Appetizer Puzzle- Want to Play?
Here's a weird one: My husband called to let me know that a few friends are going to come by tonight, they're bringing pumpkins and we'll have an impromptu carving party. He suggested we order some food, but my silly hostess-pride said "of course not, I'll just make a few nice heavy appetizers and we can all munch on that while we work!"
Well, I just realized that I do not have a car as I forgot, it's getting serviced. I also do not have my wallet (long story).
So now I'm looking at a fairly barren cupboard and trying to figure out if there are 3 or 4 desperation dishes I might be able to whip up out of a sad lot of ingredients. As I'm banging my head against a wall, I thought maybe a fellow chow-hounder would find this fun, like a foodie logic problem. I'm currently facing the cooking equivalent of writers' block.
Here's what I have on hand, assuming I also have most common dried spices, olive oil, vinegar:
Israeli Cous Cous
Canned black beans
Right now all I can really think is making chips out of the tortillas and making nachos?
Or mac&cheese made with penne? Although that's not really a finger food, which is what I'd prefer to have...
Sigh, might just have to tell my husband to order something!
I think you might also be able to do larb with the argula and chicken breast, but I'm not sure how appetizer-y that would be. Normally you could serve it in lettuce cups to make it a finger food, but maybe you could carve out the celery sticks? The problem is that larb is kind of loose and would fall out of the celery boat.
Sorry if this has been mentioned, but how about cheese crisps? I think you can do it with different cheeses. Also, do you have what you need for goodhealthgourmet's awesome black bean dip? (I'll try to find recipes)--be right back.
THere are a million variations on these:
Hmmm...you're missing cilantro and chipotle peppers, so I'm not sure you can make the black bean dip, but maybe you can do a modified version? What does it take to turn jalapenos into chipotles in adobo? Can you roast them yourself and add the adobo seasoning if you have it?
You could also make a variety of wraps with the tortillas (easy finger food and filling). Chicken salad wraps, sausage cheese wraps, black bean tomato wraps, etc.
Black bean salsa and veggie tray would go with wraps well too.
Although not finger food, a big pot of homemade soup and bread on a chilly pumpkin carving evening would be welcomed with my friends too!
make up some popovers...cut them in half lengthwise...fill will the cooked sausage, onion and zuchinni that has been cut in /12 in cubes.....top with shredded cheese and melt that
A Chicken Penne soup with the tomatoes thrown in .add some cooked Chicken breast if you want
But.take the breasts and bake.slice thin and serve on the tortillas with jalapenos and onions and cheese.add in some diced red pepper if you want... sort of pizza style
Toasted cheese sandwiches
Fried zucchini sticks with sour cream dip
Toasted almonds and pine nuts, salted well
Fried onion rings with a sour cream dip
Crudite (celery, carrot, red pepper sticks)
Grilled red pepper
I can think of more, but it's not finger food