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Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 4:30 am

Even though grilling is pretty much a year-round option in Texas, there’s still something about Memorial Day that makes me want to break out the charcoal.

The unofficial start to summer wouldn’t be the same without a meal prepared and served outdoors.

This weekend, I’ll be firing up the grill to add smoky goodness to hamburgers, hot dogs and sausage — traditional family favorites.

While I usually go for leaner beef when preparing burgers indoors, I like to add a little fat for the grill.

I use 85 percent lean beef and add in minced onion and several spices as I hand mash quarter-pound patties.

I’ll also grill corn and skewers of onions, peppers and squash.

Along with that, I’ll be serving pasta salad and a new patriotic-colored dessert pizza I saw in a magazine. It tops a brownie crust with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and cream cheese.

Brownie ’n Berries Dessert Pizza

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 2 hours, 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker Original Supreme Premium brownie mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg called for on brownie mix box
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup apple jelly

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray or shortening.
  2. Make brownie batter as directed. Spread in pan. Bake 26 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  3. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  4. Carefully spread mixture evenly over brownie base. Arrange berries over cream cheese mixture.
  5. Stir jelly until smooth; brush over berries.
  6. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled.
  7. Cut into wedges. Store covered in refrigerator.

Serves: 16

— Betty Crocker

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