Scramble mode, that's me just before a party's to start, that rush-rush hour or so when there will be exactly enough time to get everything done but not a minute, not a second, more. How does that happen anyway?
But here's an appetizer I used to keep in my back pocket, just in case I really ran short of time and the appetizer I'd planned, more elegant but more fussy, just wasn't going to happen. But now I just put these out on purpose, because people like them. There's nothing unfamiliar or mysterious about this, you also can tell, hey, it looks fresh and healthy. So these just go, one by one, some people back for seconds and thirds, until the platter is empty.
I hesitate to call this a recipe, really, it's more like a visual suggestion, an eyeball reminder. Buy a packet of those small party squares (I'm partial to the rye ones, more flavor), slather on a little Boursin or something similar, then add thin slices of tomato and cucumber. The real trick though? The bit of seasoning salt on top!
RECIPE for PARTY RYE with TOMATO & CUCUMBER
Time to table: 5 minutes
Serves as many as needed, I usually allow 2 - 3 per person
Pepperidge Farm Party Jewish Rye
Roma tomatoes, sliced
English cucumber, sliced
Seasoning salt & pepper (don't skip this!)
Spread Boursin over bread slices, top with a slice of tomato or cucumber, sprinkle with seasoning salt. Can be made an hour or so ahead of time, no more.
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
Pepperidge Farm what? Here's a photo, you'll recognize the long, square package right away, I think. They seem to be sold near the deli/cheese department.
Boursin is a garlicky cream cheese mixture sold in rounds and tubs, here's a photo. For what it is, it's priced high-high-high, the last I looked, $28 per pound. Trader Joe's makes a knock-off but it's not to my taste. I use an extra garlicky version of my recipe for Basil-Cream Cheese Dip as a great substitute.
Check your pantry, chances are you'll have a seasoning salt that will appeal, I happen to like this one, Spiced Tuscan Salt.
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