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Labor Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time for the last big cookout of the summer. Whether you're hosting a BBQ with family or attending a small gathering with close friends, show off your cooking skills with these festive appetizers before the main meal.
Here are some of our favorite appetizer recipes you can try out for your Labor Day celebration.
1. BLT Cups
Skip the bread and use crisp lettuce to hold all that scrumptious bacon in these BLT Cups! To make it a lighter fare, use a greek yogurt and chive dressing rather than regular mayo. Avocado and more chives top these cute and fun handheld cups for a sophisticated dining experience at your Labor Day shindig.
Hint: If you don’t want to make your own BLT Cups, The Cookie Cups makes delicious bite-sized versions fresh in-house every day!
2. Grilled Peaches with Prosciutto and Feta
Juicy grilled peaches surrounded by prosciutto and feta sounds as fancy as it is delicious! The warmth of the grilled peaches levels up the salty prosciutto and creamy feta. With only three ingredients to these refreshingly sweet and savory appetizer bites, it takes extra work off your hands and more time spent entertaining.
3. Strawberry Bruschetta
Amp up your regular bruschetta recipe with strawberries, grape tomatoes and nectarines in an appetizer that screams “summer.” Balsamic vinegar dresses up the mixture for that sweet acidity while goat cheese and basil bring tanginess and fresh herbs to the dish. Pile it high on a crusty toasted French bread for a new twist on an old favorite.
4. Colby-Pepper Jack Cheese Dip
Bring the heat to your Labor Day party with this easy-to-make dip. Warm spices, green chilies, and jalapeno peppers add a kick to a melty mix of colby-jack cheese, sour cream and cream cheese.
Shredded chicken gives the dip a heartier consistency, especially when paired with toasted bread. You can even make this dish up to a day before serving. Just chill in the fridge and simply pop it in the oven 30 minutes before the guests arrive!
5. Grilled Watermelon with Honey Balsamic Glaze
Watermelon is a staple in summertime dishes, but you’ll never go back once you’ve tried it on the grill! A honey balsamic glaze with simple touches of salt and pepper gives the watermelon a sweet and savory finish, while the smokiness from the grill ties the dish together. Top the watermelon with scallions and feta cheese for added freshness.
6. Parmesan Tomato Chips
Tomatoes that taste like pizza and have that chip-like crunch? Sign us up! These toasted tomatoes are crisped to perfection with olive oil and then topped with a healthy dose of Italian herbs after being broiled with shredded parmesan cheese. Be sure to slice your tomatoes thinly to create a nice crunch.
7. Frozen Fruit Skewers With Honey-Yogurt Dip
These kid-friendly, frozen fruit skewers are perfect for cooling down in the end-of-summer heat. Cinnamon and orange zest amp up the tart flavors in a honey and yogurt dipping sauce. Cube mangoes, kiwis, strawberries, and grapes to place on bamboo skewers and freeze for at least an hour before party time! Spoon the yogurt dip into individual cups for easy, safe serving.
Don’t feel like making your own apps? The Cookie Cups has you covered! We have an assortment of sweet and savory bites for your Labor Day festivities. Order your favorite Cups for in-store pickup, or get them delivered via DoorDash or Grubhub.