Our easy BBQ appetizer idea and maple milkshake recipe is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dare Foods™ and Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine. So if you’re getting ready to have your friends and family over, check out our easy (and kid-friendly) ideas you can snack on while you wait for the grill to heat up!
Easy BBQ Appetizer Idea & Maple Milkshake Recipe
When it comes to summer, one of our favorite things to do is have friends and family over for a little BBQ. Justin mans the grill while the kids play in the backyard. It’s simple but it’s so much fun!
With Justin handling meat and veggies, I’m usually in charge of coming up with some appetizers and something for dessert. I have a few things I depend on but it’s fun to change them up every now and then. Last month I showed you how I make an EASY MEAT AND CHEESE PLATE that is great for entertaining. For our recent cookout, I took that basic idea and gave it a family friend twist!
Easy BBQ Appetizer
One of my tricks for entertaining is to take an idea you’re comfortable with and just change it up. So I took our basic meat and cheese plate and turned it into an appetizer that had appeal for both the adults and kids hanging out at our house.
It didn’t take much to make a family friendly spread of food to tide us over using:
- Breton® Grainsfirst Crackers
- Gallo Salame
- Cheese Cubes
- Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
And the great thing is that I was able to pick up everything I needed at Walmart when we were doing our usual shopping. Talk about convenient!
By using cheese cubes and toothpicks instead of cheese slices, I added a more kid friendly vibe. It’s easy to change up the varieties of cheese to add a little something extra to your offerings too!
My kids love cheese but they’re particular when it comes to meat they will try. So offering an alternative as part of the appetizer makes one spread work for everyone. Plus, it’s easy to whip up a batch of peanut butter dip too and it’s so amazing on the Breton® Grainsfirst Crackers! I love it on apples but this pairing is fabulous!
Easy Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
Whether you’re doing cheese and crackers or a fruit plate (or both), this is a dip that pairs well with almost anything! Yes, you can even add chocolate to it!
What You Need:
- 1 cup Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
- ½ cup Peanut Butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Dash of salt
What You Do:
- Place peanut butter in a small microwavable bowl and microwave for 15 seconds or until softened.
- Place yogurt in a larger bowl and mix softened peanut butter into it.
- Add in vanilla extract and salt and mix until smooth.
- Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve it!
That’s how easy it can be to put together a BBQ appetizer that everyone will enjoy but won’t take you much time in the kitchen! You’ll have time to sit down enjoy chatting with your friends and family while you wait for the main course!
Of course, once the meal is over, you might find yourself thinking about a great dessert. With the heat that’s already settled on us here in Houston, we’re all about keeping cool. When we were picking up our DARE™ FOODS AT WALMART, I discovered Dare™ Maple Leaf Crème Cookies and knew we had to do something with them! I just wanted to try them and I’m so glad I did! I might be addicted!
The cookies, combined with the heat, inspired me to create a maple flavored milkshake!
If you’re making dessert for a large group, you could easily just do ice cream with maple syrup drizzle and crumbled Dare™ Maple Leaf Crème Cookies on top! But if you have time, try making your own milkshake with this maple milkshake recipe!
Maple Milkshake Recipe
What You Need:
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 Dare™ Maple Leaf Crème Cookies, crushed
- 2 Dare™ Maple Leaf Crème Cookies
What You Do:
- Puree/blend ice cream, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and crushed cookies.
- Divide into two glasses.
- Top with a Dare™ Maple Leaf Crème Cookie and enjoy!
And that’s how easy it is to please your guests (or just your family) this summer! I’m happy to take on the snacks and dessert side of things while Justin mans the grill. It’s a great balance really!
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Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dare Foods TM and Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.