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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Father's Day: Make dinner special, right off the grill

Ultimate Montreal Steak with Grilled Potato Wedges
Father’s Day is fast approaching and unlike Mother’s Day, it isn’t so much about making reservations at a favorite restaurant, but more about the backyard – backyard grilling that is. Given the choice, I’m betting a lot of dads would prefer a little grilling at home over the restaurant. 

McCormick can lend a hand with that - and help you take your grilling to the next level. McCormick Grill Mates & Lawry’s Flavor Forecast 2013: Grilling Edition - offers top tastes, trends and techniques for the griller in your family.

Perhaps you’re looking for that perfect marinade. Smokin’ Sweet Tea Marinade and this simple technique will have your steak, chicken or pork on the grill in 5 minutes. Start by placing your steak, chicken or pork with the marinade in a resealable plastic bag. Push air out of the bag and seal tightly. Massage the meat for 5-minutes, turning the bag over often so meat absorbs most of the marinade. Remove the meat and grill. Discard remaining marinade.

Maybe a good old fashioned hamburger, hot dog or sausage grill is on the menu. Why not try some DIY  (Do-it-yourself) condiments to add a little pazazz to a traditional favorite.

A half cup of mayo with 1 tsp. grill mates smokehouse maple seasoning will go nicely with your grilled hamburger. A half cup of Dijon mustard with 1 tsp of dill weed or one cup of ketchup with 1 tbsp. of perfect pinch Cajun seasoning will give you a whole new outlook on your hot dog or sausage.
McCormick offers these basic DIY Condiments and more at Grilling Flavor Forecast.

According to the experts, these top seven flavors will be the hit this grilling season. I have to agree with the experts, any of these flavors will bring something a little special to the grill for Father’s Day.

Sweet Tea: Give marinades and sauces a touch of the South.
Smoked Tomato: For your DIY condiments to give that extra flavor to your meats, pizza and salads.
Oregano: A taste of the Mediterranean for your grill. Great for grilled breads and more.
White Peach: This just sounds like a perfect way to enjoy summer grilling.
Whiskey: You’ll want to bring out this when you want to spend more time at the grill – enjoying that slow, take-your-time grilling and bring out that bold flavor.
Ginger: When a little Asian flare is called for. And don’t forget about dessert on the grill!
Pecan Wood: Does this sound nutty? You bet! Bring this out when grilling chicken and pork for a unique nutty flavor.

And when the dad in your family has his sights on a thick, juicy steak – bring out McCormick’s new variety of Grill Mates Steak Sauces: Montreal Steak – with a blend of all-natural spices and herbs including ground black pepper, red pepper and coriander or New Smoky Montreal Steak - to give it that “off the grill” smoke flavor.

Whatever the forecast may be for your Father’s Day, with McCormick’s new Grill Mates and seasonings along with some excellent technique tips – it’s sure to be a special day for the “special dad” in your home.

Looking for a couple recipe ideas – try these:

Backyard Brick Oven Pizza Burgers
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
Backyard Brick Oven Pizza Burgers/Photos courtesy of McCormick
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 tablespoon McCormick® Grill Mates® Backyard Brick Oven Seasoning
1/2 cup pizza sauce
6 ciabatta rolls
2 plum tomatoes, each cut into 6 thin slices

Mix ground beef, 1/2 cup of the cheese and Seasoning in large bowl until well blended. Shape into 6 patties.
Grill burgers over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes per side or until cooked through (internal temperature of 160°F). Top burgers with pizza sauce and remaining 1/2 cup cheese 1 minute before cooking is completed.
Serve burgers on rolls. Top with tomato slices and sprinkle with additional Seasoning, if desired.

Roasted Garlic Grilled Vegetables
8 cups assorted cut-up vegetables, such as zucchini, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers
2 tablespoons oil
Roasted Garlic Grilled Vegetables
1 tablespoon McCormick® Grill Mates® Roasted Garlic & Herb Seasoning
Toss vegetables with oil and Seasoning in large bowl.
Place vegetables in grill basket, grill rack or thread onto skewers.Grill over medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender, turning occasionally.

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