An apéro (nobody worth their salted peanuts says apéritif) can be as simple as a beer and some crisps, or a glass of white wine and some olives, or a kir and some cashews. It's more fun if you turn it into an apéro dînatoire though: an all-evening affair with various different drinks and bits to pick at.
Here are some ideas:
- Tempeh bacon crumbles and marinated artichokes.
- Sun-dried tomatoes and pesto (not too much pesto or they get a bit greasy).
- Tofutti cream cheese and chopped olives.
- Tofutti cream cheese and mushrooms cooked with garlic and thyme.
Spice your own nuts. These are almonds toasted in a little olive oil, then hit with sugar, salt, paprika, cumin, and black pepper.
Everyone loves a big pan of popcorn. A cheaper and more delicious food cannot exist. Here flavoured with salt, thyme, and red pepper flakes.
Edamame make a nice addition. Here they're tossed with red pepper flakes, sea salt, and garlic sprinkles. And we have some wasabi peas, olives, and, of course, crisps on the side.