Recipes For A Perfect Cookout

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There are still a few weeks of summertime remaining, so whether you’re planning Labor Day festivities or hoping to get some more grilling in before fall, try out some of these delicious cookout recipes by Country Living.

Fresh Starters

Even though summer is on its way out, it’s still nice to have a crisp, cool beverage in hand while you’re enjoying the outdoors, so treat your guests to a refreshing glass of old-fashioned lemonade. Sweet and tart, this recipe builds on the standard preparation by garnishing with colorful berries and mint sprigs. To pique the appetite, start the meal off with this tossed salad in green goddess dressing, a flavorful blend of avocado, tarragon, and chives over gem lettuce and tomatoes. Watermelon won’t be in season for much longer, so send it off with this watermelon, tomato, and feta salad livened up with fresh-squeezed lime juice and olive oil.

A Handheld Favorite

No cookout is complete without burgers, and this recipe for Worcestershire-glazed burgers is sure to delight your guests with its phenomenally juicy patties. Worcestershire sauce adds a little complexity to the standard sandwich, and basting both sides is sure to impart the perfect savory finish to every bite.

Loaded Links

While traditional hot dog franks are always welcome on the grill, you can elevate the typical dog and bun with spicy Italian sausage links on split rolls. They can be garnished with your pick of slaw, marinated peppers and onions, or whatever else you and your guests might be craving.

Perfecting Poultry

Break out the skewers for these marinated chicken and onion kebabs, which spice up your menu with garam masala, ginger, garlic, and turmeric. These kababs go great with flatbread or naan, but remember to promptly wash out any dishware you use to mix the seasonings–turmeric is used as a vibrant dye as well as a spice, and it might leave your plates ­­bright yellow if it stays on too long.

Essential Sides

Make some room on your plate for some side items, like these corn cobettes treated with basil butter and a little cayenne. Add some color to your presentation with some charred baby peppers in a lime and cashew vinaigrette, or grill some summer squash with lemon-scallion dressing to send off the season. While the grill’s still hot, throw on a few s’mores to end on a high note.

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