Here are some fun recipes for a “Garden Party” menu. Some are very simple. Remember, pretty presentation can make a simple recipe seem very special.
This a super easy way to serve veggies. The individual cups make it easy for guests to grab. We usually like ranch dressing at the bottom, but you could use a squeeze of any dressing flavor. Use veggies with a lot of color for a beautiful presentation.
These are also a super-fun veggie to serve. Although, these are a bit more time-consuming than the veggie cups. Check out the recipe card below.
- cocktail-sized tomatoes (I got mine at Costco. They are bigger than cherry or grape tomatoes.)
- white string cheese
- herb cream cheese (make your own by adding fresh garlic, chives, salt, pepper, etc. or buy a tub at the store)
- Fresh cilantro leaves (or parsley)
- Hollow out tomatoes and try to get most the seeds out. Place them upside down on a paper towel to drain out some of the liquid.
- Using a butter knife, smear in some herb cream cheese.
- Cut a stick of string cheese in half. Then, insert the stick into the center of the tomato top.
- Insert the stem of a cilantro leaf into the cream cheese center to hold it in place.
- To make the specks on top, put plain cream cheese into a small zip lock bag and snip the corner off. Then, squirt little specks on the top.
These always go fast at a party. Everyone loves strawberries AND chocolate. This blog has a great post on how to make them.
Quiche is basically egg pie. You can combine any type of meat, cheese, veg or seasoning to create a savory flavor. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Below is my recipe. I like to add a bit more egg than many recipes do. You can make your pie crust from scratch or make things simple and just buy pre-made pie dough at the store. Simpler still? Just purchase a two-pack of quiche at Costco!
- 6 eggs (for a 9-inch pie)
- 1 cup half and half
- salt and pepper to taste
- prepared (uncooked) pie crust (homemade or purchased)
- Cheese: feta, Swiss, Gouda or cheddar cheese
- Meat: bacon, sausage, ham
- Veggie: broccoli, sauteed green onion and mushroom, sun-dried tomatoes, bell pepper, asparagus
- Preheat over to 375 degrees.
- Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Sprinkle/layer your cheese, meat and veggie ingredients in the bottom of the pie shell. P
- our the egg mixture on top.
- Bake for approximately 35-45 minutes or until the egg is “set.”
Muffins are also another great garden-party food, again, because they are easy for guest to grab. I’ve shared this recipe before because they are seriously our VERY favorite.
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. strong coffee
- 4 ripe bananas
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 365 degrees.
- Mix together all the wet ingredients. Then, add the dry ingredients.
- Line muffin tins with cupcake liners or spray the muffin tin with cooking spray.
- Pour batter into the tin and bake for 20 minute or until very light brown.