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3 Must-Try End of Summer Recipes

3 Must-Try End of Summer Recipes

Are you planning a backyard barbecue? Or maybe you’re just looking for tasty treats to make a splash at your next garden party. Whatever your reason for celebrating the end of summer, here are just three recipes that everyone will love to see on the menu.

1. Yakitori Chicken Skewers

A staple of Japanese cuisine, this lightweight entree will hold everyone over until the main course while also providing a sharp, tangy sweetness like high noon on a summer’s day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup mirin (rice wine)

Directions:

1. Cut your chicken into bite-sized pieces that can be put on skewers. Set them aside.

2. In a saucepan, combine all of your remaining ingredients and bring them to a slow boil. The ideal sauce will have melted all of the sugar and taken on a slightly sticky texture. If it’s too thick, add a teaspoon of water.

3. After your sauce has been set aside and cooled, pour it into a mixing bowl with your chicken pieces. Coat them all thoroughly.

4. Cover your mixture and let it marinate for 1-3 hours.

5. Bake or grill your chicken like usual. Put the pieces on skewers. Voila! You’ve made yakitori.

Must-Try End of Summer Recipes Berries image2. Triple-Berry Summer Salad

This delightful summer salad is made with fresh, tangy fruits and a few tosses of nuts and cheese. Not only will it be a colourful addition to your picnic table, but it will also let you enjoy the crispness of summer one last time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 10 oz baby spinach (torn)
  • 1/2 cup almonds (sliced)
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Directions:

1. Prepare your bowl with a foundation of spinach. Add as many berries as you’d like, but leave room for the toppings.

2. Toast your almonds until they’re a light golden brown. The easiest way is by putting them in the microwave for 30-second increments, but you can also bake them in the oven for a crisper appearance. Add them to your bowl.

3. Sprinkle or crumble your goat cheese on top of your berries and almonds.

4. Drizzle your balsamic vinegar on top of the entire bowl. A fruit-based blend like strawberry balsamic vinegar is best.

5. Serve as-is if you want your fruit salad to have a “layered” look, or mix it with a serving spoon if you’d like to evenly distribute the vinegar and other toppings. Enjoy!

3. Peaches N’ Cream Cupcakes

Finish your meal with these amazing peaches n’ cream cupcakes. Equal parts tangy and creamy, they’re sure to delight your guests with one last taste of summer fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 oz butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup peach puree
  • 3/4 cup diced peaches
  • 1 can whipped cream

Directions:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Blend thoroughly.

2. Slowly mix in the butter and eggs, adding one at a time and blending thoroughly after each. This will keep your cupcakes smooth and decadent without any lumps.

3. In a separate bowl, mix the vanilla, buttermilk and peach puree. Add it to the main mixture.

4. Add the diced peaches. Save a few ounces for your topping.

5. In a muffin tin with cupcake liners, fill each cup 3/4 full of batter.

6. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350° degrees.

7. Once the cupcakes are taken out of the oven and cooled, top them with whipped cream and peach slices as your heart desires. You can also use peach chunks for neater eating. Yum!

These are just three summer treats to celebrate the end of the season. Now, who’s up for some autumn recipes?

 

Photo credits: chicken, berries

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Sereena S.

Mom of two, wife to one, and a dog lover, although cats can be okay too. Sometimes.

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