Ahhh, summer. The sun is shining, and now that it’s warm out (maybe *too* warm sometimes, but I’m not complaining!) I'm super excited to fire up the grill again and cook outside!
This time of year the days can get pretty long, but during the week Justin and I love just throwing whatever we’ve got in the fridge on the grill and kicking back and relaxing for the night. Keeping things simple is definitely the name of the game around here, but I’ve found pretty much anything tastes good when it’s been cooked outside!
With that in mind, these recipes are a great way to kick off the start of grilling season, whether you’re looking for a riff on a classic or a new favorite to try. And with July 4th right around the corner, they're perfect for when you’ve got guests coming over or just a quiet celebration planned at home.
1. Tropical Hot Dog Bar from The View from Great Island
Hot dogs are a BBQ staple of course, but I love how these tropical relishes, salsas, and slaws bring a bright and fresh element to the table. Plus, everyone can customize their dogs just the way they like!
P.S: These toppings would pair PERFECTLY with our Tahitian Style Bratwurst!
2. Grilled Whole Cauliflower with Miso Mayo from Epicurious
The first time I cooked with miso paste, I was blown away by its unique umami flavor, which is great for cutting through something rich like mayo. Paired with grilled cauliflower slathered in a spicy butter sauce, this dish might just steal the show at your next cookout.
3. Cheddar-Stuffed Burgers with Pickled Slaw and Fried Shallots from Food & Wine
If you’ve never had a Juicy Lucy (A cheeseburger with the cheese stuffed inside instead of on top. One of our favorites!) please do yourself a favor and make this one! The fried shallots are like a fancier version of onion rings and the way the extra-sharp cheddar oozes out with every bite...gahhh!
4. Grilled Corn & Ranch Pizzas from Food52
Don’t knock grilled pizza until you’ve tried it! This recipe uses store-bought dough, so it’s a cinch to throw together and is super kid-friendly. Although as an adult, I have no shame in admitting that ranch is still one of my favorite condiments of all time.
5. Peach Panzanella with Burrata from Delish
Panzanella is traditionally made with tomatoes, but peaches are one of my favorite summer fruits, and grilling them really brings out their natural sweetness. Add a big ball of cheese on top and you’ve got an instant hit in my book!
If you try any of these recipes at your next cookout, I’d love to see! You can post here in the comments or tag me on Instagram @bigskycaroline or @littlecreekmontana!