How many times have you made the same basic potato salad or batch of baked beans when invited to a summer BBQ? It’s tempting to stick by your tried and true recipes when faced with feeding a crowd, but cookouts are actually a great time to impress your friends and family with an unexpected contribution. The next time you’re beckoned to fire up the grill, make one of these mouthwatering recipes to really “wow” the crowd.
#1. Artichoke and Tomato Panzanella
Tomatoes and fresh basil join hearty whole wheat bread for a summery salad that’s somewhere between an appetizer and main course. This version also boasts artichokes, which add unexpected heartiness to the dish.
#2. Grilled Corn Risotto
Grilled corn on the cob is good. Grilled corn enveloped in creamy, cheesy risotto is even better. This recipe combines seasonal produce with cozy comfort food for an unbelievably tasty side dish your guests will devour.
#3. Coconut Pineapple Shrimp Skewers
Shake up your grill game with pineapple and shrimp skewers inspired by Creole cooking. They’re sweet, citrusy, and slightly spicy – a perfect flavor combination for steamy summer nights.
#4. Grilled Vegetable Pizza
Is your garden overflowing with vegetables? Toss them on the grill and sprinkle them on a homemade pizza crust for an appetizer that’s almost too good to share. This recipe calls for eggplant and red bell pepper, but you can use just about any veggie you have on hand.
#5. Fingerling Potato Salad with Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Remember what we said about ditching your basic potato salad recipe? That suggestion doesn’t apply as long as you incorporate bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and a creamy, smoky dressing in your dish. This recipe does it all.
#6. Slaw with Mint, Lime, and Roasted Peanuts
Coleslaw that’s drowning in mayo always gets passed up at a BBQ buffet. This recipe takes a fresh perspective on a cookout staple with cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs, and roasted peanuts. It’s salty, sweet, and tart all at once – a win in our book.
#7. Burnt Oranges with Rosemary
While the goal of grilling is typically not to burn your food, this recipe is an exception to the rule. Charred, sugary rosemary on grilled oranges adds a complex layer of flavor to an otherwise simple dessert, while creamy, cool Greek yogurt offers an exciting texture contrast.
It’s not a BBQ without the best fried chicken in San Diego
When you’re in a recipe rut, sometimes all you need is a little inspiration to get creative in the kitchen. As you start planning your next summer BBQ, allow us to give you a hand with the main course.
At Streetcar Merchants of Fried Chicken, Doughnuts & Coffee, we serve up the best fried chicken in San Diego. Our Big Mama’s Southern Fried Chicken, Nashville Hot Chicken, and Korean Twice Fried Chicken are cooked to order, which means it’s still sizzling and crispy when you get home. While you’re at it, add a few appetizers and sides to your order. From bubbly macaroni and cheese, to fried pickles, to deviled eggs, we’ve got you covered on the appetizer front, too.
Contact us to plan your summer BBQ today.