Foolproof hors d’oeuvres

September 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm 1 comment

I’ve been super busy these past couple of weeks and haven’t had a lot of time for creative cooking.  Thus, when entertaining I had to take the easy way out, but keeping it fabulous of course!  I went to my local market knowing they had a large antipasto bar as well as salad bar and lots of cheese choices.  Below are my suggestions for easy appetizers that look like a million bucks.

1.  Get out your coolest serving dishes, bowls, and platters.  That’s the first step to making store bought food look amazing.  Different colors and shapes work well, especially if you are serving multiple things.

2.  Buy a variety of cheeses, I’d say two types for 4-6 people and 3-4 for more guests.  The flavors should be contrasting in the two cheeses.  Choose one that is mild and one that is more pungent (goat cheese and stilton for example)  Arrange with crisp crackers or crusty bread.  Place a bunch of red grapes in the center.  Throw in a few figs and nuts.  Arranging is key.  You don’t want it to look perfect…it should look rustic and carefree.

3.  Look for marinated mozzarella balls (tiny) at your grocery store.  Add some grape tomatoes for an easy appetizer.  Serve with crackers.

4.  Hummus is a great option.  Place in a wide bowl (soup bowl) and spread out evenly.  Create a dip in the middle and pour some fruity olive oil in it.  Scatter toasted pine nuts on top or a little crumbled feta.  Serve with warmed pita bread.

5.  Olives are also a great addition to any of these starters.  Find a grocery store with a fresh olive bar and get a couple different varieties.  Make sure you leave an empty bowl out for the pits.  An assortment of different roasted nuts would also work well with the olives.  Roast a combination of raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, and cashews).  Toss with a little garlic olive oil and some fine chopped rosemary.  Toast in a dry, hot saute pan or on a sheet pan in the oven, until you can smell their aroma. 

I hope this has given you some ideas for your next dinner party!


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  • 1. sherrietraveling  |  September 16, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Great list!


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