Make Ahead Recipes For Graduation Parties

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Looking for “Make Ahead Recipes for Graduation Parties”? Let Bellisari’s and our Gourmet Convenience tips help take the last-minute hassle out of your party planning by spreading out the work the week before your event. These super easy make-ahead recipes are the perfect plan for graduation party food! Having been through many Graduation Parties, and more to come, I know how stressful it is to try and figure out what to serve guests. Whether you are planning a big party, or just a quiet family gathering, it is important to create recipes that will take the stress away for you.

Barista Chicken Satay

Servings: 8


1 Pound of Chicken Tenders

1 Jar of Bellisari's Barista Sauce *(Can substitute, Saigon or Calabrian)

8 Skewers


Marinate chicken tenders in 1/4 Cup of Bellisari's Barista Sauce for at least 30 minutes. You can make these up to 3 days ahead.  Preheat grill to medium heat, soak wooden skewers in water so they do not burn. After the chicken is done marinating, skewer the chicken tenders.

Grill the chicken on each side about 4-5 mins until cooked through. Heat up another ¼- ½ cup of Bellisari's Barista Sauce to serve for dipping or below is an easy Tzatziki Sauce Recipe.

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Yields 1.5 cups.


1 cup Greek whole milk yogurt

1 English cucumber, seeded, finely grated and drained

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper


In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice and dill. Season with salt and pepper. Chill. Can be made up to 3 days ahead and sealed in a plastic container in the fridge.

Blue Cheese, Honey & Shallot Spread Endive Spears

Serves: 10


1 Jar Bellisari’s Blue Cheese Honey & Shallot Spread

12 Endive spears

1 Small bag of walnuts

1 Small sandwich bag


Wash endive spears thoroughly. Place ½ jar of Bellisari's Blue Cheese, Honey & Shallot Spread into the sandwich bag. Cut a small slit in the corner of the bag. Gently squeeze the spread into the endive spears.

Top with chopped walnuts and serve. This can be make 24 hours ahead and placed on a sheet tray, covered and stored in the refrigerator.

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