There are only two hours before the guests arrive, and you still haven’t prepared the appetizers. Don’t resort to take out just yet! If you find yourself strapped for time with no prepared meals in sight, here are three quick and easy dishes you can serve in less than an hour!
Appetizers in a Flash
I’m all for easy-to-assemble food — a delicious cheese platter, candied nuts, and good quality crackers. Ina Garten’s Roasted Shrimp Cocktail takes only a short time to make and is a fun twist on the standard recipe. Place them in beautiful servers and trays to make them more presentable. After all, presentation is half the battle when it comes to food that’s easy to prepare. Serve them buffet-style and let your guests help themselves.
Main Dish Served at Room Temperature
For the main dish, a quick honey spiraled ham will do the trick. Simply purchase a pre-cooked ham with a honey glaze, serve it at room temperature with gourmet mustard, and you’re all set.
French Green Bean Salad
This boiled green bean salad offers the right amount of crunch and is a great side for your ham. It only takes about 30 minutes to make when you use this recipe from Chow.com.
Even though you’re on a time crunch, your dessert can still be snazzy. Peel and slice the fruits in your pantry to be served with salted caramel dip — an easy fruit and caramel fondue. And if you have a variety of fruits available, all the better!
Impress your guests with a delicious meal prepared in half an hour! And if you’re looking for party themes to do, you can check out our Mexican-themed party guide or awards viewing party ideas!