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Grilling on the 4th?

Written By: Mary Bloch - Jun• 30•09

Can’t decide what to serve for your July 4th bash?

Why not follow the current fad and throw a new-fangled burger on the grill? Lamb, buffalo, chicken and tuna are more exciting and, for the most part, healthier than the all-beef variety. Moreover, these sandwiches will add a touch of fun and style to the usual burger, hot dog, potato salad and corn- on –the- cob dinner. Give some thought to the toppings as well. Spicy cheeses, caramelized onions and pestos are but a few of the possibilities. I love the idea of a sharp cheddar bison burger smothered with roasted green chiles, or a tuna burger topped with hoisin slaw. Smear the bun with wasabi aioli and you’ve got a dish bursting with flavor. (If you don’t want to go to the trouble of chopping tuna and adding ingredients to form a patty, subsititute a tuna steak for an equally tasty result.) Or what about a lamb burger with a tangy red pepper yogurt sauce? Wrap it in grilled naan and serve with extra sauce for dipping.

Match any of your concoctions with a light summer wine (don’t think of rose as a too-sweet white-Zinfandel- type: the newer vintages would be a perfect accompaniment) and save that six-pack of beer for the winter chili that you’ll be cooking in the blink of an eye.

All the major cooking magazines are featuring new twists and ingredients on this theme. Here are a few of my favorite websites to help you find just the right recipes to make your biggest get-together of the season a real hit.

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One Comment

  1. ellen says:

    plan on doing exactly that—turkey burgers with chipotle aioli , grilled onions and peppers—topped with smoked gouda or sharp cheddar

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