Why not have a grill party?
Even if the weather is still a bit too chilly to enjoy a BBQ outside, it's still possible to have a little grilling party in the comfort of your house. With electric grill, stone grill or even plancha, and a good selection of meat and veg, it's really easy to entertain your guests with minimum efforts.
I love to do mini burger patties, marinated with various spices and herbs. I also marinate chicken breast or beef, sliced in thin steaks.
Here's two quick recipes that won't take you long to make but are so tasty that your guests will come back for more.
Chicken breasts in light curry marinade.
A subtle marinade, slightly sweet and non spicy.
4 chicken breasts
For the marinade :
- 4 tablespoons of mild curry powder
- 1 tablespoon of curcurma
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- sea Salt flakes
- ground pepper
- 1/2 onion
- a little apple, crushed or grated
1. Thinly slice the chicken breasts to make steaks
2. Mix all the marinade ingredients together
3. Put the chicken steaks in a freezing bag with the marinade. Close the bag and then massage the meat.
You can marinate the meat 45min in advance at room temperature or a few hours in advance in the fridge.
Korean style beef fillets.
Impress your guests by inviting Korean flavours to your table : have a bulgogi style steak party with this quick marinade, that will make your meat ultra tender. Think of it as a sweet soy sauce kind of marinade.
600g of beef, thinly sliced.
For the marinade :
- 7 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
- 2 tablespoon of sugar or rice syrup
- 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 onion, crushed or grated
- a little apple or pear, crushed or grated
- 2 spring onions, finely chopped
1. Mix all the marinade ingredients together. The crushed pear/apple will help accelarating the marination process and add a natural sweetness to the dish.
2. Put the thinly sliced meat with the marinade into a freezing bag and massage the meat.
Like with the chicken, you can do it in advance and place in the fridge ; or 1h in advance and leave the meat to marinate a room temperature.
When it comes to the cooking times, a few minutes on each side, depending on the type of meat and thickness.
You can find other great dinner party recipes over Recipe Girl's blog : it's a great source of theme parties menus. And I love her Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake that I usually adapt into a Chocolate Cheesecake Cake as I'm not too found of food colourings.