Recipe: Summer Grilling #GiveLifeMoreFlavor

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I love that from the moment the weather warms up I become an outdoor cooking pro. Okay, maybe not a professional, I'm not a grill master by any means. But I do try to get as creative as possible, while coming up with a variety of flavors. Of course my other favorite part about grilling outdoors,  is that I spend way less time in the kitchen for clean up. 

This is one of my favorite dishes, grilled sausage and veggies on a bed of steamed rice. It's so simple, all it requires is one pot for the rice (or rice cooker) and the rest goes on the grill. That's it! When doing my grocery shopping, I always pick up a ton of veggies. I love love love cooking veggies during the Summer. After picking up asparagus, small red potatoes and zucchini's, I knew exactly what I was going to cook with them. Actually, I was hoping to find Eckrich Kielbasa, but they were all out, it's okay though I was able to find the Original Skinless Rope Smoked Sausage, which my family loves already.

Here's what you'll need for this delicious Summer Grilling recipe:

  • Eckrich Original Skinless Rope Smoked SausageSmoked Sausage
  • Veggies/Potatoes
  • Foil 
  • Rice (any variety of your choice Brown, White, Jasmine)
  • Butter
  • Garlic Powder/Salt/Pepper
Eckrich Smoked Sausage is naturally hardwood smoked for the true smokehouse taste and at such a good value. It's a trusted brand because it's been around for generations.
  1. Start by chopping the veggies and potatoes. (This is my favorite part.) Make them a little bigger than bite sized, if they're too small, they'll cook to fast and get mushy. 
  2. This would be a good time to cook your rice. Rice should take less than a half an hour, that's about the same time it will take for the veggies to steam and cook. 
  3. Take a piece of aluminum foil about 18 inches long, and place a pile of veggies and potatoes in the center. Add about 3 tablespoons of butter to the veggies and your Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder to taste.  
  4. Fold up all sides of the foil packet and then add another piece and wrap it again. I always double wrap my foil packets, because melted butter on the grill is not fun.
  5. Place the foil packets on the grill, on medium-high heat and close the top. This will keep all the heat in and help raise the temperature. 
  6. After about 10 minutes, lower the heat to a low-medium and add the Eckrich Smoked Sausage to the grill. Keep an eye on it at all times because it can easily turn an undesirable shade of burnt.  
  7. Turn the Smoked Sausage slightly every minute to cook evenly through all sides. After about 10-15 minutes on the grill, the smoked sausage and foil packets should be done. The rice should be done by now as well. That's it!

Mmmm.... just wait for that delicious smell of veggies steamed, in a bit of butter on the grill. By all means, feel free to add whatever flavors you love! Chili flakes, garlic, onions.. the possibilities are endless!  Caution: the steam from the foil packet has been known to burn the finger of the overzealous eater. 

How good does this look? Oh man, the veggies and the flavor of the Eckrich Smoked Sausage on top of steamed rice all comes together so nicely. It's not an overly hot dish for the Summer time either.  Alright, so now not only can you add Veggies and Eckrich Smoked Sausage to your shopping list, but I have a coupon for you too. While supplies last, this coupon is only available in select ares, so be sure to check the link to see if the offer for $0.75 off one package is available near you.

Enjoy Your Summer, Happy Grilling!