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Grilled BBQ Meatball Kebabs

It’s time. That gas grill is calling and there are all kinds of new rubs and marinades to give a new twist to time-tested favorites. Here you will find some tips to add to your go-to grilling routine, plus a couple of recipes.

Roasted spices add new layers of flavor

When cooking enthusiasts look for flavor-boosting secrets, roasting spices rises to the top as one of the most accessible take-home techniques. Spices like cumin, coriander, cinnamon — even ground ginger — can be heated on the stovetop to release essential oils and create deeper, more aromatic flavors.

Spices burn easily, however, and the speed with which they cook varies depending on heat, pan and individual spice. For those looking to skip the time and temperature guesswork, a new group of roasted spices from the McCormick Gourmet Collection delivers the rich, fuller taste and mouthwatering aromas of roasting — without the extra effort.

“The roasting process develops complex layers of flavor that are remarkably different from unroasted varieties of spices,” said Kevan Vetter, executive chef at McCormick.

“With our new roasted line, we’ve simplified the process and made it even easier for cooks to experiment with taste profiles and create new versions of some of their favorite dishes.”

• Add depth: Explore earthy flavors — and save a step in dishes calling for roasting and grinding cumin seed — by adding roasted ground cumin to Indian, Moroccan and Southwestern meals. Try it in favorite recipes for grilled steak, chili and salsas.

• Play with sweetness: Roasting cinnamon brings out a delightfully strong and sweet flavor similar to red-hot candies. It is a playful addition to mole recipes, spice rubs and sweet dishes such as yogurt, cookies and fresh fruit salad.

• Turn up the heat: With its sharper notes balanced to create a warmer, rounder flavor, roasted ground ginger is surprisingly versatile and brings a mellow sweet heat to barbecue sauces, marinades and chutneys.

Find more information and recipes using roasted spices, visit www.McCormickGourmet.com.

Roasted Cumin-Crusted Grilled Steaks with Tomato Relish

For maximum flavor, refrigerate steaks for 2 hours after rubbing with spice mixture. Tomato Relish can also be prepared earlier in the day and refrigerated until ready to serve.

Preparation time: 10 minutes; marinate time: 30 minutes; cooking time: 16 minutes; makes 4 servings.

1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon McCormick Gourmet Roasted Ground Cumin

1 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Oregano Leaves, Mediterranean

1 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Sicilian Sea Salt

1/2 (half) teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Garlic Powder

1/4 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Red Pepper, Ground Cayenne

1 pound boneless beef sirloin or New York strip steaks (about 3/4-inch thick)

1 pint assorted colors cherry tomatoes, quartered (about 2 cups)

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Mix sugar, cumin, oregano, sea salt, garlic powder and red pepper in small bowl until well blended. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture. Brush steaks lightly with oil. Rub remaining spice mixture on both sides of steaks. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer for extra flavor.

Meanwhile, mix tomatoes, onion, oil, vinegar and reserved spice mixture in medium bowl. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Grill steaks over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Slice steak and serve with Tomato Relish.

Source: McCormick Gourmet Collection

Quick and Easy Grilling

If your family is always on the go, it can be challenging to find time to have dinner together. But with some quick tips on how to make easy dishes on the grill, it’s possible to have a delicious meal on the table in about 30 minutes.

• Plan ahead. Plan a menu and make sure you have everything you need. Know what you can make ahead of time and take care of it the night before. Marinades, sauces and dips and some side dishes can all be prepped and stored in the refrigerator overnight. And when it’s time to start grilling, make sure you have everything you need close by so you don’t have to keep running back into the house.

• Get ready with ready-to-go ingredients. Take advantage of pre-made and ready-to-go ingredients to save a lot of time. Bagged salads and pre-cut veggies cut down on the work you have to do. To save even more time, stock up on frozen items such as Schwan’s Home Delivery Italian style meatballs and corn on the cob. Use the meatballs in this recipe for Grilled BBQ Meatball Kebabs — they’re fun for the kids and are a great way to help give mom a night off from kitchen duty.

• Use the microwave. It’s a great way to cut down on thawing time and you can partially cook some meats and veggies so they don’t take so long on the grill.

To get more quick and easy recipes, and to find out about home delivery, visit Schwans.com.

Grilled BBQ Meatball Kebabs

Preparation time: 15 minutes; total time: 30 minutes; makes 6 servings

6 baby red potatoes, quartered

24 Schwan’s Italian Style Meatballs, thawed

1 each red and green pepper, cut into large chunks

1 onion, cut into large chunks

6 fresh button mushrooms, stems removed

6 cherry tomatoes

6, 12-inch wooden skewers (see tips below)

1 cup BBQ sauce

Microwave baby red potatoes on High (850 watts) for 2 minutes.

Alternate meatballs and vegetables on the skewers, ending with cherry tomato or mushroom cap.

Grill kebabs for 10-15 minutes. Rotate 1/4 turn, every 2-3 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked. Brush kebabs with BBQ sauce during the last 5 minutes of grilling.

Recipe tips:

• Soak wooden skewers in water for 10 minutes to keep them from burning while grilling.

• For last-minute prep, meatballs can be thawed in the microwave.

• BBQ sauce can be substituted with sweet and sour or teriyaki sauce.

Savory Sweet Corn Toppers

Preparation time: 10 minutes; total time: 40 minutes; makes 10 servings

1 package Schwan’s Mini Super Sweet Corn on the Cob, frozen (or similar)

Preheat grill to Medium heat.

Thaw cobs 10 to 15 minutes under cold running water.

Wrap cobs in aluminum foil.

Grill for 30 to 35 minutes. Turn cobs several times throughout grilling time.

Top corn with one of these combinations:

• Salsa: Add some south-of the-border zing by topping with your favorite store-bought or homemade salsa.

• Santa Fe Sour Cream: Make this flavorful, reduced calorie topping by adding taco or fajita seasoning to low-fat sour cream.

• Lime Cilantro: Mince fresh cilantro. Add a dash of lime juice, then salt/pepper to taste.

• Southwest Chipotle: Easy to find in the spice aisle, Southwest Chipotle seasoning gives sweet corn a tasty Tex-Mex twang.

Source: Schwan’s Home Delivery

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