Summer ingredients don’t need much to shine, which makes entertaining this time of year a breeze. Whip up these starters in a flash for your next get-together — then relax and join the party!
|Creamy Herb Dip with Crudites
This is a great dip to make if you have a kitchen herb garden — and you can make it a day ahead. Serve it with a platter of raw vegetables for a tasty and beautiful appetizer.
|Peaches, Pluots & Coppa
Sweet, juicy stone fruits contrast nicely with thinly sliced coppa, a cured meat made from pork shoulder. Add a loaf of crusty bread, and let everyone help themselves!
|Bocconcini and Tomato Skewers
This creative variation on the classic caprese salad combines tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil into an easy and delicious skewer.
|Grilled Figs with Dry Jack and Prosciutto
Grilling or roasting fresh figs gives them a caramelized, sweet flavor that enhances this classic Italian-style pairing. Serve the figs hot off the grill as a starter, or combine them with a simple arugula salad for a light meal.
|Nectarines with Arugula and Burrata Cheese
Creamy burrata cheese meets sweet nectarines in this summer-fresh starter that takes just minutes to assemble. Bake simple crostini and let guests top them with the fruit and cheese.
|Cantaloupe with Bresaola
This no-cook appetizer is perfect when you’re entertaining on a hot day. A sprinkle of sea salt is the ideal finish touch.
|Peach Bruschetta with Ricotta and Prosciutto
Here, the bread and the peaches are grilled on a panini press for quick prep. It offers a delicious balance of flavors and textures—crunchy bread, sweet peaches, creamy ricotta cheese, mildly salty prosciutto and peppery arugula.
|Fried Pecorino with Stone-Fruit Salsa
When you heat aged pecorino in a fry pan, it crisps, rather than melts. These crunchy wafers are delicate and delicious, and their saltiness is perfectly enhanced by a refreshing, chili-flecked summer-fruit salsa.
|Shrimp, Cantaloupe and Fresh Herb Skewers
Cubes of sweet cantaloupe are paired with marinated shrimp in this passed hors d’oeuvre that is flavorful, refreshing and easy to prepare. Sip a citrusy cocktail on the side, like a classic margarita.
|Nectarine and Prosciutto Crostini
Appetizers don’t get much easier than this one, which offers thinly sliced nectarines and prosciutto atop crunchy crostini.
|Avocado, Basil and Tomato Crostini
Try this delicious twist on the classic tomato and basil crostini—the toasts are first spread with mashed avocado, which lends a rich, creamy texture.
|Peaches with Prosciutto and Mint
Wrap sliced peaches in prosciutto, tuck in a fresh mint leaf and voila! You have an appetizer worthy of a summer cocktail party.
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