Friday, June 25, 2010

Let's Eat!!

The 4th of July is next weekend and the past two weeks I have been helping you plan your 4th of July party with suggestions for invitations and ideas to help decorate. Well, now it is time to EAT!!! I love food, especially cookouts, so I have found a few recipe ideas for you to help you plan your cookout for next weeks celebration!

I love turkey burgers! They are easy and healthy and there are so many ways you can grill them! I gave you a simple recipe below from Martha Stewart, but check out other versions on her site!

Serves 4

1 1/2 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup finely greted Gryere cheese (motzarella works good too)
4 scallions thinly sliced
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs
1 garlic clove mined
Course salt and ground pepper
For Grates

Heat grill to high. In a medium bowl, use a fork to gently combine ground turkey with Gruyere, scallions, breadcrumbs, mustard, and garlic; season generously with salt and pepper. Gently form mixture into four 1-inch-thick patties.

Lightly oil grill. Place patties on hottest part of grill; sear until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Move patties to cooler part of grill; continue grilling until cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes per side.

You will have to adjust recipe for how many people you are serving

I saw these hot dogs at Better Homes and Gardens and they looked so good! Using Dr. Pepper as an ingredient for the BBQ sauce!!


4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 12-oz. can Dr Pepper
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 tsp. ancho chili powder
1 tsp. finely ground white pepper
1 tsp. kosher salt
8 hot dogs (1-lb. pkg.)
8 hot dog buns, split and toasted
Toppers: pickles, sliced jalapeƱo peppers, chopped onion (optional)


1. For sauce, in medium saucepan cook and stir onion and garlic in hot butter over medium heat about 10 minutes until onions are tender. Add all ingredients except hot dogs, buns, and toppers. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Cook, uncovered, until sauce begins to thicken, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool sauce 10 minutes.

2. Puree sauce in pan with immersion blender, or transfer to a blender jar, cover, and blend until smooth.

3. Meanwhile, on charcoal grill cook hot dogs on rack directly over medium coals for 5 to 7 minutes or until heated through.(For gas grill, heat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Cook on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as above.) Serve hot dogs on buns with toppers. Makes 8 hot dogs and 4 cups sauce.

  • Summer time means corn on the cob!!! Martha Stewart also had this great recipe!

Makes 16 pieces

4 ears shucked corn
1/2 lime
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Grill corn over high heat, turning until lightly blackened in places and kernels are just tender when pressed, about 12 minutes.

Cut each ear into 4 pieces. Transfer to a sturdy, medium-size paper bag and squeeze lime over corn. Sprinkle with chili powder and coarse salt. Close bag and shake to coat. Serve immediately from the bag or in a bowl.

  • A simple desert that everyone will love from Better Homes and Gardens!

    • Ingredients
    • 1 8-ounce carton vanilla low-fat yogurt
    • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/2 of an 8-ounce container frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed
    • 3 cups fresh raspberries and/or cut-up fresh strawberries
    • 3 cups fresh blueberries


    1. In a large bowl, stir together yogurt and almond extract or vanilla. Fold in whipped topping.

    2. To serve, in six 12-ounce glasses or dessert dishes, alternate layers of the berries with layers of the yogurt mixture. Makes 6 servings.

    Make-Ahead Directions: Prepare parfaits as directed through Step 2. Cover and chill for up to 1 hour.

These are just a few great recipes that you can find on the sites I listed, or you can search for you own! Just remember to adjust the recipes for your number of people that are celebrating with you!!!


Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I love the corn..., even just right out of the boiling water..., but that idea sounds delicious!!

michelle said...

Have you ever tried them on the grill with them still in the shuck? You soak them for about a hour or even up to 8 and then grill them. They are so very good!! I've done flavored butter with them to, also very good!

Bella said...

Oh yumm, well it's not summer anymore, but I can always eat a juicy burger, and those turkey ones look so good. Thanks for your comment on my Romanian Bean soup, if you try it out, let me know how it is. If you could taste my moms bread girl, you'd be in heaven, its so good. Ohh and I ALWAYS cook my corn with the shuck on, even just in the microwave, it turns out so good and juicy. :)


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