Is it Grilling Season Yet?
by: L.A. O’Neil
Several years ago, a friend of ours called from her native Texas – it was the middle of winter and the Colorado temperature was just about 0° — to say it was ‘crisp’ outside is an understatement! The conversation started out like most conversations and, eventually, it turned to the topic of food. After about ten minutes, I told her that my husband was grilling and dinner was just about ready.
Grilling!” Are you crazy? It’s freezing outside!”
True – it was freezing, but that never stops us!
In Colorado, April means heavy wet snow and it’s one of the snowiest months of the year. Our cravings are for summertime food fare, though, and with Kroger’s specials this week, we’ll be able to grill brats and corn to satiate our appetites for hickory-smoked summer deliciousness!
Here’s our menu from Kroger’s ad:
Grilled Brats with Honey Mustard Glaze
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Fresh Strawberries with Whipped Cream
Johnsonville Brats ($3.99)
4 ears corn, shucked and silk removed ($.29 ea)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 bunch fresh broccoli ($1.50 bunch)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 lb. fresh strawberries, washed and green tops removed, sliced ($2.99/lb.)
Cool Whip or fresh, sweetened whipped cream ($.50 per serving)
Preheat oven to 425°.
Cut the broccoli florets into bite size pieces. Cut the stalk into 1/8-inch thick, round slices. Place the broccoli into a mixing bowl and toss with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread florets on a foil-covered baking sheet and roast for 10 – 12 minutes, or until tender.
Preheat grill to medium high. While the broccoli is roasting, place brats and corn on the grill; turn when grill marks are visible. Total grilling time will be about 10 -12 minutes, or until done.
Combine the honey and dry mustard in a small bowl and mix well. When the brats come off the grill, brush each brat with the glaze.
Layer strawberries and whipped cream in a fun glass, and serve with a long-handled spoon, if you have them.
That’s all there is to it! A little taste of summer just when you need it!
The cost? Only $2.41 a person – a smidgeon more when you factor in the honey and whipped cream!
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