Who doesn’t love a backyard cookout? And the better the food, the better the party. From the people that bring you flavor in a bottle (or jar, or tin, etc.) come ideas for spicing up your next backyard get-together over the grill. McCormick has recently published their 2016 Flavor Forecast with some mighty interesting flavors from around the world that are a sure-fire way to impress your guests.
First – the meat entree – the heart of the meal, and the soul of the Grilling Experience. McCormick is predicting spice rubs that caramelize the outer layer of ground meat bringing tons of flavors. Their idea for a perfect burger is made from ground pork sandwiched between a pair of Belgian waffles drizzling with syrup and topped with melted cheddar cheese, crispy fried bacon and a fried egg.
Looking for a fresh take on a Cajun classic? Try a grilled chicken Po-Boy sandwich with spicy Creole mustard sauce with fresh chilies and tangy vinegars on a fresh baked baguette? Get that smoky grilled flavor with a little heat and a lot of tang. Sounds like a recipe idea straight out of the French Quarter to me.
Maybe a slightly Asian zest to your classic seafood grilling will be the right menu choice for your party. How about pumping up a combination of sweet and soy and South Pacific spiced sauces and marinades with a Malaysian, Japanese, Korean or Thai twist? Shrimp, scallops or your choice of fish will work well with these suggestions to impress guest’s palates. But to be really daring – try this with lobster!
Think about how wonderful Brazilian flavors would compliment a poolside party. Mix it all up with string skewers of various meats drenched in a blend that adds heat to the classic chimichurri sauce with cumin, smoked paprika and generous crushed red pepper. It’s going down as a party in your mouth for sure.
And to complement your exotic grilled meat, try some savory grilled fruits and vegetables. Use large portions for a meat-less entree, or a smaller portion for a side, but grill a thick-cut cabbage steak with a sweet and smoky marinade, grilled and topped with bacon and bleu cheese. Only the most daring will top this with thin slices of fresh ripe avocado dusted with lemon juice and thyme.
For more interesting ideas for spicing up your backyard grilling party, visit mccormick.com and let your imagination drive your taste buds. But make sure you have a napkin handy since you’re sure to be drooling over their suggestions.
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