Three Laid-Back Snacks For Casual Gatherings
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
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?