Have you ever been to one of those parties where you leave talking about the food? This has happened to me on numerous occasions: homemade caramel popcorn on movie night, bacon-wrapped dates at book club, and a cucumber and tomato salad at a summer picnic. I still need to reach out to my friend for that salad recipe.
For all your summer parties, I’ve gathered five savory recipes sure to get your guests talking before, during, and after party time. Get those invites out and start cooking.
Asian-Inspired Meatballs: Start your party off right with these drool-worthy meatballs. This version has a slight crunch and a whole lot of flavor.
Shrimp Toast: A play on Chinese shrimp paste, this recipe keeps the shrimp tail for a bit of whimsy, all with the same great taste.
Avocado Fries: Surprise friends with avocado fries, and you’ll be surprised by how fast you’ll need to refill the plate.
Chickpea Poppers: Keep it classic with garlic and rosemary or spice it up with chili and cumin. Better yet, prepare both and see which bowl empties first.
Roast Breadcrumb Potatoes: The best party dishes are easy to make and downright delicious. Here is that kind of dish.
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.