And just like that, it’s summer or at least almost summer.
It’s Memorial Day Weekend, a time to honor our troops, past and present, and spend time with family. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the summer than to take it outside with a cookout.
After a busy day working in the garden or repairing the screen door or on the beach, here are a few ideas for a great summer cookout:
Relax with a glass of wine, beer or fun and fruity cocktail while the grill heats up. When the fire is ready, grill up some Grilled Vegetables & Gorgonzola Bruschetta. Or serve a few dips with a few toasted pita chips and raw veggies. Roasted Red Pepper Dip, Baba Ganoush and/or White Bean Dip are all good choices. Just take it easy and enjoy the early summer sunset.
Move on the main event: Unless you have a house full of non-meat eaters, a great steak and salad is a great choice for a cookout. Dandelion Salad with Grilled Steak & Asparagus and Grilled Steak & New Potato Salad are both great choices.
Not interested in a one-dish steak and salad dinner? How about Grilled Strip Steak with Gorgonzola Sauce? Serve it with my Israeli Couscous Salad with Grilled Vegetables and a big garden salad with a Classic Vinaigrette.
And if steak just doesn’t work for you? Serve the couscous and garden salads with Grilled Shrimp.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend! Bon appétit!
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© Susan W. Nye, 2012