Whether it's an impromptu get-together with friends or a formal cocktail party, these 20-minute recipes will whet the appetite.
Everybody needs a great creamy dip like this one in their repertoire, but what makes this one special is the inclusion of lots of basil for extra pesto-like flavor on top of the creamy, tangy, cheesy base. The easiest way to serve this dip is cold, but it can work hot as well: Leave half the Parmesan out of the recipe, pour the dip into an oven-safe bowl, top with the reserved Parmesan, and stick under the broiler until warm and browned on top.
Offering a bright pop of color and requiring next to no prep time, these tasty little toasts are equally ideal for special spring gatherings and casual afternoon snacking. You can assemble them up to 45 minutes before serving and they won't sog out.
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