Posted on 04 May 2012.
When someone is planning a party and running out of prep time, they don’t need to pick out a bunch of designer recipes taught at a culinary arts school. Instead, they can just opt for some small, quick recipes that only take a few minutes to create. This saves you time, yet is still savory for your guests. He or she can use these cany time of the year, and most of the ingredients are available at any local grocery store.
1. Goat Cheese and Toasted Bruschetta
Goat cheese provides a completely different taste to cheese produced from cows milk. If the host of the party is looking for something that is healthy, yet is something different from standard cheddar, oat cheese is a quick appetizer. Plus, mixing soft goat cheese with items such as artichoke, deviled eggs and spinach just add to the zesty flavor. Have grilled bruschetta on hand to dip.
2. Herbed Shrimp Dip
This dip takes only a few minutes to create, or the host can prepare the herbed shrimp dip the day before and allow it to cool further in the fridge overnight (the dip is served cold). Popcorn shrimp mixed with mayonnaise, dill and a selection of other spices is a great dip for any party. Plus, since it is cold, it goes nicely for a summer pool party. Toasted garlic bread is incredibly delicious with this dip.
3. Mediterranean Platter
This just requires some different sides placed onto a plate for sharing. The host can chop up some pitta bread, serve up hummus and a variety of olives and allow the guests to mix and match there favorites. There is essentially no prep time involved (and doesn’t require a degree from a culinary arts college to complete).
4. Buffalo Celery Sticks
Crumble up some blue cheese and sprinkle in a bit of chili powder, then stuff a celery stalk with the combination. This makes a great warm weather snack and is perfect for most parties. Plus the prep time is limited to just a few minutes.
5. Deviled Eggs