Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Last Minute July 4th Recipes for Your BBQ Celebration!

Here are a few links to some of my readers favorite recipes from The Fork Ran Away with the Spoon.  If you haven't yet decided what's on the menu, perhaps some of these will inspire you!

Have a safe and happy 4th of July celebration!

Sweet and Savory Roasted and Grilled Corn on the Cob

One of the sweetest bounties offered during the summer months is corn, specifically, corn on the cob.  It is sweet, yet savory, crisp and certainly an all around favorite - it's hard to go wrong with corn.

Cabbage is one of those vegetables that I think gets overlooked a lot.  It's pretty darn versatile and lends itself to so many different uses.  Here's a vinegary cabbage slaw that is a Central American staple at meal time.  Each country has its own take on it. This recipe, given to me by my father-in-law, is the Nicaraguan version I am most familiar and totally infatuated with.

Beef & Pork Marinade Version 1 & 1.1

 I use this marinade for beef or pork.  It's a bit robust, really compliments and stands up to these heavier cuts. You may have noticed that the title to this post shows version 1 and 1.1 for the marinade and that's because when I grill pork, I add one extra ingredient ... achiote paste! I love how it enhances the flavor of the pork and it gives it a nice reddish tone which looks awesome once it is grilled!

Delectable Achiote Pork Loin Chops

Pork chops are always tricky on the grill ... they can dry out and just turn into a taste less mess.  However, with a little prep, you can count on these center cut pork loin chops always being tender, juicy and absolutely scrumptious! These  chops are first brined and then marinaded in achiote paste before they hit a sizzling hot grill.

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