Summertime is the perfect time to try your hand at cooking. Barbeques and brunches are all the rage right now, so trying something new is never a bad thing. Finding the perfect recipes to make always seem to be pretty hard because you never want to eat something too dense in the summer. Summer is all about light bites and quick cooking and these recipes are sure to please everyone. Drinks are equally as important. Cooling down is a key part of summer, and drinks are the perfect way to do that. Make sure to use what is in season throughout the summer, like fresh fruits and produce from your local farmer’s market to get that extra crisp taste. When you’re going to your friends cookout, don’t go empty handed. Try these quick and simple recipes that are sure to have everyone swooning over your cooking.
Corn is an amazing selection for the summer, and this grilled corn with cilantro lime butter is the perfect thing to bring to any barbeque. It’s pretty simple to make and it tastes delicious. A little bit of zest from the citrus brings out all the natural sweetness of the corn. The best part about it however, is that the corn is grilled. Throw the corn on the barbeque and a bunch of amazing flavors will come out of it. Avocado toast is always a perfect brunch snack to bring over for the ladies. Elevate it with this recipe of caprese avocado toast. Simple, yet delicious, this flavor combination is sure to win over anyone! Tomatoes are in season right now so this is a perfect summer recipes with no cooking required. Sangria in the summertime, what could be better? The answer is nothing, so try out this watermelon and pineapple sangria sure to help everyone get their booze on in the most delightful of ways. It is easy and refreshing and utilizes the fruits in season right now. Try out these recipes to elevate your summer cookouts!
Grilled Corn with Cilantro Lime Butter
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
- 10 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed
- Cotija cheese, grated (optional)
- In a small bowl mix butter, cilantro, lime juice and peel. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator 30 minutes or until ready to use.
- Grill corn over medium heat, turning occasionally, until speckled with char spots and tender (about 15 to 20 minutes.)
- Carefully remove corn from grill and serve with butter and grated cheese, if desired. Enjoy!
Caprese Avocado Toast
- 2 ripe avocados
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- 4 slices bread, toasted
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced and cut into pieces, to fit the bread
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup basil leaves, roughly chopped
- Balsamic Glaze, for drizzling
- Cut the avocados in half, remove pit, and scoop the flesh into a small bowl. Add the lemon juice, sea salt, and black pepper, to taste. With a fork, mash the ingredients together, keeping the texture slightly chunky.
- Spread the mashed avocado evenly onto toasted bread slices. Top with fresh mozzarella slices, tomatoes, and basil. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and serve immediately.
- 1 bottle Moscato wine (750 ml)
- 1/2 C brandy
- 1 lime, thinly sliced
- 2 cups watermelon, cubed and cold
- 2 cups Extra Sweet Pineapple, cubed and cold
- lemon lime soda, for serving
- ice cubes
- Pour the wine and brandy into a pitcher and stir to combine. Add the sliced lime, watermelon, and pineapple.
- To serve, place some of the fruit in a glass with ice. Pour the sangria over the ice and top with lemon lime soda