Food

Quick and Easy Party Snacks

Not long ago, GodzillaPin and the Ninja Turtle had a couple of German friends who came by to visit for a couple of days. There was a lot of beer going on, and of course with a drink (or three), one naturally seeks out a snack. How often though, is one faced with peanuts, chips and crackers? If you’re really lucky and someone decides to be fancy, you may get green olives and salami. It does the job of soaking up the alcohol in your stomach, but come on, food ought to be a little bit more than simply utilitarian, especially at a party or a gathering!

It really isn’t challenging to lift the game with a couple of simple, fresh ingredients thrown together. Bonus: if you make enough nibbles for your guests, you could even do away with preparing a main course all together! (OK jokes aside, the Ninja Turtle is known to overdo the tapas sometimes, and completely ruin her appetite for the dinner itself, so she’s just speaking from personal experience).

Here’s what the Ninja Turtle served up for the group’s soirée:

Cheese plate! What's not to like about an assortment of cheese?

Cheese plate! What’s not to like about an assortment of cheese with seasonal fruit?

The Ninja Turtle and her best friend initially horrified GodzillaPin with the whole jam+cheese idea, but he’s wrapped his head around the sweet and savoury pairing. It gets deliciously messy to eat without crackers involved, but if your friends love you, they will be licking, not pointing their sticky judgemental fingers at you.

Tomme de Savoie, emmental, morbier... there are hundreds of French cheese to work through before this snack becomes old.

Tomme de Savoie, emmental, morbier… there are hundreds of French cheese to work through before this snack becomes old.

Searching a healthier/lighter option for the warmer weather?

The 3 Cs for a crunchy canapé: cucumber, cheese (ricotta) and caviar.

The 3 Cs for a crunchy canapé: cucumber, cheese (ricotta) and caviar.

Or for something more substantial…

Terrine and confit on French loaf

Terrine Lyonnaise and Sauvignon confit on French loaf

None of the above takes more than three minutes to whip up, which leaves one free to hang out with the guests, because nothing is worse than being the kind of host who spends the entire time noticeably absent by slaving away in the kitchen. And none of them feature more than three key ingredients each, which should make it friendly on the wallet. Ultimately, there are thousands of snacks one could serve alongside drinks, so there really isn’t any reason to be presenting your guests with peanuts and popcorn ever again.

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