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Pasta Salad is a staple as a barbecue side dish for good reason – it’s satisfying, simple, and the perfect outlet for fresh, seasonal vegetables.
The puff pastry crusts of these tasty turnovers get a quick sugar glaze when they come out of the oven.
According to the legend, Cobb salad was invented in the 1930s at the famed Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles. Our take on the ultimate Hollywood Golden Age salad—a rich combination of chopped lettuce, tomato, avocado, (soy) bacon, blue cheese, and eggs—needs just a little olive oil and lemon juice for dressing.
Short and thick, these oven-baked fries are modeled after British “chips.” Parsley, Parmesan, and truffle oil toppings give them a gourmet feel.
Sturdy homemade buns mean you can assemble these sliders ahead of time, then pop them in the oven to warm before serving.
Once you’ve discovered how easy it is to make a great tomato soup, you’ll wonder why you ever bought canned. For party flair, use mini cutters to cut sliced bread into shapes (stars, footballs, snowflakes, or simple triangles), which you can toast and float on top of the soup. Note: this makes 8 appetizer servings or 3 to 4 meal-size servings.
A blend of ricotta and cream cheeses keeps these bars light and creamy. The filling is flavored with instant espresso powder, which can be found in the coffee section of well-stocked supermarkets. It’s more intensely flavored and dissolves better than instant coffee granules. To make ahead: Refrigerate finished cheesecake in pan wrapped in plastic wrap for up to one day. Cut into bars before guests arrive, and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
If you don’t have time to assemble these crostini before guests arrive, simply mound the topping in a bowl set on a platter, and surround the bowl with toasted baguette slices. If you're planning ahead, you can roast the tomatoes, prepare the bean topping, and toast the bread slices up to two days in advance.
Everybody loves hot dips on a holiday buffet table, so this subtly flavored fondue is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Look for green, purple, and orange cauliflower varieties to add color to the dipper selection. To make ahead: Cook cauliflower in advance, combine cheese and flour, and measure out milk and hot sauce into a jam jar. Stash these prepped items in the fridge so all you need to do is warm and season the fondue just before guests arrive.
Pasta salad meets egg salad meets finger food! Cook up a few extra shells in case some tear while draining or filling. You can cook the pasta and prepare the filling one day ahead (minus the arugula), and store in the fridge. Up to two hours before serving, stir in arugula and stuff shells.
Creamy, chewy Arborio rice holds a cheesy filling together in stuffed peppers that taste great warm or at room temperature. To make ahead, prep and stuff the peppers up to two days before the party; wrap tightly in plastic, and store in refrigerator.