Summertime calls for gathering friends and family, and what better way to entertain your guests than with a backyard cookout? Sure, you’ve got the hamburgers and hotdogs, or chicken and steaks, but what about sides? Stop pulling out the frozen french fries, bags of chips, and store-bought dips, and whip up these delectable grilled sides. These recipes couldn’t be easier, as they’re all cooked on the grill, which calls for less clean-up on your end. Careful now, once everyone experiences your incredible cooking skills, you might have to host everyone for all of the upcoming events.
Garlic Marinated Mushrooms
Who doesn’t love mushrooms with their steak? If you’re a fan of heavy garlic flavor, look no further than these Garlicky Marinated Grilled Mushrooms. First, the key is finding the ideal batch of mushrooms — firm and evenly colored. The flavor is accomplished in the marinade, which is a mixture of vinegar, garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, butter, salt, and pepper. You’ll want to cook them on skewers at a medium to high heat setting on the grill. Within 10 to 15 minutes, you’ll have a gourmet-ready side ready to serve, along with your meats, fresh off the grill.
Chipotle Lime Cauliflower
Stop pan searing or baking your vegetables, and throw a batch of this Chipotle Lime Cauliflower on the grill grates. Don’t turn your nose up to the thought of cauliflower until you try this zesty dish. Drenched in olive oil, lime zest, honey, paprika, salt, and chipotle, and charred on the grill, this vegetable will be your new go-to. Not to forget, these cauliflower heads are just as delicious as they are pretty on a plate.
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Grilled Potato, Onion, and Bacon Skewers
Baked potato who? Sure, we all love a side of potatoes but shake things up a bit with these flavorful Grilled Potatoes, Onion, and Bacon Skewers. This recipe requires a little more preparation, as you have to boil the potatoes first, as well as slice and dice the onions. This crispy dish is sure worth the wait, so run to the store to grab the ingredients.