I can hardly believe the end of August is upon us. The days have started to cool slightly, and the High Holidays are nearly here! But before we jump into Fall and holiday menu planning, we still have two more weekends left including Labor Day. And nothing says summer is still here like some grilling.
But by the end of the summer I am done done done with hamburgers and hot dogs. So what to grill?I think the question is more appropriately – what shouldn’t you try on the grill!?
Upgrade your hot dogs and hamburgers
I LOVE hot dogs. But after awhile I do need to change things up and grilled sausages with onions and peppers is a great way to do it. And if you find yourself in Los Angeles you must try some Jeff’s Gourmet Sausages. You can also try Jack’s Gourmet kosher sausages or if you’re in NYC try the homemade sausages at Prime Butcher & Bakery.
Instead of grilled chicken breasts try some grilled chicken wings or even these Cherry BBQ Chicken Drumsticks.
In the mood for a burger but willing to trade in the beef? You can always swap out your favorite beef burger for ground lamb, chicken or turkey. Or you could even throw out the meat all together and opt instead for fish like these Spicy Tuna Burgers from The Kosher Foodies.
Grill up some fruits and veggies
There’s nothing bad about some simple corn on the cob grilled and sprinkled with salt. But like the hot dog, you might be dreading another tired bite. Try instead my husband’s recipe for Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad.
I also love this super simple recipe for Grilled Zucchini with Cumin.
And even though I’ve written about it before, I can’t get enough of anything with grilled peaches during the summer. If you’ve never tried a sweet and savory homemade salsa, you must try The Food Yenta’s Grilled Peach Salsa.
Make your own BBQ sauce
I never loved BBQ sauce until I made my own. And once you make your own you’re going to keep coming up with things to put it on – chicken, brisket sandwiches and maybe even hamburgers! I opt for recipes that use ketchup, brown sugar and something for a little kick – like this recipe that uses chipotle peppers from Ree Drummond.
I am sure we’ve all had our share of hamburgers, hot dogs and other grilled treats this summer, but how about a Southern style barbecue Shabbat!
And what Southern themed meal would be complete without collard greens? Thankfully The Food Network has a vegetarian version – so instead of 1 Tbsp olive oil plus 1 Tbsp butter just use 2 Tbsp olive oil to make this pareve.
Admittedly this recipe for Barbecued Brisket and Burnt Ends will take you a long time, but no pain no gain – if you want some authentic barbecued brisket you are gonna have to put in some time! Serve a simple Green Bean and Tomato Salad with Tarragon Dressing on the side.
Shabbat Shalom and happy cooking!