5 Heavenly Hors d’Oeuvres
Whew! We’re through the holiday season. No more dashing about for discounts on decorations, no more stressing over the state of your Secret Santa, no more panicking about the perfect party plate to appeal to every palette!
But wait, what’s this? The guests never truly disappear. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party or entertaining friends, there are inevitably more mouths to feed. Here are five simple and delicious hors d’oeuvres that you can throw together at the drop of a hat.
Everyone loves a good crostini, from the buttery bread to the scrumptious crunch. The best part of a crostini to me is its versatility. Combine chopped tomato, minced garlic, fresh basil, and a dash of olive oil for the classic bruschetta topping. If you’re feeling adventurous, mash together cooked white beans with garlic, sage, olive oil, and salt.
Dangerously Decadent Dates
No one can resist the rich intensity of bacon, and the added sweetness of dates makes these difficult to put down. Wrap a third of a slice of thick-cut bacon around a pitted date, and skewer it with a toothpick. Broil your delicious little bites for about twenty minutes or until done.
For less decadence but equal intensity of flavor, try mashing together some high-quality tuna with minced anchovies, minced garlic, chopped olives, and olive oil. This spread goes well on any cracker. For an extra golden hue to the taste, use oil-cured olives.
A sandwich? For an hors d’ouerve!? Hear me out! Take two slices of challah, brioche, or another good sandwich bread. Grill them up with a filling of manchego and prosciutto. Slice the sandwich into bite-sized pieces. Voila! More adventurous adult palettes may enjoy the addition of a little fig.
Let’s not forget our favorite picky eaters. For the kids, sprinkle some stove-popped popcorn with olive oil and fresh parmigiana.