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An American Barbecue

 

Our special barbecue menu for 4 has an American twist and takes all the strain from choosing what to barbecue this weekend. 



What to drink with barbecue food


 

 

All-American Half-pounders (recipe x 2) 

There are several kinds of hamburgers, ranging from those that come frozen or served up in fast-food chains to the slightly more classy supermarket varieties. Few people, I suspect, have tasted the real thing, which consists of good steak chopped and tenderised, formed into burgers and grilled on charcoal. 

 

Mexican Tomato Salsa (recipe x 2) 

Salsa has the advantage of being a salad, sauce and relish all in one. There's no fat or sugar in it, and the flavour's wonderful. The small, squat, green chillies are not too hot, so if you'd like a little more kick to this you can add a few drops of Tabasco. 

 

Mixed-leaf Caesar Salad

This must be one of the greatest salad recipes ever. It's traditionally made with Cos lettuce, but I like a mixture of lettuce and some crunchy rocket leaves. What it can't take is anything too soft – only the crunchiest leaves will do. The flavours are gutsy, so it's ideal for a summer lunch outside or, in small portions, for a quite aristocratic but so-simple starter.  

 

Oven-roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary (recipe x 2)

In keeping with the principle that outdoor eating needs to be gutsy, these little potatoes are just that. They're easy too – they don't need any attention; you just leave them in the oven till you're ready to serve.

 

Key Lime Pie
 
This is a very famous recipe from Florida, where a certain special variety of limes called Key limes are used. Their season is short and there aren't enough grown to export; however, the pie tastes just as good with other varieties of lime in this authentic American recipe.

And to drink...

 

Debbie Owen's Iced Tea 

The British may be experts at making and serving tea, but when it comes to iced tea the Americans have the edge. It must be the most refreshing drink to serve when the weather is hot and humid. I first tasted this version at my friends the Owens' Fourth of July party several years ago and have been addicted to it ever since. Like a non-alcoholic Pimm's, it's perfect for drivers.

 

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