Everyday Good Thinking http://everydaygoodthinking.com The official blog of Hamilton Beach Fri, 22 May 2015 11:00:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Peanut Butter and Banana Breakfast Smoothie http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/22/peanut-butter-and-banana-breakfast-smoothie/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/22/peanut-butter-and-banana-breakfast-smoothie/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:00:40 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5112 Peanut Butter and Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Mornings are busy, and often we forget to grab breakfast before rushing out the door. While you know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, sometimes there just isn’t enough time. Whether you’re headed out to work, the gym or to another activity, a quick and easy breakfast smoothie only takes minutes to make.

An active lifestyle doesn’t have to mean extra work when you have delicious and simple recipes plus with the convenience of a Go Sport Blender. This compact blender combines jar with travel bottle letting you mix, flip, top and go. The bottle fits in most car cup holders, so you can enjoy your peanut butter and banana breakfast smoothie while you’re on the move.

Peanut Butter and Banana Breakfast Smoothie


Peanut Butter and Banana Breakfast Smoothie
SERVES: 1

Ingredients
1/2 cup ice cubes (5 crescent shape)
1 small frozen banana, broken into chunks
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon flax seed
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup milk or almond milk
Instructions
Place ingredients in jar in order listed. Carefully place cutting assembly and collar onto jar.
Turn jar upside down and place onto base. Press ON/OFF button to pulse or blend 15 to 30 seconds or until smooth. Hold jar in place while blending.
Remove collar and cutting blade assembly from jar. Hand-tighten drinking lid onto jar.
Notes
This recipe was developed for the Go Sport Blender. If using a traditional single-serve blender, reverse the order of the ingredients in the jar, starting with liquid or juicy fruits first.
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12 Recipes for the Perfect Memorial Day Weekend Cookout http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/21/12-recipes-for-the-perfect-memorial-day-weekend-cookout/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/21/12-recipes-for-the-perfect-memorial-day-weekend-cookout/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 10:00:22 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5139 12 Recipes for the Perfect Memorial Day Weekend Cookout

Everyone loves a great meal on Memorial Day, and it’s the unofficial beginning of grilling season. On this important day of remembrance, we honor those who served in the armed forces, as Memorial Day is, most importantly, a day to honor the veterans that gave the their lives for their country. At cookouts and celebrations across the nation, and as people are serving their guests many a red, white and blue-themed dish, we hope everyone remembers how our service men and women proudly served us. Happy Memorial Day.

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Grilled Salmon with Yogurt Lemon Caper Sauce http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/20/grilled-salmon-with-yogurt-lemon-caper-sauce/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/20/grilled-salmon-with-yogurt-lemon-caper-sauce/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 12:00:21 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5125 Grilled Salmon with Yogurt Lemon Caper Sauce

Salmon, packed with omega-3’s and a good source of protein, along with other meaty filets like swordfish and mahi-mahi, are fantastic when infused with the flavorful char of a grill. It’s a great option when looking for a healthy protein to toss on the grates.

Grilled Salmon with Yogurt Lemon Caper Sauce

This recipe is based on a version of poached salmon served cold alongside a yogurt-based sauce with lemon juice, capers and dill that you’ll often find at brunches, bridal showers and potlucks. But here, the salmon is grilled, giving it tons of added flavor, and it can be served chilled, like the classic, or warm from the grill.

Because this version of salmon with yogurt sauce is so versatile, it works well for any kind of entertaining, whether it’s for a large group or a small family. The sauce can be made ahead so the flavors have time to meld, and the salmon can be grilled in advance, too. Then, everything can be refrigerated and cooled for a refreshing and light summer meal or as part of a buffet.

Grilled Salmon with Yogurt Lemon Caper Sauce


Grilled Salmon with Yogurt Lemon Caper Sauce
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons drained capers, chopped
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 fillet (1 1/4 lbs.) salmon
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Instructions
Heat grill to RED zone.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir yogurt, dill, capers, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Brush salmon with oil and grill, flesh side down for 8 to 10 minutes. Turn over and continue to grill for 4 to 5 minutes. Cover and refrigerate.
Serve cold salmon with sauce.
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Banana Pudding http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/18/banana-pudding/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/18/banana-pudding/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 16:00:11 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5107  

Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is a southern staple and a classic dessert. There are plenty of variations to be found out there, but we like to keep it simple and stick to the basics (right down to the Nilla wafers). That said, we believe everything tastes better with homemade ingredients, so our version passes on the canned whipped creams and instant puddings and uses nothing but the real deal for authentic bananas and cream flavor.

