Summertime is finally here, and with that comes fun in the sun! One of my favorite pastimes of summer are BBQ’s with loved ones, with good food and good fun! I wanted to share some of our admission team’s favorite and EASY BBQ recipes - enjoy my fellow foodies!
Bacon Wrapped Dates
- 8 Slices of Bacon
- 16 Dates
- 4 Oz Goat Cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice the dates lengthwise on one side to create an opening. Remove the pit.
- Using a spoon, stuff a small amount of goat cheese into the cavity of each date and press the sides together to close.
- Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap each date with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
- Arrange evenly on a baking sheet with raised edges (otherwise grease will get everywhere) and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the dates and use the toothpick to turn each one so it’s laying on its side. Bake for another 5-8 minutes, until browned to your liking, and turn the dates to the other side and repeat. Remove from the oven, place on a paper towel-lined plate, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Herbed Lemon and Garlic Chicken Skewers
- 1½ tablespoons finely minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
- 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ cup minced fresh herbs; I used a mix of basil, rosemary, and oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 medium zucchini, cut into ½ inch slices
- 1 large red bell pepper, cut into ¾ inch squares
- 1 medium red onion, cut into wedges and then ¾ inch squares
- 1¼ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 lemon cut into wedges for serving
- In a small bowl combine garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, herbs, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Set aside.
- Place cut vegetables in a zip lock bag and add 3 tablespoons of the herb marinade. Toss to coat. Place chicken in separate bag and add remaining marinade and toss to coat. Let sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to 4-6 hours.
- Preheat the grill to medium heat. Thread the skewers alternating with meat and vegetables. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill for 3-4 minutes and then flip. Continue to cook and flip when necessary until the chicken is cooked through to 165 degrees.
- Serve with lemon wedges and squeeze on top.
Jalapeno Stuffed Boats
- 6 jalapenos, sliced and seeds removed
- 6 slices of bacon, sliced in half
- 1 pound of sausage - spicy, maple, turkey…whichever you prefer
- 2 cups of sharp cheddar
- Heat oven to 400 degrees
- Cut each jalapeno lengthwise and remove seeds
- In a bowl, combine cheese and sausage
- Fill each jalapeno with the cheese/sausage mixture and wrap with a slice of bacon
- Secure bacon slice with toothpicks
- Placed stuffed jalapenos on baking sheet and cook for about 20 minutes, or until bacon is crispy.
- Waffle ice cream cones
- Marshmallows, chocolate bar pieces, chocolate chips, bananas, raspberries, strawberries, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, etc.
Fill a cone with desired amounts of marshmallow and toppings. Cover cone with foil. Place over the campfire for about 3-5 minutes, on a heated grill for 5-6 minutes, or in the oven at 375 degrees for about 5-8 minutes until toppings are melted. Then just enjoy the warm and gooey melted deliciousness!
Marissa Manzanares - Admission Specialist, Undergraduate Admission