Once again, looking at the search terms that brought people here has struck me with “Hey, I should post on that” urges. When I think no-cook appetizers, I think, “What can I set out for guests if I’m in a hurry and don’t have time for fiddly little sandwiches with the crusts cut off, or for elaborately carved vegetables with elaborately concocted sauces?” I’m thinking, slap a few things together and bring that tray out so I can hang out with the guests. So here, in no particular order, are things that I/we trot out as appetizers:
- pesto and anything
- crab dip and anything
- roll-ups made from tortillas and cream cheese and one or two other ingredients like spinach leaf, or red bell peppers, or marinated sun-dried tomatoes
raspberry chipotle sauce poured over a huge chunk of brie and served on crackers
- hollowed french bread loaf w/spinach dip inside
- various dips and veggies
- cheese sauces with things to dip
- pita chips and pesto
- salsa and chips
If you want to get some minimal cooking items, you can stuff pesto into the middle of a chunk of brie and bake it for a few minutes.
For some general thoughts to get you going on your own ideas….
Start with either something to dip or something to spread things on, or something to wrap around things. (chips, vegetables, crackers, bread in any variety of presentation, tortillas, lettuce or spinach leaves, ….)
Add something creamy/dippy (pesto, cream cheese with Stuff mixed in, sour cream with stuff, salad dressing, spreadable cheese, artichoke dip, etc.)
Add one or two other ingredients to create visual and flavor appeal. (vegetables, nuts, specialty meats, cilantro, basil, parsley, fruit,….)
Example: a thin slice of French baguette, spread with cream cheese that has been mixed with sun-dried tomato and pesto, add a tiny curl of prosciutto or a few slivers of bell pepper, and voila–beautiful and not-too-fiddly hors d’oevre!
We welcome additional thoughts–I know there are those of you out there who, (like Cher’s character in the movie “Mermaids”) have made it a life-style to only eat finger foods. So please share your ideas here!
Barb & Laura