When we’re fortunate enough to encounter a rare sunny spell here in the UK, we all know that making the most of it is vital. So, when the next bit of sunshine appears, dust off the BBQ and get cooking with these six tasty recipes.

Haloumi gyros and tzatziki

Another veggie option here, the popular Greek cheese is excellent on the BBQ!

Gyros-

  • 200g haloumi cheese
  • 2 pieces pitta bread
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 cups rocket    
  • 1 baby brown onion

Tzatziki-

  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of salt/ black pepper
  • 1 cucumber, seedless, peeled and shredded.

Recipe

Prepare the tzatziki by adding all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well until combined. Season to your taste preferences. Cut the tomato in half and slice finely, doing the same with the onion, then place both to one side. Cut the haloumi into centimetre thick slices, placing onto the BBQ at a medium heat. Cook for 2 minutes each side or until browned, then place the pittas onto the grate to warm gently for 30 seconds each side. Assemble the gyros with the haloumi and the tzatziki, adding the onion and tomato to garnish.

Citrus salmon and zesty salsa

Salmon-

  • 1/2 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ground fresh coriander
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)

Salsa-

  • 3/4 cup pink grapefruit segments, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup orange segments, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground fresh coriander
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Recipe

Mix the first 7 ingredients together in a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate for 3 hours. In a small bowl, combine all of the salsa ingredients and mix well, then cover and keep cool until serving. Drain the marinade and coat your BBQ grate with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat and place the salmon skin side down on to the grill, cooking while covered at a medium heat for 15-20 minutes until a flaky texture is achieved. Drizzle the salsa over and enjoy.

Chicken satay skewers

A peanut butter dream! Transform the humble chicken skewer with this one.

Chicken-

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon each ground coriander, ground turmeric and ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon coconut extract

Satay-

  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh coriander
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon coconut extract

Prepare the chicken by flattening to a ¼ inch thickness and cutting it into 1-inch wide strips. Use a plastic bag to combine the milk, garlic, brown sugar, seasonings and extract. Add the chicken, seal the bag, and refrigerate overnight.

Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together in a bowl until smooth, cover and refrigerate until serving. Take the chicken mixture out and drain the marinade, then place the strips onto the skewers. Grill on a medium-hot heat, uncovered for 2-3 minutes on both sides or until the juices are clear. Serve with the satay sauce.

Barbecued banana split

BBQs are not just for savoury dishes, why not give this charcoaled banana split a go!

  • 4 bananas
  • 20 giant milk chocolate buttons
  • 8 pieces salted caramel fudge
  • Vanilla ice cream, to serve
  • Whipping cream, to serve
  • 4 glacé cherries, to serve
  • 2 tablespoon chopped mixed nuts, toasted

With the skin on, make a slit in the bananas from top to bottom. Place chocolate buttons and fudge in the gap, then wrap the bananas in foil. Ensure that the cut stays facing upwards, and place onto a preheated grate. Cook for 20-25 minutes, allowing the chocolate and fudge to melt. Allow to cool then remove from the foil, topping with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, cherry and toasted nuts.

Barbecued figs with honey and cinnamon

Another sweet treat, but great for the health conscious too — with only 112 calories per serving!

  • 8 ripe figs, stems removed
  • 3 tbsp clear honey
  • 15g (½oz) salted butter, diced
  • Ground cinnamon, to sprinkle
  • Pistachio nuts, roughly chopped, to serve
  • Ice cream or cream, to serve (optional)

Make a deep cross in each fig using a knife, stopping just before the base. Squeeze the base to make the figs open up (similar to a flower-shape). Place into a heatproof dish or foil tray and drizzle with honey. Add drops of butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Place the dish or tray, away from direct heat, onto the barbecue and close the lid. Allow to cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the fruit has softened. After cooling, scatter the nuts and serve.

Marshmallow & strawberry kebabs

This desert is a really simple option, and it is even better when served with a salted caramel sauce…

  • 20 marshmallows
  • 16 strawberries
  • 1 tin of Nestlé carnation caramel
  • Toasted hazelnuts or crumbled digestive biscuits to serve

Thread 4 skewers with 4 marshmallows and 4 chopped strawberries. Hold over the barbecue for 30 seconds on each side, or until the marshmallows are toasted. Stir the caramel in a bowl and add a pinch of salt, then drizzle over lightly adding the nuts of biscuit as a delicious extra.

There’s a lot more to the standard BBQ than just plain old burgers and sausages, so which one of these recipes will you be trying first? Don’t be afraid to make the recipes your own and include additional herbs growing in your garden or better still, change up some vegetables for something you have a glut of in your allotment. Now over to you, to get cooking on your BBQ!

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Sources:

https://www.rd.com/food/recipes-cooking/31-delicious-recipes-for-the-grill/

https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/barbecued-banana-split.html

https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/barbecue-baked-figs-with-honey-and-cinnamon.html

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipe/marshmallow-strawberry-kebabs