A weekend full of cookouts and outdoor time is quickly approaching. With the warm weather that our area has been blessed with recently, there is a good chance that you can feature some of your own fresh fruits and veggies in your July 4th dishes.
Can’t think of anything new to try out? Try some of these recipes that we found on FoodNetwork.com
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 beefsteak (or other large variety) tomatoes, stemmed, washed and dried
1 pint cherry tomatoes, stemmed, washed and dried
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon leaves
4 strawberries, hulled, washed and cut into very small pieces
Maldon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 to 2 teaspoons superfine (or granulated) sugar
6 ounces cold watermelon, rind removed, seeded and cut into bite-size cubes
In a bowl, whisk together the balsamic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Taste for seasoning. Set aside.
Place the tomatoes on a flat surface. Cut the smaller ones in half and the larger ones into slices. Arrange all of them in a single layer, flesh side up. Season them with salt, black pepper and sugar. Drizzle the tomatoes with the dressing. Toss them with the tarragon and strawberries.
Arrange the tomatoes down the length of 6 rectangular plates. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and top with the watermelon. Serve immediately.
1 1/4 pounds ground sirloin
2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
2 tablespoons steak sauce
1 tablespoon grill seasoning
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
10 soft dinner rolls, split
2 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
1 small yellow skinned onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
Preheat grill pan or outdoor grill to high. Mix meat and next 4 ingredients. Divide meat into half and score each half into 5 pieces. Roll the meat into balls then squish it into small, thin patties, 3 inches across. You will yield 10 patties. To make a double batch or more, meat can be made into patties ahead and placed on cookie sheets to store 24 hours. These patties can also be baked on cookie sheets in preheated 400 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes. But, on a hot indoor or outdoor grill, these small burgers will take just 2 or 3 minutes on each side for medium doneness. Serve on dinner rolls with chopped lettuce, chopped onion and Special Sauce.
To make sauce, combine ranch dressing with ketchup and black pepper.
Add fresh items from your garden like romaine lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and onions for toppings.
Here’s a dessert the kids will not only enjoy eating, but also making. Watch this short video to see how.
8 cups boiling water
5 plain gelatin packets
4 strawberry gelatin packets
Sliced strawberries, if desired
3 cups heated sweetened coconut milk
3 cups heated unsweetened coconut milk
2 cups cold whole milk
8 plain gelatin packets
4 1/2 cups boiling water
4 blue gelatin packets
2 plain gelatin packets
Whipped cream, in a pastry bag fitted with star tip, for topping
Blueberries, for garnish
Special equipment: star-shaped cookie cutter
Spray two half baking sheets and a quarter baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside in the refrigerator.
For the strawberry layer: Combine the hot water, plain and strawberry gelatin. Once thoroughly combined, pour the strawberry layer into one of the half baking sheets in the refrigerator. After 15 minutes of cooling, add some strawberry slices, if desired. Allow the gelatin to cool until set, about 2 hours.
For the white layer: Combine the hot water, sweetened and unsweetened coconut milk, whole milk and plain gelatin. Once thoroughly combined, pour the white layer into the other half baking sheet in the refrigerator. Allow to cool until set, about 2 hours.
For the blue layer: Combine the hot water and the blue and plain gelatin. Once thoroughly combined, pour the blue layer into the quarter baking sheet in the refrigerator.
Once the layers are set, remove them from the refrigerator.
Turn the red layer out onto a parchment-lined platter or cutting board. Slice two-thirds of the white layer into strips and reserve the remaining third to punch out stars with a star-shaped cookie cutter. Top the red layer with the white stripes. With the widest side of the blue layer facing you, cut the layer in half from the top of the baking sheet to the bottom. Add one portion of the blue layer on top of the white stripes on the top left portion of the flag. Top the blue layer with the white stars. Using a piping bag fitted with a star tip, pipe out a whipped cream border and top with blueberries.