The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Food

May 2, 2012

It’s grilling time but don’t forget the sides

TARBORO — When you think of grilling, what is the first thing that pops into your head? A big juicy steak? Shrimp? That’s what most of us think about when we think about the backyard grill. However, that is only part of the meal. If the protein that you cook isn’t accompanied by great side dishes, the meal is still missing a key component. Here are some great side dish recipes that may even out shine that steak!

The first is an eggplant salad. I must admit that eggplant isn’t my favorite dish. But, when it’s cooked on the grill, it changes the taste completely. If you can find white eggplant, it’s even better.

The second recipe is corn. We have been grilling corn forever. But, what makes this one special is the queso fesco and the lime-tarragon butter. You will love that. You may want to clip and keep this recipe just for the sauce!

The third recipe is a mix of grilled veggies with a terrific walnut dressing. I love walnut dressings. They are great on salads or on veggies. This one uses toasted walnuts and it a great flavor.

The fourth side dish is broccoli. I don’t really like broccoli. I rarely eat it. I even go so far as to pick it out of dishes. But, again, like the eggplant, cooking it on the grill completely changes it and makes it delicious. When you buy broccoli for this dish, you want long stems. That makes it hold together better and the stems taste good when they are grilled.

The last recipe is potatoes and onions. Saying that should be enough of a description! Yummo, as Rachel Ray would say. To this one, you add blue cheese and bacon. This one will become a favorite!

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