Bidding farewell to summer can be one of the hardest goodbyes, so it’s only right that you go out with a bang!
Celebrate the last days of summer by hosting an outdoor soiree, and relax and unwind with friends and family one last time. Whether you are leaning toward a backyard barbecue or a pool party, you can keep your cool in the summer heat while planning your get-together with help from TV Personality, Ingrid Hoffmann, who is passionate about entertaining and food.
How do you prepare for the party before your guests arrive?
The most important thing is to prepare ahead of time! I always cook everything either the night before or early that morning, and I clean while I cook to get it out of the way before my guests arrive. Finally, I make sure that there is enough seating for my guests, that my house and backyard are clean, and that the perfect music playlist is on to create a lively, welcoming atmosphere for my guests.
What is the most essential staple for a great backyard summer party?
Pork is my go-to protein staple when entertaining, especially for a large group of people. It’s versatile and adapts to all added flavors, making it easy to cook with.
What is the ideal dish for a summer soiree?
Surprise your guests with delicious Guava Bacon Tequeños, made with Smithfield Hometown Original Bacon. Tequeños are the ideal finger food for any backyard party or get-together because they are easy to make and can sit-out and be enjoyed at room temperature.
What is on your go-to music playlist for a backyard party?
My go-to music playlist for a backyard party is filled with ambient, tropical tunes to start, and then turning it up with some dance tunes to get folks out of their seats and dancing.
What has been your favorite theme for a past summer party?
My favorite is a luau theme since it creates a summer paradise right in your own backyard. There’s also a wide variety of inexpensive decorations, drinks, and crafts that capture the spirit of the theme, bringing the beach right to you and your guests.
Guava Bacon Tequeños
Serves 8 (16 pieces)
4 strips Smithfield Hometown Original Bacon, cut crosswise in half
4 (1 ounce) sticks mozzarella string cheese
4 ounces guava paste
1 (8-ounce) can refrigerated crescent dough sheet or 1 (12-ounce) can refrigerated crescent rolls (8 rolls)
Cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until the bacon is browned and just crisp, about five minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. While the bacon is still warm, cut each piece in half, making a total of 16 pieces.
Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
Cut each piece of cheese in half lengthwise, then in half crosswise, making a total of 16 pieces. Cut the guava paste into 16 (1/4-inch-thick) strips, the same size as the cheese.
Unroll the dough. (If using crescent roll dough, firmly press the perforations to seal.) Press to form a 13 x 10-inch rectangle. With the long side toward you, cut the dough into 16 (3/4-inch) strips.
Stack together one piece of cheese, one guava strip, and one piece of Smithfield Hometown Original Bacon. Place stack at an angle on one strip of dough and roll up. Seal ends closed. Repeat with remaining cheese, guava, and Smithfield Hometown Original Bacon. Place 1-inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake until puffed and golden, about 10 minutes. Serve warm.