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The festive season may be over but that doesn’t mean that you can enjoy some great food and drinks with friends. But, while you may not fancy hosting a full dinner party, there are plenty of nibbles you can put on without too much fuss but with plenty of flavor!
Toast is the perfect little plate for all kinds of ingredients and combinations. This is just what you need at a drinks party to soak up a little bit of the alcohol and have fun. You can easily whip up most “on toast” recipes the night before but since many are just a case of assembly, they won’t take too long to put together while your guests sip their drinks.
Crab and Swiss Melts
With a few ingredients and a bit of imagination, you would be surprised at just what you can do with some soft shell crabs, cream cheese and a hot sauce.
This recipe is borrowed and adapted from allrecipes.
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup of cooked crab meat
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 ½ cups grated swiss cheese
Salad chilies, finely sliced
2 avocados, sliced
Salt and pepper
A french bread baton, sliced
Fresh parsley garnish
Whip the cream cheese in a bowl and then add in the crab, crushed garlic, chilli slices and salt and pepper to taste.
Lay the avocado slices on the bread and then top with the crab mix.
Sprinkle the swiss cheese on top.
Bake for around 15 minutes at 425 fahrenheit to melt the cheese
Load your nibbles onto a tray and sprinkle over with the parsley garnish
Easy Pizza Bites
If you’re a fan of the humble grilled cheese, you will certainly love this simple, fail-safe recipe. Once you have the basic recipe down, feel free to improvise with your toppings! Cooked meats, vegetables and all kinds of different cheeses work beautifully so play around with different combinations.
This recipe is adapted from the genius cook Nigella Lawson.
1 naan bread
Simple tomato pasta sauce from a jar
Mozzarella pizza cheese
A few basil leaves for garnish
Any toppings you fancy
Spread a thin layer of pasta sauce on your naan bread, load up with your favourite toppings and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for around 5 minutes at 425 fahrenheit or until the cheese is bubbling.
Chop into slices and garnish with the basil leaves.
Blue Cheese, Pear and Walnut Crostini
Crostini is a fancy Italian kind of toast and you can add pretty much any topping you like. All you need to do is toast your bread under the grill until it is dry and golden. This combination of ingredients adds a little sweetness to your table without overdoing it.
Blue cheese and pear is a classic combination which can be greatly improved with honey glazed walnuts.
Honey glazed walnuts
Runny honey to drizzle over the top
Slice the pears thinly and arrange on top of the bread.
Crumble over the blue cheese.
Add the walnuts and drizzle over a little honey.