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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!

Eggs

What Makes Eggs so Eggstraordinary?

It is said that the 100 folds of a chef’s hat (known as a toque) symbolize the 100 ways to cook an egg.  Eggs are certainly a versatile food—great for every meal from breakfast to dessert and snacks in between—and they’re also a nutritious and affordable food, too.  Eggs are so outstanding that the month of May is National Egg Month, a whole month to celebrate eggs!

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.

Quinoa Kale Risotto with Pistachios

3 Tips + 3 Easy 30-Minute Veggie Meals

Sometimes, when you’re busy at the end of the day, it may seem easier to order and pick up takeout than it is easy to cook up a delicious, plant-powered meal. But some of the tastiest one-dish recipes can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less.

Broccoli Pierogi Skillet

Conquering Busy Weeknight Dinners

We all have places to be and things to do during the busy back-to-school season. Making time for family meals is important, too. As a Together Counts™ partner, we recognize that 20 minutes at the dinner table as a family can make a big impact on establishing healthy eating habits for your children. While our schedules are ever changing, preparing family dinner doesn’t have to be another dreaded item on your to-do list. Knowing how to navigate your grocer’s freezer aisle will help you get a budget-friendly, balanced meal together in no time.

Katie Workman's Holiday Mealtime Hacks

Katie Workman Reveals her Best Holiday Mealtime Hacks

Our spokesperson Katie Workman—NYC mom and cookbook author— has shared her favorite holiday mealtime hacks, including how best to utilize frozen and dairy products for cost-effective and delicious holiday meals. From television appearances to radio interviews and blog Q&As, Katie shared her tips and tricks for mastering shortcut cooking and baking during the holiday season. See below for a full recap, and be sure to put these time- and money-savers to use this season and during holidays to come!

Holiday EggNog

Warm Up or Cool Down with Festive Holiday Beverages

You can’t enjoy the holiday season without a scrumptious and festive beverage! When hosting a party, you should have at least one visually-stimulating recipe that will truly impress with your ingenuity and style. And why not kick your drink line-up up a notch with concoctions that will make your holiday merry and bright! Dazzle your guests with these holiday beverages—including hot, cold and cocktail recipes.

Banana Cream Pie Parfaits

Mini Decadent Desserts for the Holiday Season

Holidays just aren’t the same without dessert, or a few! It’s an ideal time for it too because the flavors of this season—ginger, pumpkin, blueberry, cranberry and many more—perfectly pair with baked goods and other treats. Sweet confections this time of year make the end of a meal special and always put a smile on everyone’s face.