If you run a busy household, it’s easy to get into the habit of making the same rotation of dinner recipes every week–and it’s even easier to fall into a rut during these uncertain times. But we’re firm believers that food should be fun, so why not mix it up a bit? Plan a weekend night to go all in with a by-the-bite spread of super-snackable dips, sandwiches, and more, so the family can graze and try a few bites of everything.
If you want to make a seconds- and thirds-worthy snack spread, the secret is to infuse the flavors of tried-and-true dishes with a little creative flair. These 10 fresh twists on appetizer classics are here to help you spice up suppertime. And we get it–10 dishes is a lot of food for a family of two, four, or even six! So choose three or four of your favorites (or more, for leftovers) and get munching!
The classic game-day flavor of buffalo chicken is always in season. This recipe is the perfect balance of spicy, cheesy, creamy goodness, and it just might be the first thing on the table to go. The best part? It requires just 10 minutes of prep time. If you have a vegetarian in the family, sub out the chicken for Gardein™ Chick’n Strips. Use a fork to give the prepared strips a “pulled chicken” consistency.
Get creative with this lightened-up version of classic deviled eggs. Here, the creamy “egg yolk” filling is made with an addictive, hummus-inspired blend of chickpeas, garlic, tahini, and plenty of spices, then scooped into potatoes roasted with Earth Balance® Original Buttery Spread. Serve them while they’re still warm and garnish with chopped chives and smoked paprika.
Your pressure cooker is the secret tool in giving these pulled chicken sandwiches a cooked-all-day flavor. You’ll have tender, juicy pulled chicken flavored with onions and tangy, bourbon-infused sauce in just 15 minutes. Once the chicken’s ready, let the family build their own sliders by adding smoked cheddar cheese and crunchy Vlasic® pickles, piled high.
Break up the heavier options on the table with this tangy Asian Sesame Salad. It’s like an unwrapped fresh spring roll, made with plenty of fresh herbs, crunchy cabbage, red peppers, carrots, and a generous splash of nutty P.F. Chang's® Home Menu Sesame Sauce. Since it’s made with a base of hearty cabbage, it’ll hold up excellently as leftovers (if there are any!).
These bite-sized bars are the ultimate mix of gooey, chocolatey, peanut-buttery goodness. A sweet oat-based crust is generously spread with a melty chocolate-peanut-butter combo, made with Peter Pan® Creamy Peanut Butter, then topped with chocolate chunks and mini peanut butter cups. Go ahead, lick the spoon.
Who doesn't love a good chicken salad sandwich? Stray from the ordinary by adding spicy RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes and shredded pepper jack cheese to your chicken salad mix, then plop on a soft French baguette and top with avocado. Your family will love a little old-fashioned Tex-Mex flair.
This beloved potluck classic gets a filling, carb-y spin as a savory pasta bake, made with a rich cheddar and cream-cheese-based sauce, crispy bacon, and plenty of fresh jalapenos. If you like things scorching hot, leave in the jalapeno seeds for extra spice.
With the word "fiesta" right in the name, this dip makes any occasion feel a little more festive. Made with seven colorful layers of guacamole, olives, Monterey Jack cheese, spicy RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, sour cream, and more, stick this classic recipe in a clear serving bowl to show off each ingredient. Feel free to make swaps as you please: Add a layer of fresh cilantro or lettuce, or trade out the RO*TEL tomatoes for Hunt’s® Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes if your family is spice-averse. Pair with some salty Frontera® tortilla chips, red peppers, or crunchy jicama sticks for dippin’.
Buffalo wings are a potluck essential, but maybe you’d like to sneak another veggie into your spread? These buffalo cauliflower wings are a feel-good way to mix in that crave-worthy buffalo taste. First batter the cauliflower, then roast it, so it can soak up plenty of buffalo sauce. Use Birds Eye® Fresh Frozen Select Vegetables Cauliflower Florets to save a little prep time.
This fruity, creamy grilled dessert will prove to you once and for all that pizza’s not just for dinner. A crunchy, crispy grilled crust is topped with a fluffy mixture of cream cheese and Reddi-wip®, then layered with fresh strawberries and a dash of peppery basil. Blueberries or blackberries would work great here as well.
Jazz up dinner this week with a potluck at home. Plan a spread of super-snackable dishes packed with warm, comforting flavors and watch your family return for seconds (and thirds).