The key to entertaining like a pro is never letting your guests see you sweat. The easiest way to do that: choose low-maintenance meals that keep you out of the kitchen and satisfy a variety of tastes, such as this interesting twist on a classic meat-and-cheese plate. For a light alfresco dinner, chef, cookbook author, and Today-show stylist Ashton Keefe paired crowd-pleasing prosciutto with raspberries and homemade chive-and-goat-cheese balls for an elegant appetizer that's ready in minutes. But her secret ingredient? A store-bought rotisserie chicken that ups the ante on satiety with minimal effort. Serve it to friends on the patio with some crusty bread, then relax—you're not going anywhere.
Chicken and Prosciutto Salad with Chive-Goat-Cheese Balls
- 1 (5 ounce) log of goat cheese
- 1 bunch chives, diced
- ½ rotisserie chicken, sliced off the bone
- 1 bunch basil
- 1 bunch mint
- ½ pound thinly sliced prosciutto
- 1 pint raspberries
- extra virgin olive oil
- bread, on the side
Divide goat cheese into ½-inch balls and roll in chives. Arrange balls, chicken, basil, mint, prosciutto, and raspberries on a platter, drizzle with olive oil, and serve.