How to Throw a Holiday Patio Party

January 6, 2012 Outdoor Cooking

It might be winter, but in Texas we can still throw a party on the patio. All you need is three easy dishes for the grill and a festive, inviting patio.

Three Easy Holiday Recipes for the Grill

You can cook an entire holiday feast outdoors.  All you need is a grill and a place to eat!  For an easy, casual party, stick to appetizers, drinks, and sweets.  But if you want, you can do an entire meal outside.

Here are a few of our favorite grilled dishes to serve during the holidays.

Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wraps 

This tasty appetizer takes just a few minutes to prepare and grill.
Ingredients:
6 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
12 slices bacon

jalapenosDirections:
1. Preheat your grill to high heat.
2. Spread cream cheese on each jalapeno half.
3. Wrap each piece in bacon and secure with a toothpick.
4. Place on grill and cook until bacon is crispy.

For more outdoor appetizers, check out Southern Living’s collection.

Holiday Kebabs 

It’s easy to make Christmas-themed kebabs by using red and white vegetables, like bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes.

Plus, kebabs are infinitely customizable:  Just buy kebab sticks or skewers at a grocery store or home goods store.

Ingredients:
Red, white, and/or green vegetables (Onions, Bell peppers, Mushrooms, Cherry tomatoes)

Meats of your choice (Shrimp, Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Bacon)

Directions:
1Cut vegetables and meats into 1 to 1.5 inch slices.
2. Soak the pieces in your favorite marinade for a few hours.
3. String the ingredients onto skewers, alternating the meats and veggies.
4. Use high heat on the grill, rotating skewers until all ingredients are done.

Snowball Skillet Cookies

It’s not a holiday party without something sweet!  These tasty little cookies can be prepared using one of your outdoor kitchen’s side burners.

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1 egg, well beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups crisp rice cereal
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 cup flaked coconut

Directions:
1. Heat a heavy skillet over low heat.
2. Mix together dates, sugar, butter, and egg.  Cook in skillet for about 5 minutes, or until bubbly.
3. Remove from heat and add vanilla, cereal, and pecans. Allow to cool.
4. Form mixture into balls and roll in coconut.

Do you have a great holiday recipe? Share it with us in the comments!

 

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