What I’m not clueless about is snacking, and appetizers, and munchies. This is a good thing in my household. In lieu of a painfully awkward post about me and football, I thought I’d just share the recipes to a few of my favorite (easy, quick, foolproof) party foods.
1.) Anything wrapped in puff pastry. It’s amazing what you can do with a wheel of brie, a package of ready-made puff pastry (from the freezer section), some sort of brie-friendly condiment, and an oven. Thaw and then roll out the dough, cut it into squares, place a small bit of brie and a dollop of apricot jam, mango chutney, or whatever makes you drool in the middle of each square, fold it into a bundle, and bake until golden. This works well with chicken-apple sausage and dijon mustard, too.
2.) Pulled pork. There are a gazillion ways to make pull pork, and I might try to reconcile with my crock pot by slow cooking a whole bunch of meat and sauce in it. Chris, at Ordering Disorder, has a great recipe for shredded beef sandwiches that’s making my mouth water.
3.) Mini pizzas. You don’t have to get all fancy — even regular pizza tastes better when bite sized. (If you do want to get all fancy, though, my favorite Tandoori Chicken Pizza is a good one to try.) You can set out a toppings bar and have everyone concoct their own, making it a meal and an activity all in one.
4.) Sliders. Tiny burgers with a nub of bleu cheese in the middle, topped with caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms, on teensy potato rolls. Mmmmm. Or Alton Brown’s Mini Man Burgers. Mmmmm.
5.) Veggies that aren’t crudites. How about marinading some zucchini, summer squash, peeled eggplant, red onion, and grape tomatoes in Italian dressing, stringing them on skewers, and grilling them (indoors, on a grill pan, given that it’s barely above freezing where I live)? Serve them with couscous on the side.
6.) Hummus and pita. This recipe adapted from Cook’s Illustrated is my favorite, because it makes a dense, creamy dip without a hint of grainy grittiness that you usually have in hummus.
8.) Brownies. Pick your favorite recipe and make a lot of them. I like this one, from Mary at Owlhaven. She has 10 kids and is writing a cookbook; this is a woman who knows a good brownie when she sees one. (If your family is gluten free — half of mine is — Bob’s Red Mill makes a good mix.)
There’s also a wealth of ideas in the Busy Chef group here at Work It, Mom!
So who are you rooting for? And, more important, what are you going to be eating?
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