Brie & Marmalade Crisps, Mediterranean Bruschetta, Old Bay Peanuts, 3 easy Summer AppetizersI was recently reading this article on HGTV’s blog about Summer appetizers and it got me thinking about some of my personal favorites for staying cool while entertaining in the heat. When it’s hot outside I love recipes that are tasty and keep me from having to turn on the oven. Plus, I want them to be easy. Here are three of my favorite go-to Summer apps!

Brie Cheese & Orange Marmalade on a Butter Crisp, Sweet & Savory Summer Appetizer

First, is this sweet & savory Brie & Marmalade Crisp. I love orange marmalade, I think it has the perfect tang to compliment the creaminess of the brie cheese. Serve this on a butter crisp cookie – a great base because it’s not too sweet. A slice of cheese and a scoop of marmalade and you’re done – how easy is that? With simple recipes like this the quality of the ingredients are even more important so I recommend using your favorites.

Mediterranean Bruschetta with Cucumbers, Red Onion, Calamata Olives, Feta & Toasted Ciabatta Bread

Next is this fresh Mediterranean Bruschetta – cucumbers, red onion, calamata olives, feta cheese and dill come together for a very refreshing starter.  To begin, I slice a ciabatta roll and lightly toast the pieces. Then I drizzle a bit of olive oil and sprinkle some italian herbs onto the slices and toast a bit more. I toast twice because if I drizzle the olive oil onto the untoasted bread it won’t get quite as crispy as I like. Next I finely dice the veggies and mix in a bowl. I use about 1/4 cup each of cucumber, red onion, olives and crumbled feta + 1 tablespoon of dried dill. I scoop this mix onto the ciabatta and drizzle with a bit more olive oil and garnish with a sprig of parsley. You can easily turn this into a side dish by cutting these veggies into larger bite size pieces!

Honey Roasted Peanuts with Old Bay Seasoning

This is probably one of the simplest starters on the planet but it’s also one of the most addictive. All you do is take a jar of honey roasted peanuts and stir in Old Bay Seasoning to taste. The sweet & salty flavor is the perfect compliment to a cold summer cocktail! I promise you’ll have guests asking you about them. This also makes a fun hostess gift for summer barbecues! Simply pour into a cute container and add a tag. Now that’s entertaining!

I hope you try {and enjoy} these recipes! Do you have a favorite no cook summer appetizer? I’d love to know! Please tell me in the comments below.

Happy Celebrating!

Jennifer Carroll. Celebrating Everyday Life blog

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