Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Party

Tyler and I had our dads over for a barbeque on Father's Day and this is what we made. Everything turned out great! This is such an easy menu for a summer BBQ. Everything can be done before hand so the only thing to do is throw the meat on the grill. And get your drink on.


Any kind of salad would work here. Just cut everything into bite sized pieces and stack on a toothpick. I got the tray and appetizer spoons for Christmas and I love them, but shot glasses would work just as well. Also feel free to come up with a more elegant name for this recipe.

Greek Salad on a Stick: cucumber, red onion, olive, feta. Dressing = olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, dried oregano, garlic, salt, pepper

Caprese Salad on a Stick:  halved cherry tomatoes, bocconcini cheese, fresh basil. Dressing = olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper


  • 1/4 to 1/2 lb flank steak per person
  • small tortillas
  • juice and zest 2 limes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • hot sauce
  • sour cream
  • pickled hot pepper rings
  • salsa

Mix marinade in a large Ziploc bag. Marinade steak 3 hours, turning and massaging meat a few times during this time.

Grill over high direct heat 4 minutes per side for medium rare. Remove onto a platter, cover with foil, and let meat rest for at least 10 minutes. While meat is resting, wrap tortillas in foil, about 10 per package to ensure they will all get heated through. Place on grill on indirect heat until ready to serve.

  • 3 ears corn
  • cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • juice and zest of 2 limes
  • 1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro or Italian parsley
  • salt and pepper to season
Grill corn over direct heat until softened and charred in spots, about 15 minutes. Remove from grill and set aside to cool a bit. Cut corn off cobs, mix with remaining ingredients. Refrigerate until serving.


For each serving, cut a slice of cake in half. Place one half on a plate, spread with some lemon curd, top with strawberries, other half of cake, and whipped cream.

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