End of School Year Cookout

School’s almost out and the best way to celebrate another year of school is to spend it with your classmates and friends. As summer begins, people already have plans on how they will spend their vacation. However, before everyone goes out to chase their perfect vacation, throw a cookout that gathers everyone and offers a chance to share stories about the previous school year, enjoy the outdoors, and eat some great food.

West Texas catering service for your end of school cookout

When throwing a cookout, it is important to know how many people are going to attend, or at least a close estimate so you can choose the appropriate venue and the right amount of meals to prepare. Also, is the cookout going to be a potluck situation or will you host it on your own? Potluck means that the guests bring different meal items for the event, which they know and are informed about beforehand. If you choose the latter option (hosting it yourself), the meals that you prepare are going to be crucial to the outcome of the cookout event. If you are still pondering over what to cook, here are some recipes you make use of:

Asian Chicken Skewers

For this recipe you will need a marinade mixture made of cilantro leaves, chili sauce, garlic, ginger, salt and onions. Throw them in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.

Prepare skewers and place boneless, skinless chicken strips onto the skewers. Place the skewered chicken strips onto a nonreactive baking dish and rub the marinade mixture on each strip. Cover the dish and leave it in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours to marinate. Grill chicken over medium-high heat until well charred or cooked through.

Grilled Hotdogs with Homemade Pickle Relish

Hotdogs and sausages are favorites among cookouts. What you need is a pack of hotdogs or sausages, assorted mustard, ketchup, hotdog buns, and other condiments that go well with hotdog sandwiches (like your favorite homemade pickle relish).

You can make your own pickle relish with the following ingredients and procedure:

• You will need cider vinegar, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, sugar, sour dill pickles, red and yellow pepper, onions, and fresh dill.
• Boil vinegar, mustard, and coriander seeds in medium heat until reduced by half and slightly syrupy.
• Remove from heat then add remaining ingredients. Mix all together. You can add salt and pepper to taste.
• Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

If your guests have any special requests on condiments, consider having jalapenos, tomatoes, and grated cheese on hand. The condiments will give your guests more choices to satisfy their varying taste buds.

Cookouts are always pleasant events and double as a great way to end the school year. If you think that you will be short of time in preparing and handling the meal requirements, you can always ask your West Texas catering service to step in and ensure a great event.

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