Banana Pudding


Banana Pudding
SERVES: 16

Ingredients
1 cup confectioners' sugar, divided
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 quart heavy cream, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large egg yolks
3 ripe bananas, sliced
28 vanilla wafers, divided
Instructions
In a 2-quart saucepan, stir 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, cornstarch and salt until blended.
Gradually stir in 2 cups heavy cream and vanilla extract. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil and boil 1 minute.
In a small bowl, softly beat egg yolks. Stir in 1/4 cup of cooked mixture until well blended. Return mixture to saucepan.
Stirring constantly, bring to a boil and boil 1 minutes. Remove from heat.
Pour mixture into a large bowl. Cover surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
In a large bowl, beat remaining heavy cream and confectioners' sugar until soft peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to assemble pudding.
Pour half of the pudding mixture into a trifle dish or glass bowl. Top with a third of the bananas, 14 cookies and half of the whipped cream. Then, top with 1/3 of the bananas, remaining cookies and pudding. Then, top with remaining banana slices and whipped cream.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
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Grilled Bourbon Chicken http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/15/grilled-bourbon-chicken/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/15/grilled-bourbon-chicken/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 13:30:34 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5092 Grilled Bourbon Chicken from @hamiltonbeach

With the warm weather here, we’ve been giving our grill a workout, preparing for Memorial Day and summer cookouts. We’ve been grilling salmon, steak, lemon chicken and tequila-marinated shrimp, but nothing can match our favorite dish so far this year: Grilled Bourbon Chicken.

Grilled Bourbon Chicken from @hamiltonbeach

This is a far cry from the take-out bourbon chicken you order from Chinese restaurants. Our version contains real bourbon, so it has a little kick of spice and a hint of deep sweetness. It’s combined in the marinade with brown sugar, soy sauce, molasses, cloves and red pepper for a combination that will knock your socks off.

Grilled Bourbon Chicken from @hamiltonbeach

We use a whole chicken, which is affordable, and with a little practice, it’s quick and easy to break down into 8 separate pieces yourself. Double bonus: you’ll not only save a few dollars per pound for a few minutes of effort, but you’ll end up with leftover parts perfect for a simple and delicious slow cooker chicken stock. You won’t have to buy stock the next time you need it, so it’s really like saving money twice. Can’t beat that!

Grilled Bourbon Chicken from @hamiltonbeach

Once bourbon-marinated chicken hits the hot grill, the sugars in the marinade start to caramelize on the skin, creating a gorgeous brown, crispy skin that has a sweet and smoky flavor you can’t quite describe, but definitely can’t put down.

Grilled Bourbon Chicken from @hamiltonbeach

So as it turns out, Mac from The Whisky Grill was onto something when he talked to us about cooking with bourbon. It adds a lot to the flavor and texture of the chicken – so juicy! – and combined with the rest of the ingredients in this marinade, it’s a home run. We can’t wait to grill this bourbon chicken again on Memorial Day… and 4th of July… and probably again soon after that. Who even needs a holiday? If it’s nice out and we’re hungry, this is it.

Grilled Bourbon Chicken from @hamiltonbeach


Grilled Bourbon Chicken
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
3/4 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup bourbon
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 (3 to 3 1/2 pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
Instructions
In a large resealable plastic bag, add soy sauce, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, vegetable oil, garlic and crushed red pepper. Seal and shake bag to blend mixture.
Add chicken pieces to resealable bag. Seal and shake to coat chicken. Refrigerate overnight.
Heat grill to ORANGE zone (Medium-High heat).
Drain chicken, reserving marinade. In a 2-quart saucepan, cook over medium heat, about 20 minutes or until reduced to 3/4 cup. Set aside to serve with chicken.
Grill pieces, turning occasionally for 18 to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked to 165°F.
Serve chicken with sauce.
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Greek Pasta Salad http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/13/greek-pasta-salad/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/13/greek-pasta-salad/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 13:30:49 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5068 Greek Pasta Salad from @hamiltonbeach
Take a break from mayo-based pasta salads this spring and summer and replace their spot on the picnic table with this refreshing Greek version with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and feta. The tangy dressing makes it a light and bright side at any barbecue or cookout and the recipe makes enough to feed a group for a potluck.

Greek Pasta Salad from @hamiltonbeach

The flavorful homemade vinaigrette can also be used as regular Greek salad dressing, and we love how quick and easy it is to make in the single-serve blender. It’s a spring and summer classic for a reason, as it’s delicious tossed with a medley of crisp, fresh veggies and al dente pasta. Even kids clear their plates when they eat this pasta salad, and there’s no such thing as having too many healthy family-friendly recipes on hand.

