Summer parties call for great company and delicious food that can be enjoyed outdoors. Treat your family and friends to these tasty BBQ appetizers that are perfect for a summer cookout and will keep guests happy until you are ready to serve the mains.
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Beach bread is a popular appetizer in Florida, where locals and tourists enjoy this cheesy garlicky loaf with tomatoes. Make it easily on a sheet pan in the oven or use your grill.
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Classic Olive Tapenade
Salty and luscious, a black olive tapenade is a must at summer parties. Slather the delicious paste over grilled bread slices for a chic canape or serve alongside crackers and breadsticks for easy dipping.
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Grilled Halloumi Cheese
Grilling brings out the best in halloumi cheese, enhancing its delicious, salty flavor and adding a satisfying texture. Enjoy it simply or layer with sliced tomatoes and basil leaves on skewers for an elegant hand-held appetizer.
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Figs are a fabulous summer fruit that deserve a spot on your backyard party menu. These tasty little toasts are so easy to make. Fresh figs are tossed with balsamic vinegar and black pepper, then piled onto toasted baguette slices. Top with crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese for serving, if you like.Continue to 5 of 22 below.
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Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad With Basil
What would summer be without watermelon? Make the fruit part of your BBQ party with this simple, refreshing salad featuring juicy melon cubes, creamy mozzarella balls, fresh basil leaves, and tangy balsamic glaze.
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Easy Vegan Tofu and Vegetable Skewers
Delight vegan and vegetarian cookout guests when you break out a tray of these tasty tofu and vegetable skewers. They are high in protein and flavored simply with an Italian salad dressing marinade.
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Cheesy Stuffed Potato Skins With Vegetarian Bacon Bits
Everyone likes potato skins and this cheesy, twice-baked version is sure to be a hit at your summer gatherings. Potato skins are fried until crisp, then stuffed with sour cream, cheddar cheese, scallions, and vegetarian bacon bits.
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Grilled Potato Chips With Garlic Aioli
Turn your grill into a potato chip machine this summer! Thinly-sliced potatoes are cooked briefly on the grill until crisp and golden brown. Serve with the included recipe for a flavor-packed garlic-mayonnaise aioli dip.Continue to 9 of 22 below.
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Spanish Melon With Serrano Ham
Sweet honeydew melon makes a refreshingly delicious complement to salty serrano ham. This no-cook tapas takes only minutes to prepare and looks elegant on your cookout table.
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Bruschetta is a popular Italian appetizer that makes the most of seasonal fresh tomatoes, rich-tasting olive oil, and herbaceous basil leaves. The ingredients are scattered over toasted Italian bread slices with a little garlic and salt to lift all the flavors.
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Spicy Pickled Asparagus
Serve these pickled treats as a garnish for bloody Marys at your cookout or as an easy finger-food appetizer. The cool, crunchy asparagus stalks have a surprising hit of spice your guests will love. Make them a week ahead or more for best results.
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Mini Pizza Bites
Make cookout guests smile when you serve these mini pizza bites that need only a few ingredients and can be tweaked with your favorite toppings. They are simple to prepare with a can of crescent roll dough or mini phyllo shells and jarred pizza sauce.Continue to 13 of 22 below.
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Mini Taco Bites
Get the party started with these bite-sized Mexican-style appetizers that include everyone's favorite taco flavors with none of the usual mess. The taco filling can be easily customized, with helpful suggestions included in the recipe.
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Wonton Wrapped Shrimp
Sweet raw shrimp are marinated in a Thai-inspired sauce with brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, coriander, and chili, then wrapped in wonton envelopes for frying until golden in this winning recipe. Serve warm with extra marinade on the side for dipping.
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Thai Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Based on the traditional Thai basil chicken dish, these fun lettuce wraps make a flavorful party appetizer. Guests will enjoy loading up lettuce leaves with the aromatic filling for a tasty, hand-held snack.
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Grilled Herb and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed mushrooms are a popular party appetizer that is simple to prepare on the grill. The meaty caps are filled with a tangy mixture of cheddar cheese, pimientos, panko breadcrumbs, and fresh herbs, then grilled until tender on the bottom and gooey on top.Continue to 17 of 22 below.
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Tandoori Paneer Tikka
Soft chunks of mild paneer cheese are marinated in store-bought tandoori masala and threaded onto skewers with bell peppers and onions for grilling in this Indian-style appetizer.
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Restaurant-style jalapeno poppers are sure to please cookout guests. The hot little peppers are scooped out, stuffed with a creamy filling, breaded, then deep-fried until golden and crunchy.
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Chile and Cheese Flautas
Flautas (that's Spanish for flutes) are a popular Latin American treat that make a great party app. Flour tortillas are stuffed with green chiles, cheese, and corn, the rolled and pan-fried until they are golden-brown and crispy.
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Vegan Tofu Spring Rolls
Vietnamese-style vegan spring rolls make a refreshing, no-mess party appetizer on hot summer days. Store-bought spring roll wrappers are filled with firm tofu, crunchy fresh vegetables, bean thread noodles, and aromatic fresh herbs.Continue to 21 of 22 below.
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Flatbread Pizza with Sun dried Tomatoes, Olives and Goat Cheese
Thin-crust pizza lovers will gobble up this easy appetizer. It is made with baked or grilled lavash flatbread that's topped with sun-dried tomatoes, salty kalamata olives, and tangy goat cheese crumbles.
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Southern Pickled Shrimp with Fresh Dill
Sweet pickled shrimp make a great cold appetizer on warm days. Plan to prepare them at least four hours before your party or up to 24 hours in advance. Serve with cocktail toothpicks for guests to help themselves.