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Summer Entertaining Recipes

Fantastic burgers, fruity sangria and more hot-weather essentials great for summer entertaining.

By Family Circle food editors

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Grilled Chicken with Peach Barbecue Sauce
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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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Lobster Rolls

It's a seafood shack classic that captures summer at its best—the lobster roll. And you don't have to be a master chef to make it. With just a few quality ingredients and minimal fuss, you can create something sublime.

Directions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons each olive oil and lemon juice, and 1/8 teaspoon each Old Bay seasoning, salt and black pepper.
  • Gently fold in 2 cups coarsely chopped lobster (from 2 steamed tails) and 2 tablespoons snipped chives.
  • Spoon mixture into 4 top-loading rolls. Garnish with additional chives.

Makes 4 servings.

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Honeydew Melon Soup

Chilled fruit soups are perfect for hot days when you want something light. This pretty puree of melon, mint and yogurt is a great summer appetizer—and a breeze to make.

Directions

  • In the bowl of a food processor, add 8 cups cubed honeydew melon (medium ripe), 1/4 cup mint leaves, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon honey and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Pulse a few times to combine; process until smooth.
  • Refrigerate for a few hours. To serve, divide equally among 4 bowls and stir 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt into each. Garnish with small melon balls, mint and chopped pistachios, if desired.

Makes 5 cups.

Originally published in the October 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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