Last minute cocktail snack ideas, please!
I have about 6-8 girlfriends coming over tonight (last minute get together) and I am having an emergency root canal today. I am going to run out to the store Costco/Safeway before hand.
Any ideas for quick & easy to prepare cocktail snacks? For cocktails I thought I would set up a martini bar with some juices, vodka, berries & lots of ice. (Ideas here too, if you have some.)
Julia in Woodinville, WA
That's pretty ambitious after a root canal, especially since you won't be able to drink and possibly won't feel like eating (or at least be limited to soft items.)
As much as I favor home made items, in this situation I would just buy some nibbles at Costco. There is a Costco thread on the Chains board where people list their finds for each quarter.
Are you going to be on pain meds, or are you just getting deadened for the procedure (I took Halcyon for my last one and was on a different planet)? If the latter, bottoms-up!
Like others said, take it easy on yourself and go all Costco. Shrimp cocktail, a few cheeses, some fruit. Maybe one of their canapes if you trust them (some are dicey). Have fun and relax tonight!
Do you have a decent Italian deli? Get one big piece of your favorite cheese and assorted antipasti - salami, marinated artichokes, olives, roasted red peppers, whatever else looks good!I also do the same thing from a local greek establishment - hummus, babaganoush, dolmades, feta and spanakopita.
I'd go the cheese/Italian antipasti route myself...easy and fast. Get a few nice cheeses, prosciutto or bresaola, maybe some marinated olives, and at most grill/toast up some fresh crostini bread slices. A little honey and spicy mustards on the side will make it a bit more elegant.
And to continue the Italian theme with drinks, you could offer Venetian spritzes? White wine + sparkling water (or prosecco), orange slices, and Italian bitters of your choice (Campari or Aperol, typically). Those are always a big hit when I offer them up at parties and they don't take much work to make. Hey, here's a Chow article about them:
Don't forget wine.
Grapes, cheeses, crackers/baguette, nuts, melon cubes...a tiny bowl with squares of bittersweet chocolate is nice, too.