“Small plates” have popped up on tapas-style restaurant menus all over the country. But this style of dining is perfect for casual entertaining at home, too—just make a few of the recipes here, set them out on serving platters, and they’ll add up to a light (and quick-to-make) meal for company. If I have the grill going, I make the bruschetta, the grilled chipotle chicken, and the kebab sandwiches. Add a couple of bottles of wine, and I have a relaxed summertime supper that lets my guests nibble as they like.
Many of these recipes also work beautifully on their own as hors d’oeuvres, first courses, or light lunches. Try the fritters as a quick snack, the halloumi as an appetizer, or the shrimp and bean salad for brunch.