Fourth of July Summertime Cookout (Part 2)
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I know I’m posting this a bit late, but we were without internet for a few days during the holiday. Back to civilization now!
I started a day in advance by making the Key Lime Pie and Potato Salad. I love it when I can knock out full dishes ahead of time so I can just enjoy myself the day of the party!
The potato salad was fairly simple – just boil the potatoes, mash them, and mix with all of the ingredients. There’s some dicing, measuring, and chopping, but it’s a straight forward recipe. If making in advance, like I did, just store it covered in the fridge.
The key lime pie requires both a mixer and a food processor. It would take a lot of effort to do this by hand.
The graham cracker crust is a combination of graham crackers, butter, and sugar tossed in the food processor before being pressed into the pie tin and baked for 5 minutes.
Then sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, lime zest and lime juice are mixed together, poured into the pie crust, and baked until set. Once cooled, these went into the fridge as well (I made two).
On the day of July 4th, all I had to worry about was the corn! It soaks for 4 hours before being grilled and then being rubbed all over with “spicy butter” (butter mixed with a cayenne pepper and Montreal seasoning).
Taste: 10/10 for the potato salad and key lime pie, 8/10 for the corn on the cobb
The potato salad and key lime pie went over extremely well at the party, and were a bit hit! I got compliments all night long and how delicious they both were.
Everyone enjoyed the corn as well, but it ultimately tasted like corn on the cobb with butter. The spices were okay, but I think I’d add more cayenne next time and try something other than Montreal seasoning.
Difficulty: Easy / Average
The potato salad and corn on the cobb were both easy and didn’t require too much effort, though they did take time. The key lime pie was a little more involved and required more work than the salad and corn.
Compared to some other recipes in this cookbook, these recipes aren’t going to break the bank. That being said, they’re not cheap either!