A long time subscriber recently requested that we work on appetizer ideas for Super Bowl and entertaining.
We set to work with the idea of tapas - or small plates - which are a tradition among many Mediterranean countries for meals.
Small plates are easy and fun to make. And as we discovered in a party we gave, they generate a lot of interest and all vegetables consumed!
Here is what we made:
Chips and salsa - if you are going to serve chips, it may as well be with salsa so more vegetables can be consumed. We chose to make a quick home-made salsa with no-salt-added tomatoes.
Fruit plate - use a variety of fresh and dried fruit for color and texture variety.
A variety of dips and fresh veggie plates - choose about 6 or 7 different veggies and 2 different dips and make at least 2 different small plates. By mixing them up and serving on a variety of small dishes they generated interest and can be placed around the room.
Pinwheels - we spread a flour tortilla with hummus and rolled it up with diced tomatoes in the center. Many more ideas came to mind - with peanut butter/fruit, black bean spread, feta/veggie and more being possibilities. Of course we served these with more tomatoes in the center for an accompaniment.
You can make all of these options a day ahead of time and store covered in the refrigerator.
Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.