When it comes to entertaining in the summer, I like to keep it casual and relaxed. A fun and refreshing cocktail to get the evening started, and then a meal complete with something off the grill, and some really nice make ahead side salads and gratins that feature the farmer’s market’s best ingredients. For dessert, I like to go with something fresh and fruity with things like cherries, peaches, and berries.
I just finished teaching a week of cooking classes the last before summer break, that featured this menu:
Pickled Shrimp & Tomato Skewers
Grilled Tri Tip Steaks with Smoky Steak Sauce
Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Corn, Blue Cheese, and Lemony Creme Fraiche Dressing
Tomato Gratin with Asiago Bread Crumbs
Individual Bourbon Spiked Cherry Pies
The entire menu was make-ahead friendly, perfect for serving buffet style, and delicious eaten at room temperature. Exactly what I wanted for my casual no-stess evening.
Having everything ready before your guests arrive will definitely make you smile. You are sure to have fun, and will feel ready to enjoy that cool refreshing cocktail or two with your guests, instead of running around trying to pull everything together at the last minute.
I posted a picture of the little cherry pies on Instagram before class started…
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