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?
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.
Cream Cheese and Arugula Toast Bites
a general recipe
Spreadable cream cheese
Arugula and chives, finely chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
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!
(Images: Faith Durand)