Recipes, Savory, Sweet

Last Minute Appetizers

You were so worried about the entrée that you forgot about the appetizers? Don’t worry, this happens to us whenever we are preparing a big family meal, but normally it’s because we had our eyes on the desserts!

Here are quick & easy tips for turning pantry items into fabulous appetizers.


Take your canned or jar olives and roast them in the oven for a few minutes with olive oil & herb spices. We love a mix of thyme, rosemary, oregano & red pepper flakes.

2. Spiced Popcorn 

Whether you have kernels or microwavable bagged popcorn you can turn that butter treat your use to having while watching a movie into a spicy mouthful.

Try sprinkling on some Old Bay seasoning or cracked black pepper and truffle oil.

3. Cheese & Cracker Upgrade

You can do this with really any cheese but goat cheese seems to work the best since it is soft and the herds stick on top easily. For this pantry tip, take a log of cheese and roll it around in parsley, chives, or cilantro until the cheese is incrusted. The bright green herb coloring is a nice contrast to the white cheese.

4. Cinnamon Twists

This tip works great if you have pizza dough, or pie dough left over. Just roll out the dough and cut into small 1 inch strips. then sprinkle them with cinnamon and brown sugar. Twist the dough & bake. These are sweet & delicious! You could even make them a dessert by adding some chocolate dipping sauce.

5. Toasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas are a great appetizer or even snack because of how filling they can be. You just need to toss them in some olive oil, herb seasoning & roast them in the oven.

To speed up the toasting process, make sure that you dry the chickpeas well once you take them out of the can. Our favorite way to make chickpeas is with olive oil & curry powder.

These are just some of our great pantry recipe tips but The Food Network has so many more!

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