If you’re facing an impromptu get together and you only have few hours to prepare, don’t fret. Here are some easy snacks perfect for parties that you can prepare in a breeze.
1.Finger Club Sandwich and Cheese Canapes
Just simply make club sandwiches and cut them into little squares. A thin slice of bacon (cooked), some chicken strips (even leftovers are okay) and a mayonnaise based dressing make a good club sandwich.
You can also serve cheese canapés. Just slice bite-size pieces of bread and then spread them in a tin sheet. Cover the bread with grated cheese and some finely chopped parsley or basil. Cook them for a few minutes in the over until the cheese is melted.
No one can turn down a pizza. Take a quick trip at the nearest supermarket and buy ready to cook pizza dough, pizza sauce and toppings. Assembly the ingredients together and cook the pizzas in the oven.
3.Fruit Platter with Dip
This is one of the easiest snack platters for parties. Buy fresh variety of fruits and cut and slice them in different shapes (if it’s a kid’s party) or in sticks (if it’s an adult party). Chill the fruit slices in the fridge so that fruits won’t turn soggy. If you have a bottled salad dressing then you can use that as a fruit dip otherwise you can simple mix a mayonnaise or mustard based dressing to accompany your fruits.
4. Ham and Pickle Pinwheel Appetizers
1 package ham lunchmeat
1 jar dill pickles
1 (8oz) container whipped cream cheese
Lay a piece of ham on a plate and spread the softened cream cheese in a thin layer over the ham.
Next, place a pickle at one end of the meat and cheese slice. Roll this up like it was a jelly roll. Cut into 1/2 inch slices and place them on a serving dish.
Add flair to this simply appetizer by adding diced olives or pimento to the cream cheese. Try using different seasonings to extra punch.
Food coloring can also be mixed into the cream cheese if you want to serve these for a holiday party or to match your favorite football team’s colors.
5. No-Fuss Rocky Road Brownies
1 family size box of brownie mix (try Betty Crocker Supremes)
The ingredients listed on the box to make the brownies
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Directions: Prepare the brownies according to package directions.
When the brownies are done, evenly sprinkle the marshmallows, chocolate chips and nuts over the top. Return to the oven for 5 minutes. Allow the brownies to cool completely before serving.
6. Spicy Walnuts
1 cup of walnut halves
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
A dash of ground red pepper
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly brown.
In a saucepan over medium heat add the sugar, water, cinnamon and ground pepper. Place a candy thermometer in the pan and allow the ingredients to melt. DO NOT STIR until it reaches 238 degrees. This will take about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately stir in the walnuts.
Lightly spray the cooled baking sheet with non-stick spray. Spoon the walnut mixture onto it.
After the walnut mix has cooled you can serve whole or crush them into small pieces and place in a serving dish.