Summer recipes

The easiest recipes for any kind of summer party.

These recipes will have everyone’s mouth watering when they step into the door.

These recipes will have everyone’s mouth watering when they step into the door.

Annaklara Doel, Staff Writer

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Now that spring is here and summer is peeking around the corner, it’s prime time for pool parties and bonfires. But what’s a party without food? Many of us can barely even cook a box of mac-n-cheese, so here are some simple, yet tasty, ideas to brighten up your backyard get-together.

The best place to start would be snacks and appetizers. A party pleaser is always a bowl of chips and guac or queso, but if you want to be more festive you could go for a good seven layer dip, caramelized onion dip, pico de gallo, or even just melt some Velveeta cheese and Rotel tomatoes for some fun. Good finger foods would be boneless wings with an array of dipping sauces, kebabs with chicken or veggies, mini sandwiches, or even a cheese platter if you’re feeling fancy. Quesadillas, sliders, pigs in a blanket, pasta salad, or even mac ‘n’ cheese are great ways to quell a hungry crowd.

Then you get to the main course, and by then, everyone’s pretty full from all the snacks, but your food will look so good, they’ll go diving in for more. The classic party foods for a cookout would of course be ribs, burgers and dogs, pulled pork, or chicken. Basically any type of meat you can marinade and slap on a grill attracts everyone. My favorite is putting coleslaw on a burger because it creates a nice mixture of greens, sweetness, and texture all in one. Of course, not everyone is a meat-eater, so sides such as coleslaw, tossed greens, potato salad, baked beans, a pasta casserole, or grilled veggies definitely hit the spot. A great idea is to have a few selections of everything so that your guests can create their own masterpiece on their plate and everyone will be satisfied.

Finally, the best part of the meal, dessert. The most simple would be baking cookies or brownies, but why not put the two together? Other refreshing hits are milkshakes or slushies, Jello, any variety of fruit pies, and even decadent chocolate cake. Having different types of ice cream and creating a little buffet bar of toppings is a hit for all little kids as well. A cool twist on ice cream would be to boil down soda such as Fanta or root beer and create syrup with it to drizzle on top of the ice cream and create a cool summer treat! A few people will most likely be stuffed by this time, so even just mini cups of mousse, small cheesecake tarts, or cake pops can satisfy a sweet tooth. Mini of anything is the best way to go if you think you won’t have enough of something.

Now, this isn’t a definitive rulebook to follow when planning a party because putting your own twist on any of these suggestions can make the party yours. Naturally, you can find all these recipes if you just google them, or search on various websites such as foodnetwork.com or cookingchannel.com, but I tried to weed out popular hits that’ll make your summer bash better than ever. Cheers to the ending of the school year, and may all of your summer parties this summer taste oh so delicious.

 

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