Aside from relaxing next to the beach, getting a glowing tan and catching up on your reading list, a huge draw for vacation is enjoying the local cuisine of whatever exotic location you have jetted off to. But unfortunately, a fabulous vacation isn’t always in the cards — though tropical menu items certainly can be. If you’re staying put this spring, read on below for some decadent recipes that can make this week feel like a delicious oasis.
Tropical Temptation (pictured above)
The addition of pineapple and lemon brings Sandra Lee’s drink from everyday cocktail to a getaway in a cup. Thanks to a splash of grenadine, you get a pop of red color that practically mimics a shining sunset.
Topped with spicy mayonnaise and housed in a toasted, fluffy potato bun, Geoffrey Zakarian’s buttery lobster roll is an easy and beach worthy meal.
Frozen Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches
When making these ice cream sandwiches – which feature vanilla ice cream and creamy bananas sandwiched between chocolate chip cookies — you get all the indulgence of a vacation meal in the comfort of your own home. Follow Giada De Laurentiis’ lead and start with store-bought cookie dough when making them.
Sliders with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Nothing says vacation like cooking and eating your meal in the great outdoors. Next time you fire up the grill, drizzle on some of Bobby Flay’s chipotle-spiked mayo for a burger like you’ve never had before.
The perfect staycation calls for a poolside snack (even if you’ll eating it indoors). Trisha Yearwood’s salsa-guacamole mash-up, featuring cherry tomatoes, pineapple and avocado, is any easy snack.