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Dips

Roasted Red Pepper & Cauliflower Dip

I’ve been looking for healthier, plant-based snacks to have around the house while working from home, as well as to share with friends now that we can socialize again. Cauliflower in particular seems like a good option, since it’s chock full of vitamins and nutrients, has tons of fiber, and is low in calories. This delicious dip is as easy as chopping and roasting veggies, and then blitzing them in the food processor, and lets you snack and still feel good about yourself.

Yield: 6 appetizer servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Breads

Muffin Tin Pizza Bombs

These tasty hand-held pizza bombs are fun to make with kids and can be stuffed with whatever “toppings” each person likes.

Yield: 12 pizza bombs Total time: 40 minutes
Dips

Roasted Fennel & White Bean Dip

I was drawn to this bean-based dip thinking it would be healthy, but realized how decadent it was after liberally brushing the crostini in butter and blending the copious amounts of olive oil and grated cheese into the dip. I’ll try to lighted it the next time I make it, but for now just consider it a luxury.

Yield: 12 appetizer servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Vegetables

Grilled Corn Salad

Grilled corn with juicy tomatoes, salty feta cheese, basil, and lemon is the perfect side for a backyard barbecue or pool party. We usually bring some spare grilled whole corn to satisfy kids who’d rather eat straight off the cob.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Munchies

Pigs ‘n Blankets

After spending a summer afternoon playing in the pool, kids devour these cocktail sausages baked in crescent rolls.

Yield: 24 pieces Total time: 30 minutes
Cocktails

Apple Rye Punch

Batch cocktails can be a nice way to serve something a little special to a group, whether it’s at a party or late in the afternoon on a winter Friday at work. This apple-rye punch was a cheery way to end the workweek before the holidays.

Yield: 10 servings Total time: 10 minutes
Munchies

Cranberry & Brie Puffs

These easy, festive puff pastry bundles of brie and cranberry sauce (or raspberry jam, or fig preserves) are delightful party appetizers.

Yield: 12 puffs Total time: 35 minutes
Dips

Pineapple Salsa

This is the perfect summer salsa thanks to diced fresh pineapple, which is much easier to slice into than I used to think. Red bell pepper and red onion add color, and cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, and lime juice add mouth-watering flavor.

Yield: 2 1/2 cups Total time: 15 minutes
Dips

Mom’s Cranberry-Avocado Salsa

Salsa is standard party fare, but this fresh, holiday-themed version with chopped jalapeño, red onion, avocado, cranberries, and cilantro is a delightful surprise. It went quickly when mom took it to a recent holiday get-together.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 20 minutes
Munchies

One-Pan Ham & Cheese Melts

Guy loves his cooking magazines, and recently picked up a copy of a Better Homes and Gardens’ One-Pan Recipes in the check-out lane. The cover of the magazine featured this pan of ham and cheese melts, made with Hawaiian rolls, brushed with melted butter, chopped shallots, parsley, and garlic, and browned until melty and delicious. We made them for a weeknight dinner and then spotted them at the book club holiday party – they’re really great for any occasion.

Yield: 12 sliders