I’m planning the menu for our Memorial Day cookout, and since I don’t like to test new recipes on guests (I’m a chicken that way), I’m turning to a few tried and true dishes that I’ve already blogged about here. Thought I’d share them with you in case you’re planning a little backyard soiree of your own. : )
I’ll leave a couple of appetizers and possibly a green salad up to my guests, as they are the sweet and generous type and I know they’ll ask what they can bring. And I’m the type that likes to accept help (cough, not really). As for the rest of the menu:
We’ll start the party with glasses of this awesomely gorgeous AND delicious Minted Watermelon Cooler. As written, it’s kid-friendly, mother approved; however, add a splash or two of white rum for a grown up, watermelony-mojito-type cocktail. These are amazing. : ) Take advantage of the sale watermelon and make a batch. You won’t be sorry.
For the main course, I’m definitely using the $1.99/pound Sendik’s Natural Ground Chuck to make up a whole slew of the Stuffed Sliders I blogged about on Tuesday; I can’t stop dreaming about the blue cheese / golden onion version. Check out the recipe, then have a blast coming up with fun cheese and topping combinations. Yum.
On the side will be this Macaroni Salad with Bacon, Peas & Creamy Dijon Dressing. Sounds fattening and heavy, but your guests will have absolutely no idea the recipe is from Cooking Light. The dressing is fantastic; the only thing I would change (as I mentioned when I first blogged about it) is to cut back on the red onion – I thought it was a little strong. Look for sale Sendik’s Pastas, Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Koop’s Dijon Mustard if you’re running low.
For dessert, I’ll stick with my slider kick, and use the sale strawberries to make these yummy little Strawberry Shortcake Sliders. Just a guess, but I’m pretty sure I made these fifteen times last summer; they are outstanding. Again, only you will have to know that the shortcakes are from Cooking Light. Use the sale Golden Guernsey Heavy Cream to make your own whipped cream OR punt and use the sale Cool Whip. Other sale ingredients include Shurfresh Butter Quarters, and your choice of either Edy’s, Blue Bunny or Cedar Crest Brands of vanilla ice cream. Just a thought: if strawberries aren’t your thing, swap in a combination of sale blackberries and peaches – they would be great here, too.
Have a happy, safe, and delicious holiday weekend. : )Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | May 24th, 2012