With the weather the next few days looking to be a scorcher why not have a BBQ? Below are some great recipe ideas for you to try, and all ingredients can be purchased from local Knutsford businesses!

Classic homemade burger recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 x 500g British Beef Steak Mince 15% fat
  • 1 tsp mixed dried herbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 slices mature Cheddar (optional)
  • 4 white rolls
  • few round lettuce leaves, torn
  • 1 beef tomato, sliced
  • ketchup, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until softened and starting to turn golden. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the beef mince with the herbs and the egg. Season, add the onions and mix well. Using your hands, shape into 4 patties.
  3. Cook the burgers on a preheated barbecue or griddle for 5-6 minutes on each side. While the second side is cooking, lay a slice of cheese on top to melt slightly (if using).
  4. Meanwhile, lightly toast the cut-sides of the buns on the barbecue. Fill with the lettuce, burgers and tomato slices. Serve with ketchup, if you like.

Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 400g cooked new potatoes
  • 30g fresh dill
  • 2 spring onions
  • 30ml mayonnaise

Method

  1. Chop the potatoes in half and place them into a mixing bowl.
  2. Wash and snip the spring onions and dill, then add these to the bowl. Or you could use other herbs, such as mint or coriander, to change the flavour.
  3. Add the mayonnaise and stir all the ingredients together. You could also add more vegetables like canned sweetcorn or chopped pepper.
  4. Serve.

Cumberland hot dogs with charred tomato salsa

Ingredients

  • 4 Cumberland sausages
  • 4 tomatoes, halved
  • 1 red chilli finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil
  • pinch brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • hot dog rolls, salad leaves and soured cream, to serve

Method

  1. Barbecue the sausages for 10-15 mins, turning occasionally, until cooked through. Meanwhile cook the tomatoes, cut side up, for 3-4 mins, until the skins start to blacken. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Mash the tomatoes with a fork and stir in the remaining ingredients. Spoon some into a long roll, add salad leaves, a sausage and top with a dollop of soured cream.

Grilled halloumi and sweet pepper kebabs

Ingredients

  • 250g halloumi cheese
  • 1 large red pepper, 1 inch dice
  • 1 large yellow pepper
  • 2 small red onions
  • 1 tbsp harissa paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g cucumber

Method

  1. Remove the halloumi cheese from the packet. Drain off water and pat it dry using kitchen paper. Slice into bite-sized cubes and put into a mixing bowl. Halve and de-seed the peppers and cut into bite-sized pieces. Peel the onions and cut each one into six wedges.
  2. Add the vegetables to the bowl with the harissa paste and garlic. Stir in the olive oil, combining everything thoroughly and leave to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  3. To make a sauce, prepare the cucumber by peeling, halving and de-seeding it first. Then chop the flesh.
  4. Add the yogurt, mint and seasoning, stirring until it has fully combined. Cover and put into the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. Thread the cheese and vegetables onto four skewers and grill under a medium hot heat, turning occasionally, for 8 minutes, or until the peppers begin to char.
  6. If cooking on a barbecue place on the barbecue on a medium/high heat and cook for 5-6 minutes; turning regularly, again until the peppers begin to char.

Smashed avocado dip

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • handful of coriander, finely chopped
  • 8 drops Tabasco
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Method

  1. Cut each avocado in half and remove the stones. Scoop the flesh into a bowl and lightly mash with a whisk. Next, add the lime juice along with the remaining ingredients.
  2. Season, and mix thoroughly. Drizzle with olive oil.