Summer isn’t all about mojitos and pina coladas, well mostly. But, when summertime comes you just gotta admit that it’s also the perfect weather to chill with a good bite to eat whether it’s in a picnic or even just inside your home.
So if summer-ready recipes is what you’re after, then we’ve got you covered - from appetizer to dessert! We’ve hand-picked some of our most favorite show-stopping food recipes that will not just make you dig in but will also make you grab your phones quick because these ones are truly Insta-worthy! Use your filters for later because seriously, you won’t need it!
Sesame Chicken Dip
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
4 teaspoons sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
3 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
1 jar (10 ounces) sweet-and-sour sauce
2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach
1 cup thinly sliced green onions (about 8)
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
Sesame rice crackers
Mix soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic; toss with chicken. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour.
Spread cream cheese onto a large serving plate; top with sweet-and-sour-sauce, spinach and chicken. Sprinkle with green onions and peanuts. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours. Serve with crackers.
German Beer Cheese Spread
1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup German beer or nonalcoholic beer
Assorted crackers or vegetables
Place cheese in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped, about 1 minute. Add Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Gradually add beer while continuing to process until mixture is smooth and spreadable, about 1-1/2 minutes.
Transfer to a serving bowl or gift jars. Refrigerate, covered, up to 1 week. Serve with crackers, pretzels, sourdough bread, chicken or vegetables--your choice!
Spicy Lemon Kebabs
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 tablespoons white wine
1-1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 medium lemons, halved
In a large shallow dish, combine lemon juice, 3 tablespoons oil, wine, pepper flakes and rosemary. Add chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate up to 3 hours.
Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Thread chicken onto 6 metal or soaked wooden skewers. Grill, covered, over medium heat until no longer pink, turning once, 10-12 minutes.
Place lemons on grill, cut side down. Grill until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Squeeze lemon halves over chicken. Drizzle with remaining oil; sprinkle with chives
Refrigerator Summer-Lime Cheesecake
32 soft ladyfingers, split
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup lime juice, chilled
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
6 ounces white baking chocolate, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons grated lime zest
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
Fresh strawberries, blueberries, kiwi and lime slices, or any other summer fruit you prefer
Arrange 20 split ladyfingers around the edges and 12 split ladyfingers on the bottom of an ungreased 8-in. springform pan; set aside. In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold lime juice; let stand for 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved; cool.
Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Gradually beat in melted chocolate, lime zest and gelatin mixture. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours. Remove sides of pan. If desired, serve with strawberry and lime slices