It’s summer, and for most of us Brits, that only means one thing – barbeque time. With 2018 proving to be one of the hottest in years, we’ve probably consumed more burnt burgers than ever before. So, with the heatwave looking like its here to stay, we’ve compiled some ideas to jazz up your BBQ offering and really wow your guests this August Bank Holiday.
Let’s start with the classic BBQ staple – the burger. There are endless ways to create your perfect burger and of course, a multitude of possible fillings. At Morley Hayes, we believe there’s no better burger meat than beef. We like ours with melted cheddar cheese, fried onions and ketchup – simple but effective.
No barbeque is complete without a yummy kebab. The world’s your oyster when it comes to combinations, but you can’t go wrong with a simple lamb and mint kofta. Other kebab recipes include lamb with plum sauce and served with sour cream, or a honey-glazed pork and pineapple skewer that the kids will love.
A meaty BBQ nightmare is a thing of the past for the modern-day vegetarian, with more veggie recipes available now than ever before. Our favourites include delicious halloumi, tomato and aubergine skewers. Drizzle in olive oil and serve on warm crusty bread and you’ve got a dish for any time of the year.
There are a range of decent veggie burgers available in all supermarkets for a quick and easy meat-free alternative. But if you’d like to make your own, we recommend mushrooms, butter beans, sweet potato and pepper, along with avocado, as some of the best veggie burger ingredients.
For the sides, why not mix it up and change chips to sweet potato fries, a healthier alternative, cooked in the oven first and then smoked on the barbeque. Or, try some delicious miniature new potatoes or keep it simple with a corn on the cob, charred and dripping with butter.
If you’d rather not risk another burnt sausage or need a break from the BBQ, pop down to the Morley Hayes ‘Bangers and Bubbles’ event as part of our Beer and Gin Festival this August Bank Holiday.
From 12.30pm on Sunday 26th August, we’ll be serving Owen Taylor’s award-winning sausages, plus vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives, alongside San Osvaldo Prosecco and Michelle Sparkling Rosé! Soak up the sunshine amongst the beautiful Derbyshire countryside and grab a drink from only £3.75 a glass at the Old Stables Bar.
The Beer and Gin Festival is taking place from Thursday 23 to Thursday 30 August, with live music from our very own Sophie Allen on Friday 24 from 7pm and The Strange Trio on Monday 27 August from 4pm. There’s lots of local beer and cider to try, as well as forty gins from across the world including several from local distilleries in the East Midlands. So head down, relax, and we’ll do the rest!
If you’ve been inspired by our British barbeque shake-up, check out some of the best recipe ideas, in full detail, from around the web: