Does this scenario sound familiar? You invite friends over for a spontaneous happy hour on the patio. Your friends arrive, the wine flows, as does the conversation. An absolutely perfect situation except for one important detail—you forgot the appetizers for the inevitable snack attack. Wait! Before hanging your head in shame and sending everyone home, check out our tips for pulling together simple, delicious appetizers in no time. If you have a bottle of good quality extra virgin olive oil on hand (and we know you do), plus a few basic items, appetizers are a cinch to pull together on a dime.
Popcorn: Who doesn’t love a bowl of hot, seasoned popcorn? Really, it’s the great unifier. What’s more, you can make popcorn on the stovetop in less than five minutes. Drizzle with a vibrant olive oil and toss with salt, pepper, or other tasty toppings. Endless possibilities.
EVOO Dipping Sauce with Bread: Happen to have a loaf of fresh bread in the pantry, or a bakery around the corner? Toss that bread in the toaster oven for few minutes while you throw together this tasty dipping sauce using garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and parsley.
Olive Tapenade with Rosemary and Basil: Yes, basil doesn’t become truly magical until early summer, but you might be able to harvest just enough leaves off small plants to pull together this delicious tapenade with simple pantry staples. Extra bonus point for serving with parmesan crisps, but any crackers will do.
Now, get back to your friends and have some fun!