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Parties That Cook’s Top Ten Summer Appetizer Recipes

Summer’s finally here! Parties That Cook is so excited to pull out our grills and host a barbecue (or ten)! We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite summer appetizer recipes, and now we’re putting you to work. Whip up any combination of these tasty bites and bask in the glory of being the Host with the Most. Throwing a summer party can be stressful (to say the least) but with these 10 simple appetizer recipes in your back pocket, you’re off on the right foot!

Little Fish Tacos with Tomato Salad and Chipotle-Lime Crema

If you love fresh (and easy!) seafood, we’ve got just the right dish for you. Our fish tacos are a fresh way to spice up any summer get-together. Fresh cilantro will give these tacos the little kick your fiesta needs to get started!

Cornbread Tartlets with Ricotta and Tomatoes

Cornbread can be more than just a side! Add fresh tomatoes and ricotta to a classic cornbread recipe, and you’ve got a whole new dish! With a pinch of fresh cilantro, these tartlets will knock you off your feet.

Zucchini Pancakes with Feta, Capers and Mint

Pancakes for an appetizer? Why, yes! These savory mini pancakes are far from your boring typical breakfast pancake. Zucchini adds just the touch of color your summer soiree needs. Top this delicious dish with yogurt and mint to bring out fresh flavors that scream summer!

Crostini “Caprese” with Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Chocolate Balsamic Reduction

Who said chocolate was only for dessert? Add fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and garlic bread, and you’ve got one delicious appetizer. Fresh tomatoes are a summer staple, so be sure to grab some at your local farmer’s market! We recommend a baguette for the crostini but you can experiment with your favorite bread.

Mini Gyro Pita Pockets with Grilled Lamb and Tzatziki Sauce

Take a summer trip to Greece, or just have a gyro! These scrumptious appetizers are light enough not to ruin an appetite, but satisfying enough to hold you over for the main course. We made ours with Lamb so they’re tender and packed with loads of flavor, but you can easily substitute the meat of your choice.

Barbecued Oysters On The Half Shell

Oysters are an easy (and fast) way to offer guests an amazingly fresh appetizer. Raw oysters might scare off some guests, but barbecuing means everyone at the party can enjoy the delicious flavors.

Griddled Corn Cakes with Bacon and Sour Cream

The best things in life are topped with sour cream and sprinkled with bacon (YUM). Standing in at 2”, these little fellas bring more to the table than one of summer’s most popular ingredients formerly (and currently) known as Corn.

Bacon-Wrapped Peaches with Blue Cheese and Balsamic-Honey Glaze

Peaches wrapped in bacon. Need we say more? When Sweet and Savory battle it out in one dish, we all win. (Seriously, who doesn’t love bacon!?) With this great combination of flavors your guests (and the cheese) will melt for another taste.

Lamb Skewers with Mint Pesto

What’s more perfect for summer than skewers?? These tender lovin’ lamb skewers are a great start to any summer bash. Kick off your next party with fresh Mint Pesto!

Guacamole with Nectarines and Corn

Feeling festive this summer? Throw on a sombrero, an apron, and whip up our delicious seasonal Guacamole with a twist! Fresh nectarines help this classic Mexican dish stand above the rest. Good luck sharing!

Are You Ready For Some Football?? Tailgate Guacamole Recipe

It’s now the middle of August, and you know what that means: Preseason NFL Football is back! Get your lawn chairs out, pack up the cooler, and head to the stadium of whichever team you happen to fancy. (Ahem…49ers) With fresh flavors that are just light enough for the tail end of summer, this guacamole recipe is perfect for preseason tailgating!

Guacamole with Nectarines and Corn
You can also find this recipe in our Appetizer Recipe Library!


Seeded Tortilla Points
2 Tablespoons flax seeds
2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
8 ten-inch flour tortillas
1 large egg beaten with 2 Tablespoons cold water and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Parchment paper

2 ripe avocados, pits removed, flesh scooped out with a large spoon, put face down on a plate
1/4 cup red onions, finely chopped
1 nectarine, pitted and cut in 1/4-inch dice (can substitute a peach or papaya with skin removed)
1 ear fresh corn, kernels removed
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 chipotle in adobo, seeded and minced + 2 teaspoons of the adobo sauce
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt


Preheat oven to 400ºF (or 375ºF convection if available).

Seeded Tortilla Triangles: Combine flax, sesame and poppy seeds. Using scissors, cut tortillas in half and then into wedges (4 triangles per half). Place tortilla triangles on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer; brush with egg/water/salt mixture. Sprinkle generously with seeds. Bake in the upper or lower third of the oven, switching the position to the opposite third halfway through the baking. Bake until crisp and lightly browned, about 10-15 minutes. Transfer to cooling racks and cool completely.

Guacamole: Mash avocado with a fork until coarsely mashed. Add red onions, nectarine, corn, garlic, chipotle, adobo, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, and salt. Mix.

Pack: Scoop the guacamole into a small container with a lid, or even into a strong plastic baggie. Don’t forget the chips, ice, or cooler!

Serve: Mound the guacamole in the middle of a serving platter. Then nestle the chips in a sunflower pattern around the dip. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro.
Makes enough to serve 24

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