I was having one of those "clean out your fridge" moments tonight. I told friends I would bring an appetizer or two over for a small get together, and took the opportunity to get rid of some random items that were nearing the end of their shelf life.
This is really basic, but dresses up a traditional garnish tray quite a bit. Some of my friends also make fun of me on occasion - like most people, they're perfectly happy with store-bought appetizers and condiments. Of course, I have to watch what I'm eating, so on top of being a little home cook, it's just flat-out easier to make stuff myself.
Plate these up with some olives, pickles, radishes, and other raw veggies and you're good to go. This is also a huge tip: I used hummus I made myself, but by all means, take a hand from the store and use a container of store-bought hummus.
Hummus Stuffed Sweet Peppers
- 12 peppadew peppers (the little sweet red ones you can find on olive bars or in a jar)
- 10-12 T. hummus
- 3 kalamata olives, cut into four slices a piece
Spoon the hummus into a plastic bag. Seal the bag and work the hummus into one corner so that the bag resembles the shape of a carrot. Snip of the very tip of the "carrot" with scissors or a knife.
Squeezing from the top, pipe hummus into each of the peppers. Top each one with a slice of olive. Add to your garnish tray, and you have a classed-up appetizer in minutes.