Quick Bites: The Finger Food Variety
When you have people over for a mid-afternoon visit, whether that be stopping in to say hi or dropping by for a sporting event on television, the small stuff that can be transported, handled and eaten without much fuss is the perfect solution. The food isn't the highlight here, it's the perfect companion.
I love Smooth Garlicky Hummus, Smoked Salmon Crostini, Chipotle Chicken Wings w/ Cool Yoghurt & Cilantro Dip, and too many other small bites to name. Here are two of those recipes:
Smooth Garlic Hummus
Yields: 3 cups
2 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 tbsp. tahini paste (sesame seed puree)
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 tsp. sea salt and cracked pepper
3 cloves garlic, smashed (optional-roasted)
1/4 cup Extra-Virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. cumin
|Creamy Garlic Hummus|
Chipotle Chicken Wings with Creamy Yoghurt and Cilantro Dip
2 pounds chicken wings (15-20)
Extra-Virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1/2 bunch of cilantro leaves
2 limes, cut into wedges
1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 chipotles, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayo
1 lemon, zested and juiced
Kosher salt and Cracked pepper
1. Preheat grill to med-high heat and, using paper towels with some oil, wipe down the grates to ensure a non-stick grilling surface.
2. Toss wings in oil and season with salt and cracked pepper. Lay out flat on grill and cook for 5 minutes, until golden brown. Meanwhile, combine chopped chipotles with butter and vinegar and baste the wings on the grill while they continue to cook. Continue cooking for 20 or so minutes.
3. Before the chicken is finished cooking, prepare the dressing. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly until they are fully mixed together. Season to taste.
4. Serve wings with yoghurt and cilantro dressing on the side.
|Creamy Yoghurt Dressing|
|Chipotle Grilled Wings|
|Fresh Herbed Cream Cheese, Smoked Salmon and Chives|