3 Recipes for You to Surprise on Father’s Day
If you find yourself wondering “what recipes can I make with a grill?”, you shouldn’t think only of an image of a classic barbecue (though it is a great choice). The options range from appetizers to desserts, and sometimes there is no meat involved. We won’t deny that we have a passion for sharing our Brazilian gaucho barbecue traditions. But we also want to help you make the best use of your Scheer grill or any other you may have. They are useful for many occasions and you can make endless recipes with them. More than providing the best-of-breed kitchen tools and barbecue machines, we want to help our clients enjoy new experiences and create memories with who matters the most.
As Father’s Day is around the corner, we have thought of three different recipes on the grill for you to make for your dad, your family, and/or whoever else you have around. In case your dad is wearing the apron this weekend, you may as well show him the recipes along with a customized gift from Zafill. We are certain that a great meal is guaranteed.
The following recipes are ideal for summer time and very simple to prepare. The first one is a mouth-watering grilled watermelon, that can be served as an appetizer or dessert. The second is a main dish option: steak fajitas. One of the easiest, highly customizable recipes, perfect for summer. The third one is an option for a side dish, surprisingly simple and original: bacon-wrapped grilled corn.
You can make all of them on the same occasion or just pick one or two to combine with your own meal options. Like we said, the possibilities are endless. We have estimated the amount of ingredients and portions, but you can adapt it according to how many people you are cooking for. Check it out:
RECIPE #1: Grilled Watermelon
Summers are incomplete without a juicy watermelon. Besides its refreshing and hydrating benefits, eating watermelon helps prevent skin damage caused by the sun and it’s good for your heart. If you are a fan of this fruit, you should give a try to its grilled version. Yes, you read it right, you can grill watermelons, and it gives a delicious smoky, caramelized touch to the fruit, allowing the flavors to concentrate.
- 3 tbsp. granulated sugar (helps caramelize)
- 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt (enhances natural sweetness)
- Zest of one lime (for freshness)
- 1/4 large watermelon (about 5 lbs), cut into 1-inch thick wedges
- Fresh cilantro and lime wedges for serving
How to make watermelon on the grill?
- Heat up your gas or charcoal grill to high heat (about 450˚ to 500˚). Oil the grill grates with vegetable oil.
- Cut the watermelon into wedges at least 1-inch thick to prevent it from falling off the grill;
- In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, salt, and lime zest. Pinch the mixture together with your fingertips to combine all of the ingredients. Reserve 1 teaspoon of the mixture for later.
- Sprinkle the remaining salt mixture over both sides of the watermelon wedges.
- Place the fruit on a cooling rack set over a sheet tray and let rest for 15 minutes to absorb the flavors. Using paper towels, press firmly on the slices to remove excess moisture.
- Place the fruit on the grill - sear it on both sides until it gets grill marks, caramelizes but doesn’t lose its fresh texture. The grilling should take around 2 to 3 minutes each side.
- Remove the watermelon from the grill and place it on a serving tray. Sprinkle the reserved salt mixture and cilantro on the fruit, and it is ready to serve!
RECIPE #2: Grilled Steak Fajitas
This recipe is very versatile, which means you can customize it to your own taste and preferences. You can pick the meat, vegetables, seasoning and toppings of your choice. For this example, all you have to do is marinate the steak, throw it on the grill with peppers and onions and serve them in warm flour tortillas.
- 2 lbs flank steak
- 2 large limes (for flavor and to tenderize the meat as well)
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 large garlic cloves, grated
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper (optional)
- 2 tsp salt, divided
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 2 large bell peppers, sliced (use the medley of your choice)
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 8 small tortillas of your choice
How to Make Steak Fajitas?
- Add flank steak to a large ziplock bag. Add lime juice, ¼ cup olive oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and black pepper to the bag as well. Zip up and massage marinade into meat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat the grill to about 450 degrees. Place a grill pan on one side of the grill to later toss the vegetables on it. Another option is to use a [espeto para legumes aqui]
- Once the steak has marinated, remove it from the bag and add salt on both sides.
- Add the peppers and onions to a medium bowl. Toss with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the pepper to the grill. Cook for 3-4 minutes and then place the steak on the uncovered side of the grill.
- Toss the vegetables as needed. Let the steak cook for about 4 minutes each side. When the veggies are charred enough, remove from the grill.
- Once the steak reaches your desired doneness, remove it from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the steak against the grain into thin slices. Serve in warm tortillas with your favorite toppings.
Substitutions and Tips for Customizing your Recipe:
- Make sure you let your meat rest before slicing, otherwise, all of that good juice won’t stay in the steak.
- Feel free to pick your favorite fajita veggies. Zucchini, mushrooms, or squash would also be great.
- For even more flavor, throw your tortillas on the grill for a second or two to char them up a little bit.
- You can add some cheese to the tortillas on the grill until it melts.
- Sprinkle the final produce with a little bit of chopped cilantro
- Topping ideas: cheese, guacamole, sour cream, avocado slices, corn.
RECIPE #3: Bacon-wrapped Grilled Corn
A lot of people probably think they've tasted all the possibilities of side dishes at a barbecue. Maybe they haven’t tried this one. It takes two popular ingredients and combines them in a unique way. It's a blend of flavors that will stay in your memory forever. So run and grab some corn on the cob and some bacon strips. This is what you will need for one portion (one cob):
- 7 bacon strips
- 2 slices of cheese
- 1 cooked corn on the cob
- 2 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce
- Place five bacon strips side by side, lengthways, slightly on top of each other.
- Place two more strips over perpendicularly, forming the shape of a cross.
- Now put two slices of cheese over where the strips cross.
- Place the corn horizontally on top of the cheese. First wrap only the cheese around the corn.
- Wrap the second bacon layer (the horizontal part of the cross) around the ends of the corn and then wrap the first bacon layer (vertical) around the sides of the corn.
- Brush the corn with teriyaki and grill at 138°C for approximately 30 minutes. Flip it around within every few minutes so that it roasts evenly.
Cheese and bacon are definitely a good idea, but the teriyaki sauce adds a unique flavor to this creation. One bite and you'll be wanting more. Enjoy!
Happy Father’s Day!