Quick & easy hors d'oeuvres
Last night we hosted a dinner party for friends from business school.Â I was excited to have people over but was a little limited on time.Â Wanting to put out more than just your standard cheese plate for hors d’oeuvres, I turned to Mark Bittman.Â In December 2007, he published an article entitled “101 Simple Appetizers in 20 Minutes or Less”.Â Â The article provides great quick, easy, and interesting appetizer ideas and is organized into several categories — bread & crackers, bruschetta, on toothpicks, on skewers, finger foods, little sandwich triangles, and things that might require a fork.
I made a couple of “toothpick” appetizers.Â I bought some good quality chorizo and simply sliced it and cooked it in a frying pan.Â The chorizo was a hit — it was almost all gone before all of our guests arrived.
I also made caprese salad on a stick.Â I put a grape tomato, a bocconcini (a small nugget of fresh mozzarella), and basil leaf on a toothpick, sprinkled with salt, and drizzled with olive oil.
After reading through the 101 appetizers ideas again yesterday, I am excited to try many more of these easy but elegant recipes.