Friday, September 1, 2017

Cookout Recipes to Try Before Summer Ends

OKEMOS, Mich.,–– Make the most of these warm and sunny days while you can, because summer is almost over! The end of the summer is the perfect time to gather the whole family together for one last cookout or get together before school starts up again and the weather starts to cool down. Impress your guests or your host with these cookout recipes to try before summer ends. Below you'll find a few appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts. Enjoy!

Appetizer: Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

With kiwis, apples, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries, this customizable fruit "salsa" is the perfect topper for homemade cinnamon chips! Fruit salsa and cinnamon chips are a great, healthy appetizer to kick off a fun cookout. Plus, this dish is extremely easy to make and serves up to 8 people.

Appetizer: Salsa De Tomatillo (Green Salsa)

End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

For those of you still craving a savory sort of salsa after reading the last recipe, worry not: this salsa de tomatillo, or green salsa, will satisfy! This green take on salsa is tasty dip for tortilla chips, but can also be used in other dishes - like on top of chicken enchiladas. Get creative with it! 

Side Dish: 7-Layer Pasta Salad

End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

This layered salad is packed to the brim with  pasta, avocado, broccoli, tomatoes, lettuce, ham, and cheese so you can enjoy everything you love in one scoop. This dish is great because you can assemble each layer separately without worrying about tossing afterwards. Use ranch dressing to make this dish extra tasty!  

Side Dish: Grilled Corn

End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

Grilled corn is a cookout classic, but did you know there are so many different ways to serve it? This recipe provides a wide variety of topping combinations, from bacon-wrapped corn to barbecue sauce and potato chips! Give a few of these a try to take your grilled corn to the next level. 

Entree: Triple B Burgers

End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

The three B's on the Triple B Burgers stand for burger, barbecue, and bourbon sauce. This Guy Fieri staple should satisfy all your guest, including those particular burger afficianados. Give the Triple B a go at your next cookout to see why Guy Fieri ranks it as one of his all-time favorites!

Entree: Chicken, Bacon, & Ranch Skewers

End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

What goes better with chicken than bacon and ranch? The assembly of these skewers is relatively easy and the grilling is quick. You can drizzle the ranch on top before serving, or with a side of ranch so your guests can dip to their liking. Put a BLT spin on these skewers and serve with lettuce! 

Dessert: S'mores Krispie Treats

End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

S'mores Krispie Treats. Need we say any more? Using chocolate, marshmallows, Golden Grahams cereal, and butter, you'll have a less messy, no-bake s'more dessert ready for 20 people at one time! This is the ideal summer dessert you can enjoy out of season without the campfire, too. 

Dessert: Banana Split Kebabs

End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

Looking for a slightly healthier alternative for a dessert? Banana Split Kebabs use bananas, pineapple, strawberries, and a chocolate drizzle and crushed peanut topping for a super sweet healthy kebab. You can skip the chocolate and throw these on the grill for a caramelized touch, or use sugar-free chocolate to make it a little healthier. 

If you're planning on making your next get-together the best one yet, use these end of the summer cookout recipes to make the best appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts your guests could ask for! If you want to brush up on your cooking skills before the big get-together, try these amazingly easy summer recipes to get started. Headed on a trip for Labor Day? Make sure to check your tires, oil, windshield wiper fluid, and other important components before you take off. See our routine maintenance tips online or stop by to have our experts give your vehicle a quick inspection! 

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