Family cookouts or barbecues are great. A family cookout menu need not be difficult or time-consuming to prepare. I find pleasures and treasures throughout the year, every year, but I enjoy a family get together as wonderfully special.
The weather is warm (even in the Pacific Northwest) and having family members and friends get together is an opportunity to entertain outdoors with food and drink.
I keep the menu simple so I don't have to work too hard. I
like having time to talk and play my guitar and sing with my company.
What follows is the actual menu and recipes I served for one family
cookout. It was a great hit.
When family visits, I need a variety of food and beverages. Children and grand-children will be at the cookout, as well as their parents and grandparents.
With children involved, I always have potato chips, tortilla chips, and veggies with dips and a fruit platter set next to (paper) plates and paper napkins on a table set up on the deck.
For this particular cookout menu I am also serving wild smoked salmon with artisan crackers and strawberry cream cheese.
When I buy seafood, I purchase only wild seafood (not farmed, not GM) caught in deep, clean waters.
If this seems somewhat extravagant, I agree. But I am having the wild smoked salmon because one of my brother-in-laws and his family will be attending. We rarely see him and his family since they live in Maryland. (Yes, I am showing off the Northwest's finest.)
I am preparing a restaurant beef recipe since I know most everyone attending is a beef-lover. I am serving a restaurant beef recipe for grilled flank steak. This grilled marinated flank steak is a favorite beef recipe. I will serve it with a horseradish sauce with a little bite to it since my husband loves it that way.
I know this entree will be appreciated, but you may be surprised to know what will really be a hit. I never have any leftovers when I serve grilled vegetables. For this particular out-cook, I am adding Portobello mushrooms to the other vegetables I'll be grilling.
Before serving, I'll replenish the fruit plate I put out earlier on the appetizer table. I will also have a large basket of garlic bread on the buffet table. (Oh ...did you think I was actually going to plate this meal for everyone? Not a chance.)
That's the menu and the restaurant recipes you need for any item that might work for you. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you about dessert.
We are having homemade ice cream.
AND we are having Chocolate Chip Cowboy Cookies (Yes, I'm showing off again. The cookie recipe is the one used by my mother-in-law when raising her four sons, all of whom will be at the cookout.)
What about beverage suggestions? No problem, homemade lemonade, soda pop, ice water, fruit juices, wine and beer if you wish. I have restaurant drink recipes on my beverage page. Just click here.
I hope this cookout menu and these restaurant recipes will serve you well. As I always say, enjoy the recipes and the company of those you share them with!
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