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3 Recipes For A Fall Cookout

3 Recipes For A Fall Cookout The fall often brings a few days of nice weather as temperatures drop, and these are the perfect time to have a seasonal cookout. Fire up the grill before a big football game and invite over your friends from the retirement community for an afternoon of delicious food. These dishes will make for a memorable menu that's quick and easy to prepare.

1. Butternut squash skewers and dip
A seasonal squash recipe makes for a great appetizer at an autumn cookout. These skewers call for basic seasonings, but don't be afraid to add your favorite herbs or spices for an added boost of flavor. 

Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Directions
First you'll need to prepare the squash. Peel and seed the vegetable, then cut into 1-inch cubes. Try to make the pieces as uniform as possible to ensure even cooking. Fill a large pot with water, then bring to a boil. Add in the squash and cook for 10 minutes. Drain the vegetable and rinse with cold water. Toss the cubes with olive oil, salt and pepper. Next, thread the squash onto skewers. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for five minutes or until browned and tender.

You can make the dip ahead of time or as the squash is boiling. Simply combine the yogurt, rosemary and black pepper, and stir well. If you make the dip ahead of time, the rosemary flavor will have longer to seep into the yogurt for a more potent dip.

2. Apple cider glazed pork chops
For the main dish at your cookout, pork chops are a hearty and filling choice. This recipe combines some classic fall flavors and doesn't require too much prep. It's sure to be a hit with your guests.

Ingredients

  • 6 pork chops
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper

Directions
While your grill is heating to medium-high, prepare the pork chops with a spice rub. Mix together the brown sugar, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, then cover the meat with the mixture. Place the pork chops to the side. In a small saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer over medium low heat, then cook for five minutes. Remove from heat.

Place the pork chops on the grill and liberally brush on the glaze. Grill for five to six minutes, then flip. Apply remaining glaze to the other side. Grill for another five minutes, or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

3. Grilled sweet potato fries
For the perfect side dish, whip up these easy sweet potato fries. They can go right on the grill next to your pork chops, so you won't be rushing back and forth to check the oven.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. sweet potatoes, scrubbed and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Cayenne pepper and salt to taste

Directions
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. While the water is heating, slice the potatoes into wedges, no thinner than 1/4-inch. Try to keep the slices as uniform as possible. When the water is boiling, add in the potato slices. Cook for five to six minutes. Drain the vegetables and place in a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil onto the wedges and sprinkle with the spices, tossing well to coat. Place the slices on the grill, cut side down. Cook two to three minutes on each side, or until grill marks appear. Remove from heat and let them cool for five minutes before serving.

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