Craving finger food?
If the summer heat is addling your brain and affecting both your appetite and your desire to cook large meals, consider whipping up a fun main course that consists only of appetizers.
It's lots of fun, and you'll love this one just as much as the kids do.
Plus, you can make a few of these and throw a party, because what better way to spend those long, summer evenings?
The salty, smoky crispy bacon is the perfect match for the soft, sugary dates with a nice nutty crunch in the middle. If you'd like, you can stuff them with goat cheese or cream cheese instead of nuts.
The best way to turn this favorite meal into bite-sized appetizers is by dipping the fried chicken in waffle batter and then waffling it. Obviously. Want to make it even easier to eat? Use boneless wings, chicken strips or nuggets and serve with toothpicks.
If you're like me, you vastly prefer medium or thin asparagus spears to those really fat ones, which have a tendency to be a little tough and overwhelming. But if you see some, snag a bundle, because once you wrap them in crispy, savory puff pastry, you'll want to be eating these with every meal.
Fool your guests by offering them this classy, slightly sweet snack. They'll think that you spent hours on it, but in reality all you need are five ingredients and 15 minutes of prep time. Flaky, buttery crescent rolls really can do it all.
Adorable and delicious! I could totally eat a whole batch of these all on my own. The brownie batter is really easy to make, although you're more than welcome to buy boxed mix if you want to take shortcuts -- just add about two teaspoons of vanilla extract to match Giada's gourmet flair and go from there.
Nachos are classic. French-fry nachos are great. And tater tot nachos are absolutely heavenly. Make sure you make these extra crispy, because they do tend to fall apart -- that soft, greasy, crunchy crumble completely adds to the appeal, though.
These make perfect little desserts or hors d'oeuvres, and you can make them way ahead of time and keep them in the freezer, which is great if you're having people over and want to cut back on time. Kids will love to make and eat these too. Make mini ones for guests and hide some giant ones in the back of the freezer just for you.