Our Favorite Recipes To Serve At A Southern Sip 'N See
Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes
Any good Southern hostess knows that a spring party is not a party without a stellar dessert table. Whether you're hosting a ladies luncheon, a Girls Night In, or a garden party – beautifully packaged individual desserts are hard to come by. And, we all know that desserts are much better when they're homemade. So, we turn to this fruity, two-bite cheesecake recipe. A bite of these creamy, sweet cheesecakes topped with blueberry preserves will have all of your guests begging for the recipe. Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes are as precious as dainty petit fours, and are the perfect sweet treat to polish off your meal. Now, if you're not into blueberries, you can actually sub in your favorite fruit topping to this recipe – there aren't any blueberries in the cheesecake mixture itself. Try using thick strawberry jam or your Mama's peach preserves, and you'll be pleased at the variety. If you choose a different flavor for your cheesecakes, add on some fresh fruit as your garnish, as well as some zest that pairs well with that flavor. So, for instance, if you choose to use strawberry preserves, you should try a fresh strawberry garnish topped with a little lemon zest. Or, if you choose to make an orange curd to top your cheesecakes, use some orange zest to bring out the flavor. Featuring a few different types of the cheesecakes at your party will give pretty color to the cake stand, and gives guests options based on their preferences.
These Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes are made in a muffin tin, but they're not ridged as they'd be with regular paper muffin cups. Instead, we used paper baking cups that you'd use for baking popovers (available at your local kitchen or home goods store). These give your cheesecakes a nice, smooth edge, and you don't have to worry about getting the dessert un-stuck from a bare muffin tin. If you know that you'll be pressed for time the day of your party, you can always prepare this homemade cheesecake recipe in advance, and then freeze your treats for up to one month. When you're ready to serve, simply thaw the individual cheesecakes at room temperature before topping with your fruit preserves and garnish. Arrange your Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes on a pretty cake stand or tray, and prepare for the oohs and aahs!
Fruit Salad with Yogurt
Recipe: Fruit Salad with Yogurt
Southern folks know you can’t go wrong with a simple fruit salad, and this one is complemented by a delicious yogurt. The tanginess in the yogurt is the perfect addition to the sweetness of the fruit. Be sure to choose berries that are in season.
Recipe: Gouda Grits
If you’re searching for an elegant side at the sip and see, go with Gouda Grits. It’s a hearty choice to balance out some of the lighter appetizers.
Tomato-Herb Mini Frittatas
Recipe: Tomato-Herb Mini Frittatas
Tomato-herb mini frittatas are forever the hit at any classy celebration. Bursting with flavor, these miniature treats are just as decadent as they are delicious.
Quick Buttermilk Biscuits
Sparkling Ginger-Orange Cocktails
Don’t forget the “sip” part of your sip and see! This sparkling ginger-orange cocktail is both refreshing and picturesque. It will look beautiful sitting next to the classic fruit salad.
Iced Sugar Cookies
Dainty Cucumber Sandwich
Honey-Green Tea Fizz
Recipe: Honey-Green Tea Fizz
For those people looking for an alcohol-free beverage, honey-green tea fizz is a great choice. It’s super sweet without being overpowering, and the flavorful drink is mild enough to pair with any choice of food.
Cream Cheese-Olive Spread
Recipe: Cream Cheese-Olive Spread
There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned cheese dip, and this one takes the cake. Cream cheese-olive spread is a fantastic make-ahead dish for a stress-free sip and see.
Salted Caramel Strawberries
Recipe: Salted Caramel Strawberries
There’s never a bad occasion for caramel covered strawberries, but this recipe calls for a slew of other tasty treats. Keep it interesting with this delightful dish.
Lemon Tea Bread
Recipe: Lemon Tea Bread
Lemon-tea bread is reminiscent of pound cake with a tangy twist. It’s a timeless choice for your sip and see.
Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes
Recipe: Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes
Petite blueberry cheesecakes are as cute as a button, but the flavor is far from petite. The personal desserts are ideal for a buffet-style occasion.
Cha-Cha Chicken Salad
Recipe: Cha-Cha Chicken Salad
Serve cha-cha chicken salad for the folks that were hoping for a hearty dish. Put mini croissants on the side for the ultimate combination.