With Labor Day comes backyard barbecues, block parties, and that inevitable question, “What should I bring?”
Appetizers are always a hit for potlucks, and though dips are quickly devoured, they often lose their appeal after many hands have sampled them.
Here are eight great Pinterest-inspired appetizers to jazz up you holiday weekend menu:
Italian Caprese Appetizers: Simple and light on the ingredients — all you need is cherry or grape tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and real, fresh mozzarella. Skewer those three ingredients on a toothpick, and serve with mix of equal parts balsamic vinegar, olive oil, flavor with crushed garlic, salt, and pepper.
Veggies in a cup: Are your guests going to be standing around chatting? Keep double dippers at bay by serving julienned vegetables in a disposable cup with a dollop of your favorite dipping sauce (ranch, blue cheese, or herbed plain yogurt) on the bottom. Bright peppers, crispy carrots and celery sticks stay pretty all party long.
Fruit Kabobs: It’s back to school time, so let the kids help practice their ABCD patterns by arranging an army of fruit in neat, colored rows. Skewer together pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, green grapes, raspberries, and mango on wood picks for easy enjoyment by all.
Seven Layer Dip Cups: Offer your seven-layer dip in individual plastic cups, each one layered with refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, salsa, olives, and green chilies, topped with crispy tortilla chips for party guests to devour.
Easy, Delicious Hummus: With a quick double, or triple recipe calculator from AllRecipes.com, follow this simple four-ingredient recipe. Whip up garbanzo beans, garlic, cumin, and lemon juice for this crowd-pleaser, and provide plenty of pita chips or carrot sticks. It can also be put in a cup for easy transport.
Cheddar Puffs: If calories are not going to be counted, the Pioneer Woman’s Cheddar puffs are a must serve. These little babies will disappear almost as fast as you can make them, primarily made with French bread, melted cheddar cheese, tons of butter, Dijon mustard, and a lot of love.
Southwestern Egg Rolls: This one takes a little longer to make, but the raves you’ll get is worth the extra effort. Flled with corn, cheese, black beans and spinach, these little babies work for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Serve with guacamole, or fresh salsa.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs: An easy favorite for any gathering, fill a crockpot with pre-cooked, bite-sized meatballs and a quickly prepped sweet and sour sauce. Oh, yes. And provide plenty of napkins, along with your party decorations. Pinterest has no shortage of holiday decorating ideas, as well.
Ashley Ludwig is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.