Well friends, I’m having a party.
No, this isn’t a party to relive one of the best comedy films of the nineties. Young Kid and Play got me beat on the cool scale. However, this one should be just as fun, because it’s a birthday party! And you, lovely readers, are invited to join in on the fun.
Yep, I recently celebrated my birthday, and while being at home with my family was half past fabulous, I thought I’d have a little shindig here in the DMV to celebrate with friends. Tomorrow night’s the big night, and right now, there’s only one variable to figure out:
What to serve to a small crowd of foodie guests with good taste? What sorts of snacks might be GKG signatures? You guys know what I like — veggies, Italian-influenced food, easy and straightforward recipes, and a healthy helping of cheese. With these “rules” in mind, here are my thoughts for this appetizer-and-cocktail evening:
Baked Ricotta with Pesto-Garlic Crostini
This Chow.com recipe for baked ricotta looks so simple, easy and delicious that I couldn’t resist adding it to my party menu. Having seen this recent post on The Kitchn all about the joys of baked ricotta dips, I thought I’d give it a shot. I’m planning to serve the baked ricotta with Pesto-Garlic Crostini — a fancy way of saying I’ll spread a thin layer of pesto and rub a garlic clove on oven-toasted slices of French bread. Yum-o!
Yup, these gems came from Pinterest, and oh-holy-cannoli do they look good. And EASY! Given that the recipe combines all ingredients (veggies, cheese, breadcrumbs, spices) in one bowl, rolls the mixture into balls and bakes the bites in the oven for 20 minutes, I think it’ll be hard to mess this one up! Plus, my love of broccoli knows no bounds.
Chips with Semi-Doctored Salsa
Sometimes, you want to make everything from scratch. And sometimes, you don’t. This is one of those times. 🙂
My plan for a simple, fruit-and-veg happy dip is to take some store-bought salsa (Giant’s “garden salsa” variety is really, really good. And low in sodium! What-what.) and toss in some mix-ins. My top choices? Pineapple chunks, mango chunks, and fresh chopped cilantro. Depending on what I find in the grocery store tonight, I’ll keep you posted.
Here’s to easy and simple party planning! What sorts of treats and goodies have you served to guests and your parties? Do y’all like entertaining, or does the thought of cooking for people other than yourself send chills down your spine and shivers through your saute pans? What are your tricks of the entertaining trade?