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11 fresh recipes to spice up your summer functions

Summer is quickly approaching, and I'm sure you've already been tasked by your friends and family to host a cookout or barbecue, or they've requested that you bring a dish to their next gathering. If you're tired of the run-of-the-mill hot dog, hamburger and baked beans, here are 11 recipes to reinvigorate the menus at your function!

1. Grilled potato salad with bacon vineagrette 

recipes to spice up your summer functions
recipes to spice up your summer functions
Photo: Country Living A zesty twist on a summer cookout staple.

2. Parmesean-coated grilled corn on the cob

recipes to spice up your summer functions
recipes to spice up your summer functions
Photo: Kraft We guarantee that you won't boil corn ever again for the function.

3. Arugula and strawberry salad

recipes to spice up your summer functions
recipes to spice up your summer functions
Photo: Food Network A refreshing bite for after you hit the pool.

4. Chicken and rice salad with pine nuts and lemon 

Photo: Food and Wine To bring a Mediterranean flair to your cookout.

5. Green beans with lemon garlic

Photo: Cooking Light Add a little zest to your typical beans.

6. Spicy sweet potato wedges

Photo: Health.com An unconventional addition to this cookout staple.

7. Tropical tomato salsa

Photo: Midwest Living Give your chips a tropical flair with this topping.

8. Frito corn salad

Photo: Food.com I'm sure you didn't know that corn chips could work in a salad, but trust me. It's delicious.

9. Captain Palmer

Photo: Bustle Because you need drinks, of course!

10. Caramelized baked chicken legs

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Photo: Delicious as It Looks[/caption] A simple twist on a cookout staple.

11. Cheesecake cups

Photo: Annie Noms Blog Don't forget about dessert!

Is your mouth drooling after reading this list? Share it with your friends on Facebook or Twitter below so they can prepare their own menus!

recipes to spice up your summer functions
recipes to spice up your summer functions
Photo: Giphy

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Trey Mangum is the lead editor of ShadowAndAct.com. Follow him on Twitter @treymangum.