The time for outdoor entertaining, family get-togethers and barbecues has arrived! Sometimes it seems slow in coming, but who can help but feel that sense of anticipation as the days get longer?
No matter what the occasion – whether it’s a dinner for two under the stars or a sun-drenched brunch in the garden – there can be no question that the barbecue will always play a starring role in our summers. It’s the perfect opportunity for get togethers.
The great thing about barbecues is that simple, laid-back, no-fuss atmosphere that allows us to spend time with our guests without having to run off to check something in the oven or put the finishing touches on fancy plating. It’s so nice to be able to keep things simple where we can quickly throw together a variety of unexpected hot dishes, even if you aren’t an expert in the kitchen or a great fan of cooking! There’s no excuse not to give it a try – in fact, some people who never set foot in front of the stove turn into avid chefs in the summer, thanks to the barbecue.
Beyond the traditional meat, fish and vegetable dishes, you can experiment with recipes that are more elaborate and creative, but still not difficult. So, it’s time to venture into new culinary territory, surprise our taste-buds, swap in some new ingredients, and put a new twist on old favourites. Remember: it often only takes one little addition to make a huge difference, in both taste and presentation.
Keep in mind that most ingredients are perfect for the barbecue, from appies to desserts. Play around with your favourite flavours, choose seasonal fruits and vegetables to add cheerful accents of colour to your menu and turn delicious summer soups into unforgettable experiences.
Time to whet our appetites!
Here are 3 original recipes perfect for the barbecue.
- Greek salad with Grilled Feta
- Polenta, Prosciutto and Mozzarella Kebabs
- Grilled Strawberries with Mascarpone Cream
12-15 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 large English cucumber, finely sliced
¼ red onion, finely chopped
3 tbsp. Kalamata olives
1 tub Tre Stelle® Feta
Salt and oregano to taste
Season a piece of Feta Cheese with 2 generous tablespoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of oregano, then wrap the cheese in foil and cook it on the barbecue for 2-3 minutes on either side; In the meantime, put the tomatoes, cucumber, onion and olives on a platter and season them with a few spoonfuls of olive oil, a pinch of salt and oregano to taste;
Place the unwrapped barbecued Feta with its seasoning on top of the vegetable salad, using two spoons as the cheese will be quite soft.
Serve immediately. 4 servings
250 mL of water
5 heaped tablespoons of quick-cooking polenta
4-5 thin slices of prosciutto
A few fresh mint leaves
Salt, olive oil
Bring the water to a boil in a pot and add a pinch of salt;
Lower the heat and sprinkle in the polenta, stirring with a whisk;
Let it cook for 5 to 6 minutes, adding a few more drops of water if necessary;
Pour it into an oiled baking pan: you want it to be quite thick. Allow it to cool completely;
As soon as the polenta has cooled and set, cut it into squares;
Brush the squares with oil and put them on the barbecue for about 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side; assemble the kebabs with a mint leaf, a ball of Bocconcini, half a slice of prosciutto and two pieces of grilled polenta.
Serve the kebabs or, if you are preparing them in advance, keep them in the refrigerator. 4 servings
6-7 tbsp. of sugar
250 g Tre Stelle mascarpone
A few drops of lemon juice
12-16 strawberries (depending on the size of the berries)
Separate the egg whites and yolks into two bowls; Add 3 heaping tablespoons of sugar to the egg yolks and beat until you get a frothy, uniform, pale yellow cream. Set aside;
Gently fold the mascarpone into the egg yolk and sugar mixture;
Add the lemon juice to the egg whites and, using a hand mixer, beat them until they form stiff peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture, taking care to keep it light and airy; Cover the mascarpone cream with plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it; Coat the strawberries with the remaining sugar, put them on skewers and grill them on the barbecue for about 1 minute on either side; Serve the strawberry skewers with the mascarpone cream. 4 servings