Easy Cheats: 20 Foods to Have On-Hand for Entertaining

Don't get caught empty handed when last-minute guests pop by -- check out these quick and easy ideas to wow them (21 Photos)

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Easy Cheats: 20 Foods to Have On-Hand for Entertaining

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Dips

Packaged dips don’t go bad for some time, so keep a few on hand to pull out as an appetizer, an afternoon snack, or if you simply want to serve guests a nibble and not necessarily an entire meal. Try hummus, guacamole, or even favorite salad dressings. Pair with baby carrots, sliced vegetables, pita, pretzels or crackers. Dress up dips by topping with fresh herbs, diced vegetables, or other complementary ingredients that can be stirred in or layered on top.

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