Colorful End of Summer BBQ… throw one last party complete with peperonata hot dogs and individual potato salad bites.
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Summer is coming to an end and the kids are beginning school soon, but there’s still time to have a colorful end of summer BBQ or Labor Day BBQ. Since summer for me is synonymous with color, I had to pull in as much color as possible for the decorations.
Add in a few Hebrew National hot dogs topped with my Italian peperonata and crunchy fried onions and some potato salad bites and the BBQ was a major success! The best part is that everything was prepped ahead of time, so you don’t have to stress right before the party.
Colorful BBQ ideas –
One of the easiest ways to add a big punch of color is to create a backdrop behind your food table. I used honeycombs and balloons along with simple packing tape (to adhere the pieces to the wall) to create a colorful backdrop that really set the party tone. It also makes a great photo backdrop!
Isn’t it fun?! I promise, it’s really easy to put together! Just start taping, layering and mixing the sizing and colors of the balloons and honeycombs.
For the table I added in even more color with colorful hot dog baskets, color dipped condiment bottles, and of course colorful paper plates and napkins.
Now let’s talk food! For me, no BBQ is complete without hot dogs and we love Hebrew National because of the premium quality and its 100% Kosher beef hot dogs. My family loves these hot dogs! When it comes to ingredients, the shorter the list, the better. The Kosher process, along with using zero fillers, reinforces the great flavor of Hebrew National hot dogs.
Of course the kids love them with ketchup only, but I wanted to make them a little more adult friendly too. I sautéed colorful bell peppers and onions until tender and caramelized. Then I topped each hot dog with store bought marinara, sauteed peppers and onions, and then a few store bought crunchy fried onions to create a take on an Italian peperonata sub. They were so good!
To go along with the hot dogs I served individual potato salad bites (sort of a cross between a deviled egg and a twice baked potato).
Individual Potato Salad Bites
- 10 Small red potatoes
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 2 tsp Mustard
- 1 tsp Dry Dill
- 1/4 tsp Creole Seasoning Salt
- 1/4 tsp Paprika
- Boil small red potatoes in salted water until fork tender, remove from the water and let cool to room temp.
- Slice in half and scoop out most of the potato with a spoon as you would if you were making twice baked potatoes.
- Mash the potato that you scooped out along with mayo, mustard, dry dill, and creole seasoning salt to create a mashed potato like consistency, then fill the potato skins back up with the mashed potato salad.
- Top with paprika and more dill.
Such an easy and delicious appetizer!
I hope these recipes have inspired you to throw one last colorful end of summer BBQ bash! Oh, and you really must try the peperonata hot dog, your taste buds will thank you!
What’s your favorite way to celebrate the end of summer?
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