Official, unofficial there are lots and lots of first weekends of summer. With Independence Day next Wednesday, this is it. Summer is here. And this weekend promises to be a hot one … as in HOT HOT HOT. Which can only mean one thing, get out the grill. Here are a few ideas for a fun and festive summer cookout:
How to start? If you’ve never cooked a pizza or flatbread on the grill, give it a try. Flatbread with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions & Spinach would be delicious. Instead of roasting the mushrooms and caramelizing the onions on the stovetop, keep the kitchen cool. Toss the mushrooms and onions in a little olive oil and then throw them in a grill basket and stir-fry them on the grill. You can skip the bacon (talk about flames) but grilled and sliced sausages would make a nice addition. If that seems too complicated, how about Tapenade. I’ve always got a jar in the back of my refrigerator. Serve the tapenade with fresh veggies and pita chips. And how about some, Asparagus Crostini. You can grill the bread and the asparagus then and there and let everyone assemble their own crostinis.
On to the main event: A cookout works for me. Especially when manly men jump into to take care of the grilling. I have fond memories of summer cookouts on the Cape so I’m going with Grilled Swordfish with Caponata and Citrus Couscous. A good alternative would be Grilled Shrimp. Seve the shrimp on a bed of Grilled Vegetables & Israeli Couscous Salad.
And something sweet? With temperatures hovering above or just below triple digits … it’s got to be cold … very cold. I’d suggest you go with Chocolate-Chocolate Sorbet, Strawberry Gelato or Brown Sugar Yogurt Gelato. Or maybe all of the above!
Have a great weekend, stay cool and bon appétit!
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© Susan W. Nye, 2012