Julie Kelly's Blog
This weekend is the official kick-off to a summer season filled with pool parties, graduation celebrations and last-minute neighborhood gatherings. Most people prefer to nosh on a few tasty appetizers rather than a big dinner on a hot night. Today’s post includes some of my favorite summer bites, including an artichoke fritter that can be frozen either before or after the frying process and ready-to-go when needed.
This summer, make sure you have some nibbles on hand for impromptu get-togethers, especially if you have a pool and are very popular on steamy afternoons/evenings! Buy some good-quality cheese, hard sausage, olive mix and nuts to store in the refrigerator; they’ll last for several weeks and create a nice hors d’oeuvres plate in a jiff. Add some crackers and fresh fruit to the tray - you’ll have enough to satisfy your unexpected guests.
The BLT Tomatoes are delicious but require a bit of prep. Take your time when removing the inner membrane of the tomato. Your effort will be well-rewarded because these bites are among the most popular – and most quickly devoured – of any of my appetizer recipes.
The Strawberry Salad in parmesan cups is a terrific appetizer or side dish for summer dinner party. You can even add some chicken for a flavorful and light entrée (and just leave the parmesan round as a crisp to serve alongside the salad).
So don’t get caught empty-handed this summer. And, even more importantly, don’t forget to stock up on the wine, beer and vodka too!