By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional
There are times when keeping it simple is the only way to go. When you don’t have much time, but want to impress a guest or group of friends, then do a few little things that, literally, only take 5 minutes or less of work to prepare.
This is where having a pantry that is stocked with your families basics (at all times) comes in handy. I can usually throw together an array of appetizers and finger foods within a half hour on no notice. Granted, that comes from years of impromptu parties and networking events.
When I started my professional career, some 20 years ago, I knew that I had no choice but to entertain in order to get new clients. How else do you build a book of a quarter of a billion dollars under management? The trick is that you take advantage whenever it arises to get one on one time with potential clientele.
I can’t tell you how many times, poor Danny would get a phone call saying that “I would be arriving with someone in less than a half hour and I had guests with me”. He would rush to make sure the bar was set up and that he was able to keep the guests entertained, while I quickly ran to the kitchen to prepare a simple, yet gourmet feast.
- Slices of Whole Grain Wheat Bread
- 1 Block Cream Cheese, Softened to Room Temperature
- 2 Sprigs and 3 Tbs. Freshly Dried Lemon Thyme, Crushed to a Powder
- 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 Tsp. Onion Powder
- Fresh Figs, Sliced Thin
- Toast your slices of Whole Grain Wheat Bread to a medium brown.
- Then, in a medium mixing bowl add your softened cream cheese, garlic powder, onion powder and Fresh Thyme powder. Mix thoroughly with a small spatula.
- Cover your savory, cream cheese mixture and place in the refrigerator and let sit for at least 30 minutes. This helps the flavors infuse the cheese.
- Take you slices of whole grain wheat bread and spread a generous layer of your savory cream cheese, almost all the way to the edge. Leave the edges visible for contrast.
- Place slices of your fig on top of the savory cream cheese, overlapping slightly yet leaving cheese visible in places. Then sprinkle with leaves of dried lemon thyme from the 2 sprigs you have set aside.
- Serve and enjoy as an appetizer or even a simple breakfast option with sweet Spanish Coffee.