Thursday, August 28, 2014

20 Favorite #Grilling Recipes for Labor Day Weekend

Scrumptious Grilled Chicken, 1 of 15 favorite #grilling recipes.

Ready to fire up that grill for Labor Day Weekend, but looking for some inspiration about what to make? You've come to the right place! I've round up some of my favorite grilling recipes and gathered some additional ideas from my fellow Sunday Supper bloggers. We've got grilled chicken, pork, beef and fish for your main courses, a tasty appetizer, and yes, a martini recipe that entails grilling! I lead off with my recipes, followed by the ideas I've gathered from others.

Simply Scrumptious Grilled Chicken with Garlic Basil Butter: Bone-in chicken breasts can be a good value. Many online recipes for them can get a bit complicated; my recipe streamlines the process with tasty results!

Grilled Swordfish and Eggplant with Fusilli and Tomatoes I'm a fairly new convert to the virtues of eggplant. Grilling is the key for me. This Sicilian inspired combination was very good, shared for a Sunday Supper event earlier this summer.

Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa We love our salmon here! Often I grill it with just a simple soy marinade, but made it a bit fancier with a yummy mango salsa for the July Wine Pairing Weekend event (served it with a White Burgundy).

Grilled Swordfish with Pineapple Salsa Gotta love salsa! The pineapple in this one gets grilled along with the fish, great flavors.

Heaven Sent Grilled Pork Chops:  The succulent bone-in pork chops with a simple garlic cumin rub get their name from our nine year old's reaction to how tasty they are! Consider this one if you're looking for something that packs a lot of flavor with minimal work.

Cilantro and Lime Marinaded with Chipotle Cream This is one of my all-time favorite recipes, especially served with these Sweet Potatoes with Cumin Sage Butter. This was another Wine Pairing Weekend pairing, served with a Bonny Doon Syrah.

Grilled Steak with Garlic Cumin Rub Regular readers of Cooking Chat may have figured out by now I use this rub a lot! Hey, when you've got something that packs a lot of flavor but also gets a thumbs up from a nine year old, you're going to make it a lot. This is another easy option for a low maintenance weekend grilling plan.

Grilled Steak Tacos with Awesome Avocado Chimichurri Sauce: Entertaining this weekend? This is a great way to get your guests some steak without breaking the the bank! A few pieces of beef along with the tasty sauce makes a a great taco. "Awesome" was the operative word for the sauce when we served it to family at a recent gathering.

awesome avocado chimichurri sauce

Recipes from Sunday Supper friends: Sure, the favorites I just shared from my own summer grilling gives you a good range of options to choose from. But why not ask some other food bloggers for some of their favorites, and make the list bigger? That's what I did, and here are some more great grilling ideas from members of the Sunday Supper community.

Herbed Cream Cheese Grilled Bell Pepper Boats A tasty looking appetizer seems like a good place to start the list of ideas from my fellow bloggers! Carla from Chocolate Moosey has grilled up some peppers and filled with cream cheese and fresh herbs for a must-try summer appetizer.

Seared Trout on the Grill with a Tropical Viogner Sarah from Curious Cuisiniere came up with this one for our July Wine Pairing Weekend event. This post demonstrates that cooking whole fish on the grill can be pretty easy, and is especially nice served with a good wine!

Marinated Grilled Octopus If the grilled whole trout got your creative juices flowing, maybe you are ready to try the grilled octopus from Culinary Adventures with Camilla! Gotta love that this dish was inspired by her kid's requesting this when visiting the local fish market...and now he has some interesting leftovers to scare his friends at school!

Italian Dressing Grilled Shrimp Sticking with the seafood theme for a bit longer (easy to do, writing this from Cape Cod!), here's a great looking grilled shrimp from Julie, a.k.a. The Texan New Yorker.

Grilled Red Snapper with Cilantro and Onion Stuffing Another tasty idea for grilled whole fish! This one from Stacy at Food Lust People Love has a stuffing that certainly has me wanting to give this a try.
Grilled Red Snapper from Food Lust People Love for Cooking Chat grilling roundup.
photo courtesy of Stacy Livingston Rushton, Food Lust People Love

Piri Piri Grilled Chicken Ready to kick things up a notch? Stacy has you covered with this recipe from Food Lust People Love! Plenty of hot pepper and garlic flavor here, inspired by a trip to Portugal.  Or maybe you'd like the similar flavors to go with some grilled fish.

Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks I love Indian flavors, especially on chicken, so definitely like the sound of this grilled chicken recipe from The Texan New Yorker.

Finger Lickin' Chicken Drumsticks Another chicken drumstick option for you, this one via Tara from Noshing with the Nolands. Yum!

Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce Here's a creative BBQ sauce for chicken from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen. I don't think I've had white BBQ sauce but I'd like to try this!

BBQ Cauliflower Curry Grilled veggies can be wonderful, and Tara from Noshing with the Nolands has put her stir fry BBQ wok to creative use with this dish!

Grilled Baby Romaine Lettuce with Parmesan Vinaigrette Wow! I wouldn't have thought of grilling lettuce, but this recipe from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen looks awesome.

Grilled Lemon Cherry Drop Martini All this grilling is going to make you thirsty! So why not add some lemons to the grill and try this creative martini recipe from Renee at Magnolia Days. So fire up the grill, pour a glass, and enjoy your weekend!

Got a favorite grilling recipe of your own to share? Please let us know about it!

Grilled Lemon Cherry Crop Martini. Renee Dobbs photo & recipe featured in Cooking Chat Labor Day grilling roundup.
photo courtesy of Renee Dobbs, Magnolia Days