Last Sunday I hosted a Father's Day celebration at my house. Initially our plan was to spend the afternoon on my parent's pontoon, but as the week went by and the forecast of rain for Sunday became a real possibility we decided to scrap that plan and eat at my house instead.
When I started thinking about the menu I was pretty sure I wanted to make beef and chicken kabobs like we had a few years ago when I hosted a garden party. I decided to peruse Pinterest to see if I could find some fun appetizers, side dishes and a tasty dessert. I found lots of fun ideas and decided on the following menu (click on links for recipes):
- Beef & Chicken Kabobs
- Vegetable Kabobs
- BLT Salad
- French Bread
I served the Caprese Salad Bites and the Cucumber Rolls on stacked pedestal cake plates. The salad bites were tasty and easy to make. The Cucumber Rolls were pretty putzy to make and not my favorite thing. The "stuffing" is a mixture of yogurt and feta cheese (along with red peppers & kalamata olives). If I made them again I think I would try cream cheese in place of the feta cheese, but some of my guests liked them so I guess it just depends on whether or not you like feta cheese.
The poppers were definitely a hit. I made 24 poppers and we ate all but two of them. As usual with jalapenos some were mild and some were HOT, but they were all good. The recipe said to use toothpicks to hold the bacon in place and I didn't think that was necessary, but it turns out that would have been a good idea since the bacon did tend to curl up while they were in the oven.
Even though were celebrating HIM, my stepdad got in on the grilling action, along with my brother. The two of them did a great job cooking the kabobs, which turned out great. I marinated the chicken kabobs in a teriyaki marinade and the steak in a steak & chop marinade, both from Lawry's. The chicken was the group's favorite - it was very moist and tender.
It was a fun day and I'm so glad that we were able to get together and celebrate.
NOTE: photo credit for the picture of my stepdad grilling and our walk go to my daughter. Thanks Emily!