Easy Recipes: Party Snacks

It's easy to get a party going at your house -- even spontaneously, like after dinner with friends or on a random Tuesday night -- when you've got the basics on hand. Just add a few extra ingredients to our On-Hand Essentials and you're ready to whip up easy snacks like the ones below.
SNACKS
Easy Ideas Snacks

Honey-Nut Cheese Spread:

Coarsely chop nuts in a food processor. Add room-temperature cream cheese and honey and pulse until barely mixed, or chop by hand and stir together. Serve with bagel chips or crackers.

Tuna-and-Caper Spread:

Combine drained tuna and half a stick of butter in the food processor. Stir in capers as desired. Serve on crackers.

Quick-and-Mini Pizzas:

Spread pasta sauce on a piece of bread and sprinkle chopped pepperoni and shredded cheese on top. Bake in a toaster oven for 10 minutes or in a 400° oven for 10 minutes. Cut into squares.

Marinated Olives:

Marinate olives in extra virgin olive oil, crushed red pepper and grated lemon peel.

Black Bean, Red Onion and Corn Salsa:

Combine rinsed black beans, chopped red onion, thawed frozen corn, chopped canned chiles (pickled jalapeņos are best) and a little extra virgin olive oil. Serve with carrot and celery sticks or tortilla chips.

 
ON-HAND CHECK LISTS

Already On-Hand:

Frozen fruit

Frozen veggies

Butter

Cream cheese

Bacon

Lemon

Limes

Carrots

Celery

Crushed red pepper

Extra-virgin olive oil

Hot pepper sauce

Canned/jarred chiles

Pasta sauce

Canned tuna

Honey

Nuts

ADD THESE PARTY INGREDIENTS:

Cocktail olives

Cocktail onions

Assorted crackers

Capers

Pepperoni

Bread

Bagel chips

Shredded cheese

ON-HAND BAR:

Tonic water

Soda water

Cola

Tomato juice

Orange juice

Cranberry juice

Ice

BASIC ALCOHOL:

Wine

Beer

Vodka

Gin

EXTRA ALCOHOL:

Scotch

Bourbon

Whiskey

Rum

Tequila

Sweet and dry vermouth

ON-HAND EXTRAS:

Napkins

Plates

Glasses

Stirring straws

Bottle opener

Wine opener

Candles

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