5 Mouthwatering Ideas for Your Next Backyard Get-Together

5 Mouthwatering Ideas for Your Next Backyard Get-Together

Delicious ideas to ensure your outdoor family get-togethers are a success.


By : Enriqueta L.

We Latinos love to eat outdoors, and any excuse is a good one to share time with friends and family. As I'm the type who likes to invite even the cousins of my cousins, there are always people to serve. And now, with the nice weather, I love that a family gathering can revolve around the grill. Best of all, it's much easier to prepare the food!

Beyond the typical corn-on-the-cob, hamburgers and hot dogs, I keep the menu casual and these are some of the things I like to serve without complicating my life too much:

Natural drinks: There's nothing like fruit juice with water, a little sugar and plenty of ice. Don't forget to add your favorite herbs, including mint, rosemary, and thyme. They're extremely refreshing and help the whole family stay hydrated.

Meatballs: If you're going to cook on the grill, take advantage of the opportunity to grill up some meatballs. For each pound of ground beef add a clove of minced garlic, a beaten egg, a pinch of salt, and a spoonful of breadcrumbs. These meatballs, which can be made from beef or pork, don't need to be breaded and they're delicious. 

Fruits: Fresh fruit on hot days is a perfect combo; a watermelon cut in little triangles works as an appetizer, dessert or a snack. If the grill is on, take advantage and try it grilled. Other fruits which are delicious grilled include pineapple and peaches.

Granizados (Fruit-flavored shaved ice): Some water-rich fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, and passion fruit, are delicious blended with a little water and sugar. Just put the blended liquid on a clean cookie sheet in the freezer. When frozen, simply scrape into individual serving bowls and serve.

Vegetables: I love vegetables on the grill. A little drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt is all you need to roast peppers, eggplant, onions, pumpkin, squash or zucchini. The flavor that grilling gives them is unique and delicious.

How do you organize your patio parties?

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