Supper Club – Summer Picnic!

5 Aug

This month’s Supper Club theme was “Summer Picnic” and it was my turn to host. We decided that it would be best to have the physical dinner at my parent’s house so we can have a pool day and also really set the stage for a summer picnic.

Me and Jeff enjoying the pool

Jeff chillin on the patio

We all got to the house early in the day and quickly got ourselves into the pool since it was a 96 degree sunny day. Much later on, my brother Chris and his wife Pam came over to join us! We were many Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonade’s in at that point, so dinner was quite late. Thankfully there was minimal prep – I was able to prepare everything the night before and that morning.

I thought long and hard about my menu. I wanted something fun, but light and fresh…..I also wanted to showcase some family recipes (found in our family cookbook). I was able to combine everything and come up with an awesome meal.

Early in the day we grilled up some quesadillas (AKA “dillas”). These are a fun snack that my brother and sisterinlaw, Pat and Julie, bring to summer pooldays. They are great because they taste super fresh, are customizably spicy, and they go on the grill. Who doesnt love dillas??

Dillas on the grill

We started off the meal with Watermelon Gazpacho. My friend, Shannon, made this for our girls night last month. It was SO refreshing and tasty….I dont have to mention how fresh it is. It is so easy to make, too! Everyone remarked at how different and delicious it was. The crumble of feta on top totally pulls all the flavors together.

Watermelon Gazpacho with Feta Crumble

The main course consisted of: Patio Picnic Burgers, Jerry’s Baked Beans, and Heirloom Tomato Pie.

What are “Patio Picnic Burgers”? They are an old old family recipe that our family has been crazy about for years. It was always a special treat to have them in the summer. I remember having them for my 8th grade graduation party and my mom took a pic of me eating one mid-bite…..attractive.

Before being baked together

But what IS it, you ask? It’s not a burger, per se. Essentially, it’s ground beef sauteed with a few ingredients, then mixed with pickles, tomatoes, and cheese and scooped into a roll and then baked in the oven. Robbbb said it was sort of similar to how a cheesesteak tastes, in a way. I dont know that I agree – but I cant really explain it any other way. You just have to try them.

Finished Patio Picnic Burger

Jerry’s Baked Beans are also a family treat. I believe he got the recipe from his ex-wife (shhhh!) and he’s been making it ever since. They are delicious – the perfect amout of sweet and salty. Everyone loves them.

Beans, beans…..you fill in the rest

My Heirloom Tomato Pie…..I dont know where to start with this masterpiece of a recipe that I pulled out of Food Network Magazine last summer. I made it last summer for a family get-together on a poolday and everyone raved about it. This time I used all heirloom and regular tomatoes from my garden and also from my friends at Skippack Creek Farm (best tasting tomatoes ever). There is manchego cheese, herbs, tomato, and cornmeal crust…..need I say more?

Beautiful…..just beautiful

Slice of Tomato Pie

For dessert, I did another old family favorite: Ice Cream Pie! It’s just as simple as it sounds. It doesnt matter though – everyone always loves it!

Ice cream pie

Slice of ice cream

To accompany the meal, I made my friend Alex’s Sangria. He swore to me that it’s the best homemade sangria around and I think he might be right. It was the bomb. Literally.

Down one, one to go

John took a shower with his sangria

As always…..I will be posting recipes for everything shortly. And now it’s John’s turn for Thai next month!

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11 Responses to “Supper Club – Summer Picnic!”

  1. liz kaiser August 6, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    oh how i love those beans……

  2. Anniemon August 6, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    As usual, I love getting your blog! I can’t wait for the heirloom tomato pie and the watermelon gazpacho recipes! Now that I can eat again, I’m looking forward to cooking these two!

    • Anniemon August 6, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      OK – I clicked on Shannon’s link and found the recipe! THANKS!

      • lmullane August 6, 2012 at 11:47 am #

        Annie – let me facebook-email you the real recipe because I made some tweaks to Shannon’s recipe. Thank you so much for supporting my blog and always commenting 🙂 You picked two awesome recipes to want to try!!!!!

  3. dskrzycki August 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Are you going to post the official recipe or the patio burger??

    • lmullane August 6, 2012 at 9:29 am #

      Yup – Gotta just give me some time. I will be posting recipes for everything!

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    […] package – for me, it was 10. These things are huge. I customized them for everyone who was at Supper Club Summer Picnic Night (spicy or non-spicy) and labeled them all. That’s why this recipe is great – it’s […]

  2. Watermelon Gazpacho « A Sliver Of Each - August 23, 2012

    […] pulls all of the flavors together. It’s almost like……MAGIC! haha I made it for my Supper Club dinner and liked it so much, I made it again last weekend to take to my parents for dinner. […]

  3. Jerry’s Baked Beans « A Sliver Of Each - August 19, 2012

    […] made it for the first time for Supper Club a couple weeks ago. It could NOT be easier to put together – and the reaction you will get […]

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    […] last summer. It was such a big hit, I kept it in the repertoire and decided to bring it back for Supper Club dinner recently. Crust […]

  5. Patio Picnic Burgers « A Sliver Of Each - August 10, 2012

    […] made them recently for my Supper Club dinner. As I said in that entry, my mom made them for my 8th grade graduation party and then took a pic […]

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