As much as we love to cook and try new recipes, we equally love a last-minute party. In the event that a few of your friends drop by and a spontaneous cocktail party ensues, you should always be prepared with a few yummy and impressive packaged and/or frozen appetizers to feed a few pals. Just add cocktails or wine, and you're good to go. Nothing should get in the way of having a good time! Scroll below for a few delicious apps to add to your pantry or freezer.
Williams-Sonoma Assorted Lobster Tartlets ($100 for 24)
Filled with chunks of lobster, these savory little pies come in three different flavors (eight of each per package), including sherry sauce, cheese and chives, and risotto. They’re guaranteed to vanish in a flash!
Blue Crab Bay Co. Shore Seasonings Chesapeake Crab Cake Mix ($3 for 2 oz.)
Dean & DeLuca Classic Marinara Arancini ($46)
Savory and cheesy, these pre-fried, ready-to-reheat Sicilian risotto balls are filled with marinara sauce and mozzarella—downright irresistible.
Creminelli Fine Meats Gourmet Artisan Salami Mix ($45)
Including one piece of red wine salami, one piece of black truffle salami, and one piece of wild boar salami, this trio is the making of an epic charcuterie board.
Gourmet du Village Spinach Artichoke Baked Dip Mix ($4)
There’s nothing like a spinach-artichoke dip made from scratch, but this yummy mix will do the trick when you’re in a pinch. Just add sour cream and mayo—and for extra punch, you can throw in additional artichokes and spinach if you have any on hand.
Impromptu Gourmet Manchego and Chorizo Empanadas ($30 for 15)
This authentic Spanish finger food is festive and flavor-packed with spicy chorizo sausage and sharp manchego cheese. Just cook for 15 minutes and serve.
Figuli Oregano Visnadello Crackers ($7 for 3-5 oz.)
You should always have a nice (not stale!) box of crackers around. These thin, crispy, oregano-flavored handmade crackers will pair well with whatever cheeses you have, as well as the aforementioned salami.