August was the time of year when our family of six would pack our little Oldsmobile and drive until we ended up at a wooded campground. As the sun went down, aunts, uncles, and cousins gathered around the campfire to roast hot dogs and marshmallows.
Though not at a campground, our family cooks and eats outside as much as possible in summer. Food cooked over a fire seems especially satisfying.
As much as I like hamburgers and hot dogs, it seems a shame to not take advantage of the opportunity to explore other recipes. I love this week’s meals because they can be cooked in the great outdoors or in the comfort of your own kitchen.
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Grilled Branzino with Rosemary Vinaigrette
You had me at grilled fish! If you don’t have access to Branzino, don’t worry. This recipe works beautifully with walleye, Pacific rock cod, or a large Atlantic black sea bass! It serves two, so make sure you double up if you’re feeding a family.
Slow and Low Country Ribs
Saucy, tender pork ribs with only four ingredients? Count me in! Ribs are one of our family’s favorite meats to throw on the grill. These country ribs are hearty, which cuts down on the number it takes to feed a crowd. Serve with Three Bean Baked Beans, Southern Cornbread, and lots of napkins.
Skillet Shrimp Fajitas
Bring on the heat with this mouth-watering dinner of bell peppers, onions, and shrimp. Coat in spices and sauté for just a few minutes in a cast-iron skillet and dinner is done. Feel free to adjust the spice level to fit your preferences. Serve with tortillas and all the toppings you can haul in the cooler.
Grilled Pizza with Red Peppers, Broccoli, and Onions
Pizza is a staple in our house, and being able to make it without turning on the oven is a huge bonus. I love that the ingredients in this pizza could all come straight from the garden—you can feel good about grabbing that second slice. Serve with this Caprese corn salad.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
Avocado Lettuce Tomato Sandwich (ALT)
Why should breakfast get all the avocados? Toast bread, slice avocados, lettuce, and tomatoes, and let each person build their own sandwich. If you so desire, cook up some bacon to add as an option. I bet no one would complain. Serve with crispy air fryer French fries.