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Posted On May 23, 2016

Memorial Day is fast approaching, along with the fun and exciting summer days and summer nights. With that comes the much anticipated BBQ’s, pool parties and holiday celebrations. Traditional ‘American-style’ food is the go-to, staple setting for these fun summer events, along with the must-have appetizers that everyone loves. Attending the parties, as a guest is the easy part, it’s when you have to host such days, that it can be a little bit tricky and sometimes overwhelming. The planning, decorating, meal prep, cleanup and general excitement of it all can be a lot for one person or family. However, it doesn’t have to be so stressful, especially when it comes to the food aspect of it. Although this could seem like the hardest part, if done correctly, it can actually be considered the easiest part of it all.

When it’s your turn to be the host this summer, making simple foods or simply catering your event or pre-ordering frozen appetizers, will not only make you happy, but your guests as well. Here are some summer appetizers that are easy, delicious and will be the hit of your party, whether you want to make them yourself or order ahead from AppetizersUSA.

American Cheese & Pickle Burger

Who doesn’t love the classic American cheese burger? Especially at summer BBQ’s and awesome pool parties. If you want to take the time and make them as the main meal for your event, these bad boys are easy enough to throw on the grill and prepare them. However, if you want to add a unique twist to them, try serving up the mini style version. We offer a Mini Burger with American Cheese and Pickle that are absolutely perfect for summer BBQ’s. They’re bite-size, so your guests won’t feel like they’re eating something too heavy, especially in the heat and it’s great for kids. We all know they like to run around and play, so having something quick and easy for them to grab-and-go, is perfect. All you have to do is defrost the burger and bun, cover with foil and bake in oven at 300 degrees for 6-12 minutes or you can pop them in the microwave for 60-75 seconds.

Chicago Style Hot Dog

Just like the cheeseburger, the hot dog is another staple-piece, American classic food, so it’s appropriate to serve at your BBQ. Hot dogs are so easy to cook or grill-up; they’re a low maintenance food that doesn’t require too much prep, except for buying the meat and buns and they can be left out for your guests to help themselves. Again, like the burgers, we offer the Mini Chicago Style Hot Dogs, that are a pint-sized version of the classic comfort food. Defrost, bake and serve with your favorite condiments – that’s it. Plain, simple and easy.

Skewered Beef & pineapple

Pineapple? Yes. Pineapple is fast becoming a popular ingredient in summer appetizers since they are a refreshing spin on those hot and humid days. Put some pineapple on the grill, along with marinated beef or chicken pieces and you’ve got a delicious, pre-dinner treat. Check out our restaurant-quality chicken kabobs with pineapple—tender chicken with crispy red and green peppers and a pop of pineapple—sure to be a party pleaser.

scallops wrapped in bacon

Let’s be honest, bacon is food most people truly cannot resist. Wrapping fried bacon around anything will make it a starter that no one will be able to get enough of. For the fillings you can try scallops, potato, cheese, shrimp, sausages, pork, beef or chicken. Our tray of Scallops Wrapped in Bacon is simply out of this world—It’s an outstanding dish your guests won’t forget and it has a light flare to it that is perfect for summer.

Tropical cheesecake assortment

Desserts are a must-have at all parties. Cupcakes are usually the go-to food for this and for good reason. They’re easy to eat and delicious, but part of your job as the host is to give your guests a fun and different experience from the last party they were at. This summer switch it up a bit and serve some mini cheesecakes at the dessert table. We offer a ‘can’t resist’ Tropical Cheesecake Assortment tray, that includes tangy flavors of blueberry, strawberry and key lime. Adding that dose of tropical in there is perfect for summer, right?

You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen making these easy appetizers for summer parties and spring festivities if you don’t want to. For delicious, top-quality appetizers that are great for any event or party, give us a call at (480) 471-2601 and be sure to visit our products page to see everything we have to offer.

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