Greek Pasta Salad from @hamiltonbeach


Greek Pasta Salad
SERVES: 12

Ingredients
1 cup olive oil
2/3 red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 package (1 lb.) rotini pasta, cooked
1 container (8 oz.) crumbled feta cheese
1 container (8 oz.) grape tomatoes, halved
1 jar (7 oz.) pitted kalamata olives, drained
1 small cucumber, sliced
1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup sliced pepperoncini peppers
Instructions
In a blender jar, add red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Cover and blend on HIGH until well blended. Remove filler cap, with blender running, gradually add oil through the filler cap until mixture is creamy.
In a large bowl, add pasta, crumbled feta, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, cucumber, onion and pepperoncini peppers.
Pour oil mixture over pasta, stirring until blended.
Cover and refrigerate overnight for flavors to blend.
Notes
Use a food processor to quickly slice cucumbers and chop onions.
Reserve ¼-½ cup of the vinaigrette and mix it into the pasta just before serving to ensure the salad is moist and fresh.
Cook the pasta al dente, so it’s just done and not overcooked. This will ensure a chewy bite and prevent a soggy salad.
This is a customizable recipe. Don’t like pepperoncini? Swap them out and add sun dried tomatoes. As long as you stick with Mediterranean flavors, it’ll be delicious.
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Patriotic Neapolitan Ice Cream http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/11/patriotic-neapolitan-ice-cream/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/11/patriotic-neapolitan-ice-cream/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 18:00:39 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5053 Patriotic Neapolitan Ice Cream from @hamiltonbeach

The season of cookouts, pool parties and patriotic commemorations begins on Memorial Day weekend as we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. We decorate our porch railings with American flag bunting and festive swags as friends and family make their way over for a day of themed parties and food to match. This important day informally marks the beginning of summer in our minds, as grills fire up and cook everything from burgers to chicken to steak.

Patriotic Neapolitan Ice Cream from @hamiltonbeach

On the 4th of July, we celebrate again as we watch fireworks, post photos of pretty much any food donned with festive flag favors, and grill all-American hot dogs. Then comes Labor Day, the grand finale of summer. We celebrate one last patriotic holiday before we pull the grill back in the garage, where it sits until next year’s rotation of potluck parties featuring red, white and blue trifles.

Patriotic Neapolitan Ice Cream from @hamiltonbeach

This year, we wanted to shake up the traditional red, white and blue dishes with something fun, creative and delicious, so we created an impressive patriotic Neapolitan ice cream using strawberry, vanilla and blueberry flavors. A little extra food coloring goes a long way in creating the perfect colors of the American flag in three simple layers that will wow everyone at your party.

Patriotic Neapolitan Ice Cream from @hamiltonbeach

Just make one flavor at a time in your ice cream maker. Freeze and then top with the next layer. When you’re finished, pop the ice cream loaf out of the mold and cut it into pieces to serve. This unique patriotic play on the traditional Neapolitan ice cream is a fun dessert for Memorial Day, the 4th of July or Labor Day. And if you switch up the flavors and colors, you can use this recipe technique for any holiday, baby shower, bridal shower or birthday party!

Patriotic Neapolitan Ice Cream from @hamiltonbeach


Patriotic Neapolitan Ice Cream
SERVES: 12

Strawberry Layer
2 cups roughly chopped strawberries
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Red soft gel paste food color
Vanilla Layer
1 cup sugar
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Blueberry Layer
2 cups blueberries
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon blueberry syrup
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Blue soft gel paste food color
Instructions
Prepare 3 loaf pans by lining with plastic wrap or nonstick foil; set aside.
For strawberry layer, blend strawberries and sugar in blender. Stop blender and stir if necessary to move strawberries around in blender. Continue blending until strawberries are pureed.
Combine strawberry puree with cream, milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Add enough red food color to reach desired color.
Follow ice cream maker directions to make ice cream.
Spread 2 cups ice cream into each prepared loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze.
Repeat process with vanilla and blueberry ice cream adding layers to the loaf pans. Freeze until solid.
Turn pan upside down to remove ice cream. Cut into slices to serve.
Notes
An alternative to using plastic wrap or foil-lined loaf pans is to use silicone loaf pans. Silicone loaf pans can be folded back to pop out the layered ice cream for a smooth, even appearance.
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Center Stage: Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Espresso Juleps with Food n’ Focus http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/08/center-stage-mothers-day-gift-guide-and-espresso-juleps-with-food-n-focus/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/08/center-stage-mothers-day-gift-guide-and-espresso-juleps-with-food-n-focus/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 13:00:21 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5040 Food n' FocusApril Aceto is the author of Food n’ Focus, a blog devoted to bringing a variety of cuisines together in one photogenic place. She works in advertising sales by day and behind her camera at night. Her passions for food and photography come from her extensive travel around the country and the world, exploring new cuisine and landscapes. April can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Flickr.

