3 delicious summer meals that can be cooked outdoors

3 delicious summer meals that can be cooked outdoors

When it gets this hot in Toronto, we do everything we can to keep our homes cool and comfortable—and that means leaving the oven and stove top off as much as possible. Here are three delicious summer meals that can be cooked completely outdoors (and prepared indoors without heat). To shop for everything you need to make these dishes, please visit our Yonge Street butcher shop or place an order online at Olliffe.ca. Home delivery is available to local customers. Thanks for reading—we look forward to serving you!

1. Sausages with grilled peppers, zucchini and salad

Start by grilling your favourite handmade sausages from Olliffe (varieties include Mild Italian, French, Bratwurst, Mild Macedonian, Honey Garlic, or Chicken Green Onion). While those are cooking to perfection, add some sliced bell peppers and zucchini to the grill. We like preparing these veggies with olive oil and a great seasoning blend, but you can season to your own preference (garlic and onion powder, a spicy chipotle mix, or simple salt and pepper—whatever works). Serve the grilled sausages and vegetables with a salad of your choice—anything from a homemade coleslaw to our delectable potato salad or classic pasta salad, or some simple dressed greens. Yum!

2. Steak with garlic mushrooms and salad

A classic steakhouse meal made in your own backyard! Start by preparing your favourite steaks—let them come to room temperature on your counter, then season them to your liking. Next, prep your mushrooms—make sure they’re clean and take off any rough stems. If they’re large, consider slicing each mushroom in half. Throw them into a bowl with some olive oil and chopped garlic (or garlic powder) and toss until evenly coated. Season your mushrooms with salt and pepper, place them into tin foil packets and set them aside. Finally, prepare a fresh green salad—whatever greens you like plus some great local produce (cucumbers, sliced radishes, tomatoes, etc) and a tasty vinaigrette. Once that’s ready, place your mushroom packets and steaks on the grill. Grill to your desired doneness, serve with your salad and enjoy.

3. Pork chops with grilled peaches and asparagus

We love this fresh, delicious, sweet-and-salty flavour combination for summer! Start by getting some of our delicious Tamworth pork chops ready for the grill. Slice some fresh, ripe peaches in half (remove the pit) and grill according to these instructions. Serve your peaches and pork chops alongside tender-crisp grilled asparagus for a satisfying meal that’s perfect for a hot summer’s day. You’ll want to make this dinner on a regular basis, especially when local peaches are at their peak later in the season!

Thanks for reading—we hope to see you in store soon. If you have any questions or would like assistance placing an online order, please contact us. A member of the Olliffe team would be happy to help.

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