There's nothing worse than finding yourself completely unprepared for impending guests. But there's no need to panic when you have a few go-to recipes on hand that can easily be whipped up in minimal time. When it comes down to it, no last minute guest is expecting a five course meal upon their arrival. So long as you have a few yummy appetizers to silence those grumbling bellies — your friends are sure to go home happy.
There is nothing faster or easier than hummus. The ingredients are few and also happen to be virtually unperishable so you can always have them on hand for when you are in need. So long as you keep your pantry stocked with a tin of chickpeas, a jar of tahini and a few creative spices — you will be good to go! It can all be blended together in under 10 minutes which gives you plenty of time for getting everything else ready. Plus it goes well with chips, veggies, crackers, and bread so it's easy to track down something to dip.
These little guys are unbelievably quick and easy to put together. You can have them rolled, cooked and ready to go in under a half-hour. The combination of tangy olives and savory cheese is delcious. They are far more complex to look at than they are to make, so your guests are sure to be impressed.
Bruschetta is a great option because having bread with toppings almost feels like a meal in itself. All you have to do is chop up some tomatoes, toss in some choice seasonings, toast a baguette and you're done! Your guests will leave feeling like they had a lovely light dinner without you having to slave away in the kitchen for hours.
The name says it all. Bacon. Water chestnuts. Done. You just wrap, secure with a toothpick and bake or broil until done. If you have an extra minute or two you can add some extra flavor by soaking the water chestnuts in soya sauce before wrapping. Between the crispness of the chestnuts and the tenderness of the bacon, it really is a match made in heaven.
Having last minute guests really is nothing to worry about when you have these quick and easy recipes on hand. Just a few simple steps and you'll have a set of hors d'oeurves that look as though they took hours to prepare. But don't worry — it's our little secret.
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