Mar 13, 2012

Best Recipe Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining

All winter long, you dream about eating lots of tasty food, enjoying a cold beverage and hanging out on shaded patios enjoying the summer sun. By the time summer actually comes, make sure you throw a backyard party that everyone remembers by cooking up some delicious food. The following recipe ideas will have you covered for entrees, main courses, salads and desert, and will have your guests wanting more!

Feta and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms
To get things started, the most important
party supplies you will need are pre-dinner snacks that will get your guests’ appetites ramped up, and feta and spinach stuffed mushrooms will do just the trick. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and set aside a lightly greased cooking tray. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, and add 2 small cloves of chopped garlic, stirring for 15 seconds. Add a 10-ounce pack of spinach and some salt and pepper, and continue frying until the spinach is cooked. After the spinach has cooled slightly, add it to 4 ounces of crumbled feta, mix it all together and stuff mushrooms with the mix. Put the mushrooms on the baking sheet and into the oven for about 20-25 minutes, and enjoy!

Mango and Roasted Cashew Salad
Every hot summer barbeque needs a refreshing salad, and the mango with roasted cashew salad is sure to be a party pleaser. Start by combining a half-cup of sweet white wine to a quarter cup of light brown sugar, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Then add cubes from one large mango and a half-teaspoon of grated ginger to the wine mixture, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours to let the flavours mingle. After, drain the liquid and mix and add a cup of roasted cashews, and garnish with mint.

Rotisserie Chicken
If you have a rotisserie, then this recipe will serve as a delicious classic that will have your guests’ mouths watering. First, get one 3-pound chicken and season the inside with a pinch of salt before placing onto the rotisserie, cooking for 10 minutes with the grill set on high. Meanwhile, mix together a quarter-cup of melted butter, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of paprika and a quarter-teaspoon of black pepper. Turn the grill down to medium and baste the chicken with the butter mixture before closing the lid and cooking for 1 to 1 and a half hours. Baste the chicken continuously until its internal temperature reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit, and then remove from the rotisserie. Let the chicken stand for 15 minutes before cutting and serving with either rice or potatoes.

Honey Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches
This easy to make desert will make a nice complement to the dinner and the summer heat. All you have to do is sandwich a third of a cup of honey-vanilla ice cream between two thin butter wafer cookies, and place them on a baking sheet in the freezer. When it is time for desert, serve them with a bowl of fresh cherries.

There is nothing like a backyard barbeque with mates to celebrate the coming of summer Aussie-style, so try out some of these recipes and relax!
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