Summertime is finally here and nothing says summer like meat on the grill and refreshing drinks enjoyed with wonderful company. If you’ve ever hosted a cookout, you know there is a lot to plan and this is especially true when it comes to the menu. Fortunately, the team at Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel has a lot of experience hosting and catering these events, so I am happy to share some of our secrets.On the Grill:
The chefs here recommend always having at least 3 options for a crowd. People have different preferences, especially when it comes to proteins, so make sure you have something for everyone!
My top 3:
-Marinated Chicken Breast (classic)
-Pork Neck (a German favorite)
-Salmon Steaks (don’t forget a squeeze of fresh lemon!)
Make sure to use tongs when flipping the proteins and not a fork. That way you keep the juices in, enhancing the flavors.
On the Side:
I would argue that the side dishes served at a cookout are as important as the proteins. Make your life easy by prepping these dishes ahead, leaving more time for entertaining and socializing.
-German Potato Salad (another classic!)
-Spicy Noodle Salad (offers a balance to the sweetness of the marinades)
-Grilled Vegetables (This is a great way to add color to your meal. I love corn, aspargus and eggplant, but choose your favorite!)
On The Sweeter Side:
No meal, and for that matter, no cookout is complete without something sweet! Whether the dishes are served as a side or a dessert these options offer a balance to the meal.
-Fruit Salad (refreshing with a bit of lime and mint)
-Sorbet/Ice Cream (because nothing says summer like a frozen treat)
-Coffee cake (can be made ahead and always a favorite)
-Serve some crusty bread with dips for guests to munch on either with their meal or as it is cooking.
-Summer cocktails! Elevate this from a regular dinner by serving a signature cocktail. Might I recommend the Thyme Silver Fizz from the Capella Bar?
-Relax! A summer cookout is meant to be fun, so don’t take things too seriously. And remember, if you feel overwhelmed by the process you can always reach out to Breidenbacher Hof to cater the event!