The Ultimate Summer Dinner Party 

The Ultimate Summer Dinner Party

Summer is among us, and what better way to ring in the new season than with a BBQ get-together with all my favorite friends and family. Think cozy outdoor vibes with set menus, red wine sangria, sun, and delicious food grilled over the BBQ. We made a selection of American Lamb Kabob skewers, American Lamb Koftas and roasted vegetables to go along with it. 

We set up an outdoor tables-scape, with a low table on the floor with pillows & blankets filled throughout. My cousin just had her baby girl, so we laid out a few more large blankets and played all day with her while we cooked and ate! 

These recipes are easy to cook (so you can spend time with your guests instead of worrying
about what’s next in the kitchen!), pack a punch of flavor and will impress anyone and everyone!
All you need is some American Lamb (you can find this in Whole Foods, literally the best quality
lamb EVER and makes for the perfect BBQ meat because it’s SO versatile and delicious) and
your favorite summer ingredients to whip up the perfect Summer Dinner Party. Thank me later.
Now… onto the menu + recipes. 

The Ultimate Summer Dinner Party
The Ultimate Summer Dinner Party


  • bruschetta bar
  • seared ahi tuna lettuce cups
  • red wine sangria
The Ultimate Summer Dinner Party


  • spicy lamb koftas, lamb kabobs, vegetable kabobs with summer israeli salad with bell peppers & herbs. Roasted onions, tomatoes and jalapeño with sangkak and rice 
The Ultimate Summer Dinner Party


  • sumac aoili with dill, roasted beets 
  • with lebneh, cilantro chutney


  • fresh farmers market fruits with vanilla ice cream

See below for the recipes from my summer dinner party + get cookin’! 

Spicy Lamb Kofta Skewers


  • 2 lbs Ground American Lamb
  • 2 yellow onions minced
  • 5-6 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 T pepper
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/4th tsp Cayenne 
  • ½ t Chile flakes 


Prep your marinade by finely chopping up your mint, parsley and cilantro. Mince your garlic and onions. 

Next, take your ground lamb and mix in your minced onions, minced garlic, pepper, salt, the chopped parsley, mint, cilantro and add cayenne and chili flakes. (you want this mixture pretty dry so it sticks well on the skewers).

Marinate in the fridge for 1-2 hours. Start to assemble by placing on your skewers, hugging tightly all around with your hands and pinching the edges where the meat meets the stick, so it stays tight when cooking and doesn’t fall apart.

Heat a BBQ grill or skillet and add your skewers on, about 4-6 minutes on each side, until lamb is cooked through.

The Ultimate Summer Dinner Party

Cilantro Mint Chutney


  • 1/3rd cup pine nuts
  • 1 bunch large cilantro
  • ½ -1 jalapeño depending on how spicy you like it 
  • 1 lemon juice
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Little mint
  • 2/3rds cup of water
  • ½ tsp ginger powder (fresh ginger works too)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


All you have to do is place all of the above ingredients in a blender or food processor, blend and pulse until a sauce/chutney forms!

The Ultimate Summer Dinner Party

Lamb Kabob and Vegetable Skewers



For the lamb shank, its a mix of chili flakes, paprika, garlic powder, olive oil, salt and pepper and soy sauce. Mix it with your lamb stew meat and set aside to marinate for about an hour. Heat up your grill or skillet, place lamb meat on skewers with your favorite vegetables and grill and char on all sides until cooked through. 

What better way to enjoy the start of summer? 

The Ultimate Summer Dinner Party

+ be sure to enter American Lamb's Summer Contest here: for a grand prize of $1,000!

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Charcuterie + Cheese Board ft. Marinated Olives


There is legit nothing better than a big cheese and charcuterie board, right? This is my take on a Mediterranean/Antipasto board with all types of goodies including prosciutto wrapped bread sticks, flatbread, salami, mint and marinated manzanilla olives (the ones I used are from Spain!) with mozzarella, garlic and rosemary. All you need is a big board and to organize all your ingredients and then start to assemble. It's the best just for dinner for 2 (or 1, guilty!!), a bigger dinner party or a holiday party, get together. Who's bringin' the wine? 


Full Items + Recipes for the Marinated Olives:

  • crackers
  • proscuitto 
  • breadsticks
  • almonds 
  • mint
  • charcuterie meats 
  • pita or flatbread
  • grapes 
  • tomatoes
  • feta cheese (cubed. chopped 1 tsp rosemary, mint, pepper, 1/2 tsp oil + mixed!) 
  • hummus

For The Olives: 

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 sprigs rosemary 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/6 cup mozzarella 
  • 8 cloves garlic 
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes 
  • 1/6th cup Manzanilla Olives


  • Assemble all your ingredients. Cube and make your feta cheese mixture.
  • Mix and stir your marinaded olives. You can save this overnight or wait till it's marinaded 30-1hr. 
  • Serve + enjoy! 

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