Reflections Summer Issue | Volume 17, Number 3 - Page 90


Outdoor parties are supposed to be simple and easy but that doesn ’ t mean they can ’ t also be loaded with detail ! This festive BBQ included a smokin ’ blue burger packed with flavor , a patrioticthemed grazing platter , star shaped hand pies , and a special watermelon drink dispenser . All simple , but with a little pop of wow ! Enhance your decor by layering different tones of reds and blues along with a variety of patterns and textures . I like to add fresh flowers for the perfect finishing touch and did so here with gorgeous blue and white hydrangeas from my yard , adorned with American flags . Cheers to the red , white , and blue !

Smokin ’ Blue Burger

INGREDIENTS 2 lbs ground beef 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce 1 tsp garlic powder 1 / 2 tsp salt 1 / 2 tsp black pepper Sharp cheddar cheese , cubed Seaside Grown Smokin ’ Blue BBQ Sauce 5 slider rolls
METHOD In a large bowl , combine the ground beef , worcestershire sauce , garlic powder , salt , and pepper . Mix until all ingredients are well combined . Divide mixture into 5 even balls .
Heat a large pan on medium to low heat . Preheat oven to 385 °.
Poke hole in neat ball and place 1 cheese cube and 1 tsp of the Seaside Grown Smokin ’ Blue BBQ Sauce in the hollowed out center of the beef , wrap the meat around it , completely covering the cheese .
Add burgers to the pan , frying on the first side for 4 minutes before flipping once and frying an additional 4 minutes . Transfer burgers to an oven-safe dish to cook 15-20 minutes depending on desired finish .
Drizzle the remaining Smokin ’ Blue Sauce on top for added flavor .

Star Hand Pie

Using a 3.5 inch star cookie cutter
INGREDIENTS 1 package of 9 inch pie crusts — thawed 1 egg 1 tbsp water 5 oz vanilla melting wafers red sprinkles
Blueberry Filling
1 pint blueberries 1 cup sugar 2 tbsp lemon juice zest of one lemon 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 1 / 4 oz envelope of unflavored gelatin
METHOD In a saucepan , heat , blueberries , sugar , lemon juice and lemon zest until boiling . Turn heat to low and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes or until the blueberries break down and mash thickens .
Using a mesh strainer , strain liquid from blueberry mash without pushing the mixture through . Let liquid drip out on its own .
In a bowl , mix the blueberry mash , vanilla extract and gelatin until well combined . Refrigerate to cool .
On a lightly floured work surface rollout thawed pie dough . Using the star cookie cutter cut dough into stars . Place stars onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet .
Lightly brush egg and water mixture on to half of the dough stars . Spoon 1 teaspoon of cooled blueberry mash onto stars . Top with remaining stars and slightly press down corners . Use a fork to press indentations around the edge of the stars .
Brush the tops of the stars with the egg mixture and poke a hole into each star allowing air to escape while baking .
at 425 °.
Bake 12 minutes or until golden brown
Drizzle each pie with the melted wafers and top with red sprinkles .
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