For as long as I can remember my mom has always been the type to put the needs of others before her own. She always is willing to lend an ear or hand when someone is in need and goes out of her way to make someone’s day a little extra special. I like to think this is a quality I received from my mom.

Center Stage: Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Espresso Juleps with Food n’ Focus

I think this character trait is what makes my mom really great at hosting and entertaining guests. When I was a child my mom would always throw the best themed birthday parties, paying attention to each and every detail all the way down to the smallest of details. I also like to think this is a trait she passed along to me.

Center Stage: Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Espresso Juleps with Food n’ Focus1. Espresso drinks scream “party” for hot or cold drinks, cocktails and more. The Hamilton Beach Espresso Maker ($90, hamiltonbeach.com) is perfect for entertaining. 2. My mom always taught me a sweet smelling home sets the stage for the perfect party, so she’d love this Capri Blue Jar Candle in Volcano ($28, anthropologie.com). 3. My mom would love this Blanc Cake Stand ($30, surlatable.com), because every party needs dessert. 4. We’re from Wisconsin, so cheese served on a Slate Cheese Board ($20, 12” x 12”, crateandbarrel.com) is a requirement at any social gathering. 5. These Apilco Octogonal Porcelain Serving Platters ($60-70, williams-sonoma.com) are perfect for serving appetizers, entrees or desserts. 6. My mom could throw great summer parties on the patio with this book of 101 Sangrias & Pitcher Drinks ($17, worldmarket.com). 7. These Kate Spade Larabee Dot Balloons Wine Glasses in Clear ($50, set of four, katespade.com) would be perfect for cocktail parties. 8. Every hostess needs an apron as cute as this Botanist Knoll Apron in Multi ($28, anthropologie.com).

With Mother’s Day coming up I have been thinking about what the perfect gift would be for the mom that loves to entertain and host, must like my own mom does. Browsing the internet, I came up with a variety of pretty little gifts perfect for hosting any kind of party or event. On the top of the list is the Hamilton Beach Espresso Maker. Whether you’re hosting a brunch or serving cocktails at a party, this is the ideal gift for the entertaining mom. More on that later!

Center Stage: Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Espresso Juleps with Food n’ Focus

There are a few key items I think every host should have: a fancy set of wine glasses, beautiful serving platters and a pretty little kitchen apron. The apron should be something that puts you in the mood to cook and also looks cute even if you’re still wearing it when your guests arrive! Hosting to me is such an art. It’s not just about what you’re serving, it’s about how you’re serving it and your guests will notice if you put in the extra effort.

Center Stage: Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Espresso Juleps with Food n’ Focus

These Espresso Juleps were inspired by the Kentucky Derby this past weekend but I thought they would be nice to serve at a brunch or as an after-dinner cocktail if you wanted to include a coffee liqueur or vodka. The light flavors of mint and basil in the simple syrup make them the perfect summer sipper. By using the Hamilton Beach Espresso Maker, it was really easy to put together two drinks. Since you are serving these drinks chilled, you can easily make enough espresso ahead of a large group party and chill it in a pitcher in the refrigerator.

Center Stage: Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Espresso Juleps with Food n’ Focus

If you have a mom that loves to entertain much like my own does, you should consider some of the fun items included on my gift guide. And of course, if you get her the Espresso Maker she can try out these drinks for herself.

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Espresso Juleps
SERVES: 2

Ingredients
4 shots of espresso, cooled
1 cup whole milk, divided
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup water
¼ cup torn fresh basil leaves
¼ cup torn fresh mint leaves
1 ounce espresso liqueur or vodka (optional)
Ice cubes
Mint and whipped cream to garnish
Instructions
Prepare the simple syrup by heating the sugar, water, mint and basil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until the sugar melts. Cool and strain the mint and basil from the sugar syrup and refrigerate until ready to use.
Divide the espresso and milk evenly between two glasses. Stir in 2 tablespoons of simple syrup into each glass. Add in ice cube to fill the glasses and garnish with mint and whipped creaming if desired.
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4 Seasonal Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/05/4-seasonal-margaritas-for-cinco-de-mayo/ http://everydaygoodthinking.com/2015/05/05/4-seasonal-margaritas-for-cinco-de-mayo/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 14:30:02 +0000 http://everydaygoodthinking.com/?p=5011 4 Delicious & Easy Frozen Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo from @hamiltonbeach

Happy Cinco de Mayo! It’s officially time to roll out the chips and salsa, guacamole, salsa con queso and sombreros. But don’t dare start the party without the star of the show – the margarita! Here are four of our favorite recipes, made with fresh ingredients perfect for toasting our neighbors to the south – and just as good for drinking to spring, summer, a good day, a bad day, a new haircut… you get the idea. ¡Salud!

