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Easy Foods For Entertaining in Summer

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I love to entertain and the summer is my favorite time to do so. Yes, it’s hot, and somewhat more work considering the outside elements. However, there is something magical about this time of year. Maybe it is the way the days are less jam-packed with school work and seem to be ours to do what we wish. I find myself leaning towards the entertaining with ease take on this.

Menu planning around things that either require little on my part or can be done well enough ahead that I don’t find myself scrambling in a hot kitchen last minute. Don’t let the ease part of that last sentence sway you as nothing is lacking on the summer menu here.

We are talking full-on flavors. Color and tons of freshness. Here are a few often found on my summer table. These easy foods for summer entertaining are simple to throw together. Yet, delicious enough that they make the occasion feel special.

They will have you stressing less on the menu and focusing more on the joy of spending time with the people you care about.

Prosciutto and Melon

I got some real grief on this one when posted on social media at a party I held. Questions showed up in my inbox as to what this particular recipe was. And they weren’t to ask me for the recipe. Now if you are not familiar with this lovely Italian dish, I suggest you try it before you knock it.

The saltiness of the thinly sliced prosciutto paired with the sweetness of the cantaloupe is satisfying enough to make this a meal all in itself in my book. Not to mention it is quite lovely on display and even the most reluctant of guests are found nibbling on a slice or two at some point. But this one is purposely first up on the list of easy foods for entertaining. Because honestly, I don’t think it gets easier than this.

What You’ll Need Prosciutto and Melon

1 sweet ripe cantaloupe

1- 3 oz package of prosciutto

Directions

Half cantaloupe and scoop seeds out. Slice into long wedges. Remove prosciutto from the package and cut each slice in half. Then fold long ways dropping each piece over a slice of melon. Keep covered in the fridge until ready to serve.

Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

If I had a signature thing I am known for bringing or serving, this may be it. I make this my contribution to most gatherings in the spring and summer. And why not? It is fresh, delicious, and always a favorite on the table. Not to mention, great use of the summer tomato harvest!

easy foods to entertain with is a mozzerella and tomatoes on a platter

What You’ll Need To Make It

4 large tomatoes

1 package precut fresh mozzarella

1 bundle fresh basil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional)

1 spring of fresh oregano

olive oil

salt and pepper

Directions

Slice tomatoes and arrange them on the platter alternating cheese then tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil evenly over. Salt and pepper. Chop herbs and sprinkle on top. If using vinegar, add that last to the entire top of the salad. This salad is lovely with or with out vinegar.

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

This whole chicken recipe cuts down the workload of making an entire chicken. As far as proteins go, this one tops the list of easy foods for entertaining in summer. It’s sliced open and grilled in half the time needed for a roasted chicken. Double up to feed more if you like. Served right off the grill or even at room temperature, this chicken is the perfect meat to serve when needing to feed a crowd. And to get the full recipe simply click the link below.

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken Recipe

easy foods to entertain is a grilled spatchcock chicken on a plate

Slow Cooked Pork Ribs with Dry Rub

Dishes that are a throw-together and forget are pretty much the theme here if you hadn’t already guessed. This last one is probably the quintessential recipe for such themes. Made with a quick homemade dry rub, sprinkled, and then thrown in the oven to slow cook and you’ve got yourself a crowd-pleasing main course with about as minimal effort as there ever was. And to get the recipe simply click the link below.

Oven Slow Cooked Ribs Recipe

oven slow cooked ribs on a platter a easy food for entertaining

Tarts

A fruit tart is much simpler to make than an entire pie. First off, you only need to make one crust. That crust can easily be smashed into the shape of your tart pan making for less effort in rolling it out. Second, it requires a lot less fruit to make one than a pie and offers the same flavor combination. I have both my Blueberry Tart and Peach Tart Recipes listed here. You can get either recipe by clicking on the links below.

Peach Tart Recipe

peach tart on a cutting board

Blueberry Tart Recipe

blueberry tart on a cutting board

Strawberry Shortcake

Always a crowd pleaser and especially when you allow people to make their own. I simply have it prepped and then set it out at dessert time. A large bowl of strawberries, homemade whipped cream, and a platter full of pound cake slices. It is the perfect summertime dessert. Making it one of the best easy foods for entertaining. As you can make it ahead and even have people helping themselves.

What You’ll Need To Make It

1- 3 lbs container of fresh strawberries

2 pound cake loaves

2 cups of heavy cream

4 tbsp sugar

Directions

Slice your strawberries into bite-size pieces and place them into a large bowl. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of sugar evenly over them and give them a quick stir. Cover with plastic wrap and place them into the fridge. The sugar will pull the sweetness out of the strawberries as it sits. Slice the pound cake and place it on your serving platter. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to serve.

Whipping the cream can be done minutes beforehand or during your party. It takes just a couple of minutes in your stand mixer. When ready, pour the heavy cream into your stand mixer bowl, then sprinkle in the 2 tbsp of sugar. Using your whip attachment, turn the mixer on and slowly click it to a higher setting to whip the cream.

This happens pretty quickly so be careful not to whip of you’ll have butter. To serve, simply uncover the strawberries, along with the pound cake slices, and place them beside the bowl of cream on your table for a self-serve dessert. I promise your guests will get excited.

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