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5 Great Recipes for Outdoor Entertaining

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5 Great Recipes for Outdoor Entertaining
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Summertime is all about firing up the grill, inviting your friends over and having a good time. What you serve at your gathering is equally important as the company you keep. That's why you'll love these fabulous recipes that are great for outdoor entertaining. They won't keep you in the kitchen too long - just enough to make sure your guests get to enjoy amazing food. Most of these yummy recipes can be prepped or made ahead of time so you can be a stress-free host. Check them out:

Thai Meatballs

These succulent Thai-spiced meatballs are a great finger food to serve at a summer soiree.  If you are having a hard time finding banana leaves, try looking for them in the Latin section of the frozen foods department of your grocery store. 

Quesadillas with Mango and Brie

These tropical quesadillas are great for cookouts. You can make them right on the grill and serve them while they are still warm and gooey in the center.

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Make the most of juicy summer tomatoes by making this colorful heirloom tomato salad. For individual party-sized portions, serve this tasty salad in mason jars and dress with a zesty Asian vinaigrette before serving.

Zucchini Pizza

The beauty of this delectable zucchini pizza is that it can be served at room temperature. That means you can make it ahead of time and have it sliced before your guests arrive.

Mango Lassi

Make a big pitcher of this mango lassi so your guests can help themselves to this creamy Indian smoothie. It's a great way to cool off and refresh your palate when eating spicy foods.

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