Some of the most memorable parties are impromptu celebrations that have seemingly sprung from thin air. However, behind every successful and spontaneous party is probably at least one person who is fairly skilled in the art of entertaining on the fly. For instance, some people seem to be able to create delicious quick finger foods out of the contents of a near-empty refrigerator, but in reality, they’ve got a few tricks up their sleeves as well as in their cupboards.
Keep Canned Salmon on Hand for Fast Finger Foods
Those who successfully pull off last-minute entertaining usually have certain basic supplies stocked in their cupboards. A few cans of smoked salmon and a box of crackers can be used with refrigerator basics to create a tray of elegant hors d’oeuvres. Simply flake the salmon into a bowl, mix in creamed cheese, mayonnaise, a touch of lemon juice and give it a pass-over with a twist of a black cracked pepper mill. Some people like to sprinkle in some freshly chopped baby dill or add a minuscule amount of horseradish for extra tang.
Once mixed thoroughly, the salmon spread can be eaten on crackers. It’s best to use plain water crackers for this because their mild taste does not compete with that of the salmon. This is a healthy, easy-to-prepare and tasty appetizer that almost everyone loves. It’s especially good when served with a glass of Pacific Northwest Pinot Noir.
Good Hosts are Always Prepared
Most people who live lives that are conducive to the birth of spontaneous home gatherings generally keep certain staples in their refrigerator, cupboards and pantries. They also generally have a repertoire of easy-to-prepare quick finger foods that they can basically make in their sleep at a moment’s notice.
Those who are caught without the necessary ingredients for the creation of quick finger foods should feel no compulsion concerning asking a guest or two to run to the store. After all, most people realize that it’s bad form to treat the home of a friend or family member as a fast food restaurant. Those who are constantly finding themselves in the position of providing the setting for impromptu gatherings should consider this approach no matter how well stocked they’ve got their personal larder.
Frozen Foods Can Be Your Friend
Gourmet-level expertise isn’t necessary for the preparation of appetizers for impromptu parties. Sometimes, all that is necessary is a microwave, a package or two of frozen chicken wings and a bowl full of honey mustard or ranch dressing for an excellent accompaniment to cold beer while watching a sports event. Other frozen options include cheese sticks, taquitos, pigs-in-a-blanket, pizza rolls, meatballs-on-a-stick and spring rolls. Many people have found that keeping their freezer well-stocked with some of these items has been a lifesaver when faced with hungry, unexpected guests.
Basically, it is advised that food served at last-minute parties be uncomplicated and easy. After all, the joy of spontaneous living can be completely killed when undue fuss is involved.