Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of summer. After that, our summer calendars quickly fill up with more get-togethers, graduation parties, family reunions and outdoor celebrations alike. While nothing can beat summer grill-out staples like charred cheeseburgers and brats, we know that the secret to a memorable picnic is in the side-dish line-up. These five blogger recipes from the summer issue of Grate. Pair. Share. are guaranteed to brighten up your side dish spread:
Veggie Pizza with Parmesan Herb Cream Cheese: Annie’s Eats gives this Midwestern classic a modern twist with a parmesan herbed cream cheese base and colorful veggies.
White Cheddar & Chive Cheese Ball: Thanks to Spoon Fork Bacon, your classic veggies and dip platter just got more fun, spherical and cheesier.
Quinoa Salad with Marinated Asiago, Red Peppers & Walnuts: If pasta salad is more your style, try swapping the noodles for quinoa mixed with marinated Wisconsin asiago and lots of fresh vegetables in this recipe from Alexandra’s Kitchen.
No-Bake Butter Pecan Mini Cheesecakes: Country Cleaver knows that you really can’t go wrong with caramel, pecans and Wisconsin mascarpone. Plus a dessert that comes together with no oven required? Summer perfection!
Raspberry Ricotta Parfaits: This recipe from Savory Simple has all the flavors of a fruity summer pie in effortless parfait form.
For more summer entertaining ideas, check out the summer issue of Grate. Pair. Share., our online magazine all about cooking and entertaining with Wisconsin cheese. And don’t forget to enter our Summer Potluck Essentials Giveaway for a chance to win an assortment of outdoor tableware, serving dishes and a selection of Wisconsin cheese!