Going for a quick drink after work or checking out a new restaurant is always a treat, but many (most, really) Friday and Saturday nights find us making a cocktail at home, for ourselves or for friends. And even though there are no pretenses that it will be a dinner party, I always like to have something simple on hand to snack on beyond the ordinary crackers/cheese/olives scenario.
The key to making a few appetizers at home is to keep it very, very low-key. If I find myself getting overwhelmed with food prep., I also find myself not inviting people over as often. And when it comes down to it, it's more about the company than how perfect your hummus tastes on any given day. Below are a few simple ideas, all with relatively easy ingredient lists and most relying on what's fresh in the markets this time of year.
When hosting a happy hour at home, I'd choose two of these recipes at most and supplement with a few flatbreads, sliced veggies or olives. Again, if it starts to feel overwhelming it likely won't be much fun for you in the long-run. These recipes are nice because they're familiar dishes, but they experiment with new flavor combinations (feta + radishes, sweet potatoes + chickpeas), so they're memorable as well as doable.
What are your go-to homemade happy hour snacks?
Try a Recipe:
• Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus (pictured) - Cookie and Kate
• Feta and Radish Toasts - Saveur
• Phyllo-Wrapped Asparagus with Prosciutto - Cooking Light
• Sundried Tomato Polenta Bites - Recipe Girl
• Peas, Mint and Parmesan Crostini - Bon Appetit
• Fried Green Beans - Naturally Ella
• Spinach Artichoke Cups - What's Gaby Cooking
• Guacamole Hummus - Shutterbean
• Baked Mozzarella Appetizer with Plum Tomato Sauce - Canyon Ranch
• Sweet and Spicy Almonds - Joy the Baker
(Image: Cookie and Kate)