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Paleo Appetizer Ideas for Cookout Season

Happy Monday friends!

I better knock on wood when I say this, but I daresay the weather is about to shift from Spring to Summer here. I even see high 80’s in the forecast for this coming weekend, which will feel great after the cool and gloomy weather we’ve been having here lately. Seems like it happens every Spring, so nothing out of the ordinary here.

Gather Garden Party Cookout

Summer in our little corner of Pennsylvania is glorious. The garden is brimming with food (THE BEST), the pool is open (okay, also THE BEST), and we get to enjoy cookouts with family and friends. You’re probably getting the itch to host or attend a cookout, too. Don’t let the food be a stumbling block. Hosting a Paleo cookout is really easy, and we’re going to have some Paleo Memorial Day Cookout ideas for you later this week. To whet your appetite, we’re sharing a couple of our favorite appetizer recipes for such a gathering.
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These two recipes are from our second cookbook, Gather – The Art of Paleo Entertaining, which released about 3 years ago. That’s pretty crazy to think about.
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Gather cookbook

We adore that book, chock full of Paleo celebrations, holidays, and gatherings. It was really special to write, as we actually hosted 16 parties in the span of a year. It was crazy, to say the least.

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These two appetizers are easy to pull together and pair nicely. You NEED easy dishes for a gathering. Most of them need to be easy, anyway. Otherwise you’ll just be frazzled with cooking by the time your guests arrive. These are also dishes you can recruit nearly any friend or family member to make. They are completely easy to make, so you don’t need to be Bobby Flay or Giada to pull these off.

Enjoy!
Bill & Hayley

Watermelon Salad with Mint

prep:10 minutes
Difficulty
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This appetizer is perfect for a summer garden party or Memorial Day Cookout. The combination of sweet watermelon, tangy lemon, and mint make for a refreshing combination on a hot day!

Serves: 8

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Ingredients

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Process

Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Cut the watermelon into 1" cubes, removing the rind and any stray seeds.
  2. Rinse and roughly chop the mint.
  3. Arrange the watermelon on a large platter, and drizzle with lemon juice. Sprinkle with a little Himalayan Pink Salt.
  4. Spear each piece with a toothpick and a mint leaf. Serve.
Our recipes are created using Paleo, Primal and Gluten-free guidelines. Learn more about our diet and lifestyle at www.primalpalate.com.

Bacon-wrapped Shrimp

prep:20 minutes
cook:30 minutes
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When you're entertaining, it helps to have a mix of dishes that are elegant and impressive (time consuming), and dishes that are delicious and easy to make. There's nothing complicated about this dish, but boy is it a crowd pleaser. You can't go wrong with these at a party!

Serves: 8

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Process

Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Cut the strips of bacon in half. Wrap each shrimp, starting from the head and working toward the tail. Skewer each shrimp with a 4-inch toothpick.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the skewered shrimp on a parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet. Cook for 30 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and the shrimp is cooked through (opaque).
Our recipes are created using Paleo, Primal and Gluten-free guidelines. Learn more about our diet and lifestyle at www.primalpalate.com.

 

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