Summer is a time for get-togethers and grilling. The main dish might be the most important, but coming in at a close second are all those tasty sides to serve with your burgers or ribs. Here are a few easy side dishes that will elevate your summer cookout.
If you’re looking for a great side to pair with your main dish, make a broccoli salad. This delicious and easy choice is very inexpensive to prepare. You can make a lot of it for a party, or just enough to feed you and your family. Mix broccoli with a few other chopped vegetables, add some dried fruit and a creamy dressing, and you’ve got a nice addition to your meal.
Sweet Potato Fries
There are so many great uses for potatoes, especially French fries. Substituting sweet potatoes will add color, and flavor to your dinner. Boil your potatoes first, then, after they cool, slice them into wedges, long ways. Brush them with some olive oil and spices of your choice, and lay them on the grill to get a nice char. Serve these on the side at any barbecue and your friends will be impressed.
Corn is one of those vegetables that you can have all year round. Grilling is one way to enjoy corn, but it’s kind of plain. Try this simple corn pudding that looks and tastes amazing. You can use fresh or canned corn. Mix it with milk, cream, cheese, eggs, and spices, then pour it all into a casserole dish. Bake it for around a half hour at 350°F, or until golden brown on top. One way to make this even better is to grill the corn first, then cut the kernels off.
BLT Pasta Salad
What happens when you combine a classic sandwich with a popular side dish? You get magic at your summer party. Chop up your bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes to make bite sized pieces. Mix them with your favorite pasta and a creamy dressing. If you’re not eating the salad right away you should add the lettuce just before you serve. That way it won’t get soggy, keeping its crunchy texture.
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