The older I get, the more I realize it pays to have a few tricks up your party-throwing sleeves. Numero uno is the killer appetizer. You have to hit guests right away with a delicious bite and a refreshing drink. And no copping out with boring cheese and crackers.
Not to suggest I always nail it. Recently I became obsessed with serving lemony pea mash on crostini. I thought, “Pea mash! How fresh! So fun and so seasonal!” My husband gave me the crap-how-do-I-proceed-here look of disapproval. You know the one. He asked me, gently, if I'd confused our grown-up dinner guests with our 9-month-old babies. I assured him I hadn't. Pea mash is hot right now, I told him.
Turns out pea mash is not so hot right now. One taker visibly grimaced. “I thought it was going to be avocado,” he offered. “Or even green olives.” Let's just say the babies were happy with my (ample) leftovers.
So when I saw Bake-Off finalist Kathy Ferder's Kickin' Spinach Cheese Bites, I knew I'd found my party-foul-rescue dish. These little bundles are everything a green appetizer should be: cheesy, bite-size, delicious. And totally easy.