Top 5 Barbeque Side-plates

All Scrumptious and Super-easy!

Ah yes, the BBQ season—when the grill is hot and chicken, burgers, steaks and sausages are sizzling, the aroma just can’t be beat.  And the universal question grillers often ask is: “What should we eat with the meat?” Let’s face it; there are countless side-plate options to choose from; but finding sides that everyone will love, certainly narrows down the choices.

Here, however, are five side-dishes that are virtually guaranteed to make anyone’s palate crave for seconds and thirds!

Grilled Cheesy Corn-on-the-Cob:

Boiling corn is fine when you can’t use your grill, but grilling corn…now that’s how to seal in the flavor of every juicy kernel! This recipe uses parmesan cheese and fresh parsley which work together to complement the natural sweetness of those delectable golden nuggets. This recipe is intended for 8 ears of corn, so modify any other ingredients depending on how many people you will serve.

*** Ingredients:

1: 8 ears of corn on cob with silk and husks completely removed

2: ½ cup butter, softened—butter is tastier than margarine!

3: 4 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

4: 2 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped

*** Procedures:

— The grill should be ready and hot with a setting of medium-high heat. Before placing the corn on the grill, mix the parsley and cheese with the softened butter to allow flavors to blend. Set aside on a small to medium-sized platter.

— Rinse the corn with cool water and individually wrap in foil. Any water droplets that gather inside the foil will help to steam the corn, though it’s the grill that will do the real cooking. Grill the corn for about 15-20 minutes and turn several times.

When ready, everyone can scoop up whatever butter mixture they desire for their corn-on-the-cob servings.

Savor the flavor!

Garlic/ Scalloped Potatoes:

The flavors that blend together with this recipe are luscious! Your family and guests will wish you had made more!

*** Ingredients:

1: 8 oz. of cream-cheese spread

2: 2 Tbsp. milk

3: 1 tsp garlic powder

4: 1 medium onion—chopped

5: 14.5 oz. of chicken broth

6: 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese

7: 1 Tbsp. fresh, chopped parsley

8: 1 pound (about 6) peeled, thinly-sliced red potatoes—can leave skins on, if desired.

*** Procedures:

— While oven is pre-heating to 350 degrees, combine cream cheese, milk and garlic until well blended; and set aside to allow flavors to merge.

— Add parsley to all of shredded cheddar and toss together.

— Lightly spray large, non-stick skillet with oil and gently cook onions using medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid scorching.

— Turn off the heat source for onions but leave skillet in place while you add the cream-cheese mixture, all the broth and 1 cup of cheddar & parsley mixture to cooked onions. Mix well and remove skillet from heat. Gently stir in potatoes.

— Spray 13 X 9-inch baking dish with cooking oil and spoon in entire potato mixture.

— Bake 45 minutes and then top with remaining cheddar/parsley mixture. Bake another 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Get ready for a robust, flavor sensation!

Tangy Coleslaw:

Anything that is a ‘classic’ became a classic because it was good enough to stand the test of time and thrive! Cole-slaw is one of those side-dishes that is universally enjoyed. This tangy, recipe is super-easy to make and chances are, there will be no leftovers!

*** Ingredients:

1: 1 medium-sized bag shredded slaw mix that contains red and green cabbage and carrots

2: 1 cup real mayonnaise—use more if needed

3: 1 Tbsp. spicy mustard

4: 1/8 tsp extra-virgin olive oil

5: juice from ½ lemon

6: salt and freshly-ground black pepper—add according to individual preference

7: 1 Tbsp. red-wine vinegar

8: 1 Tbsp. sugar

*** Procedures:

— Mix all ingredients except shredded slaw mix.  Add slaw mix once previous ingredients are well blended.

— Cover and chill for 1-2 hours so flavors can blend.

This recipe is cool, refreshing and has just enough tang to become a grill-time favorite!

Zesty Baked Beans:

Baked beans are another classic dish that most everyone craves. Not too many people make their baked beans from scratch, but you can do the next best thing if you want to spice-up the store-bought varieties: Add some zesty ingredients; and oh, what a difference it will make!

*** Ingredients:

1: 4 small cans of your favorite baked beans

2: 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes

3: 1 chopped onion

4: ¼ pound cooked, diced bacon

5: ¼ cup BBQ sauce—any variety

6: 1 Tbsp. hot sauce—optional

*** Procedures:

— Combine all ingredients except baked beans. Once well-mixed, add beans.

— Simmer bean mixture on low/medium heat for 1 hour. Adjust heat as needed to prevent scorching.

Is this easy, or what? Allow the mixture to cool and it will thicken to a rich, savory consistency.

Raspberry Sorbet Delight

Ya’ gotta’ have dessert! Something cool, smooth and fruity is a winning combo with food that’s hot-off the grill or steaming from the oven. This rosy, delectable concoction will have everyone saying: “Wow! This is yummy!”

*** Ingredients:

1: 2 cups raspberry sorbet, softened. If you are in a hurry, you can soften the sorbet by placing it in the microwave on medium setting for 10-15 seconds. You want the sorbet to be slightly softened, not runny.

2: 1 pkg. vanilla instant pudding

3: 1 cup cold milk–reduced-fat or whole, depending on how decadent you want your dessert to taste!

4: 8 oz. whipped topping (Cool Whip or any other brand)—thawed and soft, but cool

5: 1 cup fresh raspberries

*** Procedures:

— Spoon the thawed sorbet into a foil-lined 9 X 5-inch loaf pan. Freeze the sorbet for 10 min.

— Add pudding mix and milk together and whisk for 2 minutes. Stir-in the thawed (and soft) whipped topping. The mixture should become spreadable. Once sorbet is out of freezer, spread whisked mixture over sorbet.

— Allow 3 full hours for the dessert to freeze—it needs to become quite firm. When ready, unmold the dessert onto a serving plate (turn it upside down so the white topping rests on the plate).

— Remove the foil and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Standing for 10 minutes will make the dessert much easier to slice just before serving. Top with fresh raspberries.

This is one simple, but gorgeous-looking dessert! And the flavor, texture and refreshing coolness will invigorate and excite everyone’s palate!

So, there you have it—5 delectable side-dishes that are delicious and easy. And there’s only one thing left to mention: bon appetite!