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Easy Appetizer Recipes

These are great to have on hand for appetizers. They're easier to make than pastry and easier to eat as they don't crumble. They are also lower in calories.

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Directions:

Trim crusts from bread and roll each slice until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Using a 2 inch cookie cutter, cut two circles from each slice, saving trimmings for bread crumbs. Brush lightly with oil. Tuck circles into 1-1/2 inch muffin tins and bake in 350 degree F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp and light golden brown. Let cool on racks.

These can be stored in airtight containers for up to a week or frozen for a month. One loaf of bread should yield about 40 toast cups. Use any filling you wish.

Source: This came from a magazine article that I saved years ago.

By glenda eileen lockhart from Nova Scotia

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These are easy for 2 or a crowd.

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Makes about two dozen. Combine mozzarella, cheddar, olives, and cream cheese in a bowl. Spread on Triscuits and place on non-greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F. for seven minutes. Serve immediately.

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December 6, 2006

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June 30, 2007

I have a party to go to but I am looking for a good, cheap, easy, fun appetizer to bring?

Cakes from Weedsport, NY

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July 1, 20070 found this helpful

I made a taco dip for a recent get together and it was almost gone by the time it was my turn in line!! (This isn't "finger food", BUT it's cheap, quick and easy to prepare and a lot of people like it.) I mix a large can of fat free refried beans with a couple tablespoons of taco seasoning and spread in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Then you can add layers with whatever you have--I use fat free sour cream, chopped lettuce, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese, a bit of salsa if you have it. I also put some chopped onion on it. Then all you need is a bag of tortilla chips and you are done! I hope this helps!

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Does anyone have an idea for a quick and easy appetizer for a party at work for about 40 people. Nothing real fancy - just plain and simple.


Thanks,
Bsue from Coshocton, OH

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April 27, 20060 found this helpful

The easiest thing I can think of is a crudite.
Get some cherry tomatoes, baby carrots etc and serve with a nice veggie dip. Knorr makes a good veggie dip mix.

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February 22, 2005

I'm looking for some quick and easy appetizer recipes?

Donna J.

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By Marnita (Guest Post)
February 23, 20050 found this helpful

These are all 5-star recipes - ENJOY!

Jet Swirl Pizza Appetizers

INGREDIENTS:
1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
1/4 pound Genoa salami, thinly sliced
1/4 pound pepperoni sausage, sliced
1/4 pound provolone cheese, sliced
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
Roll pizza crust dough into an approximately 10x14 inch rectangle on the baking sheet. Layer with Genoa salami, pepperoni and provolone cheese. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese to within 1/2 inch from edges of the dough. Roll jelly roll style. Seal the edge with a fork.
Bake in the preheated oven 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Slice into 1 inch pieces to serve.

Garlicky Appetizer Shrimp Scampi

INGREDIENTS:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced shallots
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 pounds large shrimp - peeled and deveined

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat grill for high heat.
In a large bowl, mix together softened butter, olive oil, garlic, shallots, chives, salt, pepper, and paprika; add the shrimp, and toss to coat.
Lightly oil grill grate. Cook the shrimp as close to the flame as possible for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque.

Brie Cheese Appetizer

INGREDIENTS:
1 (8 ounce) wheel Brie cheese
3 tablespoons apricot preserves
1/2 (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg white

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
Slice one wheel of Brie cheese in half so you have 2 circles of cheese. Spread apricot or peach preserves on (the cut side) half of one circle of brie. Make sandwich out of the two halves of Brie, so that the preserves are in the center of both halves. Wrap the entire wheel of Brie with one sheet of puffed pastry and flip the entire concoction onto the prepared cooking sheet so the seam is on bottom. Brush the puffed pastry with the egg white.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until the pastry in golden brown. Serve immediately.

Quick and Easy Taco Dip

INGREDIENTS:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3/4 teaspoon taco seasoning mix
1/3 cup salsa
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS:
In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, taco seasoning mix and salsa. Spread the mixture into a shallow serving dish or an 8 inch baking pan. Top with Cheddar cheese. Chill in the refrigerator approximately 1 hour before serving.

