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I am anticipating having a blast when people come over to my house unexpectedly during the holiday season. Are you? As long as they bring a bottle of wine, they will be forgiven for not knowing that I typically don't do or throw parties.
But, sigh, my husband does. I married the dude who likes to go to and throw parties. And so I have come to stock my pantry with the ingredients one needs to whip up a pretty party appetizer in like 5 minutes. Because not only do I not enjoy parties, I do not enjoy cooking. It takes so long. Wine I like though. It makes cooking and parties bearable. Festive even.
Striped Pesto Mini Pizzas
These look like little holiday striped peppermint candies to me, but are tiny pizzas using 5 ingredients that most people might have in their pantry/refrigerator. Plus, these are all ingredients that each cost about $1, so I can always have a few of each on hand all the time and it won't cost much to make. And you can whip it together REALLY FAST. Like while your LG Blast Chiller chills that bottle of wine attached to an unexpected party guest. Because that only takes a few minutes too...from room temperature to icy cold. Mmmmmm.
Ingredients to have on hand or buy:
1 Roll of Pillsbury Biscuits (The Flaky Layers Kind)
1 jar of Red Pesto, or some Spaghetti Sauce (I use Priano Pesto Rosso from Aldi, and it's about $1.)
1 Package of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (Cheapest at Aldi)
1 Package of Pepperoni, cut into strips (I can get this cheap at Save-A-Lot, usually for $1, and keep it stocked in my freezer.)
Bottle of Italian Seasoning (Look for best price in generic from CVS, Walgreens, Aldi)
Directions which take 5 minutes:
Open the flaky layer biscuits and peel them each apart into 2 flatter biscuits. (Now you will have twice as many pizzas.) Place them on a cookie sheet.
Put one spoonful of Pesto in the middle of each biscuit.
Put your strips of Pepperoni (3 or 4 each) on top of each biscuit.
Top each with about a tablespoon of shredded Mozarella Cheese.
Shake some Italian Seasoning on top.
Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes until the biscuit bakes and the cheese melts.
Drink some now chilled wine with your new party guest while you're waiting. Bonus is that now your house smells like you baked something, which you did, and that makes you even more holiday-ish in my book.
If you have extra things in your refrigerator like black olives, capers, Parmesan Shaker Cheese, etc. you can throw those on there too. The idea is to make a tiny pizza out of stuff you have on hand. Be creative.
Not a very fancy recipe, but we're looking for PRETTY and SPEEDY here people. Plus, kids like pizza too, and in my neighborhood party guests usually come with shorties. Which is also fine, because then Luka will play with them and leave me to hide from everyone in the bedroom. With the wine. And a Law & Order Marathon. And a couple of these pizzas.
How else can you set the stage to entertain these last-minute guests this holiday season?
1. Put a Christmas CD on and set it to repeat. I recommend the always hilarious Squirrel Nut Zippers Christmas Caravan Album. Every one who hears this at my house buys it. It's that funny.
2. Stick an old Rankin Bass Christmas DVD on the television with the sound off. We can't get enough of the Heat Miser and the Cold Miser in The Year Without a Santa Claus DVD at our house. Childhood Time Warp for sure.
3. Candy! Put it out in bowls on every available surface. This is why I keep a bag of each kind of Hershey's Kisses in those colorful foil wrappers on hand this time of year. They not only taste good, they look like holiday decorations in bowls.
What are your tips for having a blast at the last minute during the holidays?
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