It’s time for Friday Night Bites! Looking for a quick family-friendly meal that you can throw together in less than 30 minutes for a casual Friday night get-together? We took some basic family favs – steak, potatoes and veggies and combined them for an easy to prepare Friday Night Bites menu that will keep you out of the kitchen so you can celebrate the start of the weekend with family and friends.
Here’s an easy family-friendly main course. Do all the prep work the day before, pop it on the grill and economically feed a crowd. Great for summer entertaining – keeps you and all the mess out of the kitchen!
Grilled London Broil
- 1 2-2½ lb. London broil
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 lemon – juiced
- 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 4 medium garlic cloves, finely diced
- Fresh cracked pepper
- Kosher salt
- Combine marinade ingredients (everything but the London Broil) in an airtight container or jar. Vigorously shake until emulsified (the olive oil and lemon juice should be completely incorporated with mustard, giving the marinade a creamy appearance).
- Place London broil in a gallon size plastic sealable bag and pour marinade over it. As you seal the bag, push all the air out of it. Work marinade around the London broil so it’s fully coated. Refrigerate for 12-24 hours.
- Remove London broil from refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling to allow to come to room temperature. Preheat grill on high. Grill London broil 5-10 minutes on both sides or until desired degree of doneness (cooking time can vary depending on the thickness of the cut and the temperature of your grill). Tip: Don’t overcook this cut of beef as it will get tough – medium (140° – 150°) is the safest bet when entertaining. Halfway through grilling time on each side, turn beef 90° to get thatched grill marks. Remove from grill and allow to sit 5-10 minutes before thinly slicing and serving.
This super easy side goes great with anything from the grill. It’s family-friendly – who doesn’t like a good baked potato and the DIY Toppings Bar adds some fun to your summer entertaining.
- 6 large baking potatoes – scrubbed
- Assorted Toppings
- Sour Cream/Low-fat Greek Yogurt
- Grated cheddar cheese
- Crumbled bacon
- Fresh cracked pepper
- Kosher salt
- Prick each potato 3x on each side with a fork. Bake 3 potatoes at a time in microwave for 10-12 minutes until cooked through. If you’d rather bake potatoes in oven or on grill, coat with olive oil, salt and pepper and cook either in 350° oven or grill for 60 minutes or until cooked through (if you have the time – this is a great way to cook your baked potatoes – the skin gets all crunchy, yum). Using the tines of a, fork make a cross on the top of each potato and then using your thumb and forefinger positioned at top and bottom of potato, gently apply pressure to potato and it will pop open all fluffy.
- Set up a DIY Potato Bar for your guests to top their baked potatoes as they wish. We list some basics to get you started.
Before the corn on the cob comes in season, serve this family-friendly side for a pop of color on the plate. Make it ahead of time and simply reheat and serve. Great for the adult and kid’s buffet table when entertaining.
- 1 lb. bag of carrots
- 2 Tbs. butter
- 1 Tbs. brown sugar
- Peel and slice carrots. Steam for 10 minutes or until just cooked. Add carrots to bowl and mix in butter and brown sugar – stir until both are completely melted and carrots are coated in glaze. You can make this side ahead of time and simply reheat when ready to serve.
Enjoy and cheers to the weekend! Friday Night Bites is a weekly food series from the Partybluprints Blog.