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End of Summer BBQ

End of Summer BBQ

End of Summer BBQ
Can you believe Labor Day weekend is already here!? Summer flew by per usual, but it's time to kick back, relax and enjoy one more weekend full of sunshine, grilling and good company. (image via) For a light Labor Day snack this guacamole bruschetta looks amazing and most importantly super easy to make, so you can spend less time cooking and more time enjoying the day! (image & recipe via)

Guacamole Bruschetta

Yield: 12-15 servings Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 6 min

Ingredients:

  • ½ loaf French bread
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tomatoes, medium chopped
  • 2 avocados, medium chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Slice the French bread on the diagonal into ½" rounds and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Toast the sliced bread in the oven for 3 minutes, then flip each piece over and toast an additional 3 minutes.
  4. Remove the toasted bread from the oven and immediately rub with the clove of garlic (it works best to first cut a small tip off the garlic clove so that the oils will seep out).
  5. Brush the tops of the garlic-rubbed toasts with olive oil and set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes, avocado, onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Mix together gently making sure the avocado is well coated in the lime juice.
  7. Spoon a portion of the mixture onto each of the garlic toasts and serve.
  This summer sangria is the perfect remedy to sip up and soak up the last of the summer sun. White Strawberry-Lemon Sangria (image & recipe via)

White Strawberry-Lemon Sangria

Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 4 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced (any kind)
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 750 ml bottle white wine (a dry-ish white wine is best – like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay)
  • 1/2 cup white rum
  • 4 cups lemon-lime soda

Directions:

  1. Add lemon slices to a large pitcher, then the apples, then the strawberries.
  2. Pour the wine and rum over the top.
  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 hours.
  4. Remove from refrigerator and add the lemon lime soda. Add a few pieces of the fruit to your glass and pour sangria over to serve.
  For more tasty summer drink ideas check back at our happy hour special post for a frozen coconut rum and raspberry beer cocktail recipes.

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