Two of our favorite summer activities, here at 30-A Suites, is combining a picnic with a day on our ultra white sand beaches.
Having plenty tasty finger foods in your cooler not only makes the days spent lounging on our pristine coastline, with sparkling emerald surf, that much more amazing, but you’re also sure to be the most popular person there!
These recipes can be prepared in your uniquely decorated, luxuriously designed rental’s fully equipped kitchen, and can be enjoyed under the shade of one of our majestic trees on our lush, meticulously manicured lawns and gardens or walk just a few feet to the luxuriously soft, crushed quartz crystal sand to lay down a blanket to take in one of our spectacular Technicolor sunsets.
For more recipes, ideas or tips for your time at our beautiful property amidst some of the most stunning beaches in the world, be sure to set your next reservation at 30-A Suites, in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
Beach Fruit Snacks
Cool fruit treats are perfect for beach picnics, and one of our favorite recipes are easy fruit skewers to beat the summer heat while saving plates and utensils for the main course.
- Lemon juice
Cut up fruit into bite sized squares and sprinkle with lemon juice. Alternate each fruit on bamboo skewers for easy serving at snack time. Wrap the batch in tin foil and keep in the cooler. Other fruits can be used, just avoid apples and bananas, which can brown throughout the day and look rather unappetizing. Serve with vanilla yogurt for dipping!
Our fresh, locally caught seafood is the perfect treat during or after a day at the beach.
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 pounds extra large shrimp (16-20), peeled and deveined, tail can be left on
- 12 (10 inch) wooden skewers
In a large bowl or large zip-top bag, mix together the sugar, parsley, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and lemon juice. Add the shrimp, and toss well to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight. Preheat a grill for medium-high heat. Soak skewers in water. Thread shrimp onto skewers, and grill until they are pink and firm, 2 to 3 minutes per side. (This can be done in your suite’s fully equipped kitchen at the Sea Oats Motel, before leaving and wrapped in foil or plastic bags and put into a cooler)
Blackberry Lemon Bars
Trade heavier, traditional desserts for lighter fare at the beach, like these blackberry lemon bars that are easier to cut into individual servings before packing for an easy serve dessert.
- 2 cups uncooked oats, either quick or old-fashioned
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped and lightly toasted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup butter or margarine, chilled (cut into small pieces)
- Cooking spray for pan
- 12 ounce jar of seedless blackberry jam or preserves
Heat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl toss together oats, flour, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest and salt until well blended. Sprinkle mixture with lemon juice, then with a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the butter pieces until mixture is crumbly. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside 2 cups of the oat mixture, sprinkle remainder in pan, pressing with fingers to form a crust. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until set. Let cool slightly, spread blackberry jam evenly over crust. Sprinkle evenly with reserved oat mixture, pressing down gently. Return to oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Don’t forget to bring along the insulated cooler or tote to make sure your food and drinks are icy cold on your hot beach adventure on the Emerald Coast! Fill your cooler with lots of refreshing drinks, like handmade lemonade for the kids and a crisp white wine for the adults.
Also take along some entertaining outdoor games, like Corn Hole and Ladder Toss for some fun beach games and activities, or some more traditional favorites including a kite, Frisbee, beach ball and volleyball.
For more beach tips, ideas and recipes for your visit to our pristine coastal paradise in south Walton County, call the best boutique hotel on the Gulf, 30-A Suites, to learn more about why you need to be here on our gorgeous beaches or to book your stay!