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Recipes to send off your senior with a graduation party to remember

Honor the high school or college graduate in your life with a celebration that’ll show them the tassel really was worth the hassle. We’ve gathered some crowd-pleasing recipes to send off your senior with a feast to remember.

Recipes for your summer send-off celebration

Whether they’re headed to college or landing a job and moving into an apartment, big changes are coming for this year’s graduating class as they cap off the school year. So, why not gather friends and family for a sizzling summer send-off with some of our delicious dips, sides, sandwiches, and desserts. The Hamilton Beach test kitchen has tested and perfected these party-ready recipes to help you feed a crowd without the fuss. From our peach and peppers salsa prepared effortlessly with a food processor to our air fryer sliders, roaster oven barbecue, and slow-cooker Low Country Boil, you’ll be ready for the pool-side party or black-tie banquet with plenty of time to reminiscence with your favorite graduate.

Don’t forget the gift! Our high school and college graduate gift guides will help you set them up for success.


Slow cooker queso dip 

For a party-pleasing dip, the irresistible combination of bacon and cheese is the way to go. Simply toss the ingredients in a slow cooker, grab a bag of your favorite tortilla chips, and you’re done!

Roasted eggplant dip 

Try something new at your summer celebration that will have your guests begging for the recipe. This “eggplant caviar” is a classic Greek appetizer that combines baked eggplant, onion, and tahini sauce for a deliciously different dip.

Easy tzatziki sauce 

Stay cool as a cucumber at your next summer social with this light and refreshing yogurt and herb sauce that makes a perfect dip, spread, or topping for vegetables, pita bread, grilled meats, and sandwiches.

Peach and peppers salsa 

This sweet and zesty recipe puts a spin on traditional salsa by combining peaches and jalapenos in a food processor for a colorful dip packed with the sunny flavors of the season.

Easy entrées 

Crispy chicken tenders 

For a surefire party-pleaser, you can’t go wrong with Panko and parmesan chicken tenders. For juicy chicken with a crispy coating, an air fryer can produce restaurant-quality tenders ready for your favorite dipping sauce.

Ham and Swiss sliders 

These handheld party favorites are juicy, full of flavor, and our recipe will feed two dozen guests at your next big event.

Air fryer mini BBQ burger sliders 

French fried onions and barbecue sauce give these ground beef sliders their satisfying crunch and bold, tangy flavor.

North Carolina pork barbecue 

Forget the smoker. Easily make a batch of North Carolina-style barbecue, cooked low and slow to perfection in a roaster oven.

Chicken parmesan sliders 

Use your slow cooker to create a shredded chicken filling for perfect, bite-sized sliders with a zesty Italian flavor.

Slow cooker low country boil 

For a stress-free way to feed a small group, a southern-style low country boil prepared in a slow cooker is the way to go.

Sides and appetizers

Sweet potato chips 

Toss sliced sweet potatoes in an air fryer for crispy and nutritious homemade chips. You’ll get a crowd-pleasing crunchy snack or side dish with fewer calories.

Pimento cheese 

Whether you’re serving sandwiches or a vegetable tray, pimento cheese is a Southern-style party standard. Vermont sharp white cheddar gives this recipe its extra zing.

Smoked salmon deviled eggs 

Serve these next-level deviled eggs as a quick and easy, upscaled appetizer at your indoor banquet or backyard barbecue. For perfect hard-boiled eggs with the press of a button, use a Hamilton Beach egg cooker.

Southwestern jalapeno deviled eggs 

We’re hot on the trail of these Southwestern-style deviled eggs that will wake up everyone’s favorite appetizer with a zing of jalapeno heat.

Rosemary skewered vegetable kabobs 

Go fancy without the fuss when you use rosemary sprigs in place of traditional skewers. In just a few minutes, these rosemary-infused kabobs will be ready to impress on your favorite serving platter.

Crispy smashed red potatoes 

Fancier than fries and more practical than mashed potatoes or potato salad, these air-fryer-friendly red potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft and savory on the inside.

Brussels sprouts and berries salad 

Low-calorie brussels sprouts are rich in vitamins and minerals. Berries are high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants. Put them together, and you’ll have a surprisingly delicious summer salad that is chock-full of flavor and health benefits.


Lemon triple berry cobbler 

As pretty as it is tasty, this colorful cobbler features three varieties of berries assembled in a slow cooker for a no-fuss dessert that serves 8-10.

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