Party Panache, Super Star Shortcuts

We do a lot of cooking and entertaining, but I must confess, to make this happen, I have learned the art of the short cut…

Today I’m sharing some recipes we had during our Friends & Family Weekend  that made things very effortless

Pesto Parmesan Biscuit Bites

Canned biscuits, cut into pieces, and tossed with pesto and Parmesan cheese

Couldn’t be easier and takes under 5 minutes to prepare

Bake for 20 minutes and serve with a large spoon

Diners can have just a small piece or a big hunk!

Pesto Parmesan Biscuit Bites

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Course Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8


  • 1 can 8 biscuits Pillsbury Grands biscuits
  • 2-4 T pesto
  • 1-2 oz. finely grated or shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Cut biscuits into 1/4s or 1/6s. Place in sprayed shallow baking dish.*
  • Drizzle with pesto and cheese. Toss dough several times with fingers or spoons to evenly distribute ingredients. Add more pesto and cheese to taste.
  • Spread dough evenly in pan. Bake at 350 degrees until dough is cooked through and golden, 15-20 minutes.


*dish sized to be able to spread dough pieces out into an even layer but still touching
Keyword baked biscuit bites, biscuit bites, biscuits, Parmesan, pesto, pesto parmensan biscuits

Pineapple Cashew Slaw

My secret to an easy yet fresh tasting salad is combining a few things

For this salad I combined Southwest Salad in a bag and Broccoli Slaw in a bag, and added drained pineapple tidbits, and cashews

I keep the Kale Chopped Salad on hand too, it’s great by itself or to mix with other greens

I tossed the salad with a combo of 2 tasty dressings*, Panera’s creamy Fuji Apple and Cindy’s Kitchen Wild Maine Blueberry Vinaigrette

Using 2 different bottled dressings actually produces a wonderful result

Mixing a vinaigrette like Italian with a creamy Bleu Cheese or Ranch will lighten it up and enhance flavors of any salad

Simply by combining several convenience things, you can create a vibrant summer salad in mere minutes

Pineapple Cashew Slaw

Using salad in a bag as a base and adding a few elements makes this slaw a breeze to prep and serve!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Asian


  • Broccoli Slaw in a bag
  • Southwestern Salad in a bag {save dressing pack for another time}
  • small can pineapple tidbits drained
  • 1 cup cashew halves & pieces
  • Panera Fuji Apple salad dressing or any salad dressing
  • Cindy’s Kitchen Wild Maine Blueberry dressing or any salad dressing


  • Adjust amounts of salad to number of servings needed, figure on 1/4 of each bag per person. Place salad in a large bowl, add pineapple and cashews and toss. Add dressing, in desired proportions, I use about half and half, and toss well. Season with salt pepper if desired.
Keyword bagged salad, cashews, easy salad, easy slaw, pineapple cocktails, slaw

*These salad dressings are widely available, see the locator links below:

Panera Salad Dressing store locator here

Cindy’s Kitchen Salad Dressing store locator here

For other versions of  baked biscuit pieces and easy coleslaws see:

Salsa Bread, biscuit pieces with salsa, cheese and onions or green chilies

Buried Treasure Biscuits, biscuits with bleu cheese, bacon and pecans

Bleu Cheese Lite Coleslaw

Strawberry Coleslaw Salad

Easy Breezy  summer entertaining!

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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Rustic and RefinedBetween Naps on the Porch,

Glorious Gardens,    Celebrate and Decorate,

Coastal CharmCooking and Crafting with J&J,  The Scoop,   A Stroll Thru Life 

Loriโ€™s Culinary Creations,  Delicious Dishes Recipe Party     Moonlight and Mason Jars

Full Plate Thursday  Foodie Friday & Everything Else

Share it One More Time     Foodie Friends Friday

22 Responses to “Party Panache, Super Star Shortcuts”
  1. Jodi says:

    Great ideas for semi-homemade!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. This is a great post, Jenna. I pinned one photo to refer back, but could just as easily have pinned every recipe. Thanks!

    • I seem to be getting a little lazy in the kitchen, but there are so many excellent prepared foods available now, it’s hard to resist a good short cut or two, thanks Rita

  3. Mary says:

    I’m drooling over your pesto parm biscuits and your shortcut slaw Jenna! Happy Summer to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jenna, the pineapple cashew slaw sounds and looks divine. I love pesto and make my own while basil is plentiful in the garden! If you are at the beach, stay safe!

    • Homemade pesto is so good, I need to do that more often as basil is one thing I can grow! Yes, it’s raining buckets on the coast but so far no dangerous weather. I hope Birmingham and your area doesn’t get hit too hard!

  5. I am going to make your Pesto Bites…Looks great and I just made a lot of Garlic Scape Pesto! How’s your weather?

    • I can’t wait to hear how good they will be with your homemade Garlic Scape Pesto! Weather is terrible, buckets of rain but nothing scary. We stocked up on Monday and are staying cozy reading and watching the weather, thanks Patti!

  6. creationsbycindynefcomnet says:

    Oh my goodness, I need a little of all of that! YUM! Thanks for sharing simplicity. I need more of that in my life. Pinning these great idea. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  7. I think half of my fourth of July menu just got planned! Yum!

    • ha ha, thanks Jeanie! I did feel a little guilty when people asked, how can I help and I said, thereโ€™s nothing to do! Itโ€™s more important to have fun than cook sometimes~ >

  8. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    It all looks easy and delicious. I love using broccoli slaw.

  9. thefrenchhutch says:

    Oh my goodness, I love all these recipes and shortcut in my middle name! The pesto biscuit bites are calling my name and the two slaws are yummy. Perfect summer fare……….

  10. Jill Kuhn says:

    I’m all for easy! ๐Ÿ˜ Thanks for sharing your shortcuts! Can’t wait to try these recipes! ๐Ÿ‘

  11. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jenna,
    These are great shortcuts for our hot summer days. The last two times I have looked for Broccoli Slaw Mix, they have been out, awh the joys of country living. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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