For easy fun in the sun, make your patio the venue for this crowd-pleasing meal.
Balsamic-Glazed Baby Eggplant cost per serving: $.64
We recommend starting off your backyard bash with two delicious appetizers, Chilled Cucumber Soup and Balsamic-Glazed Baby Eggplant. The soup is best served very cold, so place the bowls in the freezer for about 20 minutes before ladling soup into them. You can also try a large leek in place of the onion for a stronger flavor.
The balsamic glaze for the eggplant can be prepared up to 1 week in advance, just keep it covered in the refrigerator. Add some crushed red pepper to the glaze if you'd like a spicy kick. Keep a close eye on the eggplant as it cooks, because the glaze burns easily.
See recipe: Chilled Cucumber Soup
See recipe: Balsamic-Glazed Baby Eggplant