What to Make for a Cookout
Hey, Betty! you shout. I have guests coming over. What should I make for my cookout?
Ooh, there are so many options to choose from, but I’m going to go with a chicken-based meal. I’ve had a few awkward cookouts where I learned at the last minute that one of the attendees doesn’t eat beef or pork. No carnivore ever has an issue with chicken. And be kind to your resident vegetarians and have an assortment of vegetables on hand for grilling. They can be an excellent side for the carnivores or a main meal component for your meatless friends.
I would do the following match-up:
- Brazilian Beer Chicken: This needs an overnight marinade, but only a relatively quick cooking time on the grill. Want to make all of the pieces cook at the same pace? Cut the chicken breasts in half, right through the bones and all.
- Two-Tone Potato Salad: I’m not a fan of things with mayonnaise, but I love this potato salad. Can be prepared the night before.
- Or, if you prefer, Quinoa with Tomatoes and Black Beans: This can be prepared ahead and served chilled.
- Crock Pot “Baked” Beans: Soak the beans overnight, and then cook in the slow cooker all day.
And for dessert, the campground favorite: Banana Boats.
What other meal pairings are you looking for? Ask in the comments or tweet me @thebettyblog.