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In my opinion a good BBQ menu should consist of a delicious fresh salad, either the creamy dressed or plain dressed, a good marinade is the key to succulent crispy chicken or beef whatever your protein is, a good wholesome bread item, a fizzy drink (what’s more awesome if that’s home-made?) and an amazingly sexy desert to wrap it all up with satisfaction. What more could the guests ask for? If you’re hosting a BBQ next time make sure you have all these elements in your menu and also make sure there is plenty of cold water and some green tea for the health conscious ( “majorly optional cuz what the ../ Does BBQ go with green tea eva?” ).
We had a BBQ night for the new year’s and I thought I’d share with you guys, the ‘how to make’ of the dishes we served. You might take an inspiration and make your own menu the way it fits the taste of your guests. 🙂
How do you prep the Chicken?
If your planning to host the party tomorrow night make sure you cut, clean and wash your chicken tonight. The next day morning add the marinade to the chicken and leave it on throughout the day so by sevenish when you start your BBQ they will be well absorbed and tender. Basically your chicken would need a marinating time of a good 5 to 6 hours at the least.
For the Marinade (quantity is for 1 chicken weighing 1kg; multiply as appropriate)
*Some people do use a yogurt based marinade, the downside would be that it would char the skin of the meat hence preventing it from cooking well in the inside which is not what we want. Besides it is an indian way of doing it and would be best for a pan roasting recipe. It does taste good when pan roasted.
Garlic bread with Prawns
How to assemble and bake:
My take on the ever Creamy Crunchy BBQ Salad
This ones a keep! Like totally! But wait, if you don’t like creamy salads, then go to ehhh I mean go have some lettuce 😛 haha! But trust me you are going to love this simple yumchum! 🙂
Toss together the following in a large bowl: EASY!
Thinking of it I want to make this now. Yumm! Practically you can combine your own preferred ingredients for this salad. the key to this is to bring in the crunchiness at the same time the creaminess to the salad. this may be a little heavy but I am sure you would not settle for a small serving whatsoever! It has to be made fresh and served fresh!
Last not the least, The Desert! Every meal’s gotta have a Sweet Queen to wrap the party/meal up! So here you go!
What is more fascinating than a home made Mojito or a Pina Colada?
Its pretty simple to make your own non alcoholic drinks and here is how:
This recipe is C/O hubby so is the one below. He was incharge of the drinks bar at our BBQ party so he had even made up a video on the “How tos” which i obviously don’t prefer to share (too exaggerated :P).
So here’s how:
Well, this drink is exotic as you may be already imagining, but very fortunately non-alcoholic and apparently tastes the same sans the (after effects) as heard from a friend who has had the alcoholic version of it. Who cares, we love the juice! 😛 All we want is NO ALCOHOL, exotic and home made!
You will need:
A blender (juice maker, I use magic bullet)
Pine apple juice (store bought)
pineapple pieces 1 can (with the stew juice)
some coconut water
Juice it up as follows:
For a BBQ the desert’s gotta be light but not compromising on the sweet side so what more could beat Chocolaty, silky centered S’mores, with BBQed Marshmallows! YUMsickle!
How to assemble and serve?
This is certainly a very simple recipe. Probably you can have the kids busy with preparing these for the guests or you just can set up a S’More bar like the above and people can self prepare. I have suggested a simple and light desert only to have a good finish. You can always have a Devil’s Food Cake or Death By Chocolate instead! and IF you do, Please invite ME! 🙂
Apart from the BBQ Must Haves, there are certain other interesting, easy and delicious sides you can prepare all on the same grill. You can just wrap up some sweet potatoes, potatoes or some corn on the cob with a foil paper and throw it on your BBQ grill for a good 15 minutes and you will have some hot, charred vege platter too to go with your protein. Remember however to season with some salt.
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