In most cases, entertaining involves planning and preparation. You give your guests enough warning to clear their schedules and yourself enough time to plan a menu and inevitably make multiple trips to the grocery store.
However, not everything always goes as planned. In fact, sometimes your friends just decide to stop by, or your house becomes the venue for an impromptu post soccer game celebration.
If you find yourself the host of a last minute gathering, do not stress. The hostess next door is here to share some last minute recipes that you can seriously whip up in almost no time at all.
But before Chef Vanessa shares her life saving secrets, here is a list of supplies you should keep in your pantry at all times in case of emergency (or rather a spontaneous get-together):
- Fruit and Veggies
- Popcorn kernels
- Canned black beans or chickpeas
- Tortilla chips
- Jarred salsas
- Wine and beer
- Sparking juices
- Frozen cookie dough
- Assorted jams and preserves
- Good coffee and tea
- Cured meats
Now that your last minute party survival kit is assembled, you are ready to make some dishes like pear, honey and prosciutto crostinis or spicy garlic and lemon shrimp.
The best part? These recipes are simple and quick enough to give to your husband or kids to make. The other best part? Your guests will wonder how you got a caterer so last minute.
Prepare to be amazed, and watch below for a step by step guide on how to be the best last-minute hostess ever:
- 1 loaf Baguette or ciabatta bread, sliced
- 1 Ripe Anjou pear, sliced
- 2 Tbsps. Fresh ricotta
- 1 Tbsp. Honey, drizzled
- To taste Freshly ground pepper
- Spicy Garlic and Lemon Shrimp
- 1 lb Fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
1⁄2cup Olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. Garlic, minced
1⁄2tsp. Red pepper flakes
- 1 Lemon, for zest and juice
- 2 Tbsps. Chopped flat leaf parsley
- To taste Kosher salt
- 1 loaf Crusty bread, for serving
- Start by grilling the bread
- Layer the toppings, starting with ricotta, then small pieces of prosciutto and sliced pear.
- Finish with a drizzle of honey and freshly ground pepper
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is barely golden, about one minute.
- Add shrimp and cook for one minute.
- Add the fresh lemon juice and cook for one more minute
- Turn off heat and season with salt; toss in chopped fresh leaf parsley.
- Serve in decorative bowl with crusty bread.