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Table Charlotte- Recipes for the Week

From kebabs to sliders, some simply sensational summer meals
Fresh-cooked fare for the season
 
Published Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:27 pm
by Family Features

Kebabs are a fine meal for summer dining.

Whipping up a fresh cooked meal is one of the true joys of summer, especially when grilled grub is paired with tantalizing sides and tempting desserts.


Spice things up with Mexican Beef Sliders with Jalapeno Salsa and Avocado Cream coupled with a side like roasted potatoes then cap off a filling meal with these sweet and decadent Strawberry Cream Cheese Tartlets. If you're looking for ways to mix meat and veggies all at once, these ideas for kebabs are a surefire way to please a variety of palates.


Find more summer meal ideas at Culinary.net.

Cook up kebabs
As one of the most versatile main courses that can be grilled, kebabs offer nearly endless opportunities for customization. From protein to veggies, soaked wooden skewers can be loaded with just about any favorite flavors before hitting the grates. Consider these options for kicking your kebabs up a notch:


• Steak, cut into chunks


• Chicken, cut into chunks


• Bratwurst or sausage, cut into slices


• Ground beef, shaped into balls


• Lamb


• Shrimp


• Salmon, cut into chunks


• Bacon, cut into small pieces


• Sliced onions


• Sliced bell peppers


• Sliced jalapenos


• Sliced mushrooms


• Sliced cucumbers


• Cherry tomatoes

Summer Sliders with a spicy kick
Summer calls for firing up the grill for a fresh-cooked meal, and sliders are an ideal way to enjoy a downsized version of a warm weather favorite.


These Mexican Beef Sliders with Jalapeno Salsa and Avocado Cream are perfect for summer with their spicy kick of salsa and bright, cooling cream. Made with grass-fed beef from New Zealand, where the animals are allowed to roam and graze freely over lush green hills and pastures year-round, the mini burgers boast a lean, finely textured meat that tastes just as nature intended.


Find more tasty summer recipes at beefandlambnz.com.

Mexican Beef Sliders with Jalapeno Salsa and Avocado Cream
Recipe courtesy of Beef + Lamb New Zealand
Prep time: 20 minutes


Cook time: 15 minutes


Servings: 4


Patties:
1 1/3 pounds lean New Zealand grass-fed ground beef


1 clove garlic, crushed


1 medium onion, grated or finely chopped


1 egg, lightly beaten


3/4 cup red kidney beans, rinsed and drained


2 tablespoons tomato paste


3 teaspoons dried oregano, chopped


2 teaspoons mild smoked paprika


2 teaspoons ground cumin


1 teaspoon ground coriander


1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


salt, to taste


pepper, to taste


olive oil

Jalapeno Salsa:
1 cup cucumber, thinly sliced into long ribbons


3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped


1 red onion, finely sliced


1/2 cup pickled jalapenos, finely chopped


salt, to taste


pepper, to taste


olive oil


lime juice

Avocado Cream:
1 avocado, mashed


1/2 cup sour cream


1 lime, juice and zest only


salt, to taste


pepper, to taste


8-12 slider buns, halved


2-3 cobs sweet corn, cooked and sliced into shards


8-12 small bamboo skewers


To make patties: In bowl, combine beef, garlic, onion, egg, kidney beans, tomato paste, oregano, paprika, cumin, coriander, Parmesan cheese, salt, to taste, and pepper, to taste. Shape into 8-12 small patties. Cover and refrigerate 15 minutes.


Heat grill or frying pan to medium heat.


Brush patties with oil on both sides. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side, turning once to brown both sides evenly, until cooked through.


To make Jalapeno Salsa: In bowl, combine cucumber, cilantro, onion and jalapenos; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and lime juice.


To make Avocado Cream: In bowl, combine avocado, sour cream, lime juice and lime zest; season with salt and pepper, to taste.


Spread Avocado Cream on bottom buns and place patties on top. Top patties with Jalapeno Salsa, corn and top buns. Press down gently and poke in skewers to secure sliders.

Sweet summer treat
Sweet flavors and warm weather go hand-in-hand, and many summer occasions and get-togethers call for dessert. Take advantage of warm weather favorites like strawberries and raspberries with these Strawberry Cream Cheese Tartlets.


Made using the best berries nature can provide, these bite-size tartlets feature a graham cracker crust base and an indulgent cream cheese filling flavored with sliced strawberries, honey and lemon topped with WellïPict's sweet, juicy strawberries and raspberries, which come fresh in clamshell packaging made from 70% recycled water bottles.


Find more sweet recipes that can bring a smile to your loved ones' faces at wellpict.com/recipe.



Strawberry Cream Cheese Tartlets
Makes: 24 tartlets (4 ounces each)
1/2 cup water


2 tablespoons lemon juice


3 tablespoons lemon zest


2 tablespoons gelatin


4 cups WellïPict Strawberries, sliced, divided


1/3 cup honey


2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese


1/2 cup sour cream


1 cup ice cubes


2 cups graham cracker crumbs


1/2 cup melted butter


1 cup WellïPict Strawberries, rinsed, for garnish


1 cup WellïPict Raspberries, rinsed, for garnish


In blender, mix water, lemon juice, lemon zest and gelatin until frothy.


Add 2 cups strawberries and honey; blend until smooth. Pour into bowl and chill mix 15 minutes.


In blender, mix cream cheese, sour cream and ice cubes while incorporating strawberry mixture. Mix in remaining strawberries.


In blender or food processor, mix graham crackers and melted butter to crumb consistency. Lightly grease two medium muffin pans and pack graham cracker mixture at bottom of each opening. Pour strawberry mixture over graham cracker mixture and chill until set. Gently pull tartlets from muffin tins and place on serving tray. Garnish with strawberries and raspberries.

Roasted and ready to serve
Summer meals centered around grilled fare call for a complementary pairing that completes the classic profile of warm weather food. Using a versatile vegetable like potatoes allows you to think up different methods of cooking for a new flavor each time.


While you're focused on the main dish being grilled, these roasted potatoes can bake away indoors for a simple side that requires little attention.


Find more health resources at usda.gov.

Roasted potatoes
Recipe courtesy of "A Harvest of Recipes with USDA Foods"


Servings: 6


1 pound potatoes, chopped into 1-inch cubes


1/2 cup onion, chopped into 1-inch cubes


1/2 cup green pepper, chopped into 1-inch cubes


1 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped


1 teaspoon vegetable oil


1/4 teaspoon salt


1/4 teaspoon pepper


1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped


1/2 teaspoon paprika


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


In medium bowl, mix potatoes, onions, green peppers and garlic.


Add vegetable oil, salt, pepper, parsley and paprika. Mix well.


Cover bowl and refrigerate 15 minutes.


Spread potato mixture evenly on cookie sheet. Bake about 35 minutes


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