easy party munchies?
having a party saturday night, and am looking for easy, reasonably elegant munchies to serve.
here's what i'm looking at so far:
--marinated shrimp (can do it the night before)
--a selection of good olives
--stuffed vine leaves
I'm trying to avoid anything requiring stove/oven time during the party because A: people usually hang out in the kitchen and B: i'll be using the stovetop for mulled wine and cider.
Thanks in advance,
This is so easy and looks gorgeous. Make your favorite crab salad or chicken salad. Then place a teaspoonful onto the wider end of endive leaves. You can make it an hour ahead and it will hold up for an hour or so - they'll eat all of it by then.
The last time I served it, I bought a pomegranate and scattered the seeds over the entire platter. It looks quite elegant but takes little effort. If you can, trick a friend into prepping the pomegranate for you - great busy work for the first guest to arrive!
P.S. you can also serve humus this way if you need a vegan hors d'oeuvres!
The Costcos in northern California have a two pound pack of seeded pomogranite seeds for around $8!
They come in two 16 ounce containers... just in case the mood strikes.
I couldn't imagine how many pomogranites would be required to extract two pounds of seeds, but it seem fairly cost effective!
These were the POM brand, btw.
I second the spiced nuts idea.
Also, you could serve some roasted chestnuts - they go well with cheese, fruit and wine, and they're something that most people don't make. Alternatively, but some really good marrons glacés to serve as dessert...
Just had a similar affair and I picked up an "inexpensive" chocolate fondue set. Had a bittersweet chocolate sauce in it and served with cut pound cake, pineapple, marshmallows and finger cookies. I set it AWAY from the kitchen and it was great to keep people milling in another area of the house....simple and a big hit after the savoury stuff. And a savoury suggestion...I had curried chicken salad on small toasts and topped with a bit of cranberry sauce among other things...made up 1/2 hour ahead and no problem.