Planning a party is fun, but what about those last-minute get-togethers? Here are a few ideas that will keep you prepared for surprise guests.
If you are planning a party in advance, serving your guests is easy -- but what about those last-minute gatherings or even a surprise visit from out-of-town friends? Here are a few tips and suggestions on how to stock your food pantry so you'll always be prepared - and without a last-minute run to the store.
A few necessities
to keep on hand:
It's easy to throw party food together with just a little advance stocking.
Now that the pantry is in good shape, you'll need a few items for the fridge and freezer.
Frozen cocktail-sized shrimp are great to have on hand. Serve with sauce and lemon juice.
If you have a loaf of bread, quarter the slices. Heat (or place in toaster before quartering), add cheese, and you'll have an instant toast point appetizer. Use bread squares for fast and easy finger sandwiches, too.
Melt a block of processed cheese in a bowl with your favorite salsa.
Keep a backup package of cream cheese in the refrigerator. It is always good for mixing with salsa or even a can of refried beans or other canned good.
Purchase gourmet coffee in small packages and freeze. You will always have a variety to choose from depending on your guests' preferences.
You may find other items in the refrigerator that will work as last-minute appetizers, including celery, pimiento cheese, avocados, and tortillas (heat to crisp up).
Two easy recipes:
Cheddar and Monterey
Hummus Bi Tahini
-Drain the chickpeas,
keep the liquid to add later if necessary.
gatherings, you do not have to be fancy; but it is always nice to serve
your guests well, even in spontaneous situations.
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