Bringing food to a party, potluck, or barbecue can easily turn into a stressful affair if you start overthinking it. How many people are coming? What do they like? Are there any special diets? Then you add in the transportation factor—are your party appetizers or desserts going to make it in one piece, or turn out looking more like a Pinterest fail by the time you pull up? Forget the stress and make one of these easily portable apps instead. While there’s always gonna be a picky eater in the bunch, at least you’ll have peace of mind knowing they look just as Instagram-worthy as you intended.
Bacon-wrapped anything is obviously a winner, but we hadn’t thought of peaches before. There are only three other ingredients—olive oil, basil, and balsamic glaze—so you know this one’s a cinch. As for transporting, toothpicks are your friend here. Keep them in until you get there, or just leave them in so guests can grab and go.
Sandwiches and sliders can get real messy, real fast. Wraps, however, will stay put. This healthier chicken salad swaps Greek yogurt and avocado for mayo to make it creamy and adds in onion, lime juice, and cheddar cheese for tons of flavor. Wrap them up tightly and arrange them close together in Tupperware before you hit the road.
Skewers come in clutch when planning mess-free apps. These guys are a sweet (and crunchy) twist on the tried-and-true caprese salad. Layer cucumber chunks, blackberries, mini mozzarella balls, and basil leaves. Bring the balsamic glaze with you in a small container and drizzle it on just before serving.
Your friends will be gobbling these up by the handful, and you’ll be happy that they took next-to-no effort to make. Cook chickpeas and oil in a skillet for 15 minutes, then toss in a mixture of spices, Parmesan, and lemon rind. Let them cool before transferring to an airtight to-go container.
Can’t get enough mozzarella and basil? We’re right there with ya. This easy-peasy dish just involves arranging mozz, tomatoes, and basil in a casserole dish; then drizzling olive oil and balsamic; and sprinkling on some black pepper. For extra support (and easy serving), stick a toothpick in every few layers to help keep it together.
No big Pyrex bowl to take a pasta salad over in? No problem. Turn the classic antipasto dish into a much easier skewer situation by layering olives, salami, mozzarella balls, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, and tortellini on bamboo skewers.
For a savory, crunchy app everyone will love, wrap bacon around water chestnuts and dip in a sweet mixture of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. Secured with toothpicks, these little guys won’t go anywhere.