Your Ultimate Summer Party Menu, Delivered

Stick with this crowd-pleasing menu from The Kitchen for enjoyable seasonal entertaining.
Related To:
The Kitchen

The Kitchen

A photo from the production of "The Kitchen" in Montclair, N.J., on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Photo: David M. Russell/BSTV

Photo by: David M. Russell ©2015 Watershed Visual Media, LLC

David M. Russell, 2015 Watershed Visual Media, LLC

The key to enjoyable summer entertaining is to keep the party simple, from the ingredients you shop for to the dishes and drinks you serve. On this morning's all-new episode of The Kitchen, the cast came together to create the ultimate, one-stop guide for seasonal bashes, featuring recipes for crowd-pleasing dips, a bold chicken dinner and, because "it's five o'clock somewhere," of course, a fruity cocktail from Geoffrey Zakarian.

Since most summer soirees take place outside, perhaps around the pool or picnic table, keep the appetizer spread easily accessible with a trio of dips. Jeff Mauro's Strawberry and Mango Guacamole comes together with just a handful of ingredients, letting the fresh fruit complement the spicy jalapeno add-in. For a classic mayonnaise-based option, stick with Geoffrey's 20-minute Bacon and Egg Dip, a play on classic deviled eggs. In her Roasted Garlic and Frozen Veggie Dip, Sunny Anderson adds the warm flavor of roasted garlic to a cream cheese-laced mixture of processed vegetables for rich results.

When it comes to the main course, chicken is a perennial people-pleaser, and Katie Lee's all-in-one recipe for Grilled Butterfly BBQ Chicken with Macaroni Salad (pictured above) is a must-try pick. To guarantee bold flavor in the meat, she seasons the chicken with a mixture of chili powder and garlic powder before grilling it until juicy and slathering it in barbecue sauce. The macaroni salad celebrates the traditional flavors of the beloved dish, which includes a tangy, sweet dressing spiked with yellow mustard and a pinch of sugar.

The Kitchen

The Kitchen

A photo from the production of "The Kitchen" in Montclair, N.J., on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Photo: David M. Russell/BSTV

Photo by: David M. Russell ©2015 Watershed Visual Media, LLC

David M. Russell, 2015 Watershed Visual Media, LLC

You know a margarita will quench your thirst come happy hour, and GZ's Watermelon Margarita with Espelette Salt (pictured above) is a next-level twist on a classic, with a fruity mix-in and spicy salt garnish.

Tune in to an all-new episode of The Kitchen on Saturday at 11a|10c.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Piece of Cake Summer Party

Throw a great summer party with our easy tips for pleasing a crowd. We'll show you how to upgrade your favorite dishes and let your guests customize their cocktails with these new ideas for food, drinks and more!

How to Enjoy a Summer Staycation at Home

Enjoy a vacation at home with the help of Food Network's The Kitchen. The co-hosts are sharing international recipes and how-tos for easy spa treatments.

Potato Salad 2 Ways: What's Your Favorite?

Mayonnaise-based dressings or vinaigrettes, Yukon golds or sweet potatoes? The Kitchen co-hosts explore two ways to doctor up the classic potato salad.

POLL: What's Your Favorite Fall Produce?

Cast your vote in Food Network's poll to share your pick of fall produce.

Save the Seeds After Carving Your Pumpkin — Here's What to Do with Them

Learn three new ways to flavor this fall-favorite snack.

Sunny Anderson's Canned Cranberry Thanksgiving Hack

Find out how Sunny dresses up store-bought canned cranberries.

Autumn Squash, Reimagined: 2 New Ways to Eat It All Season Long

See how the co-hosts of The Kitchen used two varieties of seasonal squash in easy-to-make dishes.

How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte Base

Bring the flavor of a classic PSL to your favorite autumnal dishes and drinks with this easy base recipe.

Here's What to Do with Extra Apple Cider Doughnuts

Just in time for your trip to the orchard, learn two new ways to put apple cider doughnuts to work.

Your Guide to Cooking the Fall Harvest

Get set for fall by filling up your recipe repertoire with Food Network chefs' go-to dishes that are both impressive for guests and easy to prepare.