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By Margie Minard (Guest Post)
February 23, 20050 found this helpful

Here are a couple of our family favorites...

Cheese Ball "in Crust"
Make or buy an 8 oz. cheese ball
I have just fixed them with a large package of cream cheese and added a couple of tablespoons of raw onion and a couple of tablespoons of dry ranch dressing mix

1 tube of cressant rolls, unrolled and the seams pressed together.

completely cover the cheese ball and seal edges with the cressant roll dough and remove any excess. You can use scraps to make leaves, etc. to decorate top.

Gently brush on a wash made of an egg with a teaspoon of water whisked in.

Bake at 350 till the outside is nice and golden brown and shiny. Serve warm with crackers.

Rumaki
1 lb chicken livers
small can of water chestnuts
1/2 to 1 lb bacon

marinade:
1/2 c soy sauce (I use reduced sodium)
1 tsp ground ginger
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed

Slightly cook chicken livers so that they can be easily handled. Wrap chicken livers around water chestnut, and wrap with 1/2 strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Continue until all liver is used up and place in shallow dish in a single layer. Mix marinade and pour over Rumaki. Marinate NO MORE than 1/2 hour (livers tend to break down after that) in refrigerator. Broil until bacon is crisp and serve hot.
Be very careful when using liver that everything, including hands, is very clean before handling and especially after handling. If you have any leftovers, it is probably not a good idea to keep them too long.

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February 23, 20050 found this helpful

CHICKEN QUESADILLA

2 tortillas
1-2 precooked sliced chicken breasts
shredded cheese (mexican blend) to taste
black olives (about 15 sliced)
1 diced red pepper
1 diced green pepper
Adobo season to taste

Heat oven to 350 or heat a large skillet and drizzle with about 2 teaspoons olive oil. Place one tortilla as base, add a layer of cheese. Then add in the remaining ingredients-topped with another layer of cheese. If baking - about 15 to 20 minutes. If skillet until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and let set a few minutes on cutting board (about 5 minutes). Then cut like a pizza. Serve with gaucamolie, salsa, salsa con queso, and cilantro. ALways a crowd pleaser.

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By Linda. (Guest Post)
February 23, 20050 found this helpful

1 8 oz package cream cheese
1 can favorite chili (with or whithout beans

Heat together until cream cheese is melted and well mixed. Serve hot with tortilla chips

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February 23, 20050 found this helpful

Tortilla pinwheels (they go FAST)
1 pack flour tortialls
8 0z cream cheese
1/3 cup of salsa your favorite kind we use\
Herdez Salsa Casera mild and good
shredded cheddar cheese
mix all and spread on tortialls then wrap each one
tight overnight in cling wrap then the morning of
unwrap and slice and easy and people always
want MORE I usually double recipe

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By Suzie (Guest Post)
February 24, 20050 found this helpful

Pick up a package of Knorr Vegetable Soup mix and follow the recipe on the back for Spinach Dip. It's awesome, easy and people always love it.

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By Joan (Guest Post)
June 22, 20050 found this helpful

Spicy Deviled Eggs

INGREDIENTS:
6 hard boiled eggs
1 tsp. favorite mustard
French's GourMayo Washabi Horseradish as desired

DIRECTIONS:

Simmer eggs for 10 minutes after bring to a boil.
Peel. Cut lengthwise and put yokes in small bowl saving whites halved. Add mustard and as much GourMayo Washabi Horseradish as desired to yokes. Spoon yoke mixture back into white halves. Sprinkle slightly with paprika. Chill before serving.

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October 24, 2018

Here is another simple appetizer recipe using crescent rolls and feta cheese to make tasty pastry triangles. This is a page about making a crescent and feta cheese triangle appetizer.

Triangle appetizer

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April 7, 2020

Use thin sliced salami and crescent roll dough to create these pretty roses. These make a perfect decoration for a cheese or antipasto platter for a party or special event.

A plate of salami rose appetizers.

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March 6, 2020

If you