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Sides and desserts to enjoy when grilling

Fresh strawberries & whipped cream
Fresh strawberries & whipped cream

What celebrates a cookout more than dip, potato salad, cole slaw and a strawberry dessert?

These make ahead side dishes and desserts makes for easy planning and preparation. The recipes can be made the day before serving and actually taste even better after being refrigerated overnight.

Strawberry Shortcake


  • 2 quarts fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced or chopped)
  • White sugar

Mix fruit with sugar, taste for desired sweetness. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or longer until sugar is dissolved and juices has


  • biscuit mix
  • 1/2 c. sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Follow package directions plus adding sour cream and vanilla. Bake in a 9” x 9” cake pan or pat out and cut with large round biscuit cutter or using a pizza cutter, cut into squares.

Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Split serving of shortbread in half, layer with fruit and top with fruit. Top with whipped cream or ice cream.

Suggestion: Instead of strawberries, you can replace with raspberries, blueberries, blackberries or peaches.

Hummus Dip with Pita Chips

Dilly of a Potato Salad

Old Style Cole Slaw

Ice Cream, Strawberry & Fudge Pie

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