A Quick Appetizer for Unexpected Guests

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‘Always prepared’ should be every good southern ladies motto if your mama taught you well. Y’all know that down south friends show up unexpectedly so you have to be on your toes. Now that I live in Europe old habits die hard. Just my luck that my southern mannerisms happen to be rubbing off on my fabulous German friends which has resulted in a couple unexpected hostess situations.

Never fear because I always keep a good coffee cake on the counter and a log of goat cheese in the fridge. Keep reading for my favorite entertaining recipe in a pinch and a few great alternatives. Like my daddy use to say, no one leaves this house hungry!
Cheers Y’all!

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What to Keep in Your Pantry:

Goat Cheese
Fig Jelly or Preserves
Chopped Salted Pistachios
Ritz Crackers

How To:

Unwrap the goat cheese and place on a small serving plate or wooden board. Top with fig jelly and follow with roughly chopped salted pistachios. Serve with Ritz crackers. Perfect with a dry white wine or light refreshing cocktail.


Don’t have Fig Jelly on hand? Replace fig with some regular honey and drizzle it on!

Try a completely different topping! Drizzle Honey, Apricot Preserves, Lightly Salted Almonds, and chopped fresh basil or parsley. Perfect with crackers and sliced granny smith apples.

Want something sweeter? Mix 2 tbsp fig preserves with 1/4 c. honey. Top with chopped pistachios.

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