5 Tasty Recipes Perfect for Your Next Summer Gathering

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Grilled Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki & Greek Salad

This is one of my all time favorite family meals. The marinade is so delicious and fragrant, and the cucumber salad is cool, crunchy and refreshing. You can always buy tzatziki pre-made (I love Trader Joes), but it’s not hard to make yourself with Greek yogurt. I make it for gyros, but we also use it as a healthy salad dressing and veggie dip.

Shrimp Boil in Foil

I love Southern Food. The shellfish. The spices. THE BUTTER. This recipe has it all, y’all. You can use this recipe to make a traditional shrimp boil & serve on kraft paper or newspaper like a real Southern host – or wrap it into individual tin foil packets and grill for super easy clean up. My MIL made these a few weeks ago for a summer dinner and I can’t wait to make them again when friends come for dinner.

Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes with Salsa Verde & Pico de Gallo

Recipe & picture from Food Folks and Fun

A friend of mine taught me how to make a big batch of these a few years ago. I was skeptical, but they are so ridiculously good. This recipe makes a sizeable batch – perfect for hosting guests or keeping some as leftovers. I serve mine as a vegetarian dish, but you could easily grill up some meat to add with it. I get multiple requests for this meal every summer by all my husbands family – don’t make it if you don’t want to be known for this recipe.

Watermelon Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Recipe & photo from Aberdeens Kitchen

There’s nothing more refreshing in the summer than watermelon. This salad is juicy, crunchy, and so flavorful. This dish is so simple, I wouldn’t even call it a recipe. Just dice up watermelon and cucumber, toss with sliced strawberries. Top with crumbled feta and fresh mint leaves, chopped. Voila!

Skillet S’mores

Skilled S’mores are another favorite of mine for parties. These are the perfect dessert for a rainy summer evening when it’s too wet to be roasting marshmallows outside. All you need is the classic fixings for s’mores, some butter, and a cast iron skillet. Preheat an oven to 450, and let your skillet preheat inside the oven. While the skillet is hot, grease the bottom of the pan with butter – just drop in a tablespoon or two and let it roll around. Once greased, layer in chocolate at the bottom of the pan. Top with halved marshmallows, and return to the oven. Bake for 7-8 minutes, until your marshmallows are golden brown. Use graham crackers to dip – enjoy!

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