Spiced fried chickpeas, blue cheese and fig crostini and creamy artichoke dip are some easy party snack ideas. These and more quick appetizer recipes are available from websites such as RealSimple.com and Sunset.com.
To make Sunset's recipe for spicy fried chickpeas, combine 1 teaspoon fine sea salt, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder, 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Drain and rinse a 15-ounce can of chickpeas, patting them dry with a paper towel. Fill a large pot with about 2 inches of vegetable oil, and heat until the oil reaches 350 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lower the chickpeas into the oil with a large metal strainer, and cook for about 3 minutes. Transfer the cooked chickpeas to a paper towel to drain before tossing them in the spice mixture.
For Real Simple's blue cheese and fig crostini, heat an oven to 400 degrees F. Cut one small baguette into about 24 slices. Brush the baguette slices with olive oil on both sides before placing them on a baking sheet. Bake them until golden brown, which usually takes around five minutes per side. Divide 3/4 cup fig chutney and 4 ounces blue cheese between the slices, spreading each slice with chutney before topping it with cheese.