Sizzling Summer Barbecue Recipes

With all the health and diet advice out there today, it’s hard to know how to eat right. Do we skip the carbs and chow down on burgers, or go vegetarian and make a beeline for tofu Pad Thai and grilled veggies? The truth is, health issues aside, eating should also be FUN. It’s summer – invite your friends over and whip up one of these great down-home recipes. For one night, stop worrying about waistlines and let your taste buds take control!
Herbed Garlic Mediterranean Beef Skewers
¼ cup fresh herbs and spices (Mediterranean blend)
1 ¼ lb boneless steak
½ cup white wine
8 medium mushrooms
½ red onion
Salt, pepper, and olive oil to taste
Wooden skewers
Soak the skewers in white wine for 10-15 minutes, and prepare the beef by dividing it into chunks and applying a dry rub of salt and Mediterranean herbs and spices. This grilling recipe is great for hot days when heavy, sticky-sweet sauces seem overwhelming; the light, pleasant flavor of the herbs and wine is mild and cooling. Chop the onion into large pieces and thread the onion, mushroom caps, and beef onto the skewers once they’ve finished soaking. Let finished skewers sit in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes, and then pop ‘em on a preheated grill! Let each side cook for approximately 4-5 minutes, or until beef is cooked to your preferences. Add a little salt and pepper, sit back, and enjoy! Makes 4 skewers.
Grilled Pizza
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tsp white sugar
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp olive oil
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
Your choice of pizza toppings, sauce, etc.
This is a fabulous way to make really professional, delicious pizza in the comfort of your own home! The grill creates an effect similar to that of a genuine pizza oven. If you wish to make your own pizza dough, simply dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water, proof for ten minutes, and mix in the other ingredients. Knead this for around 8 minutes and then set it aside to rise until doubled. After about an hour, punch the dough down, add some basil and oregano, and let it rise one more time. If this seems like too much work, consider buying a premade pizza dough – it’s all the fun with none of the labor! Either way, spread your finished dough onto a preheated grill, brushing each side with a bit of olive oil, and layer on the pizza ingredients you like best – red sauce cheese, olives, sardines, whatever catches your fancy. Grill until crisp and brown with melted cheese.
Summer recipes like these make life a little better for everyone – no matter how many calories may be involved!

Ara Hovsepian has a soft spot for good food, and isn’t afraid to admit it! Visit the following links for more of his lifestyle choices on barbecue, health matters, and general fitness.