When the garden lies under a blanket of snow, the nights are long, the outdoor lamps illuminate the trees, and the fireplace inside warms the house, it's time to invite friends for cozy winter grilling on your terrace!
1. Choosing the Grill
There is no 'perfect' grill. While some prefer charcoal, others opt for gas. Keep in mind that weather conditions can affect grilling in winter. With a gas grill, you'll need to turn the knobs up higher. A charcoal grill should be equipped with a lid to protect the embers. Prepare the grill before your guests arrive and ensure it's cleaned in time.
2. Choosing the Right Grill Fare
In cooler temperatures, opt for light grill fare. Avoid foods that require long cooking times to minimize time spent in the cold. Try thinly sliced meat and lots of vegetables. Fennel is a good choice in low temperatures. Season it with chili and Parmesan for a wintery taste experience. Other vegetable options include pumpkin and zucchini.
3. Appropriate Clothing
Dress warmly to feel comfortable at the grill and on the terrace. Keep extra clothing and blankets ready for your guests so they can keep you company. Ensure the house is pleasantly warm, and if you have a fireplace, use fragrant wood.
4. Suitable Drinks
Use the cold temperatures to cool drinks like beer or white wine outdoors or in the snow. Also, offer a non-alcoholic punch with winter juices. For instance, heat plum juice with cinnamon, cloves, and anise, and sweeten slightly to balance the acidity. The punch warms your hands while grilling and keeps your head clear.
5. Perfect Atmosphere
Although the grilling takes place on the terrace, don't ask your guests to eat there. Create the right mood at the dining table with cozy light and candles. The crackling fire in the background provides a natural musical backdrop and creates a snug atmosphere.
Winter grilling can be a unique and unforgettable experience. With the right preparation, equipment, delicious food, appropriate clothing, and warming drinks, your terrace transforms into a cozy meeting place with a magical atmosphere.