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When it’s hot outside, we face a classic dilemma: entertaining a crowd with ease. Lugging around three bags of groceries in 90-degree heat? Not gonna happen. So when you’re in the mood to entertain but really don’t feel like cooking for hours, try one of these ridiculously easy summer dinner party ideas that taste (and look) spectacular.
We never knew it was possible to make paella in one hour.
Freeze, puree, freeze.
Ready in half an hour. Devoured in seconds.
The ’mallows will be toasty and the chocolate melted just enough--without all the fuss. (You’re welcome).
Best of all, this one-pan meal is ready in half an hour.
Corn and cherry tomatoes have the same cheesy goodness you crave, minus the hours of assembly time.
Tequila in Sangria? We’ll start chilling the glasses.
This is everything a cobbler should be—be still our summer-loving hearts!
Let’s face it: Everyone’s just eating around the lettuce to get to the avocado anyway.
This recipe perfectly combines white chocolate and coconut with tart lime juice, transporting you to Florida with just one bite.
Just throw ‘em on the grill.
Save this one for a rainy day. It’s definitely a project, but the results are delish.
We paired two of our favorite in-season vegetables into one summery side dish. Behold the corn and tomato salad.
Need we say more?
The classic dish is wonderfully simple, but all that bacon and blue cheese...oof.
Puff pastry makes dinner look so fancy.
A light yet satisfying side that won’t take all day to make.
Everyone loves a plate of pasta.
App season is in the air.
We wish all of our meals looked like this.
Bonus: This concoction is totally white-jeans-friendly.
This dish is practically no-cook, feeds a crowd and won’t wilt in a hurry.
Mix things up by adding different types of fresh fruit.
Fancy enough that it will elicit oohs and ahhs.
All you have to do is roast strawberries, crush graham crackers and scoop ice cream.
A handful of ingredients and just three simple steps are all it takes.
You eat veggies every day, but you’ve never had them like this before.
Presenting ratatouille's chic Italian cousin: zucchini and tomato ragù.
A galette is basically a free-form pie. It’s easy to assemble, and the crust doesn’t have to be perfect.
This creamy, delightful dish just so happens to be vegan.
Stew doesn't have to mean hours in the kitchen. This one is ready in around 30 minutes.
Just add the tortillas and extra guac.
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