Make Ahead Appetizers- Flavors of Summer

I had a small cocktail party for my husband’s new co-workers and since it was from 6 to 8 pm I had to come up with some hardy appetizers, especially since they were mostly men. I also wanted to find make ahead appetizers so I could socialize instead of being stuck in the kitchen. I am sharing two of the recipes today that are great make ahead choices and share the flavors of summer too.

I will be sharing several tomato recipes this summer as we have a prolific grape tomato plant growing in our garden.  Our other larger tomato plants are being attacked by squirrels and I am finding more on the ground half eaten than on my plates….Love any suggestions.

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Our first make ahead appetizer is Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta by Barefoot Contessa.  You can make the whipped feta a few days in advance.  I also bought pre-made toasted bread at Fresh Market to save time.  

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You can toast the pine nuts and make the tomato mixture an hour before serving.  We had leftovers and it was just as good the next day.



Just before the guests arrived I assembled these flavorful appetizers. 

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The next make ahead recipe shares the flavor of summer figs and salty prosciutto.  If you figs are sweet and fresh, just wrap them in the prosciutto and serve.  I tasted on before serving this and they needed to be roasted.

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 You can wrap the halved figs hours before your guests arrive and store them in the fridge in a sealed container.  The recipe suggests serving them warm, but with a buffet style party, that was not possible.

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What are your favorite summertime make ahead appetizers?



  1. says

    I am absolutely in LOVE with fresh bruschetta in the summertime. I often have a dinner that is simply bruschetta piled high on gluten-free toast with a side of olives and a hard-boiled egg. Kind of my own take on a Mediterranean plate (veggie, because I’m vegetarian). Delicious, refreshing, and amazing flavour! Love this, thank you!

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