Backyard Brunch Wakes Up Summer Grilling
Family Features) Brunch isn't just for mom. This Father's Day, make eggs, toast and bacon on the grill for a breakfast that's sure to spoil the man of the house.
Not sure how to make eggs on the grill? It's easy! Crack an egg into a cut-out hole in toast set on a cedar plank, then sprinkle with a little cheddar and an Applewood rub for smoky grilled flavor.
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Cedar Plank Grilled Egg in Toast
Makes 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 2 cedar planks (about 12x6 inches each)
- 4 slices bread, such as brioche or challah (3/4-inch thick slices)
- 7 eggs, divided
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Grill Mates Applewood Rub, divided
- 1/2 cup grated smoked Cheddar cheese
- Soak cedar planks in water for at least 4 hours or overnight. Drain and pat dry.
- Remove centers of each slice of bread with 3-inch round cookie cutter. Beat 3 eggs with milk and 2 tablespoons of the Applewood Rub in medium bowl until well blended.
- Lightly oil 1 side of each of planks. Place planks, oil side up, on preheated grill over medium heat. Dip bread in egg mixture. Place on planks. Break an egg into each of holes. Sprinkle eggs with remaining 1/2 teaspoon Applewood Rub. Cover grill.
- Grill 10 minutes. Sprinkle eggs with cheese and additional Applewood Rub, if desired. Grill, covered, 10 minutes longer.
Candied Grilled Bacon
Makes 6 servings
Prep Time: 5
Cook Time: 15
- 6 slices thick-cut applewood bacon
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons McCormick Ground Cinnamon
- Arrange bacon slices in single layer on bacon grilling rack or shallow disposable foil pan. Grill over medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes or until bacon edges begin to curl. Remove pan from grill. Drain drippings.
- Microwave honey and cinnamon in small microwavable bowl on high 30 seconds, stirring after 15 seconds. Brush bacon with honey mixture. Place bacon directly on grill over low heat. Grill 2 to 3 minutes per side or until crisp.
Crowd-Pleasing Summer Entertaining
(Family Features) If you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, game night or TV show marathon with friends this summer, it’s helpful to have a plan in mind before diving in.
Consider these tips and recipes featuring Mrs. T’s Pierogies that can help make planning a breeze and allow you to kick back and enjoy the fun alongside your guests.
- Master the Music. Set the mood as soon as your guests walk in with an upbeat playlist.
- Add a Creative Twist to Your Menu. When you’re craving something real and satisfying – but want to keep things simple – reach for an option like Mrs. T’s Pierogies. Available in 16 varieties, including mini-size, these pasta shells, filled with creamy whipped potatoes, are loaded with flavor and perfect served alone or as part of creative recipes like a Farmers Market Mini Pierogy Salad. You can also grill them up like in this Mini Pierogy Slider Kebab recipe.
- Create Self-Serve Stations. Arrange a buffet-style table to allow your guests to help themselves to food. It’s a simple way to ensure you get to enjoy yourself. Just remember to provide the necessary fixings at each station.
- Bust Out Some Games. Whether it’s a game night or just a get-together with friends, keep games like cornhole or bocce ball on-hand to keep your soiree lively.
For more recipes perfect for entertaining, visit MrsTsPierogies.com.
Mini Pierogy Slider Kebabs
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
- 1 box Mrs. T’s Mini Classic Cheddar Pierogies
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced red onion
- 4 deli slices Colby Jack cheese, quartered
- 4-6 skewers
- 14 pieces curly leaf lettuce
- 7 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 14 cornichon pickles
- Heat grill or indoor grill pan to medium heat. Toss pierogies with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove.
- In medium bowl, combine ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, onion, salt and pepper. Form into 14 equal sized patties.
- Add patties to grill and cook 3-4 minutes per side. Add one slice of cheese to each during last minute of cooking to melt. Remove and cool slightly to handle.
- To assemble: skewer one pierogy, flat-side down, then one piece of lettuce, tomato, pickle, burger and another pierogy, flat-side down, to sandwich it all together. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Farmers Market Mini Pierogy Salad
Prep time: 12 minutes
Total time: 18 minutes
- 1 box Mrs. T’s Mini Classic Cheddar Pierogies
- 1/2 cup white balsamic or cider vinegar
- 1 small garlic clove, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large tomato, coarsely chopped
- 1 medium cucumber, seeded, if necessary, and coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
- 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- Saute pierogies according to box directions; place in large bowl.
- In small bowl, combine vinegar, garlic, salt and oregano; whisk in olive oil until well-blended.
- Add tomato, cucumber, red onion, feta and vinaigrette to bowl with pierogies; toss to mix well.
Source: Mrs. T’s Pierogies
Smoke and Spice
6 flavor pairings to amp up summer grilling
(Family Features) The grill is often the star of summer gatherings, from weeknight meals to backyard barbecues and family reunions. Impress your guests and add an extra layer of smoky flavor to backyard favorites with the help of rich and aromatic woodchips. Add to your gas or charcoal grill and create big flavor.
Adding woodchips to your favorite recipes can help highlight distinct flavors for your mains and sides in one simple step. For rich dishes like steak and beef, pair with an intense hickory flavored woodchip. For lighter meats like pork and chicken, pair with subtle, fruit flavored chips like cherry and apple. When it comes to seafood, try pairing with a mild, nutty chip like pecan.
Take these classic McCormick recipes, with simple prep and bold marinades, and add a smoky twist with flavor-forward woodchips.
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Brown Sugar Bourbon and Honey Mustard PorkFor a tangy twist, try grilling over apple woodchips to get a mix of sweet and spicy flavors from the honey mustard and a brown sugar bourbon marinade.
Spicy Teriyaki Grilled WingsAdd cherry woodchips to put a smoky, sweet note on top on your crispy chicken wings. Coat in a sweet and spicy teriyaki marinade for a perfect backyard barbecue appetizer straight off the grill.
Memphis Style RibsPrepare your fire with intense, hickory woodchips to complement the Memphis style, zesty rub, and let the flavors build slowly over indirect heat.
Spicy and Sweet Grilled SteakGrill your steak over mesquite woodchips to layer on a smoky finish. Marinate with a hot, smoky chipotle pepper marinade and top it with a layer of sweet and smoky rub to give the meat a bold, tasty crust.
Montreal Salmon RubAdd oak woodchips to lend a subtle, savory and smoky flavor. A rub of dry seasoning, lemon peel and dill weed can enhance the natural flavor of salmon on the grill.
Grilled Shrimp SkewersTry pecan woodchips for a unique flavor boost to your platter of grilled shrimp and vegetable skewers, which are ideal for entertaining. They’re easy to assemble and look just as appealing.