Enjoy A Taste Of Summer With These Easy Appetizers

June 20th, 2022 by

Kettle Cooked Potato Chip Nachos

During the summer, the heat can make anyone want to avoid cooking on a hot stove. Quick snacks and refreshing bites can hit the spot when the days are longer, and the sun shines brightly. Whether prepping for a get-together or in the mood for some finger foods, you’ll love trying out the following easy appetizers. The best part is that you can make several of these appetizers and please different palates.

Crudi-Yay

Whether serving poolside or as a snack for the game on TV, a crudité platter is a simple and delicious way to serve healthy snacks, and it’s also visually appealing. The best part is that you can choose the vegetables you like. Grab at least three and preferably more vegetables like carrots, radishes, snap peas, or English cucumbers. Arrange on a large serving tray and pair with dips or spreads. Tzatziki would make a creamy counterpoint. You could also add creamy feta cheese, olives, or a fruit spread.

Simple Sheet Pan Nachos

You can skip the oven with these nachos using a plant-based nacho cheese sauce. Next, slice some fresh avocado and red onion, and either create or add some pico de gallo. You can add anything else you like, such as roasted corn, beans, or sliced olives. Be sure to use your favorite tortilla chips, then dig in.

Cute Caprese Skewers

If you need an amazingly simple appetizer that will wow your guests, then go with Caprese skewers. Alternate small mozzarella bites with cherry tomatoes and a folded basil leaf. Then pair the skewers with a small dish of fine olive oil and a balsamic reduction for a simple yet elegant snack.

Deal these Deviled Eggs

You might have to make two batches since it’s a sure bet that you or your family will probably sneak one or three of them to eat. Blend your egg yolks with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, sweet pickle relish, and plain Greek yogurt, the surprise ingredient. It adds a tangy creaminess. Garnish with paprika, celery seeds, chives, or your favorite topping.

Chips and Salsa Good

While you can certainly pop open your preferred jar of salsa, it’s super easy to whip up your own without breaking a sweat. Grab some fresh tomatoes, then add:

  • Onion and garlic
  • Jalapeño, de-seeded if you don’t want a spicy salsa
  • Lime juice and zest
  • A pinch of sugar and salt
  • Cilantro and cumin

You can roughly chop the ingredients, then throw it all into the food processor. Taste to adjust the seasoning, then chill and eat.

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Cowboy Caviar Cool

Finally, you might want something to eat with your chips that are more substantial than salsa. You can cook the beans yourself or use canned ones. Toss together black beans, corn, and black-eyed peas. Add chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, and a little jalapeño if you like spice. Then finish with chopped cilantro, lime juice, red wine vinaigrette, and chopped avocado if you’re serving it right away. But if you’re making it a day ahead, wait to add the avocado until the last minute.

Summer bites can be so satisfying. Easy appetizers take the sweat out of food prep and offer a big taste even in small bites. Try some of them today.

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