With the 4th of July less than a week away and summer barbecue season upon us, it’s time to fire up that grill and prepare delicious food for your family and friends! A Bachelor And His Grill founder David Olson joined me for an interview recently to share his secrets to grilling, his favorite fruits and vegetables for summer, how you can enjoy salt but with 75% less sodium, and why he loves grilling with peanuts and peanut butter this summer.
Candace Rose: As the founder of A Bachelor And His Grill, can you share some of your favorite recipes from your black book of recipes in time for summer entertaining?
David Olson: “I have a host of recommendations for today, but I’ll give you my number one tip, and it’s starting fresh – from farm to table, from garden to grill. In my international travels I’m consistently searching for the best, freshest, newest ingredients that I can include in recipes on the grill, and I found some of those here.
I love the big bold flavors, bright nutritious colorful vegetables, fruits and herbs. I have a huge party we’re throwing in Atlanta, we’re using these huge beefsteak tomatoes, the cucumbers, the peppers, eggplants, the herbs – they’re all tremendous additives to the proteins we’re going to be searing up on the grill.
Now whether your space is big or small, I have a condo downtown – I’m able to pick, pickle, grill and snack straight from the vine with Burpee’s 2015 collection.”
Candace Rose: What are some of your favorite fruits and vegetables to cook with in the summer?
David Olson: “Well, I’m just a country boy from the cornfields of Michigan, so I’ll tell you what, I’m a little spoiled during the summertime with blueberries, the Michigan strawberries, cherry and wine country in Traverse City. Everyone who knows me knows I’m a sweet potato fanatic, and I think basil and rosemary are tremendous in just about every single meal.”
Candace Rose: What’s hot on the grill this season?
David Olson: “Well, I’ll tell you what, there are a couple things that are really hot! This weekend we’re going to be doing burgers and not just any burger, one of my favorite ingredients this summer is going to be peanuts; peanuts and peanut butter. In fact, for the burgers that we have that we’re grilling up, I folded peanut butter right into the meat. The beautiful part about this, the peanut butter and the oils when they’re released really facilitates a contact point with the grill to help sear the exterior of the beef while building that nutty juicy wonderful flavor we love on the inside of that burger. You can also use peanuts and peanut butter in grilling and dipping sauces.
I have a brand new recipe, a cilantro lime Southwest dipping sauce using peanut butter that’s perfect for kabobs or those fresh veggies you’re picking off the vine.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any grilling tips you can share with us?
David Olson: “I do. Whether it’s the next published recipe or it’s preparing for a backyard barbecue or maybe even a date night with a special lady at home, I’m always looking for healthier alternatives to more traditional ingredients and I found that in something called Salt for Life. It’s actually natures alternative salt. It uses a proprietary blend of potassium salt from the far northern regions of the Canadian Seabeds down to the Brazilian sea salts off the northern coastlines of Brazil.
Now what this does is it provides an unprecedented reduction in sodium of over 75% as compared to traditional table salt. On top of that it replaces it with potassium which is an often under consumed and necessary nutrient for every individual out there. It’s the best of both worlds. It’s not only healthier, it tastes like salt, but it’s because it’s salt.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
David Olson: “My one recommendation is prepare in advance, use great fresh healthy products, always have great music ready to go for that backyard barbecue. I’m a beer lover so make sure you have cold crisp beverages on hand to keep your guests at bay while the grill fires up.”
Candace Rose: Thank you, David. Where can we go for more information?
David Olson: “If I’m not out and about in the world hunting down the next inspiration for the recipes that fuel A Bachelor And His Grill, you can find me on the website ABachelorAndHisGrill.com, connect to me on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram. I’m going to be out there connecting with everyone who is Tweeting or Facebooking. As always TipsOnTV.com.”