Summer days are long and plentiful. The longer days and availability of the outdoor grill means there is more time spent enjoying food and family. After a long and lazy summer day, I am often thinking up the menus for the following day. Here is a simple menu that your family will love. Add a simple garden fresh green salad and you have a perfectly balanced meal.
Lollipop Chicken Drumsticks are given their name based on the way they are butchered and prepared. You can absolutely lollipop the drumsticks yourself (I have added instructions to the recipe below) but I say leave the work to the professionals and have your butcher do it for you – it’s free! Why lollipop a drumstick? This will allow for more even cooking because the thinner portion of the meat near the bone is moved upward to the meaty part of the drumstick creating a sphere of meat. This prevents the bony part of the drumstick from overcooking before the meaty part is fully cooked. Prepare the marinade in the morning so that the drumsticks are ready to be grilled by lunch time. The marinade is your chimichurri that will be drizzled on after cooking so be sure to set some aside after preparing the marinade. The addition of the grilled lemon adds that splash of freshness to the grilled meat. Add the grilled lemons to your serving platter so that guests can use them just before they dig in.
Corn is a family favourite side dish, especially during barbecue season. Instead of doing all of the work indoors and just steaming the corn, take the corn outside and finish it off on your grill! I gave this corn an Italian twist by adding freshly chopped basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. The cheese adds a saltiness that butter would usually bring to this classic dish. Sprinkle on some dried chili flakes if you like a little heat.
Serve these dishes with a simple green salad with fresh tomatoes and herbs from the garden and a simple balsamic and Olive Oil vinaigrette.
I hope that these recipes will be enjoyed by you as well as your family and friends!