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One-hour backyard dinner party

Just plug in the patio lanterns and call your favourite neighbours – this delicious backyard barbecue comes together in no time.

Saucy BBQ chicken.Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Saucy BBQ chicken.
Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Never mind planning! Just plug in the patio lanterns and call your favourite neighbours – this delicious backyard barbecue comes together in under an hour. From a fresh, fruity (and spiked!) watermelon limonade to a warm potato salad, saucy BBQ chicken and a peachy dessert – this menu keeps the prep simple, leaving you plenty of time to mix and mingle as dinner cooks.

Watermelon limeade

Watermelon limeade.
Photo, Roberto Caruso.

 

Cocktail
Watermelon limonade
As simple as whirling watermelon, limoncello and lemon juice in a blender, once you’ve tried this fresh take on lemonade it will be gracing the patio table all summer long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm potato salad.Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Warm potato salad.
Photo, Roberto Caruso.

 

Sides
Warm potato salad
Avoid using too many dishes with a simple potato salad that starts on the grill with the rest of dinner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

pickled dill cucumbers

Pickled dill cucumbers.
Photo, Roberto Caruso.

 

Five-minute dill pickles
Quick-pickled mini cucumbers add a some colour and crunch to the table (you won’t believe how easy they are!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grilled peach melba.Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Grilled peach melba.
Photo, Roberto Caruso.

 

Dessert
Grilled peach melba
Fresh summer raspberries, grilled peaches and crunchy amaretti tops creamy vanilla ice cream for a fast dessert with style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One-hour timeline

6:00
Preheat barbecue and prep pickles.

6:05
Make watermelon limonade.

6:20
Grill chicken and prep barbecue sauce.

6:35
Grill potatoes and make dressing

6:45
Prep and grill peaches

7:00
Serve limonade and get the party started!