How to Throw a Summer Bash Without a Grill | a2 Milk® USA
How to Throw a Summer Bash Without a Grill | a2 Milk® USA

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How to Throw a Summer Bash Without a Grill

Posted on June 20, 2018

This summer, focus on spending time with friends and family — not slaving over the grill. We love the idea of serving quick, cool foods and healthy pre-made dishes so when the guests arrive you can visit without worrying about burning the burgers and brats. Get ready to host a flavorful, filling 4th of July or summer celebration without grilling!

Main Dish Inspiration

How to Throw a Summer Bash Without a Grill a2 Milk sandwiches

We love the idea of hosting a make-your-own deli sandwich bar. With an array of artisan rolls, seasoned lunch meats, gourmet cheeses, fresh vegetables and sandwich spread available, everyone is sure to create a combo they’ll love. If you’re trying to avoid A1 protein, swap out your standard cheese for goat or sheep cheeses.  Have lots of kids attending? Roll meat and cheese in whole grain tortillas and slice into bite-sized wheels to serve with a ranch dipping sauce.

If you prefer a hot main dish, try our spicy baked chicken wings recipe, heat meatballs or little weenies in the slow cooker or fire up the Instant Pot with one of these tasty ideas. You’ll never miss manning the grill!

Serving Up Sides

Keep guests cool with an array of cold accompaniments. We love offering a mix of salads, seasonal crudités and simple indulgences like bruschetta. Consider adding a few of these to your menu:

  • Pasta salad prepared with Italian dressing and mini pepperonis
  • Fruit and mini marshmallow kebabs
  • Spinach, pecan and strawberry salad
  • Hummus and fresh bell peppers, broccoli, grape tomatoes and carrots
  • Three bean salad with green onions
  • Tortilla chips with a salsa, bean dip and guacamole
  • Fruit salsa and cinnamon pita chips
  • German potato salad with hot mustard
  • Broccoli salad with pomegranate arils

If you’re hosting a large gathering, maybe a potluck would be best? Ask guests to bring a cold side dish to share.

Don’t Skip Dessert

How to Throw a Summer Bash Without a Grill a2 Milk dessert fresh fruit bowl

Finally, everyone seems to have a sweet tooth in the summer. A simple vanilla or strawberry sheet cake topped with raspberries and blueberries is both beautiful and delicious. Or, go classic and prepare a few apple pies and serve them with tall glasses of chilled a2 Milk® for a true American treat.

We also love whipping up a blender full of a2 Milk® shakes (spiked with coffee liquor for the adults), serving up a platter of homemade mini cookies or creating a huge rainbow bowl of fresh fruit sprinkled with shaved coconut. You can also try making strawberry ‘whips’ by combining fresh strawberries, ice, a swirl of honey and a2 Milk® in a blender. It’s refreshing, creamy and healthier than a traditional milk shake!

So, are you hungry yet? We are! We hope you enjoy planning your Summer get-together sans the grill and are able to relish the extra time you have to visit with friends and family.

This Summer, Barbecuing isn’t mandatory!

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