Menu: An Early Summer Dinner On The Grill

by0| PUBLISHED May 30, 2012 8:00 AM
Menu: An Early Summer Dinner On The Grill

Make the most of early summer's longer daylight hours and warm weather with an easy, elegant dinner party cooked almost exclusively on the grill. This Mediterranean-inspired feast is simple enough for a weeknight: toast the evening with a red rhubarb and strawberry cocktail, and snack on bread and pesto while the grill is heating up. Nibble spears of prosciutto-wrapped asparagus straight off the grate; meanwhile, grill the main course of polenta, eggplant, and sea bass wrapped in fig leaves. As the grill cools down, finish with a refreshing slice of strawberry and hazelnut meringue to cap off the perfect night of outdoor dining.

The Menu

More About This Menu

  1. If you can't find fig leaves in your local market, they can be ordered online from Passion Fruit Farms. Grape leaves can also be used instead.

  2. Greek wine pairs beautifully with this menu. Try a bottle of crisp white, like the Domaine Vassiliou Ambelones Dry White 2009, or check out six other options to enjoy from Greece.

  3. The perfect drink gets a little help from the perfect ingredients. Read about how to pick the best rhubarb here.

  4. Pesto is infinitely versatile, and one of our favorite summer condiments. For more pesto variations, see our recipe gallery »

  5. This menu is all about getting outside as summer starts and firing up the grill. For more tips for outdoor get-togethers, see our Summer Entertaining Guide »

  6. Set the mood for your evening with our playlist on Spotify »