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August 02, 2021
Nothing screams summer like a home-cooked plate full of delicious food enjoyed out on the deck as you watch the sun drop below the trees. Now that August has rolled around, I’m trying to soak in every last bit of these summer evenings!
Sometimes when the days are long, it’s hard to want to put in the effort to make a big tasty meal. SO, when I can find a few recipes that are super simple and go together perfectly for a quick and delicious meal, it’s always a win.
If you’re trying to hold onto the last remnants of summer like me and need some fresh and fun ‘summery’ meal ideas to enjoy with your favorite people, I have the most delicious menu + recipes that I’ve put together for you - perfect for hosting friends any night of the week!
Just keep scrolling to see my recipe for the most amazing gourmet burger (psst.. the perfect excuse to try out our homegrown beef that we’re now selling!) as well as the easiest cucumber salad, and some Oatmeal Carmelita Toffee Bars inspired by @thesaltedsweets.
DRCC Gourmet Burgers (serves 3 - double or triple recipe depending on number of guests)
1 lb dry aged ground beef (found here)
3 slices cooked bacon
Cheese of your choice (we love cheddar or blue cheese!)
House Seasoning (recipe: 1/2 cup salt, 1/4 cup pepper, 1/4 cup garlic powder)
Optional toppings: candied jalapenos, onion strings, bbq sauce, magnifisauce, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles. ketchup, mustard, mayo,
Your favorite buns (we like the homemade buns from our local grocery store!)
Our favorite: toasted bun + burger + bacon + blue cheese + onion strings + bbq sauce + candied jalapenos for me + pickles for him!
Cucumber Salad (pairs great with DRCC burgers!)
4 large cucumbers
1 tablespoon salt
1 large vidalia onion
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons fresh chopped dill
Pro tip: We always use garden fresh cucumbers for this salad! It's a great way to use your own if you grow them, or support a local farmer at your farmers market!
Oatmeal Carmelita Toffee Bars (adapted from a recipe from @thesaltedsweets)
3 sticks butter
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
2 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups milk chocolate chips (I use ghirardelli)
4 Heath bars (put into ziplock baggie and use rolling pin to crush them into bits)
1 jar (12 oz.) of your favorite caramel sauce (I use smuckers salted caramel!)
Tip: It's best to make these the day before you'd like to serve them so they can completely set up before cutting.
Feel free to tag us on Instagram so we can see how this delicious spread turns out for you!!
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