It’s easy to overthink bringing food to a party, potluck, or barbecue. How many people are coming? What do they like? Are there any special diets?
Then you add the travel factor — are your party appetizers or desserts going to make it in one piece or turn out looking like a Pinterest fail?
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 these snacks look just as Instagram-worthy as you intended.
Bacon-wrapped anything is obviously a winner, but wait until you try it with peaches. With only three other ingredients — olive oil, basil, and balsamic glaze — this one’s a cinch.
As for transporting them, toothpicks are your friend here. You can use them to secure the goods while you travel or even leave them in so guests can grab and go.
Sandwiches and sliders can get real messy, real fast. Tortilla pinwheels, however, will stay put.
This chicken salad recipe calls for Greek yogurt and avocado instead of mayo and includes onion, lime juice, and cheddar cheese for tons of flavor. Wrap them up tightly and arrange them close together in a storage container before you hit the road.
Skewers come in clutch when planning mess-free apps. This sweet (and crunchy) twist on the tried-and-true caprese salad won’t budge on the go.
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 this crispy app up by the handful, and you’ll be happy it took next to no effort to make.
Just grab a skillet and cook chickpeas in oil for 15 minutes, then toss in a mixture of spices, Parmesan, and grated lemon rind. Let it 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 caprese dish just involves arranging mozz, tomatoes, and basil in a casserole dish; drizzling on olive oil and balsamic; and sprinkling some black pepper.
For extra support (and easy serving), stick a toothpick in every few layers to help keep them together.
No big Pyrex bowl? No problem. Turn the classic antipasto dish into a skewer situation you can transport in any container. Just layer olives, salami, mozzarella balls, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, and tortellini onto skewers for a snackable pasta salad.
For a savory, crunchy app everyone will love, wrap bacon around water chestnuts and dip ’em in a sweet mixture of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar. Secure with toothpicks and these little guys won’t go anywhere.