ONE MORE BITE
NO SWEAT, GRILL AHEAD
Let the grilling begin! This is the time for graduations, family reunions and neighborhood cookouts. Summer is when we do lots of impromptu, casual, laid-back, easy entertaining. But is it really that easy, if you're the one doing the cooking and the grilling?
There you are, sweating over the hot coals while your friends are enjoying a few cold ones! You need to enjoy the party too -- and you can! Just grill ahead. Your food will still taste amazing and you can join your friends in the fun.
We at Eddie's can help with all of your summertime entertaining. For easy grilling, visit our Butcher Shop for grill-ready meats, chicken and seafood. These grill-ready items are seasoned, marinated, sliced or skewered, ready for the oven or the grill. Our Guinness-and-Provolone-flavored Burgers, and our Black and Blue Burgers, are an added twist to our popular sirloin burgers.
Our grill-ready meats can be grilled about an hour before your guests arrive. Grill all items to an internal temperature of 160°. Transfer to a sheet pan and cover with foil. Reheat in the oven at 200° about 20 minutes before you want to serve your guests. If you grill more than 2 hours before you plan to serve the food, you will need to keep the items refrigerated until you are ready to reheat. You want to be sure that the reheated items are served at 140°.
Chicken and beef kabobs are also super simple to grill ahead. Baste with your favorite barbecue sauce during the last 10 minutes of grilling to avoid excess flare-ups and burning. Try local Baltimore Barbecue Company's Chesapeake-Style Barbecue Sauce to slather on your kabobs, burgers and chicken.
Grilled vegetables are simple to prepare for entertaining, because they can be eaten hot or cold. Again, grill ahead bell peppers, zucchini, onions, mushrooms and squash. Chop them up after grilling, then toss with Eddie's Caesar Dressing. See our recipe for Marinated Grilled Veggies. Our Layered Tomato Eggplant Salad can be made a day ahead to help ease the stress of entertaining. Even corn can be grilled ahead. See our recipe for The Best Grilled Corn on the Cob. This dish is reminiscent of Cuban Street Corn, in which grilled corn is brushed with a spicy mayo, then rolled in shredded cheese.
Summer entertaining really is that easy. Top your menu off with strawberry-rhubarb pie a la mode to drive home that "sum...sum...summertime feeling."