cook until meat is tender when pierced, about 30 minutes longer.
Transfer ribs to a platter and cut apart between bones. Garnish with lime wedges to squeeze over portions to taste.
CHICKEN PINEAPPLE SKEWERS
In a saucepan over medium heat, add the ketchup, soy sauce, honey, mustard, sugar, garlic, and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and cook gently until thickened, about 10 minutes. Set aside and cool.
Heat an outdoor grill or a grill pan. Cut each chicken thigh into 2 pieces. Peel the pineapple and cut it into 1 1/2-inch chunks. Alternating between the chicken and pineapple, thread the pieces onto the skewers. Brush them with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Remove the garlic cloves from the barbecue sauce and discard; put about half the sauce into a small bowl for later. Brush skewers with some of the sauce. Cook them on the grill, basting regularly with the barbecue sauce, until cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with reserved barbecue sauce on the side for dipping.- Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence
THE PERFECT CORN ON THE COB
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Plunge in the corn cobs and cook for 5 mins until slightly tender, then drain. Can be done a day ahead – put the corn in a roasting tin, cover and chill until needed. Season the corn, put on a hot barbecue and cook for 5 mins, turning regularly until it begins to blister and some of the kernels have popped and charred in places. Alternatively, heat a griddle pan over a high heat and griddle the corn for 4-5 mins each side for a similar effect. Now garnish with your choice, butter, black pepper even cheese.