Summer is one of the quintessential gathering times amongst friends and families.  There are numerous barbeques to be had, picnics to be enjoyed and potlucks to attend.  There is no doubt that these parties are full of good times and create some of the best memories, however, the host responsible for the food is often bogged down in the kitchen, striving to ensure their guests are well fed.  Where is the fun in that?  Here, we will explore several quick and easy recipes which will help ensure that everyone gets to enjoy the party!  These lip smacking, summer friendly foods are simple recipes which will excite and please your visitors and earn you many compliments! 

Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

Avocado Tomatillo SalsaCredit: Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

No gathering is complete without chips and dip!  Your guests will rave over this easy recipe for spicy south of the border salsa, and with only five inexpensive ingredients, you will too!  All you need to do is roast tomatillos and serrano peppers in the oven, then chop and combine with avocados and cilantro mini cubes for an amazing taste experience. This simple recipe will create a delightfully chunky dip for chips, or an amazing spread over grilled meats.  This easy recipe will impress your guests with its fiery homemade flavor, and best of all, it can be prepared and stored ahead of time for a fuss free experience!   

 Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

 French Dip Burgers  

French Dip Burgers

 A summer time barbeque without burgers would be a travesty.  Here, we have given the average grilled burger a clever twist by preparing an accompanying au jus.  The burger itself couldn’t be simpler.  Ground beef is enhanced with homestyle beef stock and then formed into patties and fired on the grill.  The au jus, while it may sound complicated, is really just an easy recipe consisting of the same beef stock and some water to balance the powerful and savory flavor of this yummy dip.  Try making these burgers as sliders- they are tasty little morsels that you and your guests will not be able to stop eating!

 Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

 Roasted Potatoes and Avocado Salad

Roasted Potatoes and Avocado Salad

 Treat your guests to a delightfully different side dish!  While macaroni and potato salads are staples at get-togethers, they can become a bit repetitive, and switching it up will be a great and delicious surprise.  This easy recipe can be prepared ahead of time by roasting the potatoes, bell peppers and bouillon in advance.  When you are ready to serve, simply warm the potatoes mixture in the oven and then combine with the final tasty elements of creamy avocado, fresh lime juice and cilantro.  The harmonious flavors in this quick and easy recipe are sure to be a hit and as a side dish, will complement just about any protein.  As an added bonus, this easy recipe can also double as a meatless entrée for any vegetarians in your crowd!  For some mouthwatering variations, try topping this dish with toasted pine nuts or crumbled feta cheese!   

Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Gone are the days where a host cannot enjoy their own party!  With easy recipes like these, you’ll be free to join in on the fun and spend a lot less time in the kitchen.  The best part is, with these delicious and simple recipes, you don’t have to sacrifice any flavor!  The food will still be a hit, and now you can be too, as you spend the night mingling with your guests!