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April 30, 2018

The heat’s here—which is basically an excuse to host a summer social in your home. Whether you’re cooking for family, or having friends over for a bigger shindig, preparation is key. You’ve got to think about two key things when planning. One, you need to create a fast menu that will cut down on your cooking time and have you joining your guests for fun, and two, you need fun, dishes that go well with thirst-quenching summer beverages. A good example is an ice-cold bottle of Coca-Cola, which has been a summer staple for years, and you can’t have a social without bottles of it stashed away in the cooler for everyone to enjoy. We’ve listed some quick and simple recipe ideas for your get-together that take less than 30 minutes to prep, but are guaranteed to please your guests, no matter what age group they are.

Longganisa Pandesal

Monkey bread and pull-aparts are all over the internet because of how foolproof they are to make, but this tray of longganisa pandesal manages to make them even simpler. Instead of starting with raw dough, all you need to do is sprinkle some bits of longganisa onto any pandesal, and tuck some mozzarella in between. If you’re pressed for time, but need a delicious centerpiece that everyone will fawn over, then this should be on your menu.

Kesong Puti Skewers

Skewers are unequivocally the perfect party food: they’re easy to eat, don’t require plates, and are relatively mess-free. These vegetarian skewers are a lighter alternative to your typical pork or beef sticks, but pack on a lot of flavor, because of the tikka masala marinade. Plus, vegetarian options are necessary, in case some of your friends are cutting down this season.

Pinsec Frito

Fried food always goes best with a refreshing drink, so we’ve included this party pleaser to your menu. These crispy wontons are filled to the brim with meat, and go well with the sweet-spicy dipping sauce that gives an oriental edge to the snack. Who needs chips when these bring all the crunch?

Filipino Frito Pie

This take on the popular Filipino version of taco salad is insanely fun to eat. Make them do all the work for you by arranging this on a counter in the style of a bar, so they can pick and choose what toppings they want. This allows them to make their own personalized little packet of Filipino frito pie.

Salmon Poke Bowl

Fresh fish is always cool and delicate enough for a hot, sticky day. We love our ceviche, kilawin, and sashimi, but poke is all the rage these days and for good reason. Layered in a bowl with rice, this Hawaiian staple makes for the ideal summer eat because of just how refreshing it is.

These recipes are guaranteed to make you everyone’s favorite host, especially when you’re passing around snacks and drinks that are fresh and ideal for the hot weather. A glass of Coke makes these bites even better; you need something light and bubbly to balance the saltiness of the cheese and longganisa in the pull-apart bread for example, and only the sweet, caramel notes of Coke can calm down the palate after a spicy tikka kesong puti stick. Serve these pairings for an exciting summer party menu, or make them individually if you’re beating the heat at home.

Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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