When you fire up the grill for summer barbecues, it’s easy to stick to tried-and-true grilling recipes like steaks, ribs and vegetables, but why not mix things up? This season, try putting some char on everything you serve, whether it’s appetizers, sides, desserts or even cocktails. There are infinite possibilities for new fiery flavor combinations, and we’ve rounded up nine new and innovative grilled recipes to wow your guests.
Breakfast: Grilled French Toast with Strawberries and Rosemary
Michael Symon’s genius grilled breakfast is sweet and savory with rosemary-and-strawberry-topped French toast. Feel free to grill up some bacon on the side.
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When you look in your spice cabinet, you probably see a lot of miscellaneous, barely used bottles. Instead of just letting them sit around and expire — because most do within a year — try blending a few of them up for delicious DIY spice blends. Whether it’s taking the everything spices from your bagel and putting them on, well, everything, or making a homemade chai for a fraction of the price of one at your local coffee shop, we’ve got you covered.
Check out seven spice blend recipes below, from sweet to savory and back again.
Once you’ve mastered a chai tea latte at home, you’ll never need to buy one at the coffee shop again. You can also use these flavors to spruce up coconut macaroons or a milk shake.
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Today is about to become your new favorite “holiday,” because it’s National Doughnut Day. Even though we associate the sweet treats with jelly or lots of powdered sugar, they can take on the flavors of any dessert. Stuffed with cream, they become Boston Cream Pie doughnuts, while after being coated with cinnamon sugar, they taste like churros. You can even stack some with frosting to make an Icebox Doughnut Birthday Cake.
Take a walk on the wild side with some of our favorite delicious combinations below — even a savory chicken-and-waffles one — and for even more crazy confections, check out Donut Showdown Thursdays at 9pm ET.
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New York strip or filet mignon is usually a hit for a crowd, but when you’re grilling for a special person in your life, you want to make sure it’s the right cut for him. With Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to think long and hard about the perfect steak to grill for him, and we’re here to help with an easy personality match-up.
For example, if your pop is super frugal, go for a flash-grilled skirt steak, but if he likes a taste of decadence, splurge for a bone-in rib eye or porterhouse. Check out all of our matches below, then get to grilling.
Penny-Pinching Papa: Skirt Steak
If your dad doesn’t want you to spend the big bucks on him, try Grilled Skirt Steak. It should be served medium-rare alongside a flavorful sauce like chimichurri and can also be made into quick tacos with salsa and tortillas.
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As your daydreams about time on the beach become a reality this summer, so does slimming down to fit into your swimsuit. But just because you want to look good while splashing around, that doesn’t mean you have to eat salads and boiled chicken all summer; in fact, you can still enjoy all of your comfort food favorites with a few easy swaps.
Whether it’s macaroni and cheese with some secret squash filler or devil’s food cupcakes turned angelic with whole-wheat flour, it’s easy to slim down your meals. Check out nine mind-blowing meal transformations below.
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It’s time to let loose in the kitchen. Instead of sticking to strict recipes and living by the cookbook, take a day to play with your food. No, we’re not talking about having a food fight It Takes Two style, but rather experimenting with fun shapes, sizes and topping bars for your next party.
Whether it’s making your mac and cheese into pops or assembling a taco-and-margarita bar for a Mexican fiesta, there are plenty of ways to get playful. Bonus: Once the prep work is done, your guests do all the work making their own creative concoctions.
Skewer Your Corn
Everything’s better on a stick, and sticks make corn on the cob easier (and less messy) to eat. Try Bobby Flay’s Grilled Corn Skewers with Chipotle-Lime Butter, or mix things up with an assortment of butters and toppings like Cotija and Parmesan cheese for a DIY corn on the cob bar.
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Even though there is still almost a month until summer hits, we’ll get a taste of it on Memorial Day — a day off that’s filled with fun in the sun. Whether you’re gathering friends in your backyard, at the beach or at a campsite, make this holiday special with a memorable, flavor-packed party.
Instead of just throwing hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill and buying some macaroni salad, pump things up with barbecue ribs, charred vegetables and savory sides that everyone will be talking about all summer. To achieve this level of greatness, we turned to our favorite stars who know a thing or two about throwing a celebrity-worthy bash. Check out some tips and tricks from Tiffani Thiessen, Tia Mowry, Haylie Duff and more below, and get ready to fire up that grill.
Appetizer: Debi and Gabriele’s Grilled Apricots and Goat Cheese
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A versatile root addition to salads, soups and sides, carrots are more than just bunny food. Whether served crisp and snappy or roasted to sweet tenderness, the orange (or sometimes purple, red, yellow and white) vegetables are a sure-fire fall fan favorite. Here are a few ways to get them on the table.
1. Bring out carrots’ natural sweetness with Sunny Anderson’s honey-glazed carrots (pictured above). They complement almost any meaty main, and offer a bright pop of color to the table.
2. Bobby Flay crowns the carrot as the king of this salad, and tops it with a citrusy-sweet-spicy dressing. Cumin and cayenne pepper give the dish an earthy flavor with just the right amount of heat.
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