5 Grad Party Recipes for Every Growing Boy

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Planning a graduation party? We’ve pulled together a quick menu that will feed a room full of new grads (and their proud parents)! From appetizers to entrees, salads to desserts, these five ultimate grad party recipes will have everyone throwing their caps off to you!

Appetizer: Creamy Dill Cucumber Toasties

cucumber toastiesStart your party off on the right food with these easy little toast nibblers. Simple, inexpensive, and easy to make, every grad will want to stuff these in their pocket for those upcoming college years.

Salad: Chic Greek Salad

chic greek saladThis Greek inspired salad is full of flavor and pairs perfectly with any entree. It can easily serve many hungry party guests waiting for the main course. Dress is just before the party to keep the greens crisp and fresh.

Entree: Deep-Dish Pastrami Bake 

deep dish pastrami bakeThis is a Coupons.com exclusive grad party recipe! Feed an entire crowd with this quick and easy sheet sandwich. Layers of pizza dough, pastrami, sauerkraut, pickles and cheese are baked together until hot and delicious.

To make the deep-dish pastrami entree as part of your grad party recipes:

Ingredients: Serves 16 – 2 tubes Pillsbury Pizza Crust, 2 pounds pastrami, finely sliced, 16 slices American cheese, 3 cups sauerkraut, drained, 1 ½ cups pickled, diced, 2 ½ cups swiss cheese, 3 tablespoons butter, melted, 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10×15-inch baking dish with nonstick baking spray. Unroll one pizza crust into the bottom of the pan. Top with pastrami, leaving an inch of crust visible on the outside.

Place cheese slices over the pastrami then layer sauerkraut, pickles and Swiss cheese. Top with a final layer of pizza crust. Pull the edges of the crust toward the top and slightly pinch together.

Drizzle butter over the top layer of the pizza crust. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top layer of the pizza is golden brown. Remove and cool for 15-20 minutes. Slice into sandwiches. Serve and enjoy!

Side Dish: Ranch Potatoes

ranch potatoesLike French fries but easier to make, these ranch potatoes can be prepped the day before your grad party. These hearty potatoes are sure to fill any stomach, especially the stomach of a teenage boy.

Dessert: Texas Sheet Cake

Texas sheet cakeNo menu is complete without a yummy dessert. Texas sheet cake is baked on a cookie sheet and makes enough for two dozen people to share. Topped with a buttery, cocoa-kissed icing, this cake is best when made a day ahead and allowed to rest overnight when it becomes more moist and tasty.

brooke-mclayBrooke McLay is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, food writer, and single mom to four rad kids. Author of two cookbooks and the beloved blog, CheekyKitchen.com, her creative approach to fast, fresh, family-friendly foods has garnered her regular gigs with Disney’s Babble.com, Tablespoon.com, Good Cook, and Coupons.com.