Thursday, September 3, 2009

Little Time for Labor Day Cooking? Here's a Quick Labor Day Cookout

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If you're looking for some ideas for a Labor Day Cookout, look no further. I just posted my award-winning Brownie recipe over at Carrie McClain's blog, Carrie's Kitchen Creations, where she's always cooking up something good. This recipe is easy to make ahead and have ready when friends arrive.

Quick and Organic: Your Healthy Labor Day Cookout

Menu:
Take note that this cookout is my signature style--all preparation and most cooking can be done in advance, giving you time to mingle and truly be the hostess. Get started right now. Why miss out on the fun at the party?
Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Organic Ground Beef for each 4 burgers required
  • 4-6 Cloves of Fresh Organic Garlic, pressed, per pound of ground beef
  • 1 Organic Egg, per pound of ground beef
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt per pound of ground beef
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Organic Pepper per pound of ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Barbecue sauce, per pound of ground beef
  • 4 Fresh buns for each pound of ground beef, sliced.
  • 2 qts. Fresh, Organic Vegetable Sticks for Grilling. We like carrots, red onions, red peppers, yellow and orange peppers, green peppers, broccoli (slices work best), cauliflower (bite sized), yellow squash, zucchini squash, and green onions.
  • Organic Italian salad dressing
  • Sea salt and Organic pepper
  • Fresh Organic (or local, if organic is not available) Watermelon, Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Red Grapes and Pineapple, cut into small wedges
  • 1 pkg. short bamboo skewers
  • Organic Honey
  • Organic Curry powder
  • 2 Cups Organic plain Yogurt
Instructions:
  1. Combine pressed garlic, egg, sea salt, pepper, and BBQ sauce with ground beef.
  2. Stir well and cover. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Form patties and store covered for cooking later.
  4. Thread the fruit onto the small skewers, alternating colors.
  5. Mix 2 cups of yogurt with about 3-4 tablespoons of honey and a teaspoon of curry. Taste test for your liking. Serve in a medium bowl with a gravy ladle for drizzling over the fruit, or use dipping dishes, such as sushi bowls.
  6. Before grilling, line a grill basket with tin foil and spray with Organic cooking spray.
  7. Grill vegetables to taste (generally still slightly crispy), seasoning with salt and pepper and basting with Italian dressing.
  8. Grill the burgers and vegetables, remembering to toast the buns at the end.
  9. Let's eat!
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