Yummy Appetizers For Your Backyard BBQ
Appetizers are a must for any backyard BBQ. But if you’re sick of making the same old thing every time, here are a few ideas that will be sure to tempt the palette of all your guests.
Whether you like to dip tortilla chips, crackers, or even spread it on bread, guacamole is a delicious treat to offer up. There’s no need to add any mayonnaise or any other additional ingredients to make it extra “creamy.” All you need is ripe avocados and a few other healthy ingredients, and you’re done!
To make a fabulous guacamole, mix 2 ripe avocados (mashed), 1/4 cup of minced red onion, 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro (finely chopped), 1/2 teaspoon of salt, a dash of black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice. Serve with chips or veggies, or anything else you like.
Instead of serving up the conventional tomato salsa, why not change things up a bit and treat your guests to peach salsa! It’s a great alternative because it adds a certain level of tarty sweetness that only ripe, in-season peaches can offer.
Peel, pit, and chop 9 cups of fresh peaches, and squeeze lime juice into the mixture. Peel and chop 4 cups of fresh tomatoes, and add them to the peaches. Add 2 large bell peppers (diced), 2 cups of sweet onions (minced), 1/2 cup of jalapeño (diced), 1 cup of vinegar, 3 garlic cloves (chopped), 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper. In a saucepan, bring the mixture to a boil, then let it simmer for 10 minutes. You’ll need to make this the day before so it’s got enough time to sit and cool in the fridge before serving.
Wraps are a popular appetizer to serve, but you can add an Asian twist by wrapping your ingredients in iceberg lettuce instead of flour wraps.
If you’re already grilling steak, you can use some of it for this recipe. Thinly slice up a couple of steaks, and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Mince 2 cloves of garlic, one onion, and chop 2 green onions, and add to a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of sriracha, 1/4 cup of hoisin sauce, 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix altogether, and nestle the ingredients among iceberg lettuce leaves.
A traditional Italian appetizer, bruschetta is refreshing, delicious, and will be sure to satisfy your hunger as you wait for the main course to grill. To make traditional bruschetta, dice 5 ripe plum tomatoes, 1/2 a red onion, and a handful of fresh basil leaves. Cover the mixture with 4 tablespoons of olive oil, 4 tablespoons of red vinegar, and season with salt, pepper, and dried oregano leaves.
Slice ciabatta bread into 1-inch thick slices, and grill them for about 1 minute per side. Top the bread with the bruschetta mixture, and serve right away.
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