14 of Martha's Favorite Recipes for Summer
For Martha, summertime means lots of grilling, savoring fresh fruit, including peaches and berries, and the bounty of fresh vegetables from her farm. During the summer, she's also busy entertaining family and friends at her farm, her beach home in East Hampton, or her estate in Maine. Here, Martha shares more than a dozen of her favorite recipes to make during the warm-weather months.
For casual parties taking place at her Bedford, New York, farm, our founder is a fan of building a panini bar to serve to guests. She lays out homemade basil pesto, a briny olive tapenade, assorted cured Italian meats, thinly sliced Italian cheeses such as mozzarella and fontina, anchovies, sliced heirloom tomatoes from her greenhouses, and fresh ciabatta bread. That way, everyone layer exactly what they want between two slices of bread. Once the sandwiches are assembled, each gets heated in a panini press or cast-iron skillet until warm and crispy.
One of Martha's favorite sandwiches is a classic ham and Swiss. There's nothing fancy or over-the-top about it. Martha recommends starting with the best baguette you can find, spreading salted butter and Dijon mustard on each half, then layering good-quality French ham (as much as you like) and sliced cheese.
Take a page from Martha and make these delicious recipes all summer long. Your loved ones will be coming back for more and more.
Mahogany Fried Chicken
Sour-Cherry Pistachio Crisp
Crab Salad Sandwich
A buckle is a decadent dessert hybrid: cake-like cobbler with a crumble topping.
Ham and Swiss Sandwich
A classic ham and Swiss tastes even better served on a buttered baguette.
A classic grunt is a dumpling-topped fruit dessert that's cooked on the stove; it is often called a slump. Our grunt has blackberries and raspberries that simmer together. Then dollops of ginger-spiked dumpling batter are added to the pan to steam in berry juice.