Strawberry Lime Margaritas - from 4 Delicious & Easy Frozen Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo from @hamiltonbeach Strawberry Lime Margaritas - from 4 Delicious & Easy Frozen Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo from @hamiltonbeach


Strawberry Margaritas
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup lime juice
5 ounces tequila
2 ounces triple sec
2 cups ice cubes
Instructions
Place the ingredients in the blender jar in the order listed.
Blend on CRUSH ICE until blended.
Rub the rims of glasses with a wedge of lime. Dip in a dish of kosher salt or sugar. Pour in margarita.
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Honeydew Melon and Lime Margaritas
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
2 cups honeydew chunks
1/2 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons sugar
5 ounces tequila
2 ounces triple sec
2 cups ice cubes
Instructions
Place the ingredients in the blender jar in the order listed.
Blend on CRUSH ICE until blended.
Rub the rims of glasses with a wedge of lime. Dip in a dish of kosher salt or sugar. Pour in margarita.
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Mango Margaritas
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups mango chunks
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup lime juice
5 ounces tequila
2 ounces triple sec
2 cups ice cubes
Instructions
Place the ingredients in the blender jar in the order listed.
Blend on CRUSH ICE until blended
Rub the rims of glasses with a wedge of lime. Dip in a dish of kosher salt or sugar. Pour in margaritas.
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Blackberry Blueberry Margaritas
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
1 cup blackberries
1/2 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup lime juice
5 ounces tequila
2 ounces triple sec
2 cups ice cubes
Instructions
Place the ingredients in the blender jar in the order listed.
Blend on CRUSH ICE until blended.
Rub the rims of glasses with a wedge of lime. Dip in a dish of kosher salt or sugar. Pour in margarita.
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Spring is here, the grills are coming out and everyone is craving fresh, bright flavors and dishes with a little kick. Just in time for Cinco de Mayo are these grilled shrimp marinated in a blend of añejo tequila, lime and spices. They’ll bring a little fire and a lot flavor to your average taco.

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Find some big, jumbo shrimp at the supermarket and fresh bell peppers and onions. While the shrimp is soaking up all that delicious south-of-the-border flavor, cut up your peppers and onions and start tossing them on the grill. (You can make the sauce in your personal blender ahead of time to save a few minutes of work on Cinco de Mayo.)

Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos from @hamiltonbeach

We recommend grilling the taco shells, too, as it really brings out the toasted corn flavor. Skewer the shrimp and cook them on a really hot grill for a couple minutes until they are just done. Be careful not to overcook them.

Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos from @hamiltonbeach

Set out all of the ingredients on your table – including some fresh lime margaritas – and let everyone dig in. The punchy flavor of the tacos will go perfectly with your drinks and a side of chips and salsa. It’s a quick and easy recipe full of festive fiesta flavor – and just in time for May 5th. Ole!

Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos from @hamiltonbeach


Grilled Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
MARINADE
1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup lime juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
SAUCE
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
TACOS
1 green pepper, seeded and cut in half
1 red pepper, seeded and cut in half
1 yellow pepper, seeded and cut in half
1 medium sweet onion, quartered
6 to 8 small corn tortillas
1 tablespoon oil
1 avocado, cut into strips
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
8 wooden skewers
Instructions
In a 1 gallon resealable plastic bag, add tequila, lime juice, garlic, crushed red pepper, cumin, salt, pepper and shrimp. Shake bag and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Heat grill on SEARING. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir mayonnaise, lime juice, chili powder, cumin and salt until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until ready to assemble.
Grill peppers and onions for 15 minutes, turning once until tender. Remove from grill to a platter and cover until ready to serve.
Drain shrimp and discard marinade. Thread 6 shrimp onto each skewer.
Place 4 skewers on grill and cook for 3 minutes, turning once. Remove from grill to a platter and cover. Repeat grilling with remaining skewers.
Lightly brush oil on one side of each tortilla. Grill 30 seconds to 1 minute to get grill marks and tortilla is warmed. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
Top each tortilla with peppers, avocado, shrimp and cilantro. Drizzle with Sauce. Fold in half to serve.
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