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Three Laid-Back Snacks For Casual Gatherings

Posted by on Mar. 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM
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We don't have elaborate dinner parties at our house anymore since the arrival of our daughter. When we do have company over, we keep it super casual with drinks and snacks and good conversation, or having friends over to watch the newest episode of whatever show we're currently in love with (we are SERIOUSLY anticipating the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones). Here are three of my favorite super casual snacks for these kinds of gatherings.

Garlicky White Bean Dip with Toasted Pita Points

1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Healthy glug of olive oil

2 cloves fresh garlic

Juice from 1/2 lemon

Pinch of salt and pepper each, or more to taste

4 large pita loaves, sliced into triangles and toasted in the oven

Puree the beans, oil, garlic, lemon, salt and pepper in a food processor. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve with the toasted pita bread.

Avocado and Bacon Deviled Eggs

9 Hard Boiled Eggs, peeled and sliced in half

1 Avocado

Juice of 1 lime

3 tbsp full fat sour cream

1 tsp of salt

4 Slices of cooked bacon, divided into 5 pieces each

Scoop the yolk out of the hard boiled eggs half and puree it with the avocado, lime, sour cream and salt. Using a pastry bag, pipe the yolk mixture into the 18 egg white halves. Garnish with the crispy bacon bite. I also like to sprinkle my finished deviled eggs with a little salt and pepper.

Crispy Roasted Curried Chickpeas

1 large can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained well

2 tbsp of olive oil

1 tsp of sea salt

1 tsp of curry powder

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Dry the chickpeas well with a few paper towels. Toss them in the olive oil and sprinkle with the salt and curry. Spread the chickpeas on a roasting pan in a single layer and roast for 35 minutes, or until crispy. Serve in a bowl for a quick crunchy snack. These also make a great soup topper.

What sort of snacks do you serve when you have company?


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by on Mar. 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM
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SweetLuci
by Gold Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 1:00 AM

 These all sound really good. Are the deviled eggs green? That would be perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Mar. 17, 2014 at 7:35 AM
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mmm....those deviled eggs sound GOOD!

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Mar. 17, 2014 at 7:36 AM

When we have company, we usually put out salsa and chips, cheese, veggies & dip, buffalo chicken dip

kaybear123
by Kayla on Mar. 17, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Sounds easy enough

batjmom
by Sarah on Mar. 17, 2014 at 10:24 AM
Those sound good
I love garlic so I'll be making the first one for sure
I usually have vegetables and hummus
A variety of cheese and pita chips
Depends on the occasion too
Peachy34500
by Gold Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Fruit and veggies
Peachy34500
by Gold Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Chips and dip
Peachy34500
by Gold Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Meatballs
jessicasmom1
by Laina on Mar. 17, 2014 at 5:43 PM

meatballs, taco salad, buffalo chicken cheese dip

arpazia
by Bronze Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 6:36 PM
Mmmmm! The eggs sound good
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