As Covid19 restrictions begin to ease, we are motivated to dust off the BBQ and get the first feast under our belt in preparation for meeting up with friends and family outdoors. We are delighted to share a couple of tasty recipes and useful blogs to inspire your Alfresco catch-up.
If you want to kick things off with some quick and easy recipes for an outdoor get-together, try our Gourmet burger recipe from The French Rooms and a delicious Marinated chicken recipe, which we feature seasonally. We will also share our favourite blogs so you can take your cooking skills beyond the trusted staple sausage!
Firstly, whether it is gas or charcoal, your BBQ may need some attention after the long winter. We are Weber fans, and their online resources are full of tips and advice. Check out the Weber website.
The French Rooms Gourmet Burger
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 500g Northern Irish beef minced marinated overnight in a glass of decent red wine.
- 25g gluten free breadcrumbs
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 free range egg yok (Glenballyeamon)
- salt & pepper
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped herbs (thyme, rosemary, parsley)
To serve – Choose your toppings, some of which may need cooked in advance e.g. sauté onions, mushrooms etc.
Marinade the beef overnight. Add the other ingredients and mix well. Weight out portions to approx 160g and shape and chill. Pre-heat BBQ in line with the manufacturer’s instructions and cook the burgers for 12 mins turning regularly. For the French Rooms Burger, we serve it with a toasted Brioche bap, sauté onions, sauté mushrooms, Emmental cheese slices, dressed rocket, gherkins, and garlic mayonnaise on the side.
This is a really simple recipe that will make your BBQ succulent and fresh. The orange gives it that tangy taste of summer we are all craving.
- 4 organic chicken preferably supremes (skin on) or legs.
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 cup orange juice
- zest of 1 large orange
- 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 3 tbsp honey
- salt & pepper
Mix all the ingredients and coat the chicken breasts well. Cover and refrigerate overnight if possible. Pre-heat BBQ as per manufacturers instructions, add chicken to the grill. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, turning regularly. Check the chicken is cooked through very carefully before serving.
To serve – Best served with a crisp Mediterranean salad and a honey and mustard mayonnaise.
More recipes & bbq blogs
There are numerous blogs worth checking out for expert BBQ tips and recipes. These include but are not limited to:
Alfresco dining with all the trimmings
As restrictions are beginning to ease, we can finally meet up in outdoor settings. The weather is unpredictable, but it’s worth some preparation in return for the moment we have been yearning for; catching up with friends and family. There are lots of practical solutions that make any setting comfortable and enjoyable. The Guardian Life and Style supplement ‘Let’s go Alfresco’ gives us some brilliant guide to creating an ‘idyllic outdoor retreat.’ A top tip I’ve taken away is offering hot water bottles to each guest! I love this greener alternative to patio heaters or reeky fire pits. We also have some warm throws, which we use exclusively for outdoor dining. The article also suggests a stylish solution to drizzle, a range of pretty parasols from Business and Please Co. Lots of tempting products to browse.
As always, thank you for reading The French Rooms blog, and please let us know if there are any other recipes or blogs you want to see here by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org!