As I type this I am getting ready to travel down to DC and then the Outer Banks with my family for a real beach house vacation where the beach is in the back yard (we’ve never really done one since we live 15-20 minutes from the beach here in NH). We are going with 9 other families all staying in one gigantic house so I am envisioning tons of belly laughs and a volume level at meals that rivals a grade school cafeteria.
And of course, good food.
As one friend wrote on one of the several email chains that are flying around “I keep thinking about how many eggs and bacon we will need for one breakfast”. Luckily these friends are super organized and we are all taking turns cooking dinner one night. You know you are going on vacation with the right people when someone has already ordered half a pig. So if you also find yourself in the lovely position of having a summer gathering with friends and family, here are some meals I’ve been thinking of for summer get togethers, which happily tend to get big.
Bo Ssam: I posted this a while ago and it is so so good. With an overnight brine in sugar and salt and then a long slow cook in a 300 degree oven while we are outside at the beach, it is so easy and festive. The fresh, vinegary and spicy flavors of the sauces make it zing. Feeds a crowd + eating with your hands is just so fun.
Fish Tacos: I’ve made Bobby Flay’s fish tacos for a crowd before and the are SO good. I put out homemade coleslaw and orange wedges and the combo is like fireworks in your mouth.
All of these appetizers from Bloglovin’s The Edit (so many combos of sweet and savory. Have to try the grilled peaches with brie and pancetta!)
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños: I think there will be long afternoons out around the pool and it is nice to have something of substance besides chips and guac (although I love love love homemade guac and salsa). These are easy to make and crowd pleasing!
This Zucchini Carpaccio (and every thing else on this site, I am loving it!).
This Brussel Sprout and Kale salad is my favorite summer salad.
It might be a little early for Corn, Peach, Tomato and Blue Cheese salad but it is still making me drool.
These Moroccan Spiced Grilled Chicken Kebabs from David Leibovitz look amazing. I will have to move all of the beef over on the grill to make room for these.
Hopefully we’ll make at least one of these blueberry recipes. Aside from the traditional 4th of July cake with the berries.
You can follow us along on Instagram since I am sure I will be posting pics of our trip there. Hope you have the happiest 4th of July!
Happy Eating, xoxo Katie