Last Minute Appetizers for Unexpected Guests

It's happened to us all. You're busily wrapping gifts or putting the stamps on those holiday cards, and the doorbell rings. Cousin Jimmy or your new neighbors down the street decided to drop over and say hello. You panic for a brief moment. It's been a busy week and there's not a whole lot in the pantry. We've got the perfect thing.

From savory popcorn to quick salsa, these recipes will get you through the holiday season with equal doses sanity and satiation. Most are quick and use ingredients you probably already have on hand. The Olive Oil Marinated-Goat Cheese does use a few fresh herbs and needs to marinate for an hour, but by the time people start chatting and catching up, an hour whizzes by in no time. If you don't have walnut oil on hand, omit it for additional olive oil. Let the unexpected entertaining begin.

Your Go-To Recipes:
Olive Oil Marinated-Goat Cheese - Saveur
Union Popcorn - Seven Spoons
White Bean and Prosciutto Bruschetta - Food and Wine
Buffalo-Style Celery Sticks - Martha Stewart
Rosemary Roasted Cashews - The Kitchen Sink
Quick Salsa - Lottie + Doof

Related:
Radish, Boursin, and Chive Tartines
Quick Feta and Olive Spread

(Images: Martha Stewart & Todd Coleman for Saveur)