(Family Features) - Grilling season means entertaining that's casual, fun and no-sweat. Gather friends and family for easy, convenient and delicious meals enjoyed al fresco.
Whether you're soaking up rays, visiting in the shade or playing lawn games, make the most of summer with memorable outdoor gatherings. Easy, breezy meals help you make the most of summer.
"Summer grilling is as much about enjoying the company of family and friends as it is about the great food you serve," said Pam Kohn, Wal-Mart senior vice president of grocery. "We've seen a trend toward combining 'take and bake' or 'heat and eat' selections with delicious homemade recipes to create a memorable menu that provides plenty of time to enjoy your guests."
These recipes provide a new, flavorful twist on traditional summer favorites. And you'll be a grill star by offering 1/2-pound Black Angus beef burgers, brats, chicken breasts and/or the ever-popular hot dog. And don't forget the toppings. Your guests will enjoy creating their own "gourmet" sandwiches loaded with their favorites - relish, onion, mustard, ketchup, fresh tomatoes, lettuce, barbeque sauce, mayo, pickles, cheese, slaw and sauerkraut.
Perfect mates for a grilling menu include a hearty Antipasto With Pasta salad - easy to make ahead - and Wild West Coleslaw, loaded with flavors and colors. All-American Strawberry Shortcake with seasonal berries is the standout dessert. Make your own shortcake or pick one up at your favorite Supercenter bakery.
Summer Stage: Use reusable, colorful plastic tablecloths and festive paper napkins. Pick up fresh cut flowers for the table, or use a flower pot from the yard. Don't forget the citronella candles.
Light Up the Night: Add tube lights or twinkle lights to your deck to enjoy all summer and encourage late night gathering. Bring out a portable CD player to play favorite tunes. Have your digital or disposable camera handy to record the fun.
Stay Quenched and Cool: Bring a cooler outside to keep cold drinks handy. Have a variety of hand-held fans and straw hats available.
Work Up an Appetite: Badminton, croquet or good, old-fashioned horseshoes are favorite summer games. For the lawn-chair crowd, pull out checkers or chess.
Make the most of summer days and evenings by planning plenty of outdoor fun! Look for delicious menu ideas, outdoor living accessories and enjoy one-stop shopping to make the most of summer at your nearest Supercenter or Neighborhood Market.
Additional recipes and tips are available at www.walmart.com by clicking on In Stores Now/Ideas Center/Food & Recipes.