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Aug 30, 2007 09:46 AM

cheap, easy and interesting snacks

I'm having 1/2 dozen friends up to my family lake house for the long weekend. We've got major meals pretty well covered. Fortunately I have very thoughtful hounds for friends. I'd like to have stuff to snack on around. I tend to get bogged down in high quality easy stuff, like very good cheese plates, or things that take some effort to prepare so I'm a little challenged by the prospect of providing easy snacks. Looking for cheap, easy, and INTERESTING.

I'm keeping it simple one night with a greek inspired dinner. I'll have store bought hummus, dolmades, and olives for that so those easy snacks are out. I've consider homemade guacamole and salsa but have run out of ideas beyond that.

I also don't have loads of time to prepare in advance. Tonight I'll be making the trek late so I've pretty much only got the morning before they all arrive.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Depending on what's available in your area, how about spiced nuts? I did see a recipe for chili-lime peanuts recently on a food blog I believe which was basically roasted unsalted peanuts that you bake with a chili-lime mixture, then allow it to cool completely.

    1. if you are going the salsa and guac route, get some square roll-ups and spread a layer of cream cheese, then one of refried beans, sprinkle with scallions and roll them up, wrap in plastic and chill a few hours until you are ready to server, then slice the roll up into rounds. It's an oldy, but everyone eats them up as soon as they can be sliced.

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      1. re: Snowflake

        If you add thin slices of roasted turkey to the roll up layer after the cream cheese, delicious too.

      2. Hummus, especially when homemade, is easy and very cheap. It's kinda exotic too, you know? Serve with pita wedges and you have apps for under 5 bucks!

        1. Super easy yumminess. Get a round of brie, put in glass baking dish. If you like, put some crushed garlic on top, then dump a small jar of sun dried tomatoes in oil on top. Cook in oven till heated and gooey (not particular with temp and time here). Stick a knife in it and let them serve it themselves onto a baguette or cracker. So easy, so good.

          1. Have you had roasted chickpeas? It might be redundant since you're already having hummus but it's a different taste even if it is chickpeas. You drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, add seasonings (salt, pepper, cumin, some garlic are my favorites), bake on a cookie tray at 350 for half an hour--they're kind of like a low fat nut.

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            1. re: chowser

              heh...I forgot about these! I've made them and they ARE excellent ... and cheaper than the spiced nuts.