With Memorial Day Weekend now behind us, the summer months are officially here. That means it’s time for beaches, golf, pools, parties, and barbecues.
All summer gatherings require some amazing, delicious food – which is something that our team knows a thing or two about.
To help get you ready for your next summer party, family gathering, or relaxing Saturday meal, our team wanted to share their favorite recipes with you! Below are 4 recipes to try this summer: Butterflied Leg of Lamb
, Gouda Burger Bites
, and BBQ Kielbasa & Broccoli Salad
Butterflied Leg of Lamb – Frank
One of my favorite grilled items is Butterflied Leg of Lamb. Here is a recipe you can use, but it can also be as easy as marinating the meat overnight and then grilling the lamb the next day.
When buying the leg of lamb, you can ask the butcher to butterfly it for you. Most places will do this free of charge.
I would recommend marinating the meat for at least 24 hours to get the most flavor, and use an Hawaiian Teriyaki sauce. My personal choice is Maui Mountain Teriyaki Sauce from World Harbors (be sure to add a ½ cup of water, as it is pretty thick and spicy!).
- ½ onion
- 4 cloves of peeled garlic
- 2 tablespoons of rosemary leaves
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Kosher salt and ground black pepper
- 1 boneless leg of lamb, 5-6 pounds, butterflied
It’s best to rotate the meat in the marinade at least once during the 24-hour period. It’s also important that the grill be hot initially to quickly sear both sides, then reduce the heat to slow cook the lamb. Be sure to turn frequently to prevent blackening on the sides of the meat. The meat comes out best when prepared medium rare to medium.
You can also roast potatoes and veggies on the grill right alongside the lamb. They’ll get some of the amazing flavors that come off the lamb. Enjoy!
Gouda Burger Bites – Jenn
I love attending summer BBQ’s, but sometimes the food can be a little too heavy. In an effort to still enjoy my favorite BBQ item, I never have a party without preparing Gouda Burger Bites
It’s a small cheeseburger slider without the unnecessary carbs. Also, they are easy to make and bring to your next potluck BBQ as a fun appetizer.
This recipe should be able to make 8-10 burgers:
- 8-10 large skewers
- 1 pound of ground beef or turkey
- ½ cup Italian panko seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg
- 2-3 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
- Himalayan sea salt and ground pepper (for taste)
- 100-day aged gouda thinly sliced and cut into squares (or any cheese you prefer)
- 1 bunch of butterhead lettuce
- 8-10 cherry tomatoes
- 8-10 pickle chips
- 1 jalapeno (sliced into thin slivers) **optional**
- ½ avocado (sliced into thin slivers) **optional**
1) In a large bowl, combine meat, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, Worcestershire, mustard and S&P. mix until fully combined, then form into a meatball (about 8-10).
2) Cook on the grill or in a large skillet until done.
3) Top meatballs with the gouda (or other cheese) and melt.
4) Layer each skewer with the meat/cheese, then top off with a piece of the lettuce, pickle, slice of jalapeno, slice of avocado, and tomato.
Guacamole – Ken
One of my favorite side dishes to make whenever I am at a summer party is home-made guacamole.
This is my go-to recipe, but you can make alterations and additions based on your tastes.
What makes home-made guacamole great is that everyone has their own, unique recipes.
Here is what you'll need to make my favorite guac:
- 3 avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
- 1 lime juiced
- ½ teaspoon of kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon of ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ medium onion diced
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- 1 glove of garlic minced
- 2 tomatoes seeded and diced
- ½ jalapeno pepper seeded and finely minced
If you make this guac, let me know what you think!
BBQ Kielbasa and Broccoli Salad – Joe
My family and I love cooking, especially in the summer. One of my favorite meals to make is BBQ Kielbasa with a side of Broccoli Salad. In addition to the ingredients below, a crock pot can help with the Kielbasa.
First, boil the kielbasa for about 5 minutes, and then cut it up it small pieces. Once done, put into the crock pot.
For taste, add the following into the crock pot:
- Bottle of BBQ sauce
- Yellow mustard
- Brown sugar
- Worcestershire sauce
- Louisiana hot sauce
- Garlic powder
Leave in the crock pot on high for about 1 and a half hours, or on low for around 2 and a half hours.
While the Kielbasa is going, you can then make the Broccoli salad. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 large bunch broccoli, chopped fine
- 8 strips of bacon, fry and crumble
- ½ cup of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of vinegar
- ½ cup of raisins
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- ½ cup of chopped pecans
- 1 cup of mayonnaise
- ¼ cup of red onions, chopped finely
Mix the sugar, salt, vinegar, and mayo. Next, pour this mixture over the broccoli and mix well. Add bacon, raisins, pecans, and onions. Mix thoroughly again.
Once the kielbasa is finished, enjoy a tasty meal with family and friends!