Simple Party Spread Makes for Easy Entertaining

MISSION, KS--(Marketwired - Jun 6, 2013) - (Family Features) When it comes right down to it, all guests expect from a great party are good company, cold drinks and delicious food. So, make entertaining easy with a simple yet delicious spread of savory appetizers, grilled favorites and sweet treats.

Plan on two grilled appetizers and a selection of cool, creamy dips. Tortilla chips or celery stalks are delicious with Sabra's Roasted Garlic hummus. Serve artisan breads and crackers with Sabra's Asian Fusion hummus and your guests will think you're a true gourmet. Stick to everyone's favorite as a main course, hamburgers. Take them to a new level with herbs and spices to impress your guests. Purchase mini cupcakes and pastries at your favorite bakery for an easy dessert.

You may have a chance to taste Sabra dips and spreads for free this summer. Visit for more information, and try the recipes below for easy entertaining.

Mediterranean Burgers
Servings: 6-8

1 1/2 pounds ground beef or lamb
1 medium onion, diced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup minced parsley
1/4 cup minced mint
1 tablespoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground cumin
  Juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoon olive oil
1 large pickle sliced thinly in rounds
4 romaine lettuce leaves
1 large tomato, thinly sliced into rounds
8 hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted
1/2 cup Sabra Hummus, choose your favorite style

In medium bowl, combine ground beef or lamb, spices, lemon juice and egg. With wet hands, shape into 8, 3 1/2-inch diameter, patties.

In large grill pan, warm 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Grill burgers until nicely browned on each side, about 3-4 minutes.

Place bottom of buns on plates. Spread layer of hummus on bun. Top with burger, sliced pickles, lettuce and sliced tomato. Spread more hummus on top of bun. Press on bun tops and enjoy.

Hummus Garlic Bread
Servings: 4

1 loaf French bread, about 12-14 inches long
1 container Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus
1 - 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat broiler. Slice French bread in half length-wise. Set aside.

Mix Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus and garlic together in small mixing bowl. Spread hummus mixture on French bread halves. Place bread on baking sheet. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Broil bread on wire baking rack located in the middle of the oven, not too close to the broiler. Broil 2-5 minutes or until edges are crispy and cheese is browning. Watch bread closely as broilers vary greatly in their timing.

Cut each half of bread into quarters. Serve warm.

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Mediterranean Burgers