A hearty dip that will have people hovering by the bowl, so place it somewhere out of traffic flow. Serve with tortilla chips to scoop it up with.
A very refreshing cocktail for weary palates.
Dead easy cheeseballs to make, with surprise fruit-and-nut centres that give them a bit of sophistication.
Very common on cold buffet tables in America’s Pennsylvania Dutch country.
This salad looks dramatic, tastes amazing, and is an ideal make-ahead recipe. The combination of the beans and corn also provides a complete protein.
Good make ahead recipe. You can even make it a day ahead — the flavours will get a chance to marry.
Chalupas means little boats. They are made of cornmeal-dough, formed into little canoes, deep-fried and then filled with toppings of your choice.
Very tasty party nibbly dish.
A quick and easy spread for crackers at a party.
These are spicy chiles, stuffed with cheese, battered and deep-fried. Simply amazing.
You can make the pie up to a day ahead; just don’t glaze it with the egg until it actually goes into the oven.
Set a platter of these out at a party, and stand back.
A classic, pure Martini recipe.
Dead easy, can be made a day in advance.
A classic North American 1950s dish to make and take to feed a crowd at gatherings. It was dubbed Funeral Beans because it was a stand-by crowd-pleaser for gatherings after funerals.
A great, non-alcoholic refreshing summer drink.
These are great nibblies.
Be wary of these, as they go down too easily, particularly on warm summer evenings.
Hummos on nachos? Who’da thought? But it is actually a fantastic, morish combination.
This is a bit fiddly, but you can make it a day ahead.
A dead easy but great tasting Pâté for the winter months.
You can serve this as you would a pâté with crackers or biscuits, or if you put it into 4 separate small dishes or glasses, you could use it as a main course along with some bread.
These prosciutto and cheese rolls are easy to make, yet they are small little flavour bombs that have people’s mouths in ecstasy. You can see their eyes go wide as the combined warm Mediterranean flavours of prosciutto, goat’s cheese, lemon and olive oil h
A mild, light drink.