Summer is all about casual entertaining and the simple act of taking the party outside creates a more laid-back vibe. Nature provides the decor so focus on the table – it’s always nice to establish a one-color palette, as it creates drama. Be sure to create a beautiful centerpiece with flowers.

 

To give a table some height, I love to put chilled fennel cut up in a glass trickle bowl with water and ice — it is gorgeous and a refreshing, unexpected summer snack.

 

I love grilling for the summer but think beyond burgers and hotdogs! One of my favorite summer grilled dishes is a swordfish and watermelon kabob — it’s light, refreshing and hearty!

 

Disposable plates are a natural in the summer, and thankfully there are so many great plastic disposables today that look like the real deal! Just be sure to mix them with a few great pieces. I love to create a beautiful Italian antipasto on an old vintage board like the Donatella European Wood Serving Board from my Frontgate collection.

 

 

GRILLED SWORDFISH & WATERMELON SKEWERS

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound seedless watermelon, cut into 1” cubes or ½ pound precut seedless watermelon cubes
  • 7 ounces Manouri or halloumi cheese, cut into 1” cubes
  • 7-8 ounces swordfish steak, 1” thick, cut into 1” cubes
  • Extra virgin oil, for brushing
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • Dried oregano
  • Juice of ½ lemon

 

METHOD:

  • Heat a cast – iron stovetop grill pan over high heat.
  • Thread cubes of watermelon, cheese & swordfish on bamboo skewer.
  • While threading the cheese, press gently & twist back & forth to prevent the cube from splitting.
  • Brush on side of each skewer with olive oil, season with salt, pepper & oregano
  • Place skewer on grill pan so that the oiled sides make full contact with the hot surface
  • Grill for 2 minutes without moving
  • While waiting, brush the skewers with olive oil and season with additional salt, pepper & oregano.
  • Turn heat off & carefully turn each skewer over
  • Grill over the residual heat until the swordfish is firm, about 2 minutes more
  • Take off the grill & place onto a platter & drizzle all over with lemon juice.

 

 

 

 

Table for One, Please!

What’s the only thing worse than trying to get a reservation for two on Valentine’s Day? Trying to get a reservation for one! That’s why King, creator of…

The Playboy Club NYC: Valentine’s Day Menu

The Playboy Club NYC is now accepting reservations for the exclusive Valentine’s Day celebration! Treat your love to The Playboy Club’s decadent…

FEBRUARY 2019 DINING OUT: NYC

A beloved Miami destination returns to Sunny Isles Beach in South Florida on August 8, 2018. Worth the decade-long wait, BALEENkitchen is back…

CELEBRATED PAIRINGS

Although the holidays may be filled with tinsel, presents and good cheer, they are notoriously stressful. To make your holiday celebration spectacular…

TAO DOWNTOWN: Asian Fusion With An Incredible Decor

TAO Downtown offers a distinct sense of arrival and discovery and is the first TAO venue where guests descend into a multi-level space. Designed…

Panorama Daiquiri at the new Dear Irving on Hudson

This Valentine’s Day, love yourself by drinking a Panorama Daiquiri at the new Dear Irving on Hudson…

Leave a Reply