ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Food and Cooking»
  • Quick & Easy Recipes

Quick Snack Recipes: Serving Unexpected Guests Fast

Updated on October 31, 2013

When Bagged Snacks Are Not Enough

Crisps! (From  monomatt on
Crisps! (From monomatt on

Fast and Tasty

Here are five good recipes that are easy to prepare when company comes knocking at your door unexpectedly. These dishes can serve as snacks, or two of them together can make a delicious light meal.

Taco Graffiti Art - East Oakland

Click thumbnail to view full-size
[anarchosyn at flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic]Upper Michigan Pasty
[anarchosyn at flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic]
[anarchosyn at flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic]
Upper Michigan Pasty
Upper Michigan Pasty

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: Yield 30 small taco-pasties

Please rate our snacks

5 stars from 1 rating of Taco-Pasty Snacks

Is It a Taco or a Pasty?

>Taco-Pasty Snacks<

Makes 30 pasty-style taco snacks -- These are small, spicy versions of the large beef-and-potato pasty enjoyed in Michigan, Wales and some other locales.


  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 Pound of ground chuck or chicken
  • 2 Cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Envelope Taco seasoning – you might want Lo-salt style
  • 3 10-biscuit tubes of country-style refrigerator biscuits
  • Dipping sauces (optional) - Your favorites.


  • Preheat oven to 350 F or 175 C.
  • Heat a little vegetable oil or use cooking spray in a frying pan and crumble the meat into it. Stir and cook until all pink is gone.
  • Drain any excess grease from the pan.
  • Add the taco seasoning and stir well, then add in the shredded cheese and stir until well mixed. Remove pan from heat.
  • Open the biscuit tubes and take out the biscuits. Flatten all of them into circles that ar 4” in diameter.
  • Place 2 tsp of meat filling onto 1 die of each dough circle and fold the circles in half. Be careful not to overfill.
  • Pinch the edges of the dough semi-circles together to seal.
  • Place snacks on baking sheets, about 1-2” apart.
  • Bake snacks for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve alone or with dipping sauces.


Quick Quesadilla Snacks

Makes 48 quesadilla wedges


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 8-oz tub spreadable cream cheese with vegetables
  • 8 9-inch flour tortillas
  • 2 Cups shredded Colby Jack Cheese – use Pepper Jack for more heat
  • 2 4-oz cans diced chili peppers


  • Preheat oven to 400 F or 205 C.
  • You will be dividing the cream cheese among all 8 flour tortillas. You might want to dive the cream cheese into eight portions first.
  • On each tortilla, be careful to leave the outermost 1/2” empty, spread the cream cheese evenly.
  • Distribute cheese and chillies onto half of each tortilla across the cream cheese (not the ス” “seam”).
  • Fold all tortillas in half and flatten gently, but do not smash ingredients.
  • Gather enough baking sheets to hold the tortillas without overlapping them.
  • Spray cooking spray lightly on both sides of each tortilla and arrange them on the baking sheets.
  • Bake 12 minutes on the first side (should look lightly browned), open the oven and flip tortillas over and bake another 10 minutes until golden brown. Be careful not to urn them and reduce heat of they are cooking to quickly.
  • Remove from oven, cut each tortilla into 6 wedges and arrange on a platter.

Quicky Chicky Peanut Snacks

Makes 24 wrap-type snacks. These are so much fun to make, one of your geusts may want to help.


  • Cooking spray or vegetable oil
  • Frying pan
  • 9” x 9” Square or 9” diameter Round cake pan that can hold a piece of rice paper listed below.
  • 1 Pound ground chicken
  • 1 Cup ready-made Thai peanut sauce
  • 12 rounds of 8” diameter Rice Paper (available in Asian markets)
  • 6 oz bagged mixed young lettuce or shredded lettuce or shredded light Asian cabbage.


  • Heat a little vegetable oil or use cooking spray in a frying pan and crumble in the chicken. Stir and cook until all pink is gone.
  • Drain any excess grease from the pan and sit the pan on a towel or hot pad on the counter.
  • Pour in the peanut sauce, mix well and allow the mixture to come to room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, heat some water and pour into the cake pan.
  • One at a time, soak each rice paper piece for 60 seconds until moderately soft.
  • Place rice paper on a clean board, leave 1” at bottom edge for a seam and layer some lettuce on that half of it. Spoon on 3 Tbsp cooled filling and fold side edges over the it. Now, roll the rice paper up from the bottom and press the top of the paper over like a package to seal the roll.
  • Place each roll with the seam side down on a platter and cover the finished rolls with a damp tea towel to keep them moist.
  • After 12 wraps are completed, cut each one in half on the diagonal and serve.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
I'm easy to serve - I'll just have walnuts!
I'm easy to serve - I'll just have walnuts!
I'm easy to serve - I'll just have walnuts!

Walnut Chicken Salad

Makes 4 Servings of over 2 Cups each..


  • 4 Cups fresh baby spinach, washed and patted dry
  • 4 Cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 Pound cooked chunk white chicken (leftover or canned)
  • 1 large can (10 oz) mandarin orange segments
  • 1 Cup shredded Daikon (giant white radish)
  • 1 Cup walnut pieces, lightly toasted (no salt)


Mix ½ Cup balsamic vinegar with ¼ Cup orange juice, 2 tsp fine chopped green onion, and 1 tsp sugar or honey. Adjust ingredients to taste.


