Relax. Cooking should be fun. So if you don't think you have time to prepare that nibble you've been meaning to try just because you don't have a specific piece of equipment to do "such and such" or "the recipe says to ____, and I don't know how to do that." Well, let me show you how to take those deal breakers and turn them into your new--most requested-- signature pot luck superstars.
Don't care for red bell pepper? Picky eaters in the bunch? Nix it if you choose and shave 5 minutes off the prep time. Shave additional time by omitting the oregano. The dish will be just as tasty... scouts honor. Felling a little crazy? Substitute chopped tomato or black beans for the red pepper and peas. Serve leftovers with quesadillas and tacos.
Glamourize prepared tapenade with a handful of robust additions. No time to grill the bread? No worries. Look for toasted baguette slices in the bakery section of the grocery store or serve on assorted crackers. Swank it up a notch and serve with a 5 oz. log of goat cheese rolled in freshly ground black pepper. Leave it to guests to spread, top, and sprinkle.
With a prep time of 10 minutes, you can't go wrong with this football favorite. The recipe calls to let the dip stand for 30 minutes so the flavor becomes more intense, however you can break the rules and serve it right away if you so choose. It will still taste yummy in your tummy. Try it on a plain Jane BLT. Need I say more?
Now get in there and hop to it. Time's awastin'.
Photos and recipes courtesy of myrecipes and Southern Living.