Recipe Box, Summer Weekend Menus

I hope you’re having a great Memorial Day Weekend!   You’re probably busy flag waving, grilling, parading and saluting our incredible service men, but keep these easy menu ideas in mind as summer rolls along and you’re feeding friends and family

4th of July porch

I arrived on the coast early last week to plan, stock, cook, and make things festive for Memorial Day!

4th mailbox bow

We started the weekend with serve yourself tacos with lots of toppings

baked tacos

This make-ahead Summer Saffron Rice Bake, is a great do ahead side dish for grilled meats, poultry or fish

saffron rice casserole



Usually breakfast is serve yourself cereal, yogurt, fruit, or a combo like Breakfast on a Stick.    It’s a fun treat and  everyone can make their own

breakfast on a stick 3

If we are lingering through Monday, I  like to serve a do ahead breakfast casserole on Sunday, like this Sausage Gravy Biscuit Bake

sausage gravy biscuit bake 3

It’s served mid morning for brunch, and then we gather for serious appetizers like Prosciutto & Sausage Pepper Poppers later in the afternoon

Prosciutto and Sausage pineapple pepper poppers


Sometimes the grill is going, sometimes we boat to lunch, and sometimes the guys are fishing so I keep things flexible with these ideas:

Build your own deli sandwich/ salad bar,

pimento cheese sandwich

Set out a variety of breads cheeses, bacon, pickles, tomatoes, jalapenos, french fried onions, lettuce and an array of flavorful condiments and salad dressings

croissant sandwich

Or treat guests to Club Sandwich in a Roll, very quick to put together and bake

rolled club sandwich thepainted

Or make a giant Muffaletta Pie which you can make ahead 1-2 days, and cut into slices to serve a crowd

muffaletta sandwich

Pirate Sandwiches for the kiddos, just peanut butter and jelly made exciting

pirate sandwiches

Build your own nachos, taco salad or quesadillas.  Set out all the trimmings and everyone can make their own


Use leftover taco meat from a previous night and leftover rice casserole to make some killer burritos or quesadillas

Throw some boneless chicken in the crockpot with a jar of salsa and cook on high for 3-4 hours during morning activites.    It will be ready to shred for lunch.

Nachos and quesadillas can be baked, microwaved or grilled, like these BBQ Chicken Nachos, made with leftover chicken

bbq chicken nachos

or grill some chicken or steak and go fajita style, like Fab Fajitas

Make a Burger Buffet  with burgers and hot dogs by laying out a spread of toppings: a variety of cheeses,  bacon, onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, pickles, french fried onions, flavored mayos and mustards and lettuce

sliders with Bama Burger sauce

Make up a batch of Bama Burger Sauce, it’s great on sandwiches too

Bama Burger sauce 1


We often keep things simple with grilled steak or fish.   When there’s “no catch of the day,”  this BBQ Salmon is a crowd pleaser

BBQ salmon

Roasted corn and potatoes make easy sides, like these Perfect Roasted Potatoes

roasted potatoes

Coconut Shrimp Tempura is great paired with

coconut shrimp 7

Bleu Cheese Lite Slaw

blue cheese lite coleslaw 1

and Cheddar & Chive Hushpuppies

hushpuppies with kale

BBQ Ribs, are a menu MUST, HHjr cooks them low and slow on a charcoal grill, and then slathers with BBQ sauce near the end of cooking

2 step ribs

Salsa Bread is another MUST around here, it’s so easy, anyone can help make it

salsa bread 2

A Watermelon Basket is always a show stopper, and a perfect compliment to the spicy ribs and bread

watermelon basket table

Tomorrow we will be enjoying Bourbon Burgers with Caramelized Onions

bourbon burger

and homemade gumbo from a local seafood market


Sweet Tea Lemonade Cupcakes

sweet tea lemonade cupcakes

Red White and Blueberry Crostata

red white and blueberry crostata thepaintedapron.ocm

Here’s our actual menu: summer menu Happy Memorial Day!!


4th of July centerpiece 2

The recipes without links, Summer Saffron Rice Bake, Sweet Tea Lemonade Cupcakes and Red, White and Blueberry Crostata will be posting soon


I will be sharing with the fabulous parties and blogs on my sidebar and

Between Naps on the Porch

Memories by the Mile

Kneaded Creations

Crafty Staci

22 Responses to “Recipe Box, Summer Weekend Menus”
  1. A holiday at your beach house sounds like heaven on earth! I am saving this whole post for the great food links. Each one sounds better than the last. I have never tried the Gumbo at Blaylock’s but I have to tell you — we have loved the gumbo from Doc’s Seafood Restaurant.

    • Thanks Ellen, we always feast around here, but I have lots of help! Next time try Blaylocks, we think it’s even better than Doc’s and you can buy it frozen to take home or stash in your freezer. It’s crazy down here, I’ve never seen so many boats, but luckily we’re all stocked up and just enjoying the show! Happy Memorial Day to you and Ray~ >

  2. Christine says:

    oh gawd that looks super yummy!!!! Can I come over now???? Happy Memorial Day!!!!

  3. Jodi says:

    Awesome stuff!!!!

  4. Lynn says:

    Ok, we just had a big meal of grilled shish-ka-bobs but I think I still have room for some nachos:@) Happy Memorial Day Jenna-enjoy!

  5. Mary says:

    Oh my Jenna…your Memorial Day menu sounds delicious! Our Big Green Egg has been going nonstop since Thursday with my sister and her boys visiting for the holiday weekend.They leave this afternoon and then we’re to collapse from exhaustion and over-indulging 🙂 Hope you’ve enjoyed some beautiful Gulf coast weather and boat time. Happy Memorial Day!

  6. Rattlebridge Farm says:

    Love your menu, Jenna. Every single recipe looks delicious. Hope you and your loved ones are having a Happy Memorial Day!

  7. Laurie says:

    What a special treat it would be to be a guest at your beach house. I wanna visit (said with a little whine). Staying at your gorgeous beach house would be enough of a treat, but getting to enjoy your fabulous cooking would be the icing on the cake. I’m going back to click on some of these recipes. Thank you for sharing them.

  8. Kim says:

    Wow! What a lineup! It all looks wonderful, and I know your family had a great time together. I’m off to check out that breakfast on a stick. That’s a great idea!

  9. How lucky are your guests! Hard to pick a favorite but I have my eye on the lemonade cupcakes, the grilled salmon, and the watermelon fruit salad. YUM! Lovely table settings and festive decor too?

  10. Is that title painting one of yours? Lovely, Jenna.

  11. I love all of these! The breakfast on a Stick is adorable!
    Thanks for sharing at Something to Talk About!

  12. Jenny W-K says:

    Looks wonderful.

  13. Vicki says:

    All of the food looks so yummy! My fav is the Coconut Shrimp! Hope we can celebrate Memorial Day all over again in two weeks!!

  14. Oh my goodness! This all looks so delicious! It sounds like you had a lovely weekend of celebrating with friends and family, and eating delicious food! Thank you so much for sharing your holiday menu with us at the Talented Tuesday Link Party!

  15. Miz Helen says:

    What great ideas for fun in the sun recipes. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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