  • Mix all the greens in a large salad bowl, add chicken and oranges and mix.
  • Arrange Daikon across the top of the salad and sprinkle walnuts on top.
  • Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss at the table.

Sweet Chicken Potato Salad

Makes 4 Servings.

This dish can be prepared with cooked (boiled) sweet potatoes already on hand, but if you must boil them,. they don't take as long as white/Idaho.Michigan potatoes. Canned chunk sweet potatoes are usually too mushy to use in this recipe, but if you served it HOT, that might be a good thing (see measurement notes at the end).


  • 1.5 Pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 medium sized), washed and cut into quarters
  • 1 Cup chunked white meat chicken (left over from another meal, or canned)
  • 1 Cup canned chunk pineapple
  • 1/2 Cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup light sour cream
  • Iceberg or young spring lettuces, if desired


  • If you have no prepared sweet potatoes, boil in salted water until just slightly tender; drain and rise in cold water to stop cooking.
  • Peel sweet potatoes (or leave the peels on) and dice into 1” cubes and place in large salad bowl.
  • Add chunk chicken, pineapple, and red bell pepper and toss. Then add yogurt and sour cream, toss slightly and serve on lettuce leaves on individual plates.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste or let this be done at the table.

Sweet Potato Equivalents

  • 2 medium size, fresh sweet potatoes = 3 to 4 canned = 1 1/4 cups mashed
  • 3 medium, fresh sweet potatoes = about a 1 Pound can = 2 cups mashed
  • 4 medium, fresh sweet potatoes = about 23 to 24 ounces canned = 2 l/2 cups mashed

Comments & Additions

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great quick recipes for anytime you have guests come over for snacks. Voted up!

    • mvillecat profile image

      Catherine Dean 5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      All these recipes sound wonderful! I pinned for future use. I can't wait to make the chicken & potato dish.

    • sgbrown profile image

      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      These would be great to serve around my house then all the kids come to visit. I used to try to do a Sunday dinner, but cooking for 15 people every Sunday got to be too much! Voted up and useful! :)

    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      What great ideas! I especially like the sounds of the quicky chicky peanut snacks. (and I like saying that name!) I'm going to try these with or without the guests. Voted up and shared.

    • LaThing profile image

      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      These look and sounds delicious! I always make the quesadilla for a quick snack for the kids, but would love to try the other ones, soon. The sweet chicken salad sounds wonderful.

      Thanks for all the ideas..... Voting up and useful!

    • pringoooals profile image

      Karina 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      Really great hub. I am the great fan of pasty. I'll test it with my family. Thanks for sharing. Shared!

    • Angelo52 profile image

      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Good recipes. May try out 1 or 2 regardless of whether there are guests or not. Look delicious and I can see using them for snacking and in place of chips for lunch.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      These are some of my favoritres, so I hope you all like them as well.

    • Victoria Lynn profile image

      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yum! Definitely considerations for my almost annual Christmas parties. Great hub!!!

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I love the pasty recipe. We love pasties here. All of the recipes sound so good and fast to make. I'm going to pin so I can keep track of these. Voted up and shared.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Naima Manai - I hope you can use these recipes in the near future, even if you have no guests. Thanks for commenting!

    • Naima Manal profile image

      Naima Manal 8 years ago from NY

      Very creative recipes--it will seem as if you've planned a long while before your guests arrive. Thanks for sharing!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Great comments! - mulberry1 - Homemade snacks are fantastic, aren't they?. Staci-Barbo - Thanks for the pita pizza idea - sounds easy!

    • Staci-Barbo7 profile image

      Staci-Barbo7 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Patty, for nice "personal pan"-quesadilla snacks, we use the 5-6" round tortillas. We love them. Another favorite is the 4" round pitas, which we use as a base to make tiny pizzas. They both cook up in the toaster oven within 5 minutes. And they look so impressive - like a fancy hors d'oeuvre lunch.

    • mulberry1 profile image

      mulberry1 8 years ago

      This is right up my alley! I don't buy snacks at the grocery, but making these sounds great.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      alekhouse - I am trying to learn to make my own flour tortillas as well and having a goopy mess of it, but I'll get there eventually! I'm glad you visited; we share a love of quesadillas.

      hafeezrm - REAL Mexican tacos by the side of the road! That must be a fantastic treat. Thanks for commenting - when I was finished writing this Hub, I had to go make some of the recipes. Hope everyone loves them. Thanks again!

    • hafeezrm profile image

      hafeezrm 8 years ago from Pakistan

      Mouth-watering recipes. Once travelling in Mexico, I tasted taco in a road-side cafe. These were delicious yet very cheap.

    • alekhouse profile image

      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Wow. all good ideas and recipes. I love Quesadillas. I make them all the time. These look great! Thanks

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I hope you like them as much as I do, ProCW. Thanks for reading, commenting, and bookmarking. And for making fun requests. :)

    • ProCW profile image

      ProCW 8 years ago from South Carolina

      MMM... each recipe sounds D-licious! :) I'm bookmarking this one! Thanks Patty!