Make-Ahead Recipes For Your Next Cookout!

A pan of cheesy scalloped potatoes

At any backyard barbecue, you’re going to find most of the action centered on the grill. But while char-grilled steaks, chicken, and burgers may be where the focus lies, it’s not the only game in town. If you’ve been put in charge of providing a side or dessert rather than manning the grill, get ready to claim your share of the glory. Check out some recipes for mouthwatering cookout accompaniments that just may steal the show. (The best part – they’re make-ahead! So you can whip them up early and relax.)

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Who can ignore the siren song of hearty potatoes smothered in rich, gooey cheese? This recipe takes things a step further by using three different kinds of the good stuff – cheddar, gruyere, and Parmesan – to satisfy even the most devout cheese lover. Garlic adds a pungent kick, and chopped parsley or chives for garnish bring a pop of color to this easy, crave-worthy dish.

BLT Deviled Eggs

These aren’t your grandma’s deviled eggs! This flavor-packed twist on a classic combines sun-dried tomato, green onion, and bacon for a tasty finger food that just might become a new favorite. Make extra, because these eggs go fast at any cookout or weeknight meal.

Fruit Salad with Lemon Dressing

Every hearty grilled feast needs a light and refreshing counterpoint. This fruit salad is the perfect way to balance the flavors of smoky meats and rich sides. It’s also supremely customizable. Use a combination of your favorite fruits or whatever you have on hand. The recipe suggests a sweet-tart blend of oranges, apples, bananas, blueberries, and kiwis. The tangy dressing made with lemon juice, avocado oil, and poppy seeds is a perfect complement to the fruits.

Cowboy Caviar

This potluck favorite features a grab-bag of tasty ingredients: corn, black-eyed peas, black beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Set off with vinegar, oil, a touch of sugar, and salt and pepper to taste, the results are an addictive dip, salad, or side. You may even use it as a topping for whatever grilled meat is on the menu.

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Strawberry Oreo Chocolate Icebox Cake

Everyone wants a delicious meal to end on a sweet note. This icebox cake is a no-bake, easy-to-make dessert that’s a surefire hit. Strawberries, chocolate sandwich cookies, and whipped cream is a can’t-miss flavor sensation that will have everyone coming back for seconds.