The trickiest thing about hors d’oeuvres is spelling it. I often revert to just saying “appetizers!” Sometimes, the next trickiest thing about them is remembering to plan for them. Today, if you realize that you haven’t even thought about ideas for appetizers because all your attention has been on preparing The Bird for Thursday, here are a couple of ideas from my 16 year old son, Nate.
Quick, easy hors d’oeuvres
- Crackers and Cheese: Arrange on a plate
- Crackers and Tuna: Mix the tuna up with some mayonnaise and chopped celery. Serve with a small knife to spread the tuna on the crackers
- Vegetables and Dip: Cut up carrots and celery and arrange on a plate with a small bowl of ranch dressing to dip
- Apple slices and peanut butter
- Tortilla roll-ups: Spread a flour tortilla with cream cheese. Layer lunch meat and cheese. Roll up tightly and slice into little spirally wheels.
- Tortilla chips and salsa or guacamole: we always keep a package of frozen ready-made guacamole (from Sams Club) in our freezer for emergencies that involve hors d’oeuvres.
- Bowls of nuts and pretzels
The point of hors d’oeuvres is not pretentiousness. Hors d’oeuvres act as a focal point that gather people in to start interacting with each other and anticipating dinner!