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?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? #9404
08/10/2009 12:43 PM
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A friend is hosting a pool-side party and we're trying to come up with some good recipes... food and/or beverages! Any ideas are greatly appreciated! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Cheers.gif" alt="" />


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Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: SteveandDeb] #9405
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In addition to these super easy hors d'oeuvres:
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How about: Peppered Tuna Skewers w/Wasabi Mayo

You'll need:

2 tablespoons wasabi powder
1 1/2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 pound fresh tuna steaks, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
28 large slices pickled ginger*
28 8-inch wooden skewers
1 bunch watercress
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Mix 2 tablespoons wasabi powder and 1 1/2 tablespoons water in small bowl to blend. Whisk in 1/2 cup mayonnaise. Cover wasabi mayonnaise and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

Combine tuna and soy sauce in medium bowl; toss to coat. Marinate tuna 30 minutes at room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, thread 1 ginger slice onto each skewer 2 inches from tip.

Line platter with watercress. Place bowl of wasabi mayonnaise on platter. Drain tuna; pat dry. Return to medium bowl. Sprinkle with pepper; toss to coat. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tuna and sear until browned on all sides but still pink inside, about 2 minutes total. Thread 1 tuna cube onto each prepared skewer next to ginger. Arrange skewers on platter and serve.


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Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: SteveandDeb] #9406
08/10/2009 03:36 PM
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Geesh, there are a million good recipes out there.
One of my favs to make is:
Root Beer Baked Beans made with canned beans. Simple and different.

Ingredients
3 bacon slices
1 small onion, diced
2 (16-ounce) cans pork and beans
1/2 cup root beer (not diet)
1/4 cup hickory-smoked barbecue sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce

Preparation
Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp; remove and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon.

Sauté diced onion in hot bacon drippings in skillet over high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Stir together onion, crumbled bacon, beans, and remaining ingredients in a lightly greased 1-quart baking dish.

Bake beans, uncovered, at 400° for 55 minutes or until sauce is thickened.

That's it! Easy enough.

Also, an easy coleslaw recipe that I make is: Mix a package of coleslaw mix with Ken's Vidalia Onion dressing. Add a little onion powder & garlic powder, some ground black pepper. Voila! Yummy coleslaw!

How about making the yummy Corn Cassarole that's one this site? That was a hit at 2 pool parties I went to recently and I had to send everyone the recipe. It's a keeper!!

Also, how about a BBQ shredded beef or chicken done ahead of time in the crockpot? That's always good and goes a long way!!

Good Luck!!

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Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: contessa] #9407
08/10/2009 03:51 PM
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Oops, forgot to mention Gazpacho!

Gazpacho is perfect for summer entertaining. It's easy once all the veggies get chopped, which is a p.i.t.a. but fun if someone shares the load. I put all the chopped veggies in a large Tupperware container then add the liquid. Best made the day before.
Ingredients:
3 tomatoes, chopped
2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
4 cups V-8 cocktail juice, I like the spicy.
Sour cream (optional)
garlic croutons and cold cooked shrimp for garnish (optional)

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients except sour cream, croutons and shrimp and mix gently. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours to blend flavors. Give it the old taste-test. Adjust flavors if necessary. Sometimes I like to add a little more lemon.....just my preference. Serve chilled, topped with a dollop of sour cream croutons and/or cold cooked shrimp.
I like to serve in Martini glasses. It looks great and tastes Yummmmy! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Grin.gif" alt="" />


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Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: SteveandDeb] #9408
08/10/2009 08:52 PM
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pool party makes me think finger foods or bbq. if the host(s) will be bbq'ing, here's a shrimp kebab recipe that is very easy and always a BIG hit when i make it:

grilled herb shrimp, serves 6

3 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1/4cup parsley, minced
1/4cup basil, minced
1tsp dry mustard
2 tsps dijon mustard
2tsps kosher salt
1/4tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4cup olive oil
1 lemon
2lbs shrimp jumbo shrimp (16-20ct/lb), peeled with tails left on and deveined

combine garlic, onion, parsley, basil, mustards, salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice. add shrimp and marinate for 1hr at room temp or cover and refridgerate for up to 2days.

skewer the shrimp and grill.

another idea, ice cream sundaes! u can make some sauces and/or toppings to share with your friends.

enjoy your pool side party!

Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: caribbeanscout] #9409
08/10/2009 09:10 PM
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Wow! Great ideas! Thanks! So far... FOR SURE... the Gazpacho is definitely going to be on the menu! Do ahead stuff is awesome!


"Fine wine? Hell, I'm like well tequila. Only... deeper."
~~ Steve & Deb
Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: SteveandDeb] #9410
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i agree, the gazpacho sounds great! to expand off of contessa's idea, when i make my gazpacho i use the food processor. just a few seconds of pulsing the individual vegs saves A LOT of time.

Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: SteveandDeb] #9411
08/10/2009 10:53 PM
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A big bowl of really ice cold ripe Cantalope, Honeydew & seedless Watermellon chunks...
nothin' better... we always bring that sailing for everyone on the boat after a race...
It's a huge hit... and everyone's disappointed if we don't make it...


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Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: peconic] #9412
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I use Peconic's watermelon / cantelope mixture and put it in an ice bowl. Find a large mixing bowl, then one about 2-3 inches smaller around. Use duct tape to hold the smaller bowl level with the larger bowl, then sometimes I add something with weight in the smaller bowl to help hold it down once water is added. Fill the area between the two bowls just until the water is about 1 1/2inches from the top, then freeze. If it is going to be really hot outside, I try to have a thicker ice wall along the sides on on the bottom by using a smaller inside bowl. Dip in hot water to quickly release the bowls. Wrap the ice bowl in tin foil and keep frozen until ready to use. This always receives oohs and ahs at a pool party.


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Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: pamj] #9413
08/11/2009 07:56 AM
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Hey, pretty cool!! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Grin.gif" alt="" /> Will have to try that some time!!!


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Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: Carol_Hill] #9414
08/11/2009 08:21 AM
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Love the idea of the melon bowl... in the ice bowl! Cool!


"Fine wine? Hell, I'm like well tequila. Only... deeper."
~~ Steve & Deb
Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: pamj] #9415
08/11/2009 08:41 AM
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Pam....to add to the ice bowl, which I used to do 'back in the day'.....add some strawberries/orange slices to the 'ice bowl'. It looks awesome in addition to the fruit you'll be serving.
Have fun!
BTW, have done the processor but like the small chunks of veggies. It's an individual thingy. But, it's a time saver!

Oh, forgot to add a quick and yummy appetizer:
I make a Tomato Caprese on a stick. Get some wooden skewers. On the skewers alternate little grape tomatoes, little mozzarella balls & basil. Alernate to fill the skewer. Then before serving drizzle with salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It's awesome and low cal. I made some of these in Saratoga last week for apps and we saw them on a menu the next day at the track for 3 skewers @$13.00! Geesh.....I could make enough for the neighborhood for $13.00.
Also, to serve with pizzaz.....fill a small vase with cranberries or blueberries and stick the skewers pointy side up. It looks great, sort of like firecrackers, and a dramatic way to serve them!! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Clapping.gif" alt="" />


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Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: SteveandDeb] #9416
08/12/2009 06:52 PM
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If you are having kids at the party, a favorite of our grandkids is Pepperoni Pizza Hot Pockets...
BUT... done on the grill, or better yet... over a fire in one of those grilling baskets...
so they get crispy on the outside, and really melted on the inside...
They complain now if their father does them in the nuke...


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Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: peconic] #9417
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another thought... BJ's & COSTCO have excellent frozen Swordfish Steaks at reasonable prices...
Throw a few on the grill and serve with a good mango salsa (like Newman's Own Mango Salsa)...
they only take about 10 mins on the grill, 5 mins a side, on medium heat... don't overcook!


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Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: contessa] #9418
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Another quickie dessert......
Slice some nice ripe peaches into a bowl. Pour a little Chambord over all. Refrigerate overnight. Just before serving pour some Champagne or Prosecco over all. It's sort of like a Bellini in a bowl. I've done this for brunches. Easy and yummy. You could serve some peach sorbet with it too!


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Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: contessa] #9419
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Maybe I missed something but what do you do with the frozen fruit bowl? What do you put inside? Sounds like a great idea and I'm sure it looks great but how fast will it defrost?

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It is to put fruit in. No idea how long it lasts..


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Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: Carol_Hill] #9421
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Re: the frozen ice bowl - I have put cut up vegetables, melons, and even used it for serving shrimp. One August it was 105 here, and the bowl was just a thin shell at the end of the party, lasting about about 4 hours. Other times, such as Christmas, I have been able to re-wrap the bowl in foil, put it back in the freezer and use it again. I usually place it on a round platter, with leaf lettuce underneath and around the bottom of the bowl. I have tried putting various fruit inside the frozen wall as Contessa suggested, but they usually go down to the bottom part, and they also make the bowl defrost faster. The tray holding the ice bowl does have to be dumped of water every several hours or so if it is used outside in very hot weather.

I think I got this out of a Sunset Magazine about 20 years ago.


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Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: pamj] #9422
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we do it simpler on the sailboat...
fill two gallon ziplock freezer bags with the fruit...
put it in the cooler and cover with two bags of ice...
then we just pass the baggies around and use our fingers...
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Re: ?? Recipes for a Pool-Side Party ?? [Re: peconic] #9423
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Agreed! No ice bowls on our rafting trips down the Rogue River. Just ziplocs in the 100+ quart cooler. pj


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