Let’s dust off the grill, shall we? With spring comes tulips, ramps, sunshine, and our dear old friend, the backyard. If someone can tell me one thing that doesn’t benefit from the smoke and sear of a grill I’ll hand over my next vacation time.
Being the only one in my family with a summer birthday, I received a teensy bit of special treatment. After a long and freezing Maine winter any excuse to have a party, especially outside, took priority. Now a heavy blanket of nostalgia hits me as soon as I fire up the grill for the first time of the season, taking me back to all the summer celebrations followed by campfires and camping.
You better double up on these recipes because your neighbors are sure to come running as soon as they smell that familiar smokey-char scent.
Grilled Mackerel with Rhubarb Watercress Goat Cheese Salad: I plan on holding rhubarb very close for as long as possible this season, so nothing gets me more excited than tossing it with salty grilled mackerel and the bitterness of watercress.
Fresh Fish and Chips: No matter which type of fish you choose for this recipe, it will exceed all expectations with the smokey-barbecue taste.
Grilled Peach Corn and Prosecco Mussels: Think peaches can’t get any better? Think again.
Grilled Oysters with Herb Butter: If you love oysters, you simply love oysters as is … but don’t be scared to try some different accoutrements, like this butter packed with fresh herbs!
Apricot Chipotle Barbecue Sauce: Okay, so this is a condiment, but you’ll want to slather it on EVERYTHING you throw on the grill. Promise.
Grilled Peach and Pistachio Dukkah Tartine: This sweet and smokey treat is the perfect small bite to start off your patio party in style.
Grilled Figs with Mascarpone Cheese: A dessert you can cook right on the grill? Sold.
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