Last-Minute Appetizers from the Pantry

by in Entertaining, March 29th, 2014

Last-Minute Appetizers from the PantryWe’ve all been there: Friends dropped by unexpectedly (yay!). You’ve nothing to serve them (boo!). Or do you? Odds are, tucked away in your cupboard or fridge are a few familiar ingredients that can easily be turned into tasty snacks. You just need to know what to look for. Here are simple ways to transform kitchen standbys into beyond-the-basics appetizers.

Ingredient: Jarred or Canned Olives
Appetizer: Marinated Olives
Warm in olive oil with seasonings of your choice — try red pepper flakes and garlic, fennel seeds and coriander, or orange zest and rosemary.

Ingredient: Packaged Hummus
Appetizer: Dressed-Up Hummus
Dress up this refrigerator staple by scooping it into a pretty bowl; drizzle it with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika or cayenne.

Ingredient: Popcorn
Appetizer: Spiced Popcorn
Skip the ho-hum salt; drizzle this no-fail snack with melted butter and a few shakes of something from the spice rack. Try seafood seasoning (Old Bay), five-spice powder, smoked paprika or herbes de Provence.

Check out the full gallery of transformed pantry ingredients.

Lygeia Grace is a Senior Editor in Food Network Kitchen.

Similar Posts

A One-Stop Guide to Easy Summer Entertaining

From afternoon pool parties to late nights spent gathered around the fire pit, summer’s all about alfresco entertaining. But between planning th...

Comments (1)

  1. Thanks for posting these party ideas.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>