holidays are always a busy time, usually filled with the production
of a large feast for family and friends, overnight guests
and the extra jobs that come with hosting and entertaining
throughout the festive season. If youre like us, youre
always looking for quick, delicious, fix it in a minute
appetizers that you can prepare in an instant.
With a few key ingredients on hand, these
otherwise moments of panic can be transformed into cool, calm
and casual triumphs that will have everyone thinking youre
Emergency Pantry List
- Red bell peppers
- Roasted red bell peppers
- Yellow Onion
- Red Onion
Meat & Seafood
- Smoked salmon
- Cooked crab
Cheese & Dairy
- Whipped cream cheese
- Sour cream
- Roasted Garlic
- Prepared polenta
- Corn tortillas
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Olive oil
- Smoked Mozzarella
- GF Rice Crackers or Nut Thin Crackers
What can you do with these ingredients?
Decorate a platter with a scoop of whipped
cream cheese, smoked salmon slices, sliced tomatoes, red onion
slices, crackers and if you have them a dollop of capers.
Red Peppers w/ Fresh Mozzarella
Place tomatoes pieces and mozzarella on
top of roasted red peppers, sprinkle with salt and pepper
and drizzle oil and vinegar on top.
Wrapped in Prosciutto
Mix cream cheese with roasted garlic and
spread on Prosciutto slices, sprinkle with cracked peppercorns
and roll around two blanched asparagus spears.
Wrapped in Prosciutto
Thread mozzarella balls and a sun-dried
tomato on to stripped rosemary stems. Wrap mozzarella skewers
Pop corn in an air popper and season with
butter, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
with Smoked Salmon
Cut prepared polenta into rounds and brush
with olive oil. Place under the broiler and brown on both
sides. Spread whipped cream cheese on each polenta round and
top with a slice of red onion and smoked salmon. Top with
a dill sprig.
and Smoked Mozzarella Wrapped in Prosciutto
Place a piece of cheese on top of a prune
and wrap it with Prosciutto. Secure each piece with a toothpick.
Broil until Prosciutto gets crispy and cheese melts.
and Dill Quesadillas
Top corn tortillas with cheese. Top each
with shallots and smoked salmon and sprinkle each with a little
fresh dill. Cover with remaining tortillas. Combine sour cream,
fresh dill and season to taste with salt and freshly ground
black pepper. Fry quesadillas in oil until browned on both
sides. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into fourths. Serve
with dill sour cream and garnish with a small sprig of dill.
Ginger Marinated Shrimp
Combine garlic, ginger and cilantro; puree
and add lemon juice, gf soy sauce, and olive oil. Toss shrimp
with marinade and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Transfer
shrimp from marinade to saute pan and cook for 2 minutes on
Stuff hard boiled eggs with a mixture of
yolks, mayonnaise, chives and chopped cooked shrimp. Garnish
with a dollop of Asian hot chile sauce.
Prosciutto and Basil Bites
Cut cantaloupe, basil and Prosciutto into
small bite-size squares. Layer cantaloupe then basil then
Prosciutto then cantaloupe and secure with a toothpick.