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Veggies and Dip

A tray of pre-cut veggies and dip is easy to put together at the last minute!

‘Tis the season for unexpected guests!

If you have a sneaky suspicion that you might have a few additional guests over the holidays, stock up your freezer with some crowd pleasing favorites and some classic staples.

A tradition in and of themselves, warm bundles of puff pastry and beef franks are delicious dipped in whole grain or yellow mustard. Make your own (to freeze ahead of time) or have these frozen pigs in a blanket available in your freeze for last minute guests. The best part? Pop them in the oven and they’re ready in as little as 10-minutes.

Cute as a button and tasty too, our mini beef burger sliders come tucked in teeny tiny sesame buns with a slice of dill pickle and cheddar cheese. Total time from freezer to table is less than 20-minutes.

Bite-sized Quiche Lorraine can add a certain je ne sais quois to an impromptu gathering. Imagine smoky bacon, sharp cheese and creamy custard all enclosed in a flaky pastry crust. You could even pair it with Riesling or hard apple cider. The quiche cups come oven-ready and bake in as little as 12-minutes.

If you’re looking for something to suddenly double as a main course, try FreshDirect’s fresh crabmeat crabcakes. Crispy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside, the fresh crabmeat incorporates chopped scallions, red pepper, and jalapeños for a spicy edge. Delicious anytime — they make a mean hangover sandwich too. To cook, heat crabcakes in oven for 10-15 minutes; in case of “emergency,” microwave 4-6 minutes.

Chop up some salad or add veggies and dip for a well-rounded treat. You might also want to keep at least a 2 lb chef’s salad in your fridge on stand-by; then you can serve yourself portions little by little or use it to fuel your next feast.

What do you keep handy for last minute guests? Let us know on the FreshDirect Facebook page or via Twitter (@FreshDirect).

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