Recently I have been thinking about how to launch my love for cooking and entertaining into a profitable business. While in the process of brainstorming money making tactics, my parents were kind enough to think of their charming daughter ;) to cater their cocktail party in an effort to build up my reputation. Of course, I happily agreed and set out to plan a menu. My mother insisted she wanted no fuss nibbles, without the usual suspects ie: cheese, crackers and chips. My mother and I agreed on a few tasty nibbles including crispy chickpeas, truffled popcorn, caprese skewers, and stuffed peppers. Follow my simple recipes below for your next gathering, or if you need a hand... call me ;)
Crispy Moroccan Chickpeas
(Makes about 3 cups)
3 cans chickpeas, drained
Dash of the following spices: cumin, paprika, cinnamon, allspice, clove, cayenne pepper, coriander, chile power, salt, pepper and garlic.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange drained chickpeas on ribbed baking sheet. Coat well with olive oil. Mix spice blend, and toss with chickpeas. Bake for 50 minutes. Allow to cool, and then plate.
Stuffed Peppers with Goat Cheese
Pickled ricotillo peppers*
Use pastry bag or snip goat cheese wrapper at the
corner and pipe into peppers. Skewer or serve alone.
Garnish with scallion.
* Ricotillo peppers are available at speciality markets
next to the olive bar.
Summer Caprese Skewers
French baguette, cubed
Pearl mozzarella balls
Salt, pepper, garlic
Balsamic vinegar (optional)
Preheat oven to 425. Arrange cubed bread on cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt, garlic and pepper. Bake until slightly toasted. Grill zucchini cubes with olive oil over high heat and set aside. Assemble skewers and plate, garnishing with a drizzle of olive oil, basil and balsamic.