The best thing about summer is its timelessness. Yes? Every good thing in summer is a total throwback to simpler times. Backyard BBQs, ice cold popsicles, cheesy pool floats, skimpy bikinis. Kids racing through the sprinklers. Lots of gingham and mustard on hot dogs.
I’d forgotten how much I love that classic 70s throwback Pimento Cheese until we attended the Big Apple BBQ here in Manhattan a few weekends ago. A giant scoop of Pimento Cheese and a stack of Saltines and seriously, I was in heaven. I was even more excited when I went back to the vendors and they handed me a recipe card. Pimento Cheese! Perfect for your next potluck barbecue. Can you think of anything more inherently summery? Here’s the recipe, thanks to Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ.
1 lb. Grated Cheddar Cheese
1 1/4 cup Mayo
1/2 tsp of Tabasco
1/2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
10 oz Fire-roasted Red Peppers, sliced and diced
Mix ingredients, then mingle the flavors. Great troweled into a celery rib, slathered on a burger, or spooned onto a saltine.
And now for some more forgotten summer BBQ foods:
Pigs In Blankets 1 of 7
How silly are pigs in blankets? So silly. And delicious. At the Smorgasburg, a weekly food truck convention of sorts located on the Williamsburg waterfront here in the city, there exists pigs in blankets truck dedicated to haute cuisine variations on the pig/blanket theme. This is how you know it'll be a hit at your next BBQ.
Try this recipe from All Recipes.
Potato Salad 2 of 7
Eggs, celery, AND relish or it doesn't count.
Get the recipe from All Recipes.
Pasta Salad 3 of 7
Speaking of salads! I never make pasta salad at home so any time I see one at a picnic or pot luck I always get overly excited.
Get the recipe How Stuff Works.
Ambrosia Salad 4 of 7
Oh Ambrosia Salad! I can't think of Ambrosia Salad without thinking of that scene in Edward Scissorhands, you know what I'm talking about? So sensual, that Ambrosia Salad! Just imagine the shouts of triumph when you whip this one out at your next hipster gathering.
Get the recipe Foodvee.
Pinwheels 5 of 7
Right? When's the last time you saw these?!
Get the recipe Taste of Home.
Make-Your-Own-Pickles 6 of 7
Of all the throwbacks in the world, my favorite is this big pickle trend. Who knew making your own pickles could be so cool? (Maybe my grandma?) Bring your own canned pickles to your next summer party and instantly, you win. There's just no competition.
Get the recipe That's My Home.
Jello Mold 7 of 7
Last but not least, oh the Jello mold. Bonus points for surprise pineapple chunks or (gasp!) grated carrots.
(You're on your own for this one because it's probably best left to the long lost days of our grandparents.)
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