My Favorite Summer Recipes
Here’s a little fun fact for you: I love to cook. When I have the time, I take much joy in making a mess of the kitchen with the hopes that something delicious will come out in the end. Sometimes I follow a recipe, other times I just wing it and figure it can’t end that badly. In summer, I find that I cook a lot more – creating dishes for cookouts, hang outs and barbecues for my friends and family to enjoy.
Looking for a few new meal ideas to switch it up? Here’s a list of my favorite summer recipes:
In the summer I tend to eat a lot more veggies since they’re in season and available fresh at local farmer’s markets, roadside stands and my backyard. I made a variation of this recipe the other night with ground organic turkey and no rice to keep it lighter. I also threw in some mushrooms for good measure. When paired with a delicious Perpetual IPA from Troegs, this is the perfect healthy mid-week meal.
Tierney’s Best Ever Burgers
Okay, I totally made that name up, but once you have these you will agree. We all do a lot of grilling in the summer, especially the classic burgers and dogs. To kick it up a bit, my favorite burger is made by taking a regular beef patty and grilling it with my favorite BBQ sauce. Then, I top it off with bacon, bleu cheese and more BBQ sauce. “Skinny” secret: Burgers are awesome wrapped in lettuce instead of on the bun! On the side I love some fresh cut cucumbers to help quench the heat and wash it all down with a can of Sixpoint Sweet Action. Drooling yet?
I wish I could claim the rights to this awesome chicken salad recipe, but alas it is not my creation. I was first introduced to this chicken salad at Kelly’s ‘Drunk Brunch’, and decided to recreate it at home and make sandwiches with it. This recipe is even better when made with olive oil mayo instead of regular, and then applied to a croissant or in a lettuce wrap. Also, why don’t you throw some grilled corn on the cob on the side to finish it off? I say, it is also best enjoyed with a glass of sangria and the company of friends.
Sometimes it’s so hot you don’t even want to eat at all. Clearly, that’s not a good plan, so try these crackers for a little something light. I made these for our group’s enjoyment when we attended the Dauphin County Music and Wine Festival. We found that they go well with cheddar cheese, cucumbers, venison bologna, cherries, hummus, spinach dip and just about every other easy-to-serve finger food. Envision them with a glass of my favorite Seyval Blanc as the sun goes down.
In my opinion, nothing beats a good steak right of the grill no matter what time of year. This recipe is probably the easiest of all. Start by grilling up a steak or two, throw lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrots, etc. in a bowl, and then combine them all on your plate. The key to making this recipe your own, however, is in the marinades and dressings. Right now I’m loving balsamic vinegar + red wine as a marinade and Ken’s Asian Sesame with Ginger and Soy dressing. Top it off with Angry Orchard Cider, my latest obsession, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the pool.
What are some of your favorite summer recipes?
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