10 Latin Sides for Your Summer BBQs

From The Latin Kitchen,


At our BBQ partites this summer, the smell of garlic as it caramelizes on a searing churrasco make our mouths water. But what’s a steak or hot dog without something extra special on the side? We know that the real showstoppers are side dishes. They’re are filling, travel well, complement any protein, and have a flavor so addictive that they can stand alone, too. And as an added bonus, many sides can be made hours in advance–giving you time to actually enjoy yourself and spend time with your guests instead of being tied to the grill!

Keep it classic with salty tostones or elotes covered in cotija cheese and chili powder. If you want to take advantage of summer’s harvest, we suggest simple sautéed asparagus wrapped in Spanish Serrano ham or opting for a bacon, avocado, and corn salad. Or maybe stretch your dollar by making a spicy red pepper pasta that can really feed a crowd. No matter which of these summer sides you choose, people will be begging you for the recipe!


Roasted Corn Potato Salad

This Roasted Corn Potato Salad is one sure-fire way to spice up your table. Grilled corn and potatoes gives this much loved summer recipe a tasty new texture.

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Wonderful on its own, boiled or steamed, with butter, fresh herbs, and salt, you can always keep your market haul simple. On the other hand, elotes - grilled corn covered in crema or mayonnaise and crumbly cheese then sprinkled with hot chili and a squirt of lime – make a good case for complicating it.

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Serrano Wrapped Asparagus

Sometimes all you need is a pair of simple but delicious ingredients to make a spectacular dish. Bright, fresh asparagus is wrapped in Serrano ham and sautéed until crisp, making a quick and easy side that is bursting with flavor.

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Spicy Red Pepper Pasta Salad

Spicy Red Pepper Pasta Salad, a mix of fresh roasted red peppers, whole wheat penne, avocado and corn in a dressing of fresh minced habanero is colorful, fresh and ready, and an easy side dish for any luncheon.

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Flour Tortillas

Many home cooks are intimidated by the idea of making their own flour tortillas. Getting themasa to the right consistency, and rolling out a perfectly round tortilla can be tedious, and takes practice. Don’t give up! Use a rolling pin that is the diameter of a broom handle, thin and straight. Also, make sure you press a divot into the center of each dough patty before you roll it out. This patty is known as a textal in Northern Mexico. The thin center and thicker edges of thetextal will help you roll out a more round tortilla.

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Tomato Salad with Cotija Cheese, Olives, and Mint

Fast and refreshing, this no muss, no fuss Tomato Salad with Cotija and Mint is a great way to unwind during your lunch hour.

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Simple Pea Shoot Salad

Upgrade your drab salad and whip up a Simple Pea Shoot Salad. Pea shoots are slightly sweet and crunchy, providing the perfect contrast to crispy chorizo. Thin sliced cucumber, quartered tomatoes and a simple olive oil and balsamic dressing makes this salad simply irresistible.

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Black Bean and Corn Salad

Try this fast and healthy salad at your next cookout.

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Bacon, Avocado, and Corn Salad

Avocado and bacon just seem to be a match made in heaven. This bright springtime and summertime salad will make a gorgeous addition to any table, and you’ll have everyone from kids to adults gobbling up this delectable side.

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Classic Tostones

This twice-fried treat will make for the perfect side dish to just about any meal.

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Original article and images from The Latin Kitchen.

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