Easy Summer Appetizer Recipes for Your Outdoor Gatherings

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The days are long, the sun is up and it’s the best time to gather around the pool, by the lake or in the backyard. When friends and family are around, the fun lasts longer when appetizers are served to last for the day. If you rather enjoy having fun then working around the BBQ all day, premade appetizers are the ultimate food choice. Appetizers are easy to prepare and serve, and you can combine different recipes for every taste and preference. Plus, kids love finger food and you do not have to worry if they are hungry or not. Here, we are presenting several interesting appetizer ideas to choose from, or combine them all together for a whole day of sipping cocktails and savoring delicious finger food.

Crispy Chicken Dippers

Delicious, easy to make and probably the most-loved finger food, chicken dippers are perfect for outdoor gatherings. There are a lot of different variations of the recipe and you can opt for a healthier version such are the buffalo chicken dippers or the crispy deep-fried goodness that we are about to present.

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Ingredients for the meat:

  • skinless and boneless chicken breast fillets, cut into strips
  • 50g flour
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt

Ingredients for the Dip:

  • 2 tbsps Mustard
  • 1 clove garlic 
  • 2 egg yolks 
  • 1 tsp sweet chili sauce
  • Freshly squeeze lemon juice

Preparation: 

The meat:

  1. In a small bowl combine the breadcrumbs and parmesan, add salt 
  2. Dust the chicken strips in flour 
  3. Dip all pieces in the egg
  4. Add each piece in the mixture of breadcrumbs and parmesan and toss to coat
  5. Add the olive oil in a frypan and heat it over medium heat
  6. Cook the crumbed chicken strips until crispy with regular turns so they can cook evenly on both sides
  7. Line a plate with absorbent paper
  8. Once done, remove the chicken dippers from the pan and add them on the absorbent paper

The Dip:

  1. Add the mustard, garlic and the egg yolks into a  food processor
  2. Process together until it forms a paste
  3. Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and the chili sauce
  4. Pulse few more times to achieve a cohesive mixture 

Serve the dip in a deeper bowl. Put the bowl on a larger serving plate together with the chicken dippers. For more convenient serving, especially when kids are around, you can place the dippers on wooden skewers. Enjoy!

Garlic Shrimps

The real summer feel starts with seafood. No matter if you are miles away from the shore, having a crunchy shrimp appetizer makes for a better summer mood. They are buttery and delicious, but even better, they are ready in not more than 15 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • Fresh or frozen, peeled shrimps
  • 75 grams of butter
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, sliced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • A handful of chopped parsley 
  • Salt and pepper
  • French baguette

Preparation: 

  1. Melt 50 grams of butter in a large pan over medium heat
  2. Add the shrimp, and cook for several minutes, until shrimp turn pink. 
  3. Remove shrimp from the pan and put them on a plate
  4. In the same pan add the garlic and cook for a minute
  5. Add the wine and proceed cooking with constant stirring
  6. Add the remaining butter, drizzle salt and pepper and cook for several more minutes constantly whisking
  7. When the mixture is thickened remove the pan from the heat, add parsley and the cooked shrimp
  8. Toss the shrimp around to coat evenly
  9. Slice the French baguette bread and grill it
  10. Serve the shrimps in a large plate with the grilled bread and garnish with parsley

Vegetable Kebabs

For some of the guests that are fairly vegetarian, and for everyone who enjoys vegetables, here is an interesting vegetarian appetizer. Delicious vegetables on a wooden stick and you got a vegetarian kebab. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 200 grams of cheese cut into small cubes
  • A handful of fresh basil
  • A handful of fresh mint
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6tbsp olive oil

Preparation:

  1. Add the oil, mint, basil, minced garlic, and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth
  2. In a dish or bowl add the cheese and pour over the mixture, stir to coat
  3. Cover it and let it chill for an hour
  4. After an hour add the tomatoes in the mixture and toss to coat
  5. Put slices of tomatoes, zucchini, squash and cheese onto wooden skewers and sprinkle with salt
  6. On a preheated grill or greased grill pan place the kebabs to grill
  7. Once the cheese is slightly charred, about 2 mins each side, remove them from heat and add on serving plate
  8. Garnish with basil and mint
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Mediterranean Tomato Salad

Salads are essential part of a summer diet. High in nutrients and water content, vegetables keep us hydrated and feel fresh. Apart from being healthy, salads are tasty and refreshing. Here is one salad recipe idea that makes for a great appetizer.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tomatoes, cut in wedges 
  • 2 peaches, diced in small pieces
  • 1 cup of fresh corn kernels
  • 70 grams of feta cheese, crumbled
  • salt, paper and balsamic vinegar

Preparation:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine tomato wedges, diced peach and corn
  2. Sprinkle with salt
  3.  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and toss to coat
  4.  Serve in on a large plate
  5. Add the feta cheese on top and sprinkle with black pepper.

Voila! You have a delicious salad to combine with other appetizers and enjoy excellent flavors on a hot summer day!

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