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Summer Entertaining Recipes

Savor the flavors of the season with our burgers, grilling ideas and more hot-weather essentials great for summer entertaining.

Family Circle food editors

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Chicken Cacciatore
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Chicken Cacciatore

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 41 minutes

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Organic Baby Lettuces and Quinoa Salad

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 20 minutes

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Classic Pizza Margherita

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Bake: 14 minutes

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Summer Minestrone

Makes: 12 servings
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 16 minutes

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Rustic Grilled Vegetable Tart

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 30 minutes
Grill: 10 minutes
Bake: at 450 degrees for 10 minutes and at 350 degrees for 65 minutes
Cool: 15 minutes

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Blueberry-Thyme Pie

Makes: 12 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Bake: at 400 degrees for 15 minutes and 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes

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Chili-Lime Swordfish and Grilled Corn

Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Marinate: 20 minutes
Grill: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes

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Coffee-Rubbed Steak with Charred Zucchini

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Grill: 14 minutes
Let Rest: 5 minutes
Microwave: 90 seconds

Test Kitchen Tip: Don't throw away leftover rub. It can be mixed into meatloaf, rubbed onto chicken thighs or sprinkled over salmon before baking or roasting.

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Chicken and Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Makes: 5 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Grill: 24 minutes

Good to know: Always choose firm-ripe avocados for grilling: Gently press near the stem end with your thumb; there should be some give, without being too soft. Look for skin that is dark green, almost black. If not yet ripe enough, store on the counter in a paper bag for 24 hours and test again.

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BBQ Burgers

Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Grill: 12 minutes

Good to know: Before grilling, indent the center of each patty with your fingertip to prevent shrinking and help hold shape while cooking.

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Grilled Ratatouille

Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 35 minutes
Marinate: 30 minutes
Grill: 14 minutes

Good to know: Freshly chopped garlic packs the most flavor, but you can reduce prep in time by swapping in a heaping tablespoon of jarred.

Pepper tip: To create easy-to-grill sections of sweet pepper, start by holding a pepper by its stem on a cutting board. Slice down one side, following natural curve. Repeat three more times, leaving core and seeds attached to stem.

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Pork and Plum Skewers

Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Grill: 6 minutes

Good to know: If you often grill kabobs, consider buying metal skewers instead of bamboo. They're cost-effective and hold heat better, plus you don't have to soak them in advance.

Kabob how-to: For pieces of soft fruits like plums, thread skewers through skin to anchor the fruit so it won't fall off while on the grill.

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Strawberry Agua Fresca

Makes: 5 cups
Prep: 10 minutes

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Grilled Chicken with Peach Barbecue Sauce

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Grill: 30 minutes

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Spicy Chipotle Burgers

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Grill: 10 minutes

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Fried Green Tomatoes with Red Pepper Aioli

Makes: 9 servings
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 4 minutes per batch

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Shrimp Po' Boy

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 2 minutes per batch

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Salmon Sliders with Chipotle Mayonnaise

Makes: 16 sliders
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes

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Balsamic-Glazed Kielbasa Skewers
Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Grill: 10 minutes

Chimichurri Vegetable
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Refrigerate: 1 hour
Grill: 12 minutes

Mediterranean Meatball
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 25 minutes
Grill: 12 minutes

Five-Spice Chicken
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Refrigerate: 2 hours
Grill: 14 minutes

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Guacamole with Grilled Quesadillas

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Grill: 2 minutes per batch

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Warm Fingerling Potato Salad

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

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Grilled Panzanella Salad

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Grill: 14 minutes
Let Stand: 30 minutes

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Gazpacho

Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Let Stand: 15 minutes
Chill: 1 hour

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Triple Melon Salad

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes

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Grilled Summer Vegetables and Romesco Sauce

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 30 minutes
Grill: 10 minutes

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Cherry Galette

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 30 minutes
Refrigerate: 1 hour
Bake: 55 minutes

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Strawberry Cornmeal Shortcake

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 25 minutes
Bake: 15 minutes

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Berry Margarita Cheesecake Squares
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Cherry-Berry Sangria

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Refrigerate: 2 hours

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Peach Bellini

Makes: 12 servings
Prep: 10 minutes

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Grilled Bruschetta Caprese

Makes: 16 pieces
Prep: 15 minutes
Grill: 2 minutes

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New-Wave Surf and Turf with Avocado-Orange Salsa

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Marinate: 4 hours (steak), 30 minutes (fish)
Grill: 13 minutes
Rest: 5 minutes

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Wild Rice and Corn Salad

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

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Vietnamese Vegetable Pinwheels

Makes: 24 pieces
Prep: 20 minutes
Refrigerate: 2 to 4 hours

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Baby Lettuce and Arugula Salad with Summer Tomato Dressing

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes

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