We got our official invitation to the Memorial Day block party last weekend. “Official” meaning all the neighbors on the block stood around watching the solar eclipse from my dad’s driveway, wearing a rigged-up five-layer sunglass (because it was for only one eye, not two) so that our retina didn’t burn up when we looked at the sun. In the midst of the passing around of the eyeglass (by the way, thanks Ken!), everyone was asking each other what they were doing for Memorial Day. When everyone realized that no one had plans, we un-inviteds decided to have a block party pot luck of our own.
And my dad wants to grill a pig. Yes, A WHOLE PIG!!
I’ll let you know how that goes…
I figured we would end up at some sort of pot luck for the holiday and had started tossing ideas around in my head for a dish to bring a couple weeks ago.
Appetizer: Homemade Salsa and Chips
Nothing beats a delicious homemade salsa. You can make it mild at first, setting some aside for the kids, and then add another jalapeño to kick it up a notch for the adults. Add some white corn and blue corn tortilla chips and you’re done!
Side Dish: Greek Couscous
I cannot rave enough about this dish. The flavors blend so well together, it’s nearly magic in your mouth. It’s super easy to prepare and doesn’t require refrigeration or heating, which is perfect for an outdoors party. You can easily add some grilled spicy chicken if needed, and it’s beautiful – a conversation piece for the party. I promise your fellow party guests will not be disappointed!
There’s something about this dish that no kid nor adult can resist. It’s cool, creamy, fruity and SO GOOD! You can tone down the richness by substituting low fat/fat free cream cheese and alter the sweetnees by using sugar free Jell-O. You can also vary the flavors – use mixed raspberries and blackberries with Blackberry Fusion Jell-O for a blue layer instead of red (which I’ve done before and it’s almost better than the Strawberry version!). You can even make half batches of both and really tempt the tastebuds!
What have I decided to make? I’m going with a new twist on the Greek Couscous – I’m using bowtie pasta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, olives, feta cheese and a delicious Greek dressing. I plan to take pictures before the bowl is emptied so I can share with you next week!
What do you have planned for your Memorial Day menu?
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