Delivering a grilled feast in the friendly confines of your backyard is an achievement with an asterisk. Sure those steaks were grilled to a perfect medium-rare and those veggies were kissed with a touch of smoke, but you did it with home field advantage and no shot clock. And in your heart, you already knew that.
Starting this weekend the real grill masters will take their rickety portable grills on the road to parking lots across this great nation to deliver juicy burgers and plump hot dogs to their slightly intoxicated friends.
Fortunately, with a little preparation and some slight of hand, you can fake your friends into thinking that you are, in fact, one of those guys. If you've ever wondered how to deliver an adequate parking lot feast, this checklist is for you:
- Fuel (Propane or Charcoal)
- Note: If you're using charcoal, for the love of God use a chimney starter. Match Light charcoal is for sissies and lighter fluid is basically a disgusting condiment imparted by combustion. A chimney starter is the best $9 you'll ever spend. I couldn't feel more strongly about this.
- Hot dogs
- Hot dog buns
- Cheddar cheese (It looks more professional than Kraft Singles)
- Hamburger buns
- Brat's (optional)
- Lettuce (optional)
- Pre-sliced tomato (optional)
- Sliced pickles (optional)
- Note: In the immortal words of Bud Kilmer, "Stick to the basics.
- Note: Bring a slightly offbeat condiment like Chipotle Mayo and tell people it's your favorite. It'll make people think you know what you're doing.
- Cooler (make sure it's roomy enough for your food and plenty of beer)
- Tent (optional)
- Paper plates (optional)
- Spatula (for flipping burgers)
- Tongs (because you'll expose yourself trying to pluck a hot dog off the grill with a spatula)
- Trash bags
- Lots of beer
- Note: As the saying goes, "A magician's best friend is a drunk audience." Happy tailgating!
Memorial Day Weekend is upon us! In no time at all there will be no school, trips to the shore, long days, and warm nights spent in the backyard grilling burgers from Perrotti's to juicy, meaty perfection. To commemorate this joyous occasion, here are a few of our favorite burger recipes:
- Cheddar BLT Burgers with Tarragon Russian Dressing: The odds of this list failing to include a burger that requires a pile of bacon on it were slim and none.
- Turkey Burgers with Goat Cheese: In case you still want to be friends with people who don't eat red meat.
- Cheesy Breakfast Burgers: If you've been waiting until lunch to have a burger you've been doing it wrong.
- Mushroom and Swiss Stuffed Burgers: The only burger on this list that's Bill Brasky approved.
- Blue Cheese Burgers: Landmines of cheese in every bite.
- Feta-Stuffed Hamburgers: Life's beta with some feta.
- Caramelized Onion Cheeseburgers: Sometimes dinner should taste like dessert.
- Lamb Burger with Taztziki Sauce: If I'm being totally honest with myself, sometimes I just want a lambo.
As always, all burgers on this list are best enjoyed with your favorite beer or wine with Hall & Oates playing in the background... I'm not kidding. Bon apetit!
If you’re looking for a pass from your disapproving Aunt Silvia as you tie one on this Easter Sunday, make sure you achieve that easy afternoon buzz with a few bottles of Rolling Rock. If anyone so much as raises an eyebrow, just tell them that you’re celebrating the occasion with Easter beer. If they remain skeptical of your piety respond with Luke 24:2-3: “And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” Vindication. What could be more in the spirit of the resurrection than enjoying a bottle of suds named for the holiday’s second most impressive miracle? Then say, “He is risen, indeed” as you pull another frosty brew from the cooler.
However, I should mention that in order for the Easter beer cover to hold water, you’ll also need to serve your guests some traditional holiday fare. A hearty cut of lamb or ham will certainly do the trick, and on that front we’ve got you covered here at Perrotti’s. As the holiday approaches we’ll have limited quantities of American Leg of Lamb fresh hams, smoked hams, spiral hams, as well as other roasts in stock in stock, so be sure to give us a call at 908-306-8806 to reserve yours today.
If you’re looking to add some flare to this year’s ham, check out this article from Southern Living to choose a recipe that you believe will pair best with copious amounts of Rolling Rock. We’re partial to the Brown Sugar-Bourbon Glaze. If you’ll be serving lamb this year, you can keep things simple this basic recipe for roast leg of lamb, or you take your efforts to the next level with this overnight marinade.
It's the most wonderful time of the year to stop in at Perrotti's! Holiday rush has you beat? Come in a grab a few of our ready made meals. Throwing a party? Check out our Catering Menu. Hosting Haunukkah, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day? We've got you covered.
Thanksgiving is around the corner. Do you need help with a few dishes, or all of them?
Our butcher shop has fresh turkeys in all sizes. Please order ahead to ensure you get what you need for the holiday. We also have a wide selection of side dishes to complete your Thanksgiving table, from butternut squash soup to glazed carrots, sweet potato soufflés and mashed potatoes. We are here to help you streamline your holiday meal. Give us a call, tell us how many people you are serving and let us take some of the holiday stress away! Click here for a printable Thanksgiving menu.