Our Favorite Summer Dishes for Any Occasion

May 15, 2018

It’s that time of year when the weather’s warm, people are flocking to the beach or pool, and fun times are ahead. When you’re planning friend and family gatherings, food is always first on the list. From salads to desserts, you want to make sure everyone enjoys your selections and leaves with their stomachs full. Here are a few easy dishes that make every event special:

Appetizers

You always want to have something on hand to nibble on while the food is being prepared. Here are a few tasteful appetizers that will get the palate ready to eat:

  • Sweet Pepper Poppers
  • Asian Summer Rolls with Sweet-Savory Sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Grilled Corn Salsa
  • Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon
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    Grilling

    What’s a backyard barbeque without scrumptious   aromas coming from the grill? The taste of perfection can’t be duplicated on a stove,So check out these mouth-watering dishes for a few ideas:

  • Grilled Pork Chops with Maple Syrup Sweet Potatoes
  • Grilled Sausages and Polenta with Marinated Peppers
  • Grilled French Bread
  • Chicken Kebabs with Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad
  • Steak Kebabs
  • Sweet Potato Wedges
  •  Or … just throw a couple of steaks on the grill, grab the A1 sauce and you’re good to go! Yum!

    Salads

    Who’s up for a delicious summer salad? When it’s hot outside, the last thing you may want is something heavy. At the beach, you may not have your grill, but a nice summer salad can quickly make things better. When you’re going to be away from home, or if you’re just wanting something quick and easy for your gathering, these are great suggestions that’ll make a huge splash:

  • Fruit Salad
  • Cobb Salad
  • Greek Salad
  • German Potato Salad
  • Italian Pasta Salad
  • Shrimp Salad
  • Ambrosia Salad
  • Bruschetta Pasta Salad
  •  Add these to your list of staples and you’ll never go wrong. While potato salad is always a hit, mixing things up can make your everyday “go-to” a thing of the past.

    Desserts

    You can’t have an event or gathering without dessert. After all, isn’t that what summer is for? Shake off the winter and spring with these desserts. They’ll  have you wishing it was summer all year long:

  • Double Chocolate Pudding Pie
  • Grilled Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Crème
  • Blueberry Pie
  • Grilled Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Sugar Cookie Crust Fruit Pizza
  • Grilled Pineapple with Nutella
  • Sangria Ice Pops
  • Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches
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    Mix up a cool, fruity drink to go along with your snacks and meals, and you’ll be the talk of the town, day or night! Who said summer cooking wasn’t fun? Enjoy!

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