Speedy turnaround isn’t the only metric of success for appetizers. A great app packs onto a small plate intense, complex flavors made with only a few ingredients. And above all, a hard-working appetizer should trigger the appetite and make guests hunger for the meal ahead.
A little of this, a little of that is a great way to tease the taste buds. And this pretty plate of goat cheese and roasted olives fragrant with lemon and fresh extra virgin olive oil offers an array of nibbles – with an appetizer ingredient list you can count on one hand.
For a more substantial schmear, consider a roasted garlic white bean dip atop crostini, flatbread, crackers, or carrot sticks. It blends together in a snap and serves as a satisfying appetizer.
Craving some vegetables? This savory roasted summer squash with feta kicks the dip off the common crudite. Seared, caramelized zucchini, yellow squash, or pattypan squash are sweet against the salty of the cheese.
These appetizers with few ingredients – fueled by delicious extra virgin olive oil – are always ready whenever entertaining needs a hand.