Strike a balanced meal with our tasty sides and apps.

  • These fun appetizers are a take on an old favorite: jalapeño poppers. YIELD 6–8 servings PREP TIME 25 minutes ZEST FACTOR Medium COOK TIME 7 minutes 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 5 jalapeños, seeded and diced 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon...

  • Calling all cheese-and-potato lovers! This recipe is for you. Although store-bought pimento cheese can be a tad overwhelming, this homemade version balances perfectly with the potatoes. Hint: Make this potato salad the night before to allow the flavor to really develop and mingle. YIELD ABOUT...

  • This tasty, two-bite app is a quick and easy way to get your barbecue bash going as the brisket and ribs are being smoked. While we like our guacamole chunky, feel free to lightly mash the avocados before incorporating other ingredients. Any extra can be...

  • Savory, tangy, spicy and simple. To keep this recipe quick to prepare, we used a store-bought olive salad; ours contained a mixture of green and black olives, capers, pickled vegetables and a blend of herbs and spices. YIELD 6 skewers ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME...

  • The zing of lime and herby punch in this slaw is so delightful with all of the crunchy elements. Traditionally, it’s served like a chicken salad, but we’ve adapted the recipe into a fresh and zesty side for your barbecues. If you love this enough...

  • Keeping it simple is the key to this dish, which proves that you don’t need to add the kitchen sink of ingredients for a dish that’s big on flavor. Although bone marrow is high in fat, and should be eaten sparingly, some studies suggest that...

  • Prep and bake these bites ahead of time for a quick-and-easy weekday breakfast. Simply pop in the microwave or toaster oven and go! YIELD 3 dozen ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 10 minutes COOK TIME 30–35 minutes 2 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ½...

  • Originally from Indonesia, satay refers to any seasoned, skewered and grilled meat across Southeastern Asia. Our spicy pork skewers are served with a spicy version of peanut sauce, which is a popular pairing with grilled meats in Thai cuisine. YIELD 4–6 servings ZEST FACTOR Hot...

  • This recipe is designed to be a meal, but you can make it into a bite-sized hors d’oeuvre if you use smaller mushrooms and cut the cooking time in half. Either way, they’ll be a hit! YIELD 4 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 10...

  • The way we’re piercing the shrimp and andouille together makes it look like they’re made for one another—they taste like it, too! YIELD 6–8 servings ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 20 minutes COOK TIME 10 minutes 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined 4 tablespoons...