Recipes for Summer Gatherings

Casual summer party recipes from James T. Farmer, Cornelia Guest, Frances Shultz, Frank Stitt, Julia Reed, and Alex Hitz

We’ve gathered more than a dozen recipes for summer entertaining from some of our favorite hosts. They serve up the season’s bounty of ingredients in summery salads, soups, entrées, and dessert, plus the perfect chocolate sauce for your homemade ice cream! Add them to your summer party and pot luck rotation.

Summer Party Recipes

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Grilled Chicken and Shrimp Kabobs
The tangy Lemon Yogurt Vinaigrette that Frances Schultz pairs with these savory skewers also makes a delightful topping for salads, grains, and vegetables, as well as other chicken and fish dishes.
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Summer Peach, Fig, and Prosciutto Salad
A simple but mouthwatering platter of local ingredients includes figs, prosciutto, Chilton County peaches, and goat cheese from nearby Stone Hollow Farmstead. 
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Crawfish Cardinale
“Crawfish Cardinale, a creamy, Cognac-tinged concoction, is a staple at Antoine’s (Restaurant in New Orleans),” said the late Julia Reed in her book Julia Reed's New Orleans. Reed spooned her version into tiny store-bought pastry shells, just right for a pass-around appetizer tray.

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Okra Fritters with Sriracha Mayonnaise
Julia Reed adapted this recipe from a treasured cookbook, The Gift of Southern Cooking by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock. This dish of crispy, bite-size okra fritters works well as hors d’oeuvres or a summer side.
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Basil Blackberry Salad
This simple, summer salad from James T. Farmer packs in some of summer's boldest flavors with fresh herbs and microgreens, blackberries, basil, and goat cheese.
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Grilled Devilled Crab and Cheese Sandwiches
Julia Reed first tasted a version of this luscious, highly seasoned crabmeat as a filling for pastry turnovers. But she decided the buttery, toasty bread provides a far more simpatico delivery system and makes the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. 
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Ratatouille Quiche with Arugula and Olives
Frank Stitt of Birmingham's Highlands Bar  & Grill made this summer quiche using eggs from chickens and summer vegetables harvested at his Alabama farm.
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Cashiers Farmers Market Pasta
James T. Farmer gathers North Carolina tomatoes, squash, and corn for this filling pasta casserole. "The first thing I do when I get to Cashiers is stop by the farmers market and gather goodies for this... I love to prepare this dish for a crowd or to feast on it myself for days!"
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Gazpacho with Tomato Sherbet
Give Tomato Sherbet a chance. When Julia Reed creates a recipe shaped by the Belle Meade Country Club, Nora Ephron, and Charlotte Moss, you know it's going to have a great story. And that it will be delicious.
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White Gazpacho
Cornelia Guest takes a classic white gazpacho made with bread, almonds, and cucumber, and bumps up the creaminess with cauliflower. The result is a cool, mild take on the Spanish dish.
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Cantaloupe Sorbet
Frosty sorbet served in silver coupes found at New Orleans’ Lucullus Antiques rounds out a summer menu at Pardis and Frank Stitt's Alabama farm.
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meringue-topped butterscotch pudding. The dish is wrapped in blue cloth with blue stars and nestled into a basket for a 4th of July meal. Two small American flags are also tucked into the basket

Butterscotch Banana Pudding
Frances Schultz shares a sweet, American classic dessert recipe, claiming "Nothing says 'Southern' like banana budding, and not to brag, but this rich butterscotch pudding makes this the best one ever, period."
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Connie's Chocolate Sauce
Alex Hitz shares the recipe for Hollywood hostess Connie Wald's chocolate sauce, the easiest and most delicious topping you've ever spooned over a bowl of ice cream (or anything else).
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summer drinks recipes

Greet your guests with summer drinks! We've gathered recipes for spirited concoctions and alcohol-free sippers.
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