When it comes to cooking real food for company (on a budget), I often have to remind myself that a full meal is not a requirement for entertainment. After all, the heart of hospitality is simply opening your home and life to others.
That being said, I’m pretty sure most things in life can be improved upon by snacks.
So when friends or soon-to-be friends come over and there’s not time/energy/funds for a big sit-down dinner, these are some of my favorite, easy bites to share.
Bonus: they’re fairly frugal, even when serving big groups.
Easy Appetizers and Snacks for Sharing
Hummus and Veggie Sticks/Tortilla chips/Pita chips :: This hummus recipe is similar to one I use, only I’d use less garlic and forgo the hot sauce.
Chips and Guacamole :: I buy the organic tortilla chips from Costco (huge bag) and usually make what I call “cheater’s guacamole:” a couple of mashed up avocados mixed together with a few spoonfuls of quality salsa and a pinch of salt.
If I’m feeling ambitious, I will trot to the garden and pick some tomatoes and cilantro, press some garlic, and chop some onions. But mostly, I cheat.
Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese:: I recently made these for a little gathering with friends, but it was a crowd with simple tastes and no one was as enamored with these bites as I. No matter; more for me.
Thank you, Allergy Free Alaska, for the recipe. Amazing.
*Costco has great deals on both dates and goat cheese; Azure Standard sells some pretty stellar nitrate free smoked turkey bacon at a good price.
Homemade Popcorn :: Organic popping corn cooked on the stove-top in coconut oil and sprinkled with sea salt. And maybe some grass-fed butter. And fresh rosemary, if I’m feeling wild.
What are your favorite “real food” bites to serve company?