EASY PEASY HORS D’OEUVRES

This beautiful plate of hors d’oeuvres took minutes to make an assemble. And doesn’t it look yummy!
A  plate like this can be used as hors d’oeuvres or even as part of a meal. It has those scrumptious Mediterranean flavors we all love!
No one will care that you didn’t spend hours slaving away in the kitchen when they can nibble on such great savories…

All these intensely flavored tidbits came from my grocer’s deli isle. I am just amazed at all the wonderful, high quality food we can get ready-to-eat from the grocer’s!
I chose 3 distinct flavors for my hors d’oeuvre platter. A tangy tomato bruschetta, pungent oil cured olives and soft cheeses. Three  selections are plenty… even for a group!
Toasting the baguettes was the only cooking I did. A day old baguette was cut up, brushed with olive oil and put into a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes until they were just golden brown and crisp. To make this appetizer even easier, store bought panini  could be substituted.

I think the real trick to making GOOD QUALITY store bought food  into a delicious starter or part of a meal is the presentation. We all eat with our eyes first!
 The food itself is so colorful and sensual that I served it on a very neutral, all white background.
 It is important to stage store bought hors d’oeuvres to look better than homemade. I added fresh herbs to the mozzarella and feta cheese as well as the bruschetta.  And drizzling a little extra olive oil over the olives made them look shiny and plump.
Here are some great deli isle finds to add to an hors d’oeuvre platter…
~bruschetta
~olives
~fresh cheeses
~roasted red peppers
~hummus
~marinaded mushrooms
~marinaded artichoke hearts
~marinaded heart of palm
~pickled vegetables
~tapenades
~ onion marmalade
~soft cheeses
~tzatziki
~ pate’
~ toasted baguettes
~panini rounds
~flatbread
~bread sticks
~toasted pita triangles
So save yourself a whole lot of work and pick up some tasty bites at the deli isle! 
Here is my rule of thumb for entertaining…
If I am cooking a meal, I buy the hors d’oeuvres… and if I make the hors d’oeuvres… we grill!
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Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s

Comments

  1. says

    That looks delicious, Yvonne! The presentation is very appetizing. We have a grocery store here that can be a little more expensive, but I love going there {plus, it is basically just down the road from us, so it’s the closest} and they have so many delicious looking things. They have a whole section just for cheeses! This is a store where I would definitely go if I was entertaining to get some appetizers. Then you can concentrate on your meal menu. Although, I’m not opposed to buying the appetizers AND the meal!

  2. says

    One of my go-to favorites is salted nuts. Salted cashews and sparkling wine … YUM! Or if I feel like it I roast almonds at home. So easy to do and you can do it while you’re doing other things – like stuffing junk under the bed so your guests won’t see it – hahaha!!

  3. says

    Your post is a great reminder that we can put together a lovely table without spending hours in the kitchen. Simple foods become elegant when they are presented so beautifully. Love the way you added your own touches to each of the items. It’s amazing what a spoonful of oil can do to dress up a little bowl of olives.

  4. says

    I’m hungry! What a beautiful presentation and great pictures!

    I did a post last year on an easy brushetta…another easy and pretty go-to recipe you might want to check out.

    I’m really hungry.

  5. says

    Your appetizer setting looks very yummy! I agree with you on making things easier by using some store bought items as part of the entertaining menu. Life’s too short to be slaving in the kitchen…I’d rather be with my guests!

  6. says

    I’m now following your blog Yvonne. These appetizers look delicious! I’m getting hungry just looking at the pictures. I think I could make a meal out of these.

    Gretchen

  7. says

    It looks BEAUTIFUL, Yvonne! You inspired me to do this for a dinner I am having tomorrow here at home! And what a beautiful blog, I love the design!!!
    You even put the pictures on frames, the colors are so soothing… GREAT job!!!
    I want my blog to look like this, too!!! I literally break my head trying to look more professional… still so much to do!
    I will become a follower right now!
    Cheers,

  8. says

    Great ideas for my next dinner party! I love where you arranged them also, the pretty white platter. Thank you lovely Ivonne, I just needed this appetizer idea. Enjoy your weekend.
    FABBY

  9. says

    This looks so attractive and appetizing! I always serve a little something before dinner, I like that lull between guests arriving and doing the final prep. We have so many specialty stores here in the city, but sometimes I find the best things right in my grocery store!

    Thanks for your tips, Yvonne. Have a Happy Weekend!

    XO,
    Jane

  10. Anonymous says

    I actually ate these delicious appetizers and they were amazing. I thought Yvonne made them, even asked for the recipe for the tomato bruschetta. What a great idea to lighten your load when entertaining.

  11. says

    They look beautiful, and you are so right about using pretty store bought Hors Doeuvres when entertaining and cooking the main course. I have actually done this same selection a few times myself. It’s pretty, and people love it.
    Another great post!
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    xo-Lisa

  12. says

    Yvonne a perfect way to start an evening; make the entertaining a lot easier. Yes I agree and your list of ideas is extensive enough for anyone to make a lovely presentation.

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    Karena
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  13. says

    I love your rule of thumb for entertaining and will adopt it! I wish we had a Wegman’s near us but I am thinking maybe our Giant might have alot of these available. GREAT idea and BEAUTIFUL presentation! Wish I had been there:) XO, Pinky

  14. says

    I am SO with you on the easy and attractive! I spend so much time on so many other components of my entertaining that the hors d’oeuvres often are a next-to-the-last-minute thing. Hors d’oeuvres don’t have to be intricate to be tasty or to present well. I’m with you all the way, sister!!!

  15. says

    Hi Yvonne,
    I am so excited to see you here today. I love your presentation for the wonderful hors d’ oeuvre platter, a great assortment leaving lots of time to visit with your guest. Hope you have a Very Special Week End and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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