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Best-ever 4th of July recipes

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Finger-licking’ Food To Cook Over Flames
The sun will be shining, the kids will be playing their rowdiest games and the dog will be running around like a mad thing trying to join in and, any minute, your friends will be dropping by. Get yourself organized – the 4th July is a-coming! With this selection you can’t go wrong. Everyone loves a good hamburger, but this one is a little different, made Kiwi-style, with beets and hard-cooked eggs. Check it out. The Big Burger. Chicken wings are loved by young and old. Either marinate the wings in a little spice, stick them on the grill until golden and spritz them with lime before serving Deviled Chicken Wings, or dunk them in butter to keep them succulent and coat with parmesan and crumbs and bake in the oven until crunchy and golden. Crispy Chicken Wings. Yum! The deviled chicken wings go perfectly with a colorful and fresh-tasting Pepper & Pineapple Salad.

Once the grill is fired up, you might like to try my quick recipe for Pork & Fennel Satay served with a Fresh Leaf Salad with Asian Flavors. This salad has to be tried – lime juice, palm sugar, fish sauce, garlic and chilli give a bunch of leaves, bean sprouts and some sliced cucumber a wickedly good kick. Everyone will be licking their lips and back for more!

For something a little different, make lamb meatballs with ground lamb, ginger, garam masala and coriander, spear them on skewers, grill until golden and aromatic and serve with dollops of Yoghurt, Mint and Chilli Sauce. Simple, fast, no fuss, and delicious! Spicy Lamb on Sticks with Yoghurt Sauce. The thing to serve with spicy lamb meatballs? A Greek salad, of course, choc-a-bloc with vine tomatoes, cucumber, romaine lettuce, red onions and black olives, with a smattering of fresh chopped dill and flat-leaf parsley. The Best Quick Greek Salad.

To finish –fresh fruit kebabs doused in Cointreau, dusted with confectioner’s sugar and cooked until golden in sizzling butter. Caramelized Fruit Kebabs.

If that lot doesn’t cause a sensational at the grill, throw in some easy-peasy garlic bread, made with healthy olive oil, not butter, and perfumed with rosemary (it’s simply delicious) Grilled Garlic Bread and a bowl of prawns marinated in coconut cream sparked with chili, coriander seed and kaffir lime leaves, to start. Prawns with Coconut & Lime. What a way to kick off the 4th July!

Wow your friends with this easy grill food, barbecue dishes that have the X-factor. For more grill recipes, see Sizzle Sensational Barbecue Food, which has a full chapter on Barbecue Know-how.

Have fun!

Pork & Fennel Satay
Crispy Chicken Wings
Spicy Lamb on Sticks with Yoghurt Sauce
The Big Burger
Grilled Garlic Bread
Prawns with Coconut & Lime
Deviled Chicken Wings
Pepper & Pineapple Salad
Fresh Leaf Salad with Asian Flavors
The Best Quick Greek Salad
Caramelized Fruit Kebabs
Grilling Tips: Skewers

Metal skewers conduct heat and so are good for chunky food and thicker pieces of meat.