There’s no place in the world better than the Isle of Man when the sun is shining, and this week the temperatures are set to soar.
It’s the perfect weather to dine in al fresco, so here are a few recipes to add to your BBQ repertoire.
If it’s meaty treats or plant based goodness your heart desires – do not fret, we got you covered for both (thank us later)
The World’s best Vegan burger (IMO)
Now I did these in a pan first, then finished off on the BBQ as they’re quite sticky
- 1 x 400 g tin of chickpeas
- 2 x 170 g tin of sweetcorn
- 1 x large grated carrot
- ½ a bunch of fresh coriander
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 3 heaped tbsp peanut butter
- 3 heaped tbsp plain flour, plus extra for dusting (you can use gluten free flour to make the recipe gluten free!)
- rapeseed oil
- Vegan mayo
- 4 baps (again, replace with gluten free baps if required)
- Drain the chickpeas and sweetcorn, then add to a food processor with the grated carrot. Add the fresh coriander, stalks and all.
- Add the spices, peanut butter and flour, then pulse until combined.
- On a flour-dusted surface, divide and shape the mixture into 4 equal-sized patties, roughly 2cm thick. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.
- Heat a splash of oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the burgers and cook for 10 minutes, or until golden and cooked through, turning halfway.
- Serve on the bap with some fresh lettuce, tomato and a gherkin – yum!!
The sides are an ESSENTIAL part of any BBQ!
Potato and basil salad
Super quick and easy!
Boil baby new potatoes until you can easily push a fork through.
Leave to cool and then mix a big hand full of chopped fresh basil and lashings of mayo (vegan mayo is amazing too) through
The easiest thing you can do at a BBQ!
Throw some gorgeous fresh Manx asparagus from Robinson’s on your BBQ and wait for it to soften (will depend on the thickness) don’t worry if some of it ‘burns’, that chargrilled flavour is delish!
Honey and sesame sausages
I won’t use any meat other than Ballakelly Farm for my family. You can get your meat direct from them from their farm shop in Andreas at the weekend.
There’s nothing better than a good old sausage bap at a BBQ!
Got some sausages left over from your sausage bap? This side is for you!
Cook your sausages on the BBQ until heated right through and a lovely colour on the outside. Again, depends on how big your sausages are on timing, just make sure they’re fully cooked cos’ food poisoning is not a side you want from a BBQ!
While still warm, roll the sausages in a tbsp of honey and sprinkle with sesame seeds then chop into pieces – job done!
You can roast in the honey but I find this makes them too sticky and the honey can burn.
The perfect end to a perfect dinner means you have to have pudding!!
These super easy puddings are both vegan and super tasty!
- At the end of your BBQ just cut a nectarine in 1/2, place on a tin foil sheet and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon
- Wrap into a parcel so the juices don’t drip out and place on the BBQ for about 15- 20 mins.
- Scoop the soft nectarine and the juice into a bowl and enjoy!
If you’re BBQ’ing near an ice cream shop then get yourself a scoop to go with this!
Again ridiculously easy but a taste sensation!
- Split a banana down the middle through the skin
- Push 3 squares of dark chocolate (vegan if required) into the slit
- Wrap the banana in tin foil and place on the BBQ for 15 mins
- Scoop the banana into a bowl and enjoy!
If you decide to remake any of these recipes, tag us! #GefsKitchen