Having an outdoor kitchen not only increases the value of your home, but it also gives you a relaxing space where you can enjoy quality food with your friends and family. Whether you’ve installed a gas BBQ, charcoal BBQ or electric BBQ, an outdoor kitchen also gives you an assortment of cooking tools to allow you to try out cool new recipes.
Thanks to Ms Grazier, we’ve got some fun, inventive and nutritious recipes for you to try out on your BBQ which are perfect for the warming summer weather!
A healthy breakfast
Get the kids involved in preparing this quick and simple breakfast!
2 cups self-raising flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1½ cups ilk
2 medium bananas, mashed
2 tsp sugar
Pinch of salt
Canola oil spray
Maple syrup and berries to serve
In a large bowl add flour, salt and sugar. Add beaten eggs to the center of the mixture and stir with a wooden spoon. Slowly add milk whilst stirring until a smooth thick batter is formed. Fold in mashed banana until combined.
Heat a large fry pan on medium heat and before each pikelet spray generously with canola non-stick spray. Add approximately 1.5 tablespoons of batter in the center and spread to make an even circle shape. The circle should not be too large so that they remain thick. Cook on one side for approximately 1 minute and then flip the pikelet and cook on the other side until golden.
The pikelets can also be cooked on a BBQ hot plate which will allow you to cook more than one at a time. Serve with maple syrup and fresh or frozen berries.
A hearty dinner
Mexican-style chicken with corn salad
Make dinnertime fresh and enjoyable and fill hungry stomachs with a savoury Mexican-inspired meal.
800g chicken breast or thigh
40g Mexican-style seasoning, available in the Mexican section of your local market
4 large corn cobs
½ tsp each salt and pepper
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup Sour cream
1 cup Coriander, chopped
½ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 tbsp jalapeno, finely chopped
½ red onion sliced thinly
1 cup spring onion chopped finely
2 to 3 tbsp fresh Lime juice plus extra to taste
60g feta cheese
Extra virgin olive oil
Place chicken in a bowl and cover with Mexican seasoning with a splash of olive oil. Mix so all the chicken is covered evenly with the seasoning. Set aside.
Preheat the BBQ grill to medium heat. Spray corn cobs with olive oil and place on grill until cooked.
Once they are cooked, remove corn and start cooking chicken on the BBQ grill. The corn and chicken can be cooked at the same time if there is enough room on your BBQ.
Cut corn kernels off the cob by holding corn upright in a bowl and using a sharp knife. Cut downwards as close as possible to the base of the kernels. Add salt and pepper to corn.
Add mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice and parmesan cheese and mix thoroughly.
Add remaining ingredients, coriander, onions, jalapeno and mix well.
Crumble feta on top of the salad and serve with chicken. You can add capsicum and/or avocado to the corn salad to taste.
A decadent dessert
Enjoy a delectable dessert and serve a simple apple cake, sure to capture the hearts and tummies of your friends and family!
Preheat BBQ to 200°C by turning on BBQ grill burners to high. Spray cast iron pan with oil or wipe with oil and line frypan with baking paper.
In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Make a well and add eggs, vanilla and oil and beat with a fork until combined and then with a wooden spoon, slowly start mixing in dry ingredients until all the mixture is well combined. The mixture should have a dough consistency and should not be runny.
Mix in the apples and pour mixture into the frypan. Sprinkle it with sugar and flaked almonds.
Once the BBQ has reached 200°C, turn the BBQ grill burners to medium-low and place the frypan on the BBQ hot plate and close the hood.
Maintain BBQ heat at around 180-200°C. Cook for 1 hour or until cooked through in the middle.
Serve warm with custard or ice cream. For a different flavour, you can swap pears for apples or use a mix of both.
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