Kicked-Up Comfort Food

June 23, 2015 – Taking your grilling recipes up a notch is a must in the summer months. If you’re not a grilling guru, don’t worry – here are some tips on how to impress your guests with kicked-up comfort foods.

iStock_000045621328_LargeHot Hot Marinade
Spice up those ribs (or protein of your choice) with supplementary ingredients incorporated into the traditional barbecue sauce used to marinade your meat. Depending on the level of heat your taste buds can handle, toss in hot sauce, onion powder and dried herbs or onion powder, rosemary and red pepper flakes for added texture and flavor.

Jazzed Up Mac ‘n Cheese
Although the traditional cheddar-smothered noodles are nothing short of amazing, there’s always room to add that extra oomph. Add something that doesn’t traditionally go with mac ‘n cheese, such as buffalo chicken or prosciutto.

 

Better-For-You Potatoes
Potato salad is great for the taste buds, but bad for the calorie counters at your barbecue. Swap white potatoes with sweet potatoes or cauliflower to add fiber, calcium and less carbs.

Corn on the Cob with a Kick
What’s a barbecue without corn-on-the-cob? After grilling the cobs to perfection, top with parmesan cheese or chili powder (or both!)  to add flavor and dimension.

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  1. Ron Seitz

    Kick up the grilled corn Caribbean style… after grilled paint with Mayo mixed with squeezed lime and then roll in your favorite cheese. We use feta cheese mixed with chili powder and paprika! This is similar to Mexico grilled street corn but with a Caribbean kick.

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