It’s always a special feeling when you gather your closest friends and family together for a fun-filled summer celebration. But as a host, there’s a fair amount of pressure that comes with designing a delicious menu that will please everyone.
To help, we’ve rounded up three perfect recipes for summer entertaining, including an entree, main dish, and a dessert. We’ve even included some vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Check them out below and start preparing for a memorable get-together.
This super simple vegetarian recipe from Delicious is perfect for a hot summer day when you can’t be bothered to cook. It combines creamy goat’s cheese with a fresh pop of citrus and beetroot, encased in a tasty tart shell.
Here’s how to make it. First, combine the goat’s cheese, chives, orange zest and creme fraiche in a bowl and divide the mixture into your tart shells. Then, mix up the beetroot with oil, vinegar and chives, before placing it on top of the cheese mixture. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and orange zest.
What’s an Aussie summer without some fresh prawns? In this dish from Australia’s Best Recipes, you’ll get elements of seafood, spice, cream and coconut — all in one colourful bowl. It’s a crowd-pleaser at any time of year but especially during the summer months.
To make it, you’ll first need to marinate the prawns in Thai sweet chilli sauce, garlic, soy sauce and a few other ingredients. Then stir fry the prawns until they’re cooked, before adding a coconut cream sauce and snow peas. Top if off with a bit of sambal oelek and lime juice before serving over rice.
Strawberries are a quintessential summer fruit and this delicious dessert from Taste.com.au is the perfect way to eat them. It brings together thinly sliced strawberries and crushed pistachios on top of a rich and creamy slice. And with no baking required,it’s an excellent choice for summer entertaining.
When you’re ready to make it, you’ll start by creating gelatine. From there, you’ll combine cream cheese, condensed milk, sugar and salt, before mixing it with the gelatine mixture and allowing it to chill for about six hours. In the meantime, you’ll make the crust by combining almond meal, whole almonds, butter and sugar. Whisk the cheesecake mixture, place it on top of the crust, and let it chill for 30 minutes. Finally, complete the slice with a combination of strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar and top with pistachios.
Any of these recipe ideas are sure to be a hit with your loved ones this summer, but if you aren’t in the mood to cook, you could always pick up an artisan gift hamper instead.
At Gourmet Basket, we have a number of hampers that are perfect for entertaining any crowd, including the Celebration Cheese Hamper, the Gourmet Delights Hamper and the Deluxe Espresso Martini Cocktail Hamper.