4 simple recipes to kick-off your Memorial Day weekend!
Nothing says Patriotism quite like enjoying a good meal with friends and family! This Memorial Day we celebrate our past, present, and future Veterans by challenging you to try out this “virtual” potluck inspiration featuring recipes from three of our favorite food bloggers in the Shipt family. A celebration with yummy appetizers, sweet salad, steamy skewers, and a festive cocktail, we think you’ll be grilling out all summer with these simple go-to’s.
Avid Shipt member and founder of the Atlanta-based blog, Waiting on Martha, Mandy Kellogg Rye, is one of the “Top Southern Style Bloggers to Follow Today” by Southern Living Magazine. Here’s her contribution to the potluck party:
Raspberry & Blackberry Goat Cheese Crostinis
With spring’s bounty of fresh berries, I’ve found these Raspberry & Blackberry Goat Cheese Crostinis to be the perfect dish to serve on a holiday like Memorial Day. They are simple, elegant and downright irresistible when served on a bright, sunny day, and they’re always, always a hit with any crowd.
See, I have always had this love affair with toast. There’s just something about the crisp crunch and delectable mix of toppings that gets me every time. And crostini is just a fancy way to call it! Whether you serve them as an appetizer or even as dessert, you’ll fool your guests into thinking the dish is a lot fancier than it is. The ingredient list is short, the flavors are fresh and classic, and the presentation is perfection. And whenever I’m pressed for time with party plans and such, Shipt delivers everything right to my doorstop that I need in order to whip these up in a flash.
When recreating this recipe at home, simply create a berry “shmear” by lightly smashing your fresh berries with the back of a spoon. This creates some juice that will spread nicely atop herb goat cheese. Just be sure to leave some full berries to garnish, along with chopped fresh mint. Toast them for a few minutes in the oven, and voila! They’re ready to go on a gorgeous marble board to serve hungry, and soon-to-be happy, guests.
Looking for the full recipe? You’ve come to the right spot. Click here for the delicious details!
Holley Grainger, MS, RD is a nationally recognized culinary nutrition expert and “Mommy Dietitian in the Kitchen” who instructs families on how to make doable and delicious meals. She’s been featured in hundreds of televisions, print, and radio segments nationwide including The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctor’s, NBC’s Today Show and Weekend Today, CBS’s The Early Show, Fox News Channel, CNN, The New York Times, Travel Channel, Cosmopolitan, MyFitnessPal.com, HGTV.com, and MSN.com among others and is a regular contributor to the Birmingham, Alabama, news outlets.
Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad
Weekends at the lake with my parents, husband and girls, sister and her family, in-laws, and a host of cousins and friends epitomize summer to me. I especially love Memorial Day weekend because the entire family gathers at the lake house to kick off the start of summer. The days are filled with boating, swimming, relaxing and, of course, grilling and eating!
One recipe that I’ll definitely be making this weekend is my Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad – a simple and fresh side that features summer favorites like melons, cucumbers, peppers, citrus and mint. The salad pairs perfectly with burgers, hotdogs, barbecue – or whatever is on your Memorial Day grill – and I love having a fresh alternative to starchy sides. Another bonus – all ages love it! Just omit or decrease the jalapeño and crushed red pepper for crowds with kids. This recipe is sure to quickly become a summertime staple in your household like it is in ours.
See the gorgeous step-by-step pictures and get all the details for how to make Sweet Heat Watermelon Salad on Holley’s Kitchen blog. ____________________________________________________________________________
Our next Memorial Day recipe comes from Houston-based blogger and founder of The Soccer Mom Blog, Stacey! Her blog focuses on bringing positivity through lifestyle, recipes, and parenting!
Easy Grilled Hawaiian Steak Skewers
My husband owns a food truck and cooks for a living, so it’s no surprise that our house is the go-to spot for family gatherings and holidays. One of his specialties is creating restaurant-quality meals at home, and these Grilled Hawaiian Steak Skewers are a prime example.
Strips of tender sirloin marinated in tropical flavors, finished with juicy grilled pineapple and blistered tomatoes — it’s like a vacation for your taste buds!
The best part? This recipe is on the table in less than 30 minutes, so you have more time to spend enjoying the party! Get the full recipe on TheSoccerMomBlog.com.
Take a trip to the islands without leaving your backyard! These sweet Grilled Hawaiian Steak Skewers are a quick and easy main course perfect for a summer barbecue or a weeknight dinner. Steak kabobs are one of my all-time favorite meals, but they can be hit or miss when you order at a restaurant. Mainly because you don’t know exactly what kind of meat you’re getting or how it’s going to be cooked.
Fortunately, it’s easy to make your own delicious steak skewers at home! For this recipe we used a top cut of sirloin, so the end result is like eating a tender juicy steak — on a stick! (No steak knife necessary!) The tropical marinade and sweet grilled pineapples make the whole experience a vacation for your taste buds.
Say Aloha to these Hawaiian Steak Skewers and get the full recipe here. ____________________________________________________________________________
We’re bringing the cocktail to the party! To top off the meal try this Shipt sip specialty! The less than five-minutes to make cocktail is a refreshing mixture of fruit and liquor. It’s one of our favorite holiday go-to’s! Learn more about the Strawberry Fields Cocktail and all its yumminess here:
Strawberry Fields Cocktail
What better way to kick-off the summer than with a strawberry puree combined with berry vodka? Especially if the puree is made with fresh strawberries.
1-1/2 ounces berry vodka
2 ounces fresh strawberry puree
1 ounce orange liquor (Cointreau)
cava or prosecco
How To Make It:
Shake together the vodka, strawberry puree, and orange liquor. Pour in a high-ball glass or mason jar filled with ice and top with bubbly! Garnish with a fresh strawberry and enjoy!
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