Peaches bring a tempered sweetness to this homemade barbecue sauce, while ancho chili peppers, which are the dried version of poblano peppers, supply just the right amount of fiery kick. It’s the perfect way to take chicken up a gastronomic notch. Serve with roasted potatoes and a summer salad for a delicious complete meal. It’s very likely you’ll have extra sauce on hand—consider that a blessing when you learn how amazing it is on everything from coleslaw to pizza.
If a recipe calls for peeled peaches, slice an “x” in the skin and then submerge in boiling water for about 30 seconds. Remove with slotted spoon and submerge in ice water. Once cooled, the skin will peel off effortlessly.
Heat heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add dried chili peppers to pan and toast for about 30 seconds per side, being very careful not to scorch peppers. Slice tops off toasted dried chili peppers and pour out seeds. Reserve seeds. Place peppers in bowl, cover with hot water, and let soak for about 15 minutes.
Drain peppers and place them in blender or food processor along with 1 tsp (5 mL) reserved pepper seeds, peaches, tomato paste, vinegar, shallot, garlic, honey, Worcestershire sauce, allspice, black pepper, and salt. Blend until smooth. Taste and blend in more pepper seeds if a hotter sauce is desired. Place some sauce in separate bowl for brushing on uncooked chicken.
Preheat grill to medium-high. Brush chicken thighs with oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Place chicken on greased grill grate and heat, with lid down, for 5 minutes. Brush tops with sauce, flip chicken, brush more sauce on grilled sides of chicken, and continue grilling until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest parts registers 165 F (75 C), about 4 to 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and brush on more sauce if desired.
Serve with fresh steamed green beans, and garnish with a sliced peach and chopped parsley.
This simple dessert celebrates the glory that is the summer strawberry. Don’t feel you have to stick to strawberries here; swapping them for ripe peaches would also make for a stunning ending to any meal. What to gild the lily with? Add a dollop of whipped coconut cream or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Flower power Orange blossom water (also known as orange flower water) is produced by water distillation of the blossoms of a bitter orange tree. Just like rose water, a little goes a long way. So, take care and use just a drop or two, tasting as you go so as not to overwhelm but rather to complement the other flavours in a dish.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
Next stop, Asia! This shrimp burger combines classic Asian flavours with unique toppings for rich umami flavour with the saltiness of the ocean. Whether served on a bun or over rice in a more traditional Asian-style meal, try some unique miso yogurt or wasabi mayo dressing for a fabulous flavour bomb. Keep those burgers juicy Place raw patties on a plate or tray, and cover and freeze or refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to keep them together and to lock in moisture.