When the warm weather arrives and the summer social season is upon us, it’s natural to gravitate towards planning plenty of summer barbecues!
While sizzling BBQs may conjure images of meat, there’s actually much more that can be prepared this way. It’s not just about steaks and sausages – there are a number of other dishes that can be prepared on the grill to delight even the most discerning of guests, and of course there are plenty of delicious sides that can complement whatever you choose to serve.
We pick some of our favourite crowd-pleasers…
Marinated tofu skewers
If you want to cater to the vegetarians in your group and plan on offering something a little more exciting than a veggie burger, why not try these delicious and easy-to-make skewers? Cut tofu into half-inch slices and marinade in your chosen sauce, such as BBQ, spicy thai, or curry. We especially love this dish served with Mediterranean vegetables.
Place the Oysters on the grill for five minutes facing upwards, and then simply dress with your favourite marinade. Serve with some white wine and enjoy barbecued seafood for a little something different.
Grilled pesto avocado
Avocado is perpetually popular in summertime, and this is an easy way to come up with a delicious side dish that puts a fresh take on it. Keep the skins on and remove the stone, and place the halved avocado face down on the grill for just a few minutes. Once removed, fill the hollowed middle with some pesto, tomato and basil to create a Med-inspired side.
Why not wow guests with a dessert freshly cooked on the grill? Cut and core the peaches and place face down on the grill. The heat releases lots of delicious sweetness that can be complemented with a fresh scoop of ice cream.
Whether you’re having a family get-together or marking a special occasion, summer barbecues work nicely for a number of different events.
Of course, if you’d rather relax and leave the grilling to an expert while you enjoy great company and delicious food, consider hiring a private chef from La Belle Assiette. All of our chefs are professional, friendly and skilled on the barbecue, allowing you to relax and enjoy quality cooked food in your own back garden.