Anyone who’s ever gotten a Save the Date for a housewarming knows that some people manage to plan their parties way in advance. But sometimes we waffle: should we have people over to watch the game or should we try to make it a “quiet” Sunday evening at home? And often enough, friends and family just stop by, making the should-we-or-shouldn’t-we-have-a-party choice for us.
Either way, if you’re having a last-minute get-together, to watch the game or not, you’re going to need some guest-pleasing snacks. Here are three of our faves — all of which can be made from pantry staples you can keep at the ready — both for national sports events and just regular unexpected guest-appearances.
What’s a shindig without crunchy-and-crackly, slightly spicy roasted garbanzo beans? Fresh out of the oven, they make the perfect party nibbles. This recipe serves 8-10, but depending on the size of your bash, you might want to double it — believe us, these snacks disappear fast! Go ahead and throw these in the oven first — the prep time is less than 15 minutes, and you can use the 45 minutes they take to roast to make the recipes below and still have time to wash the dishes before your guests arrive!
This surprisingly tasty twist on caramel popcorn will have your guests saying “wow” and asking you for the recipe (thank you, dried cranberries!) And because it takes less than 15 minutes to make, you’ll be able to greet your guests with a look that says “I’m calm and in control.”
This 10-minute, throw-together, scrumptious dip is a last-minute party lifesaver. With the amped-up flavors of chili, garlic, dijon mustard, and extra virgin olive oil, it goes perfectly with flavorful Brandless Tomato Basil Hummus Crisps. And the best part is every ingredient can be kept in your pantry, just waiting for your next last-minute blowout!