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Entertain guests with bar ideas where they choose their options!

Celebrate Spring with Creative “Bar” Meal Ideas

Withqb-quesadilla-bar sunny skies on the forecast and warm weather, now is the time for all things spring! Graduations are happening and accompanying parties are being planned. Plus, spring is the perfect time for bridal and baby showers and getting together with friends and family! Gather everyone together and get creative by hosting an easy “bar” – where guests choose from toppings to make their perfect meal. Get some inspiration from these fabulous bar ideas:sargento

Quesadilla BarDo you love melty, toasted quesadillas? Kick it up a notch with creative and fresh fillings and toppings to make your best quesadilla ever!

  • Provide a variety of melty cheeses to choose from, such as fresh mozzarella slices, sliced cheddar and Colby Jack, shredded Monterey Jack or Mexican blended – the possibilities are endless!
  • Supply fillings to pack inside in your tortillas, like olives, bacon bits, corn, onion, pepper, tomatoes, etc.
  • Lastly, fill mini dishes with dipping ideas like salsa, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo!

Pierogies Bar – Don’t limit yourself to sour cream, onions or sauerkraut with your pierogies, try these tasty alternatives!pierogies-bar

  • Cater your pierogy bar around a food theme like Italian, Greek or Mexican. Mrs. T’s Pierogies come in all sorts of flavors such as Five Cheese Pizza, Feta & Spinach and Spicy Jalapeno & Cheddar!
  • Offer meat and protein options like kielbasa, pepperoni, shredded chicken or crumbled ground beef.
  • Include toppings like shredded chopped fresh or cooked veggies, cheese, sour cream, salsa, pasta sauce or Tzatsiki sauce

Soft Pretzel Dip Snack Bar – Who said pretzels can only be served with mustard?! Check out these other innovative ideas!soft-pretzel-dip

  • Take traditional pretzel dips like mustard and sour cream and add spices and a splash of your favorite ingredients to enhance the flavor.
  • Have a variety of pretzels to choose from, like your traditional soft pretzel, cheese-stuffed pretzel bites or Bavarian pretzel twists.
  • Add in plain or cinnamon pretzels and pair with sweet dips, such as caramel or a vanilla yogurt sauce!

Grilled Cheese Bar – From various cheeses to breads and spreads, your grilled cheese can be so much more when you explore the options!grilled-cheese-bar

  • Start with your bread and stick with traditional plain white or wheat slices or try a nutty whole grain, sourdough, ciabatta, rye or marbled.
  • Top your bread with savory spreads like pesto, mayonnaise, seasoned butter spread or flavored cream cheese!
  • Select your favorite sliced cheese like Gouda, Havarti, Colby jack, cheddar, pepper-jack, Muenster, provolone, Swiss or melty American.

Mini Potato Pancake Bar – Enjoy this perfect brunch snack of shredded hash browns plus your favorite toppings!potato-bar

  • Cook up potato pancakes – you could do plain with simply salt and pepper or spicy by adding garlic powder, paprika and a dash of chili powder!
  • Dish out dipping sauces like traditional ketchup, spiced orange sour cream, guacamole or jalapeno scallion sour cream.
  • Finally, top it off by chopping up extras like green onions, tomatoes, bacon, or even fruit for a sweet salsa.

Now that you’re inspired by all of the bar meal options out there, break out those serving dishes for your spring celebrations! Plus, use these creative ideas to plan your dessert bar. From cake to cookies and fruit and dips, you never know what indulgent ideas you’ll come up with.

Have you planned a brunch, dinner or dessert bar? Share with us your tips and advice in the comments below!

Delicious Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day!

Give Mom a Mother’s Day to Remember

In case you forgot, it’s Mother’s Day weekend! In honor of all the home-cooked meals, loads of laundry and rides to practice, we celebrate all the moms who give unconditionally of their time and love. To make this Mother’s Day memorable, give Mom a break from the kitchen and surprise her with a special meal whether it’s a leisurely breakfast, light lunch, fancy dinner or just a favorite treat to top off the day. 

Chili Citrus Shrimp Nachos

Shrimp-tastic Recipes for National Shrimp Day!

Today is yet another awesome food holiday to celebrate—it’s National Shrimp Day! Did you know that Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood? Of the 15.5 pounds of fish and shellfish eaten by the average American each year, shrimp accounts for 4 pounds, topping the entire list[1].

Mexican Layered Bean Dip

Fiesta-Worthy Recipes for Cinco de Mayo!

We’ve all heard of Cinco de Mayo (“the fifth of May”) as a fun celebration with lots of Mexican food, but what is the history behind the holiday event? A common misconception is that Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s independence, but it is actually centered around celebrating Mexico’s victory in the battle at Puebla, which occurred during the Franco-Mexican War on May 5, 1862. It was unsure that Mexico could win the battle, since they were heavily outnumbered by French military forces. Ultimately the win became a significant source of pride for Mexico[1]

Spicy Mexican Grilled Corn

12 Must-Have Side Dishes for the Best BBQ Month!

Did you know that May marks National BBQ Month? While there’s no denying our love for hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and other grill favorites, we can’t ignore our obsession over side dishes fit for outdoor dining. And we know that we’re not alone! Between the array of pasta and potato salads, deviled eggs and veggie assortments, we simply just cannot get enough. 

Fiesta Party Soup

Five Steps for Spring Cleaning Your Refrigerator and Freezer

Spring cleaning is an annual ritual for most Americans and a great time for serious scrubbing, polishing, decluttering and reorganization. This year, be sure to add the refrigerator and freezer to your list – not only will you have a cleaner-looking kitchen, you will have an appliance that is working effectively and efficiently, and most importantly, you will have foods that are safe to eat.

Pesto Tortellini

V is for Vegetarian and Veggie Recipe Favorites!

These days it’s all about veggies, veggies, veggies! Number one on Forbes’ list of the Top 5 Food Trends for 2017 is vegetarian comfort food. What is that you ask? Well, people are looking for new comfort foods that include mashed cauliflower and innovations such as vegetable crust pizza[1]. As plant-based diets gain popularity, certain vegetables are on the rise as well including eggplant, broccoli and squash[2]. (Bet you didn’t know plant-based bacon is a thing!) 😉

Grilled Cheese Margherita

14 Recipes for Grilled Cheese Month!

It’s April and that means it’s National Grilled Cheese Month. This may be one of our favorite food holidays because, well cheese! Grilled cheese is one of the best and easiest comfort foods to make, and can be customized with a variety of cheeses, breads and other yummy ingredients. We also love that it pairs great with soups–especially tomato! Our mouths are drooling just thinking about it…

March Recipes

Yummy Recipes to Wrap up Frozen Food Month!

With March Frozen Food Month officially over, we would like to share some of the deliciously creative recipes our Cool Food Panel came up with using products straight from the freezer aisle! Take a look at some of the amazing ways our panelists incorporated frozen foods into their mouth-watering blog recipes.