Summer cookouts certainly hold a special place in our heart. Every June, we get giddy thinking about the obscenely awesome amount of time we'll be spending at parks, in backyards, and by the pool.
These special times call for special dishes. With summer on the horizon — and with it being National Dairy Month — we reimagined our favorite easy-to-transport snacks, apps, and desserts starring staples from the dairy aisle. With cheesy goodness, spicy bites, and sweet creamy treats that are ready-to-go, these recipes will spread smiles without taking much time to make. Why spend time in a hot kitchen when you could savor every second of summer goodness?
Pepper Jack Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños
Starting off on a spicy note, halved jalapeños and pepper jack cheese make a zesty statement both on the palate and the plate. Make them ahead and serve them as the cookout gets started.
Pro Tip: Be sure to remove all the seeds and ribs to tame the heat; leave some in to keep them hot.
Chorizo Potato Bites
Bring stylish Mexican flair with these individual fillo cups of spicy, gooey goodness that are brightened up with an easy homemade salsa verde.
Pesto Deviled Eggs
We love this fresh summery twist on a classic dish. Easily portable and perfectly bite-sized, they pack a refreshing punch of flavor that pairs well with sunshine and good times.
Smart Swap: Yogurt replaces mayonnaise to make this dish deliciously lighter.
Seven-Layer Potato Salad
An elevated yet easy spin on this cookout staple provides layer after layer of colors, textures, and flavors — and will keep them coming back for more.
Easy Cauliflower Au Gratin
We're suckers for all things cheesy, and this quick, convenient one-dish wonder makes cauliflower the star by baking it to melty perfection. It's every bit as comforting as a potato au gratin, but the cauliflower keeps it just a tad lighter for summertime.
Banana Split Tart
Onto the sweet stuff! The traditional crowd-pleasing flavors of everyone's favorite sundae are baked into this stunning yet simple dessert.
Trim Twist: Using fat-free yogurt would help healthify this post-dinner treat.
Lemon Ricotta Cookies
A delicious combination of sweet and tart, the creamy tang from this bright cookie perfectly captures summer and will have people raving.
Next Level: Combine juice from the lemons, lemon zest, and powdered sugar for a delicious glaze that will take this cookie over the top.
We hope you get a chance to enjoy all the brilliant sunshine and friendly company you can this summer — delicious dishes like these in tow. Looking for more culinary inspiration? June is National Dairy Month, so be sure to explore all the versatile options in the dairy aisle and Discover The Cool Possibilities.
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