Exotically seasoned dishes with Spanish and Afro-Caribbean influences are the perfect complement to balmy weather—and they're surprisingly easy to cook.
Palm tree, wicker, and bamboo accents are the perfect backdrop for any warm weather feast, whether it's Polynesian or Caribbean in theme. This particular summer party features classic Latin American-inspired dishes of simmered meats, rice, beans, yucca and plantains, all brightened by traditional mojo, salsa verde, and sofrito sauces. For the cook, we've assembled a number of crowd- pleasing, easy-to-execute recipes, most of which use standard pantry ingredients. For guests, these richly flavored dishes—washed down with ultra refreshing mojitos—will conjure visions of palm trees swaying to sultry mambos and cha-cha-chas. A table set up in the sun and adorned with colorful, island-inspired motifs is an invitation to linger in the tropical escape of your own backyard.