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You might always have a bottle of wine in the fridge, but never food to offer when guests unexpectedly arrive. But, don’t panic, here are our favorite go-to quick appetizer ideas that come together in minutes (and if you’re really in a pinch, a couple of these served together can substitute for a full meal).
Creamy Camembert, when warmed in the oven, takes on an extra-gooey texture. When served with a quick sauté of wild mushrooms, and served with toast points, this elegant dish looks like it took a lot longer to prepare.
A signature dish at The Red Cat in New York City, this dish is a great way to utilize farm market zucchini. The sweet-nuttiness of the toasted almonds, along with the saltiness of the pecorino, goes so well with the zucchini.
Like an open-face eggplant parmesan, but with goat cheese. Served warm, this quick appetizer is sure to satisfy.
From Eating Out Loud
This savory variation of elephant ears uses pesto as a filling. You can also try different prepared spreads, like sundried tomato or olive tapenade.
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Bagna cauda is an easy, anchovy-olive based alternative to dip. This recipe calls for red wine, a unique addition, giving it a red appearance. Serve with baby carrots, red pepper slices, cucumber slices, and celery sticks, and you have an easy, and healthy, appetizer.
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Here Jerusalem artichokes, aka sunchokes, are cooked and then sautéed with bacon and onion until just crispy. Tossed with arugula and a balsamic vinaigrette, and served with plenty of Parmigiano, this dish is will soon become a favorite.
Crostinis are simply grilled small slices of bread, rubbed with a garlic clove while still warm, and drizzled with olive oil. While a tomato topping, like bruschetta, is often served, you can try different variations, like creamy pesto, or a salty-sweet fig and prosciutto mix.
What is more enjoyable than a glass of wine, crackers, and cheese? Follow these tips for picking a good combination of cheeses, suggestions for nut and fruit accompaniments, and serve with a baguette, and you’ll find success every time.
Hummus is a quick and easy favorite to serve as an appetizer. This variation uses white beans instead of chickpeas for a slightly smoother flavor.