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Putting it Together: Your Summer Cookout

What to Make for a Cookout

With so much prepared ahead of time, you might even have time to play at your own party.

With so much prepared ahead of time, you might even have time to play at your own party.

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.

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3 Responses

  1. Lisa Y says:

    I’d like your thoughts on this one… A friend of mine was hosting a painting party–like in-home Painting with a Twist–and asked everyone to bring a dish to feed eight. Another friend who was attending is a vegetarian so I made gnocchi with tomatoes, artichokes, mushrooms, onions, and garlic and I took it warm. But…then we all decided to paint first and eat afterward so the hostess had to heat my gnocchi up again. Do you have go-to potluck dishes that are simple to take?

  2. Alisa says:

    I try to opt for vegetarian-friendly things that don’t need to be heated, like:
    – Pesto Pasta Salad http://beta.whatwouldbettydo.com/2012/07/27/pesto-pasta-salad/
    – Caprese Pasta Salad
    http://beta.whatwouldbettydo.com/2011/09/02/caprese-pasta-salad/
    – Or something that’s more of a substantial appetizer, Tomato Mozzarella and Avocado
    http://beta.whatwouldbettydo.com/2012/08/10/tbma/

  3. Lisa Y says:

    They all look good! Thanks!

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