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Annual Bauer BBQ
Anyone who watches Guiding Light, whether you are a newcomer to the show or a
life-longer, knows we can count on the annual Bauer Fourth of July Barbeque.
The party always offers a huge helping of what we love most about the show.
Family togetherness and love, drama, and our beloved characters having a
good time. The following is some summertime treats and all time favorites
that could be served at the Bauer BBQ. Try them out with your friends and
family no matter if it is the 4th of July or just any old day of
No cook out would be complete without BURGERS!
Black & Blue Hamburger
Take fresh ground beef (I suggest 80/20) place in large mixing bowl,
add per pound of meat used 1 cup crumbled blue cheese, ¼ cup
Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon McCormick’s
Montreal steak seasoning, 1 medium egg, ¼ cup finely chopped onion, 1/8
teaspoon salt (sea salt if available) . Mix together and make patties.
Generously coat outside of burger with ground black pepper FRESH if
available. Grill to preferred wellness. Best served on a lightly toasted
poppy seed bun.
Maple & Onion Mini-Dogs
Start with preferred hot dogs (I always highly suggest Nathan’s or any hot
dog that is Kosher for best taste). Cut in half and place in skillet with
sliced onions. Brown hot dogs and caramelize onions. Onions may have to be
started caramelizing before hot dogs are added. Approximately 7 minutes
before dogs are brown to your preference, add 1 cup of maple syrup per 8 hot
dogs. Drain hot dogs and onions from excess syrup. For and extra kick of
taste, you can add 1 teaspoon of raw horseradish. (This is really excellent
if you like horseradish!)
Next warm King Hawaiian dinner rolls just to a warm toasty state, cut
diagonally across top of roll and place hot dog half and onions inside roll.
These can be prepared ahead of time and laid on a tray for self service.
Using fresh ears of corn peel husks back away from kernels but do not remove
from end. This should leave you with the husks as a nice handle and the
exposed cob, think of it like a carrot.
Brush kernels with melted butter and barbeque sauce. Wrap with foil and
grill about 25-30 minutes. The husks will char, but you should be left with
enough husks to provide a nice handle. If you plan to prepare ahead of time,
which is perfectly acceptable, a nice arrangement would be to line a
basket with foil or plastic wrap and place ears of corn kernel end down in
basket. The side item looks like a greenery decoration but can be pulled out
of the basket and enjoyed.
Also I like to tie off the tips of the husks with a piece of ribbon that
matches my occasion.
Begin with vegetarian canned baked beans. Drain and place in baking dish.
Per 28 oz. can add ½ cup maple syrup, 3 tablespoons yellow mustard, & two
table spoons of hickory BBQ sauce. 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers can be
added if the party would like a kick. Mix thoroughly and bake for about
10-12 minutes. This is a vegetarian dish which will please a lot of people especially if you are having a party. Baked beans
are something most vegetarians cannot partake in, so I suggest keeping them
vegetarian, plus guests who are carnivores will not notice there isn’t bacon
in the beans.
Champagne Cole Slaw
Chop or purchase already chopped cabbage both red and white. Mix cabbage and
(per 2 heads of cabbage) 1 bottle of Girard’s Champagne Salad dressing, 1
cup of walnut pieces, 1 cup gorgonzola cheese and ¾ cup craisins mix and let
wilt before serving.
Cucumber & Melon Salad
Slice cucumbers (2-3 depending on thickness, eyeball it you want the break
down to be 60 percent cucumber and 40 percent melon). Cube fresh cantaloupe
(about 1x1 cubes that equates to half of the melon). Place cucumbers and
melon in a large mixing bowl.
Add per amount specified above 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, ½
teaspoon black pepper, ¼ cup lemon juice, ¼ cup white wine vinegar, and one
half bunch finely chopped fresh mint. Mix and chill for one hour before
Red, White, and Blue Tossed Salad
The night before your event, take cauliflower florets or one head of fresh
cauliflower and soak in lemon water with blue food coloring.
On the day of the event, drain and dry cauliflower. Break up into bite size pieces if
using fresh cauliflower head. Place salad greens into a large bowl sprinkle
with dried herds (your choice, get crazy, it is pretty hard to screw herbing
salad greens up). Top greens with blue cauliflower, raw and roasted red
pepper strips, bacon bits, shredded white cheddar cheese, and ranch or blue
cheese dressing. Both dressings can be and are suggested to be provided on the
side. Color blue cheese dressing with blue food coloring and ranch will, of
course, be white.
Deviled Eggs Florentine
Boil eggs, peel, and cut in half removing the yolk. Set aside. Sautée fresh
spinach with olive oil, minced garlic and chopped onion. If you have bacon grease from something else you have cooked, drizzle it into
the spinach. Keep spinach moving in pan until wilted.
Chop fresh mushrooms and sautéed spinach finely. Add to yolks, set aside.
Make one packet of hollandaise sauce (the packet kind that you can buy on
the sauce mix aisle). Per two dozen deviled eggs or dozen eggs, since each
eggs makes two appetizers, add ¼ cup Hollandaise sauce and spinach/mushroom
mix (70% yolk and 30% spinach mushroom) Mix and spoon into egg white .
Garnish with paprika.
Egg whites can be died blue and red before filling and serving. Just make
colored warm water and soak for about an hour.
Red, White and Blue Chips and Dip
Place blue tortilla chips around or near a white con queso dip (this is
white cheese dip that can be bought in the grocery store if you cannot
locate con queso white bean dip is another favorite) and salsa and you have
a very quick, easy, and inexpensive red, white and blue party favorite.
When preparing for a large party chips and dip is often the least of our
worries so I concentrated on simple for this themed patriotic idea but, feel
free to email me at
email@example.com for a
fresh salsa, white bean, or white queso recipe, if you prefer to work from
You can make fresh lemonade or use a concentrate or bottled lemonade.
Original so you will have a filmy white to work with. Color ice cubes with
red food coloring or make cherry Kool-Aid ice cubes to float in pitcher or
punch bowl. Serve with Azul Tequila (this is a blue tequila) Your party punch
stays true to the Bauer 4th of July theme, red, white, and blue.
AS ALWAYS, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT AMOUNTS, VARIATIONS, OR
SUBSTITUTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AT
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