Quick Snack Recipe: Cream Cheese and Arugula Toast Bites

The last time I went to the grocery store with my husband he stopped in the deli area and picked up a packet of miniature toasts. "Aren't these cute?" he said. "I bet you could do something awesome with these." How could I resist that?

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See? Aren't they cute?

And he was right: These miniature toast bites are one of the best little aids to easy appetizers that I've found in a long time. I don't know if I would call this appetizer awesome (it's very, very basic, actually!) but it has its own pleasures. It's just cream cheese, spicy arugula and chives from the garden, and a drizzle of olive oil. They are cool, delicious, and blazingly quick to make. Our guests made them disappear in about seven minutes, too.

Of course, you don't need petite toasts to make this super-easy appetizer, but they sure are tasty and cute. You could also use crackers, slices of baguette, or even regular toast cut into small pieces.

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Cream Cheese and Arugula Toast Bites
a general recipe

Petite toasts
Spreadable cream cheese
Arugula and chives, finely chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil

Spread the toasts or crackers with cream cheese. Sprinkle with chopped arugula and chives, then with salt and pepper. Finish with a thin drizzle of olive oil. Serve and enjoy!

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Related: Appetizer Recipe: Flatbreads with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions, and Basil

(Images: Faith Durand)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.