July 4, 2009
I’m a huge planner and a huge fan of being organized, but for some reason, a lot of our get-togethers and parties are planned at the last minute. Trust me when I say that there have been many times that I’m still scrabbling the morning of a party to finalize my menu. Last year, I threw together my New Years Eve Party all in one day and it turned out great! If anyone is like me and might be searching for some quick and easy last minute recipe ideas, here are some of my favorites.
Insalata ala Caprese is my absolute all-time favorite! It’s always a hit and can be served either as an appetizer or a side salad.
Here’s a different twist on almost the same ingredients. You can’t go wrong with this Heirloom Tomato Salad.
I think this Summertime Fruit Salad would be a great start for a 4th of July Celebration.
This Ceviche Salad is light and simple and would be great to take to a cookout.
This Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Potato Salad isn’t your every day potato salad.
Okay, I know that there’s nothing special about Deviled Eggs, but in a pinch, if you have to take something to a cookout, no one will complain about having these at the party!
This Angel Hair Pasta Salad is a great choice for a crowd. The recipe may say that the pasta needs to marinate in the lemon juice overnight, but I’ve done it for just an hour or so and it turns out fine. This salad requires a little more prep with just chopping ham and grating cheese, but it’s so worth it. It’s an all-time family favorite.
Lastly, if you go here, you’ll find recipes to these favorites; Sun Dried Tomato Spread, Grilled Shrimp wrapped in Bacon, HVR Cheese Ball, BigT’s Peppers, Artichoke & Spinach Dip Restaurant Style, and Bo’s Version of Brie and Cranberries. I promise you that you CANNOT go wrong with any of these ‘go-to’ favorites.
Whatever you decide to make for your own party or to take to share with friends, have a safe and Happy 4th!!