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It is officially grilling season!!!
The weather has finally started to warm up, so I have started entertaining for family and friends ‘al fresco’, which means it’s time to fire up the BBQ. Grilling adds such a great char flavor to food that you just can’t get from a stovetop. Also, there is just something so wonderful about grilling out on the patio and dining in the fresh air as the sun sets.
Now that it is springtime and we have finished our ‘spring cleaning,’ our patio is up and running for entertaining. Since I love creating décor themes, I wanted to come up with a ‘warm-weather’ theme for this get-together. I chose pineapples for the centerpieces, which really made the tablescape bright and fresh-looking. Here are a couple lovely DIY Pineapple Vases (tutorial here) I did that are filled with fresh flowers and an earthy succulent. For even more bright color, I painted the tops of a few pineapples with colors that make me happy…pink, sea-glass blue, and gold (tutorial here). To bring the table setting together I placed the Pineapple Vases onto candlesticks to give added height, and set everything on top of a rustic burlap table runner that I covered in faux palm leaves. Now I just neded to serve some bright and fresh food to match my bright and fresh tablescape.
Since I am super picky about the quality of my food (as you know), I want to make sure I am serving my family the best I can find. Hot dogs are the first things that come to mind when it is grilling season. There is something so nostalgic about having a good quality hot dog right from the grill on a beautiful day. I love grilling up Hebrew National® All-Beef Franks because I know I can trust their quality. Since they are kosher, they have a very strict process that goes into making their hot dogs, which makes me feel better about serving them to my family. I love to top the Hebrew National® All-Beef Franks with my homemade crunchy coleslaw, which is made dairy-free. My coleslaw is made with red and green cabbage, carrots, and flavored with apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and a touch of honey. Even though there are only a few ingredients, this mixture creates a perfect balance of acidity, sweetness, and crunch that pairs perfectly with the hot dog. It is also nice to have a hot dog topping that is fresh and light, instead of one weighed down by heavy mayo (recipe below).
As sides to the hot dogs, I served up fresh watermelon, grilled asparagus, grilled corn (recipe here), and my Pineapple Mint Margaritas. Made with or without alcohol, they are a perfect way to round out a BBQ (recipe here)!
For more Hebrew National® All-Beef Franks grilling ideas, click here to see some of the recipes I created in previous grilling seasons. (link here)
What are some of your favorite ways to entertain now that it is grilling season? Post your ideas with the hashtag #HebrewNationalSummer
- 1 9oz bag red and green cabbage mixed with carrots; you can also make this yourself by thinly slicing the cabbage and carrots, about 3 cups
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons honey (add more if you like)
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup freshly chopped cilantro; parsley can be used instead if desired
- *Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl, and toss together
- *Add salt and pepper to taste
- *Add more of anything you like!
- *Place on top of grilled hot dogs
What makes a Hebrew National kosher hot dog premium? It’s all about what makes the cut (And what doesn’t). We’re choosy about what goes into our franks – we use only premium cuts of 100% kosher beef from the front half of the cow and then choose the best from that. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers or by-products. When your hot dog is kosher, that’s a hot dog you can trust! For more summer fun with Hebrew National, visit facebook.com/hebrewnational.