The stars of the table are homemade tortilla shells filled with marinated chicken, steak and vegetables. Offer toppings such as tomatoes, peppers, onions, cheese, avocado, sour cream and grilled corn cut from the cob. Squeeze on lime juice and top with your choice of mild to hot pico de gallo. With delicious fruity flavor, strawberry lemonade quenches everyone’s thirst.
Homemade tortillas are easier to make than you think. Hot off the grill, tortillas can be used as the base for delicious fajitas. Everyone at your table can fill their own with favorite flavors. Rolling tortilla dough is similar to working with biscuit dough. Roll tortillas ahead of time, sprinkling some flour between each to keep them from sticking together. Seal the stack with plastic wrap until the grill is ready. Cooking a tortilla takes about a minute.
Arrange toppings in deep casserole dishes and top with skewers of meat and vegetables. This makes it easy for those at the table to choose their own fajita ingredients.
Create an outdoor oasis beneath a shady tree. Any outdoor space works as well as a fancy deck or patio, especially when the setting is propped for comfort. Even tiny spaces can hold a collapsible bistro table for two. Add an outdoor rug, pillows and centerpieces to a spot that protects you from sun. Use existing plants or pots of flowers to mark off the space. Place plants side by side to establish walls or a backdrop, or cluster a few plants of various heights to form natural privacy screens.
A casual outdoor setting is best to bring out the fresh flavors of foods served al fresco. Create a space that will feed the body, but won’t get in the way of the natural beauty God is already providing.
Put out bowls of purchased chips and salsas to tide people over until dinner is on the table. Salsa and pico de gallo are made in a range of flavors and heat leavels so set out a sampling. Hosting a family of avocado lovers? Guacamole is another dip that tastes great on top of fajitas. Call everyone to the table when meat and other grilled items are about ready. Serve tortillas while they are still fresh and warm.