3 Chilled party appetizers

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Keep the party cool with these three chilled party dishes.

3 Chilled party appetizers

When it's hot outside, the last thing you want to do is crank up the oven to make hot appetizers. Plus, when it's warm, sometimes it's nice just to be able to cool off with a nice chilled bite of something delicious. If you'd like to beat the heat at your next party, here are three quick, easy, and most importantly, delicious appetizers you can serve that everyone will get fired up about without actually overheating.

Asparagus soup

Yields 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Salt
  • 2 pounds asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter in a pan over medium-high heat and add the shallots, garlic and a healthy pinch of salt.
  2. Sauté the shallots until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes, then add the asparagus.
  3. Cook the asparagus for 2 minutes and then add the chicken broth.
  4. Bring the broth to a boil and cook the asparagus until it is soft.
  5. Place the entire contents of the pan into a food processor and pulse until smooth, then pour back into the pan.
  6. Bring the asparagus back to a boil, then add the cream, zest and white pepper. Remove from the heat once warm.
  7. Chill and serve.

Melon and prosciutto

Yields 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices cantaloupe 1/4-inch thick
  • 12 slices honeydew 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 12 slices prosciutto

Directions:

  1. Pair one slice of honeydew with one slice of cantaloupe and sprinkle a little of each spice over the pair.
  2. Wrap in prosciutto.

Pear soup

Yields 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 8 pears, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups white grape or peach juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon-lime soda

Directions:

  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter.
  2. Add the pears and sauté them for 3 minutes, so that they begin to soften but don't get crispy around the edges.
  3. Add the grape juice and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to just below medium and continue cooking the pears until they are soft.
  4. Put the pears and juice in a food processor and pulse until it is smooth.
  5. Add the mixture back to the pan and pour in the lemon-lime soda. Stir once.
  6. Chill and serve.

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