Grilled Romaine Lettuce with Feta, Tomato & Olives: Tips For The Host & Sears Giveaway

by Jennifer on July 2, 2012

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I bet many of you will be hosting cookouts this coming week as well as throughout the summer so I thought I would share a fun recipe and some tips for when you are hosting the party.

So fire up the grill and consider these tips:

*Prepare items ahead of time: Tackle the marinating, chopping, preparing side dishes & even having your plates, napkins and condiments ready the evening prior to your cookout.

*Serve the food and drinks buffet style

*Consider serving food in phases with kids going first.

*Clean the grill ahead of time!

*Get your guests involved. It is always a bummer being stuck alone at the grill. Therefore, make the grill part of the entertainment: Try grilling unique foods as this will always draw a crowd around you. Try grilling:

Pineapple: Oh my, if you are craving something naturally sweet, grill some pineapple as they become even sweeter and the way they caramelize is truly divine.

Octopus: Talk about impressing a crowd!

Potatoes: My grandma used to wrap them in foil and we would go crazy in anticipation. To speed up the process, use baby red or quarter your potato of choice.

Pizza: Yes, pizza. I am sure you have heard of this phenomenon. Can you imagine the looks on your friends faces, when you serve a grilled Thai pizza?

Lettuce: Yes, you read lettuce. Look what I made and trust me, it will be a hit!

These are just a few of my tips for grilling while also being the host. I would love if you would share your tips with me! One of my lucky readers who answers below will win a $25 Sears Gift Card!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sears. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.

jodi July 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm

We tend to grill everything ahead of time and then reheat on a low fire. Not good for burgers, but fine for ribs and chicken. Also, I agree with you, we definitely feed the kids first!

candice July 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

That looks simply amazing! Yum!

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