Summer just isn't summer until you've smelled delicious barbecue scents wafting towards you on a balmy evening breeze. That's why our guests at Airhouses lodges love dining al fresco in stunning Borders surroundings.
And luckily, Scotland has an incredible natural larder to enjoy. If you'd like to sample it, then here are three delicious barbecue recipes with a distinctly Scottish flavour...
Barbecued Scottish salmon with tarragon lemon sauce
Let's start with a classic, shall we? Scotland is famed for its leaping river fish, which taste amazing smoked on the barbecue. This recipe is simple and delicious, plus it goes without saying that it's even better with fizz.
Ingredients (for 4)
4 fillets of Scottish salmon
4 cloves of minced garlic
8 tablespoons of mayonnaise
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh tarragon
Salt and pepper
1. Set the barbecue at a high temperature and allow it to heat.
2. Drizzle olive oil over the salmon fillets and season with salt and pepper to taste. Leave some salt and pepper aside for the sauce.
3. Whisk together the minced garlic, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, tarragon, salt and pepper.
4. Lightly oil the barbecue. Cook the salmon for 5 to 10 minutes or until it is ready (you'll be able to tell as the fish will flake easily when you stick a fork into it).
4. Serve with the sauce drizzled on top.
Recipe from BBC Good Food.
Barbecued pork chops with Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Launched all the way back in 1801, the original Crabbie's drink used the finest ginger and exotic spices shipped into the Port of Leith. This recipe adds a nicely zingy twist to pork chops on the grill...
Ingredients (for 4)
200ml of Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer
4 pork chops
400g of ketchup
2 large shallots
1 punnet of cherry tomatoes cut in half
60g of chopped fresh ginger
50ml of soy sauce
1. Mix the Crabbie's, ketchup and soy sauce together in a bowl. Next, add the shallots and chopped fresh ginger.
2. Zest the lemon, lime and orange, then juice them and add to the bowl. Next, add the cherry tomatoes. You now have your glaze.
3. Dip the pork chops into the glaze.
4. Next, cook them on the barbecue for five or six minutes on each side, or until cooked right through.
5. Serve with salad or your choice of sides.
Recipe from The Press and Journal.
Barbecued strawberries with shortbread
Of course, we can't very well forget dessert. This tipsy little recipe uses the classic Scottish ingredients of shortbread and strawberries for a lovely summery finish to your meal. It is perfect for washing down with the rest of that fizz...
Ingredients (for four)
500g of strawberries
100ml of red wine
2 star anise
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
4 scoops of vanilla ice cream
100g of all-butter Scottish shortbread
1. Remove the leafy tops of the strawberries.
2. Place them into two big sheets of foil.
3. Wrap the foil up around the edges to create a slight bucket effect, then pour in the red wine. Add the star anise, black pepper, lemon zest and sugar. Wrap the foil to close everything in.
4. Cook the strawberries on the barbecue either for 20 minutes, or until the strawberries are soft but still have a little firmness.
5. Spoon the strawberries into four bowls, then drizzle with the red wine mixture.
6. Crumble shortbread on top and serve with vanilla ice cream (we recommend Giacopazzis from Eyemouth, which we sell in our Farm Shop).
Recipe from Sorted Food.
Fancy trying out these recipes at one of our luxury lodges in the Scottish Borders? Just order your own BBQ when booking or during your stay.
You might also like:
Tasty Traditional Recipes from the Scottish Borders.
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Eating In At Airhouses.
5 Self Catering "5 Star" Luxury Lodges each with their own Hot Tub in Scotland, close to Edinburgh in the Scottish Borders offering you peace, tranquillity and a place to escape to in the heart of beautiful Scotland.