Your halls are decked. You have a good start on your shopping. It’s the “drop by” guests that have you worried. During the holidays, when friends are more likely to stop by spur of the moment, is also when we are most strapped for time. So, what do you serve these impromptu guests when your prep time is limited?
After years of being a “glutton for punishment,” as my husband would say—spending hours making intricate appetizers and cookies that I didn’t even want to eat—I realized that a few, simple, no-cook appetizers can be just as delicious and filling.
My advice to you: head to your favorite grocery store and stock up on a variety of locally jarred jams and chutney, pickled vegetables, crackers, olives, cheeses, salami, hummus, nuts, chocolate, small cookies, and wine. You can mix and match these ingredients in endless combinations. With a little bit of thought behind the presentation (a few sprigs of fresh herbs always work well), your guests will be thrilled with whatever assortment of noshes you set out for them to nibble on.
Here are 10 ideas to get you started:
written by Aliya Hall Despite starting as a hobby, Heart of the Valley Homebrewers in Corvallis has turned a passion…