Elevate your next BBQ with these simple recipes

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We're well into BBQ season now and if you fancy a change from burgers or sausage sandwiches, I'm sharing a couple of ideas which will elevate your next BBQ into something pretty special with minimal fuss.

Elevate your next BBQ with these simple recipes -Zingy Lemon & Garlic Ayrshire Potatoes and Scottish Strawberry Shortcake Stacks with Scotty Brand

I'm working with Scotty Brand on this post who are celebrating their nationwide listing with Asda for their farmed Ayrshire potatoes, joining their strawberries and raspberries which launched earlier in the summer. More about Scotty Brand and why they are so special below but first, here are a couple of recipes to try at your next BBQ. They are both simple to make yet look super impressive and taste delicious too.

Zingy Lemon & Garlic Ayrshire Potatoes

Serves 2-3

Elevate your next BBQ with these simple recipes -Zingy Lemon & Garlic Ayrshire Potatoes  with Scotty Brand


Ingredients 
500g Scotty Brand New Season Ayrshire Potatoes
2 Tbs Scottish Rapeseed Oil
2 Cloves Crushed Garlic
50g Freshly Grated Parmesan
2 TBS Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Zest from 2 Lemons
Sea Salt 


Method 

1 - Cut the Ayrshire potatoes into even-sized quarters and place in a large saucepan

2 - Add cold water to cover and bring to the boil 

3 - Cook for 10-15 minutes (until tender), drain and set aside 

4 - In a non-stick frying pan, heat the rapeseed oil over a high heat and add the potatoes until browned (approx 5 minutes)

5 - Add the garlic and cook for a further minute

6 - Add the lemon juice and cook for a further minute

7 - Remove from heat, sprinkle with Lemon Zest and season with Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper

8 - Serve in a suitable serving dish and sprinkle with grated Parmesan before serving


Elevate your next BBQ with these simple recipes -Zingy Lemon & Garlic Ayrshire Potatoes  with Scotty Brand

This dish was hands down the best potato dish I've ever eaten. The soft potatoes worked so well with the Lemon and Parmesan - it honestly tasted like summer in a bowl. It's a little bit of extra effort to prepare but nothing too laborious and 100% worth the little extra effort required to put this dish together. This dish is a brilliant alternative to plain boiled potatoes or your regular potato salad. We served this side dish with BBQ'd chicken marinated in a Bourbon glaze and a simple green leaf salad. Delicious! 

Why Choose Scotty Brand Ayrshire Potatoes?
  • The distinctive melt-in-the mouth oval Ayrshire new potatoes have just received official EU protected-geographical indication and are regarded as the best in the world. They are only available from late-June - early September
  • Ayrshire potatoes have been grown in Girvan since the 1850s, Ayrshire is the ideal location to grow early potatoes due to it's proximity to the west coast which benefits from the warming waters of the gulf stream, reliable rainfall from March to May (critical to potatoes 'bulking up') yet is sheltered from storms (they receive around half the frost compared with further inland)
  • The growing conditions of the Ayrshire region combined with the history, experience and skill of the growers make these potatoes unique and they cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world

Scottish Strawberry Shortcake Stacks

Serves 12 

Elevate your next BBQ with these simple recipes - Scottish Strawberry Shortcake Stacks with Scotty Brand

Ingredients 
350g Scotty Brand Strawberries
600ml Double Cream
Seeds of 1 fresh Vanilla Pod
125g Icing Sugar
500g Shortbread Biscuits (ideally thin)

Elevate your next BBQ with these simple recipes - Scotty Brand Strawberries

Method

1 - Line a 30cm rectangular dish with cling film

2 - Whisk 500ml of the double cream with the vanilla seeds and 125g of icing sugar. Bring to a soft peak.

3 - Add a single layer of biscuits into the dish, carefully spoon over a thin layer of the cream mixture, add a layer of strawberries and repeat until you fill the tin. Finish with a layer of biscuit, gently press down and cover with cling film. Chill for 1-2 hours or overnight for a softer finish.

4 - To serve, remove the top layer of cling film and carefully lift the slices out onto a serving plate. Whip the remaining 100ml cream with 1tbsp icing sugar (this can be prepared in advance). Half the strawberries and use a dollop of cream to stick these to the top of the biscuits.

5 - Garnish with icing sugar and fresh mint

Elevate your next BBQ with these simple recipes - Scottish Strawberry Shortcake Stacks with Scotty Brand

We loved making these - they look fantastic yet are pretty simple to create. The kids loved getting involved in the assembly too. They are no-bake so it's a great recipe to get them involved with. These can be prepared in advance and make a lovely showstopper when brought out at the end of a BBQ.

I was really impressed with the Scotty Strawberries - they stayed fresh for ages and were packed full of flavour too.

Elevate your next BBQ with these simple recipes - Scottish Strawberry Shortcake Stacks with Scotty Brand

Why Choose Scotty Brand Berries? 
  • Scottish berries are famous worldwide - their temperate conditions mean that the fruit ripens more slowly than many others so it's sweeter 
  • Scotty Brand berries are grown by Bruce Farms in Perthshire where light, fertile soil, long summer days and mild nights offer ideal conditions for growing sweet juicy berries. 
  • Best enjoyed at room temperature - leave them out of the fridge for one hour before enjoying

Let me know what you think of Scotty Brand produce. You can discover more recipes over on the Scotty Brand website here.

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Elevate your next BBQ with these simple recipes -Zingy Lemon & Garlic Ayrshire Potatoes and Scottish Strawberry Shortcake Stacks with Scotty Brand


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