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Summer entertaining is at an all-time high, but don’t worry about trying to figure what you’re going to serve: We’re here to help. From lobster flatbread from a recipe created by La Marina’s executive chef, Kelvin Fernandez, to fresh and light grilled eggplant and quinoa salad, these recipes will surely take your hosting game to the next level.
Three rules to live by: Not all summer dishes have to be salad; choose your dish wisely; and keep the beverages in mind. If the majority of your guests prefer a nice cold beer over cocktails, our summer beer style guide will point you in the right direction.
If you’re choosing to serve wine, don’t forget our summer wine guide — it’ll make planning a classy get-together effortless. So grab your friends, pick up a pack of your favorite summer pale ales, and whip up a few of these delicious recipes for a fun al fresco dining experience.
Avocado and Mango Topper
Fried Zucchini Flowers
Both the female and the male zucchini produce flowers, and they’re actually very easy to distinguish. The male flower is at the end of a long stalk, which is attached to the stem of the plant, whereas the female flower is attached to the squash itself. Male flowers are easier to use in this recipe, as you can hold the stalk while you dip the flower in the batter, but both types taste equally delicious. In either case, check the flowers on the inside for bugs before starting, and always remove the pistil, which tastes bitter. —Valentina Harris