We discussed yesterday when we made caprese skewers that weeknights are just the BEST time to have people over for a fun happy hour, right?
The problem is, people REALLY shouldn't be drinking without eating, and WHO wants to cook a ton of complicated food after work when your friends are chatting?
Not I, that's who.
Here are some ideas that I use often for happy hours when I don't have time to cook. Pick 3 or 4 and your guests will be thrilled - no need to put on a huge fancy spread, people are just happy that you'll have them over!
The red links will take you back to the original recipes - enjoy!
Of course, make some dang caprese skewers - they couldn't be easier! Add some olives if you're feeling fancy.
I like hummus, and as long as you keep a can of chick peas in your cabinet you can make it on a moment's notice. Throw some sundried tomatoes in there if you've got any on hand! They add a nice sweetness to regular hummus.
You'll have to have shrimp on hand or stop by the store, but this 3-ingredient hibachi shrimp is super duper easy and delicious. Throw out some toothpicks and call it a day. Simple!
Last, but certainly not least, make some lemon-parm toasts and put out anything you've got to go with it - fresh veggies and fruit, cheese, spreads, meats, pickles - the sky's the limit! This makes a great "platter" effect with very little effort on your part. You could even use sandwich bread or cut some bagels into quarters using this method - I do it all the time!
Seriously, kids, there are so many easy ways to feed people without going to a lot of trouble!
Plan a happy hour during your lunch break today, and enjoy your evening!