“Most people think that good entertaining takes a lot of hard work and preparation,” says Frank Spadafina, the food product development manager with Walmart. “The reality is that a successful evening is made of up three things: amazing food, a great atmosphere, and good people.”
These five easy tips will shake up your traditional summer barbecue and ensure that every get-together you throw this summer is as memorable as the last:
Toppings bar: Take your guests beyond the customary ketchup and mustard and create a burger toppings bar. Include a selection of fresh ones like avocado, tomato, grilled pineapple, caramelized onions, mixed greens and even bacon. Add different kinds of salsa, and a variety of sauces including the Carolina Barbecue Sauce and the Yogurt Tzatziki Dressing in the Our Finest brand line. Encourage your guests to create their very own custom burgers.
Create a signature drink: Having a fun drink made just for your guests will add a sense of occasion to your get-together and a specialty daiquiri, mojito, or margarita with a rim of pop rocks is a fun option. Garnish with fresh fruit, add an umbrella or serve with special straws for extra brownie points.
Offer options: Don’t stop with burgers. Add an array of mouth-watering options like skewers, sausages, grilled chicken, portabella mushrooms or ribs.
Serve a variety of sides: Go beyond the traditional chopped salad and serve up grilled corn, fresh chickpea salad and pickles. Spadafina suggests a variety of favourite side salads from Walmart, like the Your Fresh Market Cranberry Quinoa Salad, Tuscan Style Bean Salad, and the 3 Cheese Pasta Salad.
Create an experience: Take your get-together to a new level by putting some thought into a great music playlist, grabbing some colourful plates and napkins, and even stringing up some lights. Pick a fun theme for your party and encourage your guests to dress accordingly.
More summer entertaining ideas and recipes can be found online at Walmart.ca/Our-Finest.