Family Reunion Menu Ideas – Best Grilling Recipes

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Summer is family reunion time! Kids are out of school and the weather is perfect for outdoor fun. It’s definitely the season to get the extended family together for an afternoon or a weekend. But what do you serve that family crowd? Get out your grill for great summer reunion food!

Grilled corn on the cob is popular fare at family reunions.

Grilled corn on the cob is popular fare at family reunions.

Chicken breast recipes cook up quickly and lend themselves to lots of different herbs and spices for families who want to bring something unique to the party.

“With a good plan, good recipes and the help of family members, grilling for a crowd at your family reunion can be easy and fun,” says Becky Wahlund, director, Land O’Lakes Test Kitchen. “Our top grilling recipes include everything from grilled appetizers to grilled desserts,” she says.

Think outside the box for grilling recipes and flavors that everyone will enjoy. “Grilling recipes of any kind are always a big hit for family reunions,” says Wahlund. “We like burger recipes with a twist, like double onion or pesto burgers.”

Bratwurst and hot dogs, she adds, should get the same treatment. “Add a little flair with a Cuban hot dog topped with deli-sliced cheese. Set out different relishes and other flavorful extras as an affordable way to add extra flavor,” says Wahlund. “Grilled chicken recipes, especially chicken breast recipes, cook up quickly and lend themselves to lots of different herbs and spices for families who want to bring something a bit unique to the party.”

Grilled corn on the cob is an easy and popular grilled vegetable at American family reunions. “There are lots of ways to prepare grilled corn,” says Wahlund, “But we like to use a flavored butter on the shucked corn, then wrap in foil to grill.” This is a neat way to make a great tasting side dish to accompany burgers or chicken. It’s also a great way to get younger family members involved. They can shuck and prepare the corn for the grill.

To round out the meal, pair grilled main dishes with favorite family recipes, such as potato salad or pasta salad. Have everyone bring a salad of their choice. Salads make it easy to serve a large, hungry crowd at your family reunion. “By assigning parts of the meal to different families, you’re assured of a variety of things to serve, and having something for everyone,” says Wahlund.

Last, but never least, don’t forget dessert! You’ll have a really yummy dessert tray if each family brings their favorite bar recipe. Everyone is sure to find something they like there.

For more great recipes, cooking tips and menu ideas, visit Land O'Lakes.com.

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