For easy fun in the sun, make your patio the venue for this crowd-pleasing meal.
You don't have to go far—or fuss much—to have a blast. For easy fun in the sun, prepare this menu and invite company to your
home for a lovely outdoor evening. The menu is listed below, and a detailed description with links to recipes can be found
in the slides that follow.
Chilled Cucumber Soup cost per serving: $1.10
Balsamic-Glazed Baby Eggplant cost per serving: $.64
We recommend starting off your backyard bash with two delicious appetizers, Chilled Cucumber Soup and Balsamic-Glazed Baby Eggplant. The soup is best served very cold, so place the bowls in the freezer for about 20 minutes before ladling soup into them. You can also try a large leek in place of the onion for a stronger flavor.
The balsamic glaze for the eggplant can be prepared up to 1 week in advance, just keep it covered in the refrigerator. Add some crushed red pepper to the glaze if you'd like a spicy kick. Keep a close eye on the eggplant as it cooks, because the glaze burns easily.
See recipe: Chilled Cucumber Soup
See recipe: Balsamic-Glazed Baby Eggplant
Italian Wraps cost per serving: $2.13
Buttermilk Fried Chicken cost per serving: $2.08
Italian Wraps are filling and satifsy most any craving with the mix of meat, cheese, and vegetables. For another main dish, there's nothing quite like Buttermilk Fried Chicken for a backyard party. While it's best to serve the chicken soon after you've cooked it, you can soak it, coat it with the flour mixture and keep it covered and refrigerated for a couple of hours, then fry it at the last minute. Just be sure to add a few minutes to the cooking time if you cook it cold.
See recipe: Italian Wraps
See recipe: Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Crunchy Jicama Slaw cost per serving: $.84
Ranch Potato Salad cost per serving: $.93
Crunchy Jicama Slaw is a new twist on classic cole slaw. Jicama, the star of this dish, is sweet and crunchy. It's sure to get rave reviews from everyone lucky enough to enjoy it.
A backyard bash wouldn't be complete without potato salad. Serve up our Ranch Potato Salad. The dressing can be prepared up to 3 days ahead, as long as it's kept tightly covered in the refrigerator. Alternatively, you can make the whole salad up to a day in advance. Keep the salad covered and chilled, but bring it back to room temperature before serving.
See recipe: Crunchy Jicama Slaw
See recipe: Ranch Potato Salad
Cost per serving: $1.07
Serve cool and refreshing Sparkling Guava Punch at your backyard bash to beat hot summer temperatures. Pick up extra guava juice and freeze it in an ice-cube tray. Serve the punch over the guava cubes.
See recipe: Sparkling Guava Punch
Nutella-Swirl Blondies cost per serving: $.50
Melon Ball Salad with Lime Syrup cost per serving: $1.17
Satisfy everyone's sweet tooth with these two dessert options, Nutella-Swirl Blondies and Melon Ball Salad with Lime Syrup. The hazelnut, chocolate, and butterscotch flavor in the blondies will impress even those with the richest palate. Melon Ball Salads are light and sweet, and when topped with mint, perfectly refreshing.
See recipe: Nutella Swirl Blondies
See recipe: Melon Ball Salad with Lime Syrup