15 Cheap and Easy Dishes to Bring to a Summer Cookout
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A cheap party food for the masses, air-popped corn is just a few cents per large serving. Customize the flavors and colors to suit any theme. To kick it up a notch from basic salt and butter, use zesty garlic and an herb such as rosemary, as suggested by the blog Two Peas & Their Pod. Popcorn is also a good dessert option with a recipe such as the irresistible soft caramel popcorn from The Girl Who Ate Everything.
This ubiquitous party dip hits all the right notes: vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and tasty, especially if it's homemade. A traditional roasted garlic hummus is nothing to sniff at, although a little outside-the-box experimentation can be fun too. One idea: a spicy chipotle hummus from the blog Coconut & Lime. However it's made, hummus is cheap, quick, and well-received at any festive gathering.
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