Summertime means that everyone's pulling out all the stops for the big neighborhood bashes, block parties, last-chance pool parties and National Night Out celebrations. The best way to connect with your friends and neighbors is over food—obviously. So here are our top 10 recipes for wowing your crowd.
Pretzel-Woven Hot Dogs
There ain’t no party like a block party and a block party with pretzel-woven hot dogs don’t stop. We’re serious though, this genius pretzel-hot dog creation is the sustenance you need to bond with that crazy lady down the block.
No-Bake Butterfinger Cheesecake Cups
We really knocked it out of the park with this dessert. First of all, they’re no-bake. Second, they’re creamy-peanut butter cheesecake. Thirdly, they’re filled with chopped Butterfingers. All that’s left is for you to do your part and bring ‘em to the party.
Potato-Pasta Caesar Salad
If you like having your cake and eating it too (duh), this is the dish you need to bring to the party. An epic combination of two potluck heavyweights: pasta *and* potato salad, it’s truly the best of both worlds.
Mixed Berry Pie Bites
Pie for a crowd is the perfect answer to all of your block party dessert questions. Easy to make, easy to bring and obviously easy to eat, these two-bite pieces of pie might just promote you to block leader.
Fresh Tomato Salsa (Pico de Gallo)
The shindig starts in five minutes and you totally forgot. It’s cool, we gotchu! Everyone loves a good salsa, and this fresh pico is seriously dynamite. An extra piece of neighborly advice? Make a double batch.
Chipotle Creamed Corn on the Grill
This side of grilled corn topped with Mexican table cream, chipotle peppers and queso fresco could potentially (and by potentially, we mean, will totally) make you walk away from ordinary corn on the cob this summer. Say your goodbyes now, because this is about to be your new favorite.
Strawberry Shortcake Dip
You don’t have to be a blue-ribbon baker to totally kill it in the dessert department. This genius Strawberry Shortcake Dip has all the fixins’ for a sweet dessert that will impress the neighbors, no oven required.
Grilled Chicken Guacamole Chopped Salad
Don’t be the neighbor that brings store-bought guacamole to the party. Be the hero that brings this Grilled Chicken Guacamole Chopped Salad. Crisp romaine topped with avocados, queso fresco, chopped cherry tomatoes, and tossed in a homemade dressing; it’s the kind of salad everyone actually wants to eat.
There are few Midwest food contributions as great as the illustrious Fruit Pizza. A sugar cookie crust, topped with frosting and fresh fruit, it’s a real summertime winner. Bringing it to the block party to share with the neighbs is the right thing to do. Trust.
Cowboy Caviar Dip
Is it wrong that we’d take cowboy caviar over the real thing any day? Forgive our unfancy selves, but we’re swooning over this dip: black-eyed peas, corn, black beans, onion, tomato AND avocado? Pass the chips, please!