Better Homes & Gardens June 2015 Recipes
Salute summer with the latest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens. We have creative recipes for grilling, cocktails, and more!
Chef Tim Love shares his inventive entertaining menu, complete with grilled steak, cocktails, and an irresistible banana cream pie.
Zucchini Pizza Tacos
Pizza meets tacos. A grilled pizza crust forms the "shell" of this vegetarian taco. The filling is loaded with vibrant spring colors, like zucchini and squash blossoms.
Caramelized Banana Cream Pie
This make-ahead cream pie was made for sharing. Sugar cookie shells are loaded with rich whipped white chocolate cream and luscious caramel sauce.
Steak on the Coals with Pickled Peppers
Cooking steak directly on white-hot natural hardwood coals is a trick straight from the pros. The technique is easier than you think and results in an intense smoky flavor.
Serving Tip: Top the juicy steaks with quick pickled peppers and pickling spices!
Fish and Veggie Packets
Perfectly cooked fish on the grill? It's easier than you think, thanks to our foolproof parchment packet method.
Grilled Baby Carrots
Sweet baby carrots get even sweeter on the grill. Get a deep smoky flavor by giving them a little extra time over the coals.
Serving Tip: Top the charred carrots with a tart yogurt sauce that's spiked with steak rub.
Shaved Summer Vegetables
This fast summer salad starts with ribbons of shaved vegetables. Just before serving, top them with garlicky chicken broth. They wilt just enough to achieve the perfect tender crunch!
Grilled Okra and Tomatoes
Cooking okra over high heat results in a perfectly crunchy texture -- no sliminess here! To finish the summer side, top the bowl with walnuts and serve with our tangy balsamic dip.
Chef Tim Love calls this the best version of a margarita. The coolness of the cucumber and the spiciness of the jalapeno give new life to the classic cocktail.
Iced Espresso Cocktail
Give after-dinner coffee a kick. This cold drink is spiked with coffee-infused tequila and finished with a splash of milk and sugar.
You'll love these easy weeknight dishes that are ready in a snap.
New Potato, Avocado, and Egg Salad
Make everyone's favorite potato salad a meal. Serve the rich summer staple over a wedge of iceberg lettuce for a new take on a classic.
Skewered Steak and Veggies
Grilled lemons give these steak skewers a mellow smokiness that pairs perfectly with our tarragon-spiked dipping sauce.
Grilled Chicken with Basil Chimichurri
Buh-bye, basic grilled chicken. Our tangy garlic-packed herb sauce packs a major flavor punch. We like to make extra for green beans and zucchini.
Soy Sauce-Marinated Pork Chops
No need to plan ahead for this weeknight dinner. A quick 20-minute marinade packs major flavor, thanks to soy sauce, ginger, and crushed red pepper.
Grilling isn't just for meat and veggies! We'll show you how to grill fruit for main dishes and desserts.
Skillet Dulce de Leche Peach Pie
Take your next dessert to the grill. Two trips across the coals gives this rich caramel-peach pie just enough smokiness.
Grilled Blackberries and Ice Cream
This summertime dessert couldn't be easier. Skewer and quickly grill fresh blackberries, then serve with vanilla ice cream. Yum!
Grilled Fruit Couscous Salad
Summer favorites like plums and nectarines are grilled, then chopped into this fresh take on salad. Take the flavors to the next level with herbs such as mint and cilantro.
Grilled Cherry Flatbread
Grill these savory flatbreads for your next dinner on the deck. Pile on creative toppings like fresh cherries and Gouda cheese.
Chicken and Peach Pesto Pizza
Love pineapple on your pizza? Mix it up with our peach-topped pie and you'll have a new favorite. Balance the sweet fruit with a homemade pesto sauce.
It's watermelon season! Go beyond the slice with our creative ideas including watermelon salsa and margarita pops.
Nothing says summer like sorbet, and we love this watermelon-raspberry scoop. Serve it in the shell and wait for the oohs and aahs.
Caprese Watermelon Salad
Put a sweet spin on classic caprese salad. We kept the spicy basil and balsamic but swapped tomatoes for juicy watermelon.
Sweet Cream-Topped Watermelon
You're just three ingredients away from one of our favorite summer snacks. Top fresh watermelon with sour cream and brown sugar -- it brings out the melon's sweetness.
Watermelon Margarita Pops
These boozy pops are the perfect backyard barbecue treat. Finish the tequila-spiked dessert with fresh orange peel and salt.
Watermelon Sherbet Shake
A slushy blend of watermelon and condensed milk makes this shake extra creamy. Don't skip the pinch of salt -- it brings out the fresh watermelon flavor.
This three-ingredient salsa will quickly become a summer staple. We love the addictive blend of sweet and tangy.
Grilled Watermelon with White Cheddar
Watermelon and cheddar? The pairing may seem strange, but the sweet fruit pairs perfectly with sharp cheese and Marcona almonds.
Fresh Basil Salad
Basil shines in this fresh-from-the-garden summer salad. Here we've paired the bold herb with sweet raspberries and a light vinaigrette.
Sweet Soda Floats
The key to these fizzy favorites? Unexpected flavor combinations like green apple + caramel and strawberry + lime. Prescoop the ice cream and freeze ahead of time for a float that stands up to a sunny afternoon.
Watermelon Honey Spritzer
Looking for a refreshing party punch? This boozy spritzer is a cool blend of watermelon, honey, and sweet vermouth. Cheers!
The complex flavor of dry vermouth balances the sweetness of sparkling wine in this adults-only take on limeade. Serve the drink with fresh mint for summer's most refreshing cocktail.
Serve your backyard crowd this citrusy cocktail and you're guaranteed to get the party started. We love the bold blend of Aperol, grapefruit soda, and thyme.
Brown Derby Cocktail
Go bold with bourbon for your next outdoor party. This Southern-style sipper is bright and refreshing, thanks to a double dose of citrus.
Shake up your snack mix with our easy microwave recipes.
Spicy Cinnamon-Sugar Snack Mix
Plenty of Sriracha keeps this snack mix from being too sweet. We're tossing in pretzels, sesame sticks, and almonds for major crunch.
Barbecue Snack Mix
Skip the bagged snack mix and make it yourself! Toss bottled barbecue sauce into the mix and you've got a new take on the classic.
Tropical Snack Mix
The secret to the tropical flavor of this salty-sweet snack mix? Pineapple juice and a pinch of allspice.
Chocolate-Ginger Snack Mix
Spicy ginger (two kinds!) gives this chocolaty snack mix subtle heat.