Let’s be honest, it’s hot. It’s the sort of heat that makes you check your GPS position, to make sure that you haven’t been suddenly transported to the surface of the sun. The very idea of turning on the stove top and attempt to make something to feed the beast is less than appealing. You’re sweating. You’re hungry. This could get ugly. What are your options? The summer offers plenty of non-cook or minimal cooking options, which allow you to stave off starvation, and avoid spontaneous combustion all at the same time. Check out the menu below for an easy summer feast, that beats the heat:
Opening Act: Charcuterie Board:
In the simplest terms, charcuterie is a method of processing food, as well as, a great way to eat it. It is a collection of cooked and dry cured meats, sausages, and usually pates that are typically paired with acidic garnishes, to cut through the richness of the meat. A great start to a summer meal, a charcuterie board, can be customized with a variety of different ingredients
Spanish Chorizo (sliced)
Chicken liver pate
Cornichons, whole grain mustard, marinated olives
Loaf of crusty bread
Main Event: Get Grilling
There’s nothing sexy about eating dry, overcooked, burnt, or bland food coming off the grill, if executed properly, grilling does half the work for you. When deciding on your method, keep in mind that a charcoal grill, it will impart its smoke flavor, and amplifies the sexy of anything that goes on it. Propane grills are easy use, easy clean up, but impart little to no smoke flavor to food on their own, so choose wisely.
Grilled chorizo, manchego cheese,
Roasted red pepper pizza, topped with fresh basil.
The Sweet Finish: Cool Dessert
Lemon Granita (GRANITA DI LIMONE) -click the link for a great recipe from Epicurious.com
A sweet, cool, Sicilian dessert that is perfect for summer. An easy combination of sweet, bright lemons, sugar, and water. It goes from the freezer, to the bowl, and in your mouth in no time.
An easy summer menu option that lets you chill as the heat continues to intensify. Never go into battle unarmed, in this war against this sweltering planet you can be armed and prepared to win, or at least to shower.
STAY HUNGRY & CURIOUS!