Supper at Sundown
It's hot in Texas, but not too hot to embrace the heat and sneak out to the Hill Country for gorgeous vistas and wide-open spaces. Once the sun starts to set, firing up the grill and heading outside for a relaxed dinner with friends is a great way to wind down.
Low-Key Dinner Menu
- Garlic Shrimp
- Grilled Tri-Tip with Citrus-Chile Butter
- Southwest Watermelon Salad
- Lemon-Herb Potatoes
- Sautéed Squash and Tomatoes
- Easy Mocha Mousse
"I love cooking out here," Shaws says of the sprawling, longhorn-studded ranch in Willow City. "The timing's not the same. No one gets mad if the food's a few minutes late. It's very low-key."
Grilled Texas Toast soaks up all the buttery goodness in super-simple Garlic Shrimp.
- Recipe: Garlic Shrimp
Rethink steak night! Serve grilled lean tri-tip with a zesty citrus butter made with lime and lemon zest, fresh thyme, and jalapeño peppers.
Colorful watermelon, cilantro, basil, jalapeños, and Cotija cheese are just a few of the ingredients that give this Southwest Watermelon Salad its flavor. You can tone down the heat by omitting the jalapeños.
- Recipe: Southwest Watermelon Salad
Assorted herbs, lemon juice, and garlic is all you'll need to make this zippy side dish. It's great served warm, chilled, or at room temperature.
- Recipe: Lemon-Herb Potatoes
Combine two kinds of summer squash—yellow squash and zucchini—with tomatoes, onion, fresh herbs and bacon for a savory side dish.
- Recipe: Sautéed Squash and Tomatoes
Whether it's pies, puddings, or panna cotta, these dreamy desserts will have your guests singing your praises all night.
Crisp cookies and fresh berries pair nicely with cool-and-creamy mocha mousse.
- Recipe: Easy Mocha Mousse