Everybody loves Nascar racing, it’s a great family sport enjoyed by fans of all ages. Why not pack up the family and some easy dinner recipes for tailgating and enjoy some great family time together. Don’t forget to wear the colors of your favorite driver. Here are some great tailgating recipe ideas you can use at Nascar, or at a football game or any other party where you have access to a grill. The flavors here are big and bold, but the recipes are easy. Purists might go early and get those deep red rings from low and slow cooking of ribs or brisket. Those are divine, but a lengthy time commitment. Here are some easier recipes that can be finished in a flash. That might help save on beer consumption. Or it might not. (grin)
Bacon and Cheddar Bratwurst
This is a great grilled meal for father’s day or a tailgate party where flavors are big and diet is a four letter word. Yummy though!!!
1/4 lb Cheddar cheese, sliced in strips
4 Slices of bacon
4 Hot dog buns
Bratwurst condiments – mustard – sauerkraut – minced onion
Soak toothpicks in water for 30 minutes.
Preheat BBQ or grill for indirect cooking.
Slice the brats lengthwise but not completely through to make a pocket to hold the cheese. Stuff brats with cheese and wrap with bacon. Secure with a toothpick.
Grill brats, cheese side up, over indirect heat for 20 minutes until hot throughout and bacon is crisp.
Serve in buns, toasted (optional) with condiments on the side.
Shrimp Kabobs with Pineapple
Easy to put together and so fun and colorful. Great flavor and kids love them.
Metal or wooden skewers
1 1/4 lb Large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 1/4 C Pineapple – fresh or canned in juice, cubed
1 Red onion -large, cut into 2 inch chunks
2 Tb Hoisin sauce
3/4 C Chicken or vegetable stock – low sodium
1/4 C Dark rum
2 Tsp Cornstarch
Soak skewers in water if wooden. Turn on outside grill to medium high heat, and if using a stove top griddle spray with cooking spray and preheat over medium high heat. Prepare skewers by alternating shrimp, pineapple, and onion. After the skewers are assembled brush all sides with hoisin sauce. Place the skewers on the grill or pan and cook about 5 minutes, turning frequently. Shrimp should be bright pink and cooked through. In a small saucepan whisk together the broth, rum and cornstarch. Set the pan over medium high heat and simmer until sauce thickens about 3 minutes. Stir frequently. Drizzle the sauce over the skewers just before serving or put sauce on table for dipping.
Easy Three Bean Salad
Great accompaniment to any meal. Will stay in the refrigerator for up to one week in a tight lidded container.
1 Can Kidney beans – 15 oz, rinsed and drained
1 Can Black beans – 15 oz, drained and rinsed
1 Can Chickpeas – 15 oz, drained and rinsed
1/2 C Parsley – fresh, chopped
1/4 C Olive oil
1/4 C Balsamic vinegar
Combine all ingredients and toss. Cover and chill.