Saturday, May 10, 2014

Southern Garden Party Recipes

Today I'm sharing with you my favorite recipes for hosting your own backyard garden party, or any party for that matter. Many of these are my tried and true favorites. If you come to an event of mine, they are almost guaranteed to be on the menu!

1 bottle (750 ml) red wine (I use syrah/shiraz or cabernet sauvignon)
1/2 cup triple sec
1/2 cup brandy (optional, I didn't include this)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
1 cup Sprite
Sliced oranges, lemons, limes

Empty bottle of wine into pitcher or drink dispenser. Add triple sec, brandy (optional), orange juice and lemonade. Add sliced fruit. Allow to sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight for the flavors to meld. Add Sprite just prior to serving. Serve over ice and garnish with fruit. This recipe is easily multiplied to serve more. 

Pimento Cheese Sandwiches
Make this homemade pimento cheese and spread onto white bread, cut off crusts and slice on diagonal. Serve!

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Chive Cream Cheese and Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Chop large bunch of mint and dill. Combine with a ratio of 1:1 of softened butter and cream cheese. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Allow mixture to sit for a few hours in the fridge. Spread thinly on white or pumpernickel bread and top with thinly sliced cucumber. Cut crusts and slice sandwiches. Recipe modified from Epicurious.

Glazed Ham Biscuits
 Fill biscuits with ham, cheese, and honey mustard before baking! Recipe.

Curried Chicken Salad Croissants
Recipe to come.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites
Make this buffalo chicken dip recipe and bake in ready-to-use phyllo shells.

Pigs in a Blanket

Mac & Cheese Cups
Three-Cheese Mini Macs

Baked Brie Bites
Preheat oven to 400. Fill frozen phyllo shells with small amount of raspberry or mixed berry preserves. Top with 1/2" cube of brie and a pecan half. Bake in oven for approximately 8 minutes. Recipe

Watermelon Pops
Slice watermelon and cut into triangles. Insert popsicle stick into rind, serve!

Sugar Cookies



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