Two Godly Thumbs Up – July 4th Poolside Cookout

I don’t mean to brag, but I got to cook for a god this holiday weekend and he was a big fan. Our July 4th celebration was a very last minute affair so we had an intimate group of friends and family over for some pooltime and a laidback cookout. Though my friends are a bunch of first-class eaters, the champion-of-the-day was 3-year old Thor who, fittingly to his super-human name, is a big fan of steak. By the end of the meal, Thor out-ate all the other men by feverishly polishing off the last of the flank steak — check him in the video above to see what I mean. Below is the whole menu and I’m happy to say it went over as well with the adults as it did with Thor.

July 4th Poolside Cookout

Summer-y Sangria

Riesling, orange liqueur, and blackberry liqueur with ginger, mint, apricots, and raspberries

Pineapple-Ginger Agua Fresca

Varied the linked recipe by adding fresh ginger, orange liqueur, and silver tequila

Charred Green Beans with Paprika-Mustard Dipping Sauce

Varied the linked recipe with a honey mustard-mayo dipping sauce with loads of black pepper and paprika

Flatbread with Herbed Ricotta Spread and Cucumbers

Fresh ricotta whipped with feta, herbs, squash oil, and topped with paper-thin cucumbers

Toasted Baguette with Roasted Pepper and Tomato Salsa

Spanish pan con tomate topped with a roasted pepper and tomato salsa with capers and herbs

Garbanzo Bean Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Garbanzo beans, radishes, cucumber, scallions, and tomatoes tossed in a balsamic-pomegranate vinaigrette

Cinnamon-Rubbed Flank Steak with Basil Salsa Verde and Chimichurri Sauces

Cinnamon-coriander-rubbed steak grilled and served with two herb sauces

Fig-Orange Marmalade-Glazed Roasted Shrimp

Charred shrimp tossed in a fig-mustard-orange marmalade glaze

Icebox Cake with Mascarpone and Blackberries

This classic dessert is updated with Mascarpone, cocoa, and blackberries

Drunken Watermelon Pops

Rum and blackberry liqueur-macerated watermelon

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