(BPT) - With the weather cooling down it’s the prime time for entertaining, and if you want to host the kind of soirees that leave guests talking about your parties, you’ll need to get creative with appetizers, hors d’oeuvres and side dishes! However, you don’t want to get too out there — after all, you want guests to actually eat and enjoy your creative dishes. What’s a hostess (or host) to do?

Three words: Tuna and salmon.

If your experience with either fish is limited to lunchbox sandwiches, salads or pricey restaurant steaks, it’s time to test tuna and salmon as ingredients in dishes for your guests. While you may be familiar with tuna packed in water (again, think lunchbox), when it comes to using it as an ingredient, choose tuna packed in extra virgin olive oil. The oil imparts a mellow, smooth flavor and tender texture to the tuna, making it perfect for use in recipes.

These six recipes from StarKist Selects in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) are sure to hook your guests, and make your parties the talk of the town:

Albacore and Barley Risotto

Albacore and Barely Risotto

StarKist Selects Solid Albacore in extra virgin olive oil is the star that helps add an innovative twist to a popular side dish. Replacing the traditional Arborio rice with barley adds interest and depth of flavor, while asparagus brings color and crispness to the dish.

Avocado Stack

Avocado Stack

Ordinary guacamole is so been-there-done-that, yet avocados are just too yummy to leave out of your celebration. Break out the biscuit cutter and use it to prep something really unique — Avocado Stacks. Mashed avocado is the base for this appetizer, which features layers of mango salsa, pico de gallo and pouches of StarKist Selects EVOO Yellowfin Tuna packed in extra virgin olive oil. Serve with tortilla chips.

Albacore and Asparagus Pasta

Albacore and Asparagus Pasta

Bursting with sliced mushrooms, asparagus, orecchiette, tuna in extra virgin olive oil and cheese, this savory dish is versatile enough to serve as either a side dish or an entree. This dish doesn’t require much effort to create a lot of “wow” — just 10 minutes of prep time and 20 to cook.

New York Style Salmon with Bagels

New York Style Salmon with Bagels

Lox on a bagel is an iconic New York treat, and you can borrow its cache with this salmon and bagel dish. Bringing a bite of the Big Apple to your guests couldn’t be easier. Just slice four mini bagels, top with cream cheese and the veggies of your choice (tomato, diced red onion, avocado or even capers), and then crown with a healthy dollop of StarKist Selects EVOO Wild-Caught Pink Salmon from a pouch. With just five minutes of prep time, it’s the perfect dish for brunch.

Salmon and Mushroom Pasta

Salmon and Mushroom Pasta

Because you’re a great host, you also want to give guests some lighter options. With a light, lemon-zesty toss of extra virgin olive oil, chopped broccolini and salmon packed in extra virgin olive oil, this side dish fits the bill for lighter fare. Thanks to the salmon, minced garlic and lemon zest, the dish doesn’t have to compromise on flavor when foregoing a heavy cream sauce.

Find nutritional information and more tuna and salmon recipes for your entertaining needs at StarKist.com/recipes.

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