Choose from easy menus for alfresco entertaining—make one drink and one appetizer, and just buy the rest
– July 26, 2012
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To the tropics party: Apps
All your favorite island flavors: coconut, Maui onion, and macadamias. At the market, pick up salted macadamia nuts, Maui onion potato chips, and romaine spears topped with macaroni salad to make your island-themed menu complete.
Coconut Lime Shrimp Skewers
A squeeze of lime adds zing and toasted coconut contributes crunch to this easy make-ahead crowd-pleaser. You’ll need at least 24 wooden skewers (6 in.).
Warm afternoons call for a great dip, easy nibbles, and a spritzy drink. Add top-quality frozen pizza Margherita, cut in thin slices, green olives such as Graber Cold, and cooked shrimp with a drizzle of olive oil to round out your offerings.
Creamy Artichoke Dip
This simple no-cook dip starts with cream cheese and puréed artichoke hearts, then adds parmesan, parsley, lemon, and garlic for flavor.
Red meat, red wine, and some can’t-miss Spanish go-withs, for a new take on tapas. Buy Marcona almonds, roasted red peppers drizzled with good olive oil, and manchego cheese and bread for a complete spread.
Chèvre and Mango Steak Bites
Sweet, savory, and creamy elements make this an hors d'oeuvre to remember.
un-loving foods, including fresh herbs and tomatoes, salty olives, and cool grapes. Throw in tapenade with green beans and bell pepper strips, small clusters of green grapes, and thinly sliced salami to keep guests satisfifed.
Filo Tomato Tart
Cut the tomatoes very thinly so the juice evaporates while baking, or dough will be soggy.