Are you ready for a cookout? Earlier this week, we shared a ton of great stuff – info, tips, and tricks – to help you in your summer get-together adventures. From hosting to attending, we’ve got you covered.
Now, we’re diving just a bit deeper with some inspiring recipes. Make or bring any of these simple, delicious bites and we’re preeeetty sure people will be singing your praises all night.
First, something simple: charcuterie.
Charcuterie [pronounced shar-COO-ter-ee] is a little tough to say, but so, so easy to make (and eat). Simply put, it’s a platter of meats and cheese, with other favorites (like pickled veggies, olives, fruits) sprinkled in.
Blogger Yvonne put this delicious app together as a “single serve” platter (i.e., for me, myself and I), but you could easily up the serving size to share at a party. Best part? You can easily buy all of the ingredients at the store on the way to the party, then plate it with style for that #profesh look.
Next up, tostadas (or tacos, our faves).
These are a host’s dream. A platter with different ingredients that guests can easily mix and match themselves? Sign us up. These tostadas from blogger Jessica call for shrimp in a delicious marinade, but you could easily swap it for a protein of your choice (chicken, steak, pork, tofu, mushrooms…). The real sinker is the strawberry salsa, which is a mix of berries, onion, cilantro and lime juice. Hosts, prep the ingredients for these summery treats and set up a heart-eye-emoji-worthy buffet to wow your hungry guests.
Third, a classic take on a classic side dish: pasta salad.
Light pasta salad with a delish vinaigrette dressing is the ultimate compliment to any cookout dish. This confetti pasta salad recipe from blogger David features the perfect equation for noms: pasta + tomatoes, peppers, spinach, celery, dill, + feta and lemon dijon dressing = YUM. Hosts and guests can make this ahead of time and refrigerate until party time, or throw the dish together in less than 20 minutes. We’re sure this will get devoured.
And finally, a summery dessert: strawberry banana smoothie popsicles
Cue the “ooohs,” “ahhhhs,” and silent drools (that’s us). These refreshingly fruity pops from blogger Jazmin have only 3 ingredients (strawberries + bananas + coconut milk), and a couple of steps (slice + blend + pour + freeze). After dinner, as the sun sets, grab these out of the freezer and pass them outamong friends. We imagine this will be especially good if you need a few minutes of silence…because no one will be speaking while savoring this smoothie pop.
Which of these treats will make you the showstopper at the next cookout? Let us know in the comments, and share your favorite recipes for summer parties, too!