We love food that soaks up a lot of flavor and presentation value, but not a lot of time, and these five easy, summer appetizers do just that.
Every layer of this summertime 8-Layer Dip brings its own kind of wonderful to each bite. Creamy, salty, sweet, crispy, juicy, spicy—there is something for everyone here and plenty of ways to make it uniquely your own. Don’t skip on the chips and consider doubling the batch for reinforcements. You’ll need it.
2. Deviled Eggs
They say naughty chickens lay deviled eggs, but the brains behind this recipe were definitely wearing some halos; angels sing with every delightfully unexpected crunch of crispy pancetta. This twist on a traditional recipe not only looks and tastes fantastic, but it also sets your dish apart from the rest of the potluck, making you look even more impressive than usual.
Don’t have pancetta? Use bacon!
3. Bacon Cups
While it’s generally true that anything wrapped in bacon is a good thing, (see above), these bite-size Cobb salad appetizers combine the best of everyone’s favorite meat candy with cool, crunchy vegetables. The result is a dish that is both light and decadent and deceiving; your guests will assume you spent hours cooking for them when really it was only a fraction of that.
This salad-on-a-stick appetizer can make even vegetable haters love what’s good for them. You can use the provided recipe for the dressing or use your favorite store-bought brand; the trick is to add just enough to add flavor, and not so much that it drips. Change up your vegetables as your tastebuds and the season allow, but keep the flavors and textures simple to make the dish universally palatable, which is the trademark of the wedge salad.
Light and fun to eat, these bibb lettuce wraps combine peanuts, onions, ginger, and shrimp for a refreshing twist on summer appetizers. There are a few steps here, but they each go quickly; don’t be afraid to double this recipe to give yourself plenty to taste-test with as you as go along.
If you are concerned about peanut allergies, you can sub for another nut (cashews would be a good choice) or omit entirely. We occasionally roll this mixture in romaine leaves and secure with a fancy toothpick, for another twist.
We’re a big supporter of food that makes you look like a Master Chef, feel like a rock star, and help solidify your position as the life of the party. We think the above recipes will do just that. Which one will you try first?