Here is a "go to" that I have used over and over, and I always get rave reviews when I serve.
So "stupid simple" but SO good!
- 8 oz brick of cream cheese (room temp -nuke for 15-20 seconds if needed)
- 1/2 c. chopped pickled jalapeno peppers, drained
- 1/2 c. toasted almond slivers or pecans (both are equally good, but have different flavors)
- squirt of lemon juice
- cracked pepper
- whole grain crackers, (Triscuits,) mini cocktail breads, pita chips -- any of these are great!
Just get the cream cheese to room temp. You can nuke a few seconds, but don't over do it so that it starts to run or spread.
Sprinkle on cracked pepper and a squirt of lemon juice. Layer on jalapenos and then the toasted nuts. Serve with crackers or toasted breads. Sit back and enjoy that martini while the guests compliment you!
As a bonus to this "last minute appetizer" concept -- here is another favorite that is super easy and you probably have everything you need to make this one.
Take a brick of cream cheese and lay out little patties in a pie dish. Pour on a can of chili. Layer on shredded monterey or Mexican blend cheese. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees and serve with tortilla chips. YUM!