Memorial Day weekend usually marks the beginning of the summer BBQ season and it’s no different here in Canyon Lake. It’s been a busy weekend with the Annual Canyon Lake Fiesta Day parade and activities the last few days. Boaters are out in force and it definitely feels like summer. If you plan to get together with family and friends to fire up the barbie, here’s a few surefire recipe suggestions that will impress even the gourmet critics at the table.
Ahhh, the traditional hamburger. Nothing says holiday BBQ like a hamburger, but this year why not dress up the old burger with more than ketchup and mustard. Try one of these Top 10 Burger Recipes from Taste of Home. Their top ten includes Taco Burgers, Paul Bunyan Burgers, Terrific Teriyaki Burgers and good ol’ BBQ Bacon Burgers. There is sure to be something to please everyone at the table with this comprehensive list of top burgers.
Looking for something a little fancier. How about this Grilled Garlic Citrus Flank Steak recipe with marinade from the folks over at Spark Recipes? This hearty and healthy steak recipe is great because flank steak is a lean, affordable and flavorful cut of beef It’s a little tough sometimes though, so marinating is a great option to get good flavor and a more tender texture. Make your marinade in the morning following the recipe and by afternoon, you’ll have the perfect steak.
How about the Ultimate Barbecued Chicken Recipe? It’s a big claim, but one that the folks over at Food Network stand behind. This one takes a little more time and a few more ingredients and the cooking is done in the oven instead of the grill, but if you want unbelievably good BBQ chicken, it’s what you gotta do.
Portobello Mushroom Burger
Want a little less meat but all the flavor? How about picking up some beautiful big Portobello mushrooms at the store and grillin’ them up for a more vegetarian option? The folks over at DadCooksDinner.com offer up their best Portobello Mushroom Burger with Grilled Onions for your approval. Portobellos are known to be high in antioxidants and vitamin D and they make delicious and filling burgers. Follow the instructions carefully on this one because the trick with Portobellos is to cook them just right.
Shrimp Pesto Pizza
This has become one of our favorites every summer and we actually cook it on the gas grill. It’s easy and fast and filling.
JB’s BBQ Shrimp Pesto Pizza
- 1 Boboli Ready Made Pizza Crust
- 16 oz. Pesto sauce or Sun Dried Tomato Pesto (usually found in the deli or dairy section)
- 1 lb. pre cooked shrimp – I like to buy raw and throw them on the grill with some Old Bay Seasoning to get them partially cooked and then stick them on the pizza
- 1 cup of cheese of your choice – mozzarella is good but so is Mexican cheese blend, parmesan works too
- 1/2 thin sliced onion
- Handful of cilantro
Spread the sauce, and throw on all the ingredients. Here’s the trick,: get the BBQ as hot as possible like a pizza oven. On a gas grill, 400+ degrees is optimal. Just throw the pizza on the grilling rack or a pizza stone if you use one. It only takes about 5-10 minutes to cook at this temperature. If you put it directly on the rack, just make sure to keep the flame low and to turn it often so you don’t burn your crust. Serve and enjoy!
So after you pay tribute this Memorial Day or come back from a day of fun on the lake, give one of these great recipes a try. Happy Memorial Day!