Memorial Day is the official kickoff to summer. And there’s no better way to celebrate than with easy grill recipes.
It’s likely that most of the barbecues in town will feature hot dogs and hamburgers with the traditional fixins. While everyone loves these all-American favorites, why not try something new this year—and raise the bar while you’re at it?
Planning a fresh, innovative menu doesn’t mean you have to experiment with over-the-top recipes that will take a week to execute. Here’s the secret: grilling is a technique just like boiling water. If you can boil eggs, you can also boil pasta. If you can grill burgers, you can also grill pork tenderloin. It’s that simple.
With that in mind, what would you cook to make your barbecue stand out? Filet mignon? Beef kabobs? Wild salmon? Oh, the possibilities!
Here are a few Memorial Day crowd pleasers…
4 Easy Grill Recipes
Grilled Chipotle Pork Tenderloin with Spicy Strawberry Salsa: This pork tenderloin recipe yields tender meat that’s spicy and smoky. The strawberry salsa adds a hint of sweetness to brighten things up.
Lamb Kabobs: You know how much I love lamb, and this recipe is no exception. Featuring chunks of meat, crisp veggies and rosemary-lemon sauce, it’s a Mediterranean-inspired favorite.
Perfectly Grilled Steak: Whether you prefer ribeye, NY strip or filet mignon, this grill guide from Bobby Flay will show you how to prepare steak to perfection. With only 3 ingredients, it couldn’t be easier.
Grilled Herb Garden Pizza: Who says you need meat at a barbecue? This drool-worthy pizza recipe will be a hit with everyone! To keep it hassle-free, buy pre-made dough. Then, add mozzarella cheese and top with herbs and veggies from your garden.
Sides, Sides and More Sides
The main entrée may take the spotlight, but the supporting sides are just as important. Once you select the main dish, add 2-3 sides to round out the meal. Again, try some unexpected pairings as opposed to relying on the usual cast of characters.
Here are a few of my go-to side dishes:
- Corn on the cob with herb butter (you can use the butter on your steak, too!)
- Sautéed radishes
- Pickled red cabbage
- Sweet potato salad
- Snap pea and asparagus salad
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