New Years Eve?  Going out on Amateur Night?   Yikes!…no.  A small gathering in with friends could be the perfect simplequietmodern plan. A few small plates and something sparkling in the beverage department will easily satisfy with a minimum of stress. If you whip up some tasty Greek meatballs during the week you can freeze them and reheat while your guests are enjoying their first beverage. Add some pita, tziki…and a big Greek salad, all easily prepared earlier in the day (or even better…ordered and picked up “to go”). Don’t forget the Baklava for a sweet note and you are done, done and done. How simple was that? You’re welcome.grkmtbllsingr6Fgrkmtbllsflr5Fgrkmtbllsdn2Ftzikimtblls2aFGrkmtbllrcpeBubblefluteF

This Greek Meatball recipe was fromhttp://www.sauceandsensibility.com/?p=1639, really,give it a try.

Small plates…

December 14, 2012

Appetizers…Bocas…or simply snacks, a  single  hor d’oeuvre or an assortment can be a prelude to dinner or actually be dinner. Grazing for me has always been preferable to the large meal. “Befores and afters” make for simple uncomplicated entertaining during the holidays.  Small plates , when given a little thought before hand, can be gathered or prepared ahead in many cases leaving you free to enjoy hosting a smart soiree without a pocket full of Xanax. The relaxing task of preparing one item, quince paste for example, can be done a few days in advance and the accompanying bread, Manchego cheese, olives and Marcona almonds can be gathered in one quick stop at the market. Some wine and perhaps something of chocolate  and you are ready to entertain a handful of friends on the fly any night of the week.

I used the recipe for the Quince Paste ( Menbrillo) here:http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/membrillo_quince_paste/