For the past 20 years, Sutter Home Winery has hosted a Build a Better Burger Recipe Contest, where over 5,000 Sutter Home fans submit their original recipes for a chance to win $100,000. Five finalists were selected, and they flew into Napa Valley this weekend to cook their burgers for the judges. With lavish additions like pretzel buns, seaweed, fried watercress, and salted caramel bacon, we promise these burger recipes are worth making at home.
When I moved to the Bay Area, my friend Jennifer's family had me over for this steak. It was love at first bite! Recently, Jen made it for us with our kids, and I was reminded why it's such a whole-family favorite. The simple marinade leaves you with the most tender and flavorful steak you've ever eaten, and after 12 minutes or less on the grill, dinner is served!
If you've given up red meat for Lent and are tired of your normal seafood options, it's time to spice it up. These 10 grilled seafood recipes from around the world are anything but boring! If it's too cold to bust out the barbecue where you are, use a grill pan to make these 10 tasty dishes.
If you're still recovering from a holiday weekend of gluttony, try a little variety on your barbecue by turning to the season's vegetable bounty for a light meatless meal of veggie tacos with grilled guacamole. This recipe, which is packed with fresh produce, calls for bell peppers, zucchini, squash, corn, and eggplant, but feel free to use your favorites, or anything that's on hand at the moment.
Grilling the ingredients for the guacamole creates more complexity, but note that the avocado spread should be cooled before serving, so plan accordingly. If you are short on time, make a more traditional version, or pick up some guacamole from the store.
These flavorful tacos are surprisingly filling; they're guaranteed to satisfy both your vegetarian and meat-loving friends. Keep reading for this colorful and delicious recipe.
Those darn leftover hamburger and hot dog buns! After every grilling party, it seems like they're fated to be tossed in the corner of the pantry only to be discovered several weeks later as a gnarly, green science experiment. Don't let this happen to your buns. While you can always freeze them for the next grilling party, it might not be an option if the buns are crushed and misshapen. If you're looking for ways to waste not, check out our tips for using up those leftover buns.
- Sub for breakfast toast: Toast the buns for an egg, cheese, and bacon sandwich or to make kid-approved cinnamon toast. If you want to get fancy, use a hamburger bun in place of an English muffin in a poached egg and prosciutto breakfast sammy.
- Pack a sandwich for lunch: Cold cuts taste great paired with soft, spongy buns. However, if the buns were left out and are borderline stale, grill them up in a panini. Opt for something savory like cheese and ham, or satisfy your sweet tooth with Nutella and strawberries. Everything always tastes better with cheese, so try making the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.
- Incorporate with dinner: Make basic croutons to toss in salads or breadcrumbs to top over mac and cheese, pasta dishes, or casseroles. For a surefire way to clear those buns off the table, make a buttery batch of garlic bread.
What are you doing with your leftover hot dog and hamburger buns?
Even with limited (or no) backyard space, we can't help but spend most of our time hovering over our compact city grills. After all, whether it's a Caesar salad or a chocolatey dessert pizza, throwing any food over the coals seems to kiss it with a fire-roasted flavor that's indispensable with a cold beer and the sun-filled Summer heat.
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Need a refresher this grilling season? Seasonal vegetables are an easy place to start, and whether you're prepping your veggies or preheating your grill, we've got you covered. The key? Timing is everything! We demonstrate our technique for cooking zucchini, asparagus, and portobello mushrooms, although this technique can be applied to your choice of produce. Watch our tutorial to master perfectly grilled Summer vegetables every single time.
Like many city dwellers, we frequently find ourselves lamenting our lack of space. While we've been unusually blessed by the apartment gods with a sizable (shared) backyard, most of our friends are not as lucky. Perhaps hoping to relinquish our BBQ-hosting duties (or, as we like to think, out of sheer benevolence) we've done the legwork and rounded up some of our favorite grills that pack plenty of power despite their diminutive footprint.
During Summer, it's instinctive to throw burgers and meats on the barbecue, but don't overlook dessert: tickling sweet baked goods or fruit over an open flame only offers more smoky complexity and a chance for sugars to caramelize deeper. Check out five desserts we can't grill enough of right now.
Bananas foster has been around since 1951, when it was first served at Brennan's Restaurant in New Orleans. It's a special-occasion treat, as it involves a chef wheeling out a cooking cart to the table to prepare a beautiful, bubbling caramel sauce with bananas. The most anticipated moment is when the chef ignites the rum-laden sauce, sending a bright, dramatic flame up into the air. The crowd always goes wild! The warm, syrupy bananas are served à la mode, and the extra sauce is spooned over the top.
My mother grew up going to this restaurant with her family, so any time she sees bananas foster on the menu, she's guaranteed to order it. As a child, I loved the flame trick more than the dessert; my palate did not appreciate its rum flavor until I was in college. Now, I'll practically fight my Dad to get the last spoonful of caramel! I've sought to re-create bananas foster at home, dazzling my family with my flambé skills. Grilling the bananas first offers a beautiful presentation and turns the caramelized flavor up a notch.