Eager to get together with family and friends? If so, we have some good news for you. North Carolina’s newly loosened social distancing rules now allow outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, which means you can finally start planning your next cookout!
Our Top 4 Cookout Recipes
One of the best parts of a cookout has to be the food. But if you’re tired of the standard burgers, hot dogs, and coleslaw, it might be time to refresh your menu with some new favorites and bold flavors. Here are some of our favorite summer recipes that will really impress your loved ones.
Al pastor (pork) taco pizza, courtesy of Molly Yeh
Tacos are a quintessential summer food, and they’re also bursting with flavorful spices and fresh local veggies. This recipe from Molly Yeh, star of Food Network’s Girl Meets Farm, combines the classic flavors of pork tacos with a crowd-pleasing favorite: pizza!
This recipe makes two 14″ pizzas, and it can be great as an appetizer (when cut into smaller strips) or a main course.
Double corn salad, courtesy of Jamie Oliver
Every good cookout needs a salad, but a platter full of lettuce probably won’t be enough to satiate your hungry guests. This colorful and healthy option from Jamie Oliver uses a standard summer favorite—grilled corn—and transforms it into a hearty side dish that’s sure to delight.
Want to know the secret to this unique salad? Fresh popcorn (yes, you read that right!) replaces the usual croutons for an added punch of crunchiness and buttery flavor.
Spice-rubbed grilled chicken, courtesy of Ree Drummond
Grilled chicken might seem bland…but if you season and cook it correctly, it can be the star of your cookout. Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman, has a foolproof recipe for grilled chicken that will really knock your socks off. Paprika, chili powder, and cumin unite with a sweet and tangy glaze that totally transforms chicken thighs.
To cut down on prep time, season the chicken the night before your cookout and pull it from the fridge when you’re ready to grill. How’s that for an easy main course?
Coconut water granita, courtesy of Martha Stewart
No cookout is complete without a refreshing dessert. If you’re looking for a simple tropical sweet that doesn’t take long to prepare, Martha Stewart’s coconut water granita is the perfect choice. A granita is a simpler version of Italian ice, and it only has four ingredients!
If you want to make this recipe for an adults-only party, try adding a splash of your favorite rum or tequila. You can also get creative with your garnishes—Martha recommends using toasted coconut flakes and strawberries, but you could also use limes or bananas.
Thinking About Moving to Clayton?
Ready to throw a cookout with some of your neighbors? Then it’s time to make a move to The Walk at East Village! The Walk is an active adult community in the heart of Clayton, and our neighborhood always has something fun to offer. Give us a call to learn more—we’d love to give you a tour of the area.