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Parties That Cook’s Top Ten Summer Entrée Recipes: The Grilling Season

Now that you’ve read (and maybe even cooked your way through) Parties That Cook’s Top Ten Summer Appetizers, we thought we’d provide some great entrée recipes to give your grill a work out. We compiled a list of our Ten Best Summer Entrée Recipes, and are challenging you to try as many as you can! Yes, feel free to go all “America’s Test Kitchen” on these bad boys. You’ve only got so much time until your Fourth of July bash!

As you can probably tell, we sure love our meat. Luckily, we’ve got an arsenal of vegetarian alternatives for most of these dishes, and they can be found in action at our corporate team building events. We snuck in a salad recipe below, but if you’d like to see another vegetarian recipe listed, let us know!

Balsamic-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak with Herbed Bread Crumbs
We can’t think of any better way to start out the summer than fresh grilled steak! Pull out your grill and throw on this juicy cut of meat. The balsamic marinade takes this steak to a whole new level!

Chicken Cooked under a Brick with Preserved Lemons, Garlic, and Herbs
We’re bringing you chicken like you’ve never tasted — or prepared. This chicken is stuffed with minced garlic, olives, cubed preserved lemons, and a special blend of herbs before being grilled — literally under a brick!

Cinnamon and Coriander Spiced Skirt Steak
Spice up the average steak by introducing a delicious rub. This blend, with complete with cumin, black peppercorn, and cinnamon, is sure to put the “kick” in your next kick-back.

Crispy Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken Stuffed with Fontina and Basil
Prosciutto and chicken? In the same dish? YES. This meat-lover’s dream come true is loaded with flavor. You can take Chicken breast beyond the boring when you wrap it up with some fresh prosciutto. But wait, there’s more! Before you wrap these puppies up you stuff them with Fontina cheese (yum!).

Grilled Chicken Skewers with Lemons and Salsa Verde
We love skewers for lazy summer days and know you’ll enjoy these grilled chicken skewers as much as we do! The super fresh, super simple Salsa Verde adds the perfect, light flavor. When looking for a quick and easy summer meal, these skewers do the trick! Feel free to substitute your favorite vegetables for the chicken and enjoy  – veggie style!

Lamb T-bone steaks with Pistachio-Herb Crust
Made with T-bone steaks or with loin chops, this recipe screams summer. We use pistachios to give these steaks a special taste and texture.

Latin Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce
This pullus (that’s Latin for chicken! Aren’t you impressed? Okay, I Googled it…) is rubbed in a delicious spice blend including coriander, cumin, and hot red pepper flakes. Heat up your summer in every way – this entree is sure to be a “hot item” at your next summer party!

Sear-Roasted Salmon Filets with Ginger-Lime Sauce
If you’re a seafood fan, you will love our Salmon Filets! From the crispy, seared crust, to the flaky center and tangy ginger-lime sauce, this recipe is a winner. Looking for a pairing dish? Try a Greek Salad for lunch or an herb risotto for dinner.

Soy-Marinated Flank Steak with Cilantro Sesame Pesto
Okay, I promise this is the LAST steak recipe on the list. We love our beef, and there are just so many ways to prepare, season, and flavor it! Marinated in a delicious soy sauce (arguably the best way to prep steak), the cilantro sesame pesto is arguably the perfect sauce to complete the dish.

Spice-Crusted Chicken Kebabs with Harissa-Yogurt Sauce
Kebabs. Who doesn’t love the versatility and complete customizability of skewered foods? Salmon makes a delicious substitute if you’re in the mood for seafood. In either case, the zesty Harissa-Yogurt Sauce is great for dipping. You may have just found your new go-to dipping sauce! Be sure to check back for our quick video tip on the easiest way to zest citrus!

Dust Off Your Grill for Parties That Cook’s Memorial Day Spiedini (Grilled Chicken Skewers) Recipe

Memorial Day is around the corner. Time to dust off those grills, and fire up ‘em up for the entire Summer season! (Really. Don’t bother turning your grill off.) First in line for some sweet grill time is Parties That Cook’s delicious Spiedini Recipe! No, this tasty dish does not swing from webs, and it will not try to kiss Jennifer Lopez any time soon (skip to 3:20).  What Spiedini does offer is a great alternative to burgers and hot dogs! These Grilled Chicken Skewers with Halloumi Cheese, Lemon and Oregano Vinaigrette will have you experimenting with all sorts of edible things to throw on the grill! Weather not cooperating? Don’t be afraid to take the grilling indoors on a grill pan!

For another great Memorial Day grill option, check out this blog post from one year ago!

Spiedini: Grilled Chicken Skewers with Halloumi, Lemon and Oregano Vinaigrette
This recipe and others like it can also be found in our Ethnic & Special Recipes Section!

Oregano Vinaigrette:
2 Tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
1/4 cup packed mint leaves
1 cup packed flat-leaf parsley
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 Tablespoon salt-packed capers, rinsed thoroughly
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1½ pounds boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 large loaf country bread, like ciabatta, cut into 1 inch cubes
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound Halloumi cheese, cut into 1-inch squares that are ½ inch thick
2 large lemons, cut in half lengthwise then sliced into ½ inch thick half moons
16 ten-inch skewers, soaked to prevent burning

Vinaigrette: Pick all of the herbs from the stems and juice the lemon. Put herbs, lemon juice and remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Divide the vinaigrette between 2 large bowls.

Skewers: Put the chicken into one of the bowls with the vinaigrette and toss to coat. Put the bread cubes in the second bowl with the vinaigrette and toss to coat. To make the skewers, first thread a bread cube on the skewer, then the Halloumi, then the chicken and lastly the lemon slice. Repeat 2 more times (each skewer has 3 pieces of bread, 3 pieces of cheese, 3 pieces of chicken and 3 lemon slices).

Grill: Heat a grill over high heat for 15 minutes. Turn the grill to medium low heat and cook the skewers for 5 minutes a side until done.

Serves 8, two skewers per person