Holiday party season is in full swing. Whether you’re hosting or attending, here are a few recipes that are so yummy no one would ever guess they’re also super quick and easy. Because who has excess time to fuss around in the kitchen this time of year? Not you! Gluten free? Vegetarian? No problem! Use these 3-ingredient recipes to please the whole range of party guests, and still have the energy to carry on a conversation.
For the Carnivores: Bacon, Date & Chorizo Bites
All of the ingredients are in the title of this recipe. I’ve been making these since culinary school, and they're always a huge hit. The best part: they’re super easy! (I even included them in the 6-Ingredient Solutions cookbook I worked on at America's Test Kitchen.) Savory. Salty. Spicy. Sweet. For the carnivores, what’s not to love? With 2 kinds of meat and a ton of flavor packed into a single bite, these party faves will disappear the minute you turn your back on them. So grab a couple for yourself before you put that plate down!
For the Herbivores: Za’atar Flatbread
This Lebanese spice blend has become the international darling on restaurant menus around town, and there’s a good reason. You get a ton of flavor bang for your proverbial ingredient buck. The combination of thyme, oregano and sesame seeds is punctuated by slightly citrusy sumac, which is a lesser known spice that is absolutely worth adding to your collection. Mix this herbaceous spice blend with some really good-quality olive oil, slather it on pizza dough, and you’ve got a star-quality appetizer with minimal effort. Cut it into wedges and this little addition seriously elevates the standard hummus-and-cheese-platter party fare. Side note: If it wasn’t the holidays I might advocate making your own dough, because it would be delicious. (David Lebovitz has a great recipe here.) But this time of year, we all need to save ourselves time and stress and take the easy route. In this case, the store-bought pizza dough route.
For the Cheese-ivores: Parmesan Crisps
Go beyond the classic cheese board with these addicting crisps, known as frico in Italian. This could technically be a one-ingredient recipe, especially with really good quality Parmesan cheese. But you can easily dress them up with anything from coarsely cracked black pepper to finely chopped herbs (or both!), and they take only minutes to make. Just be sure that your baking surface is well greased so that you can easily release the melted crisps (I learned that one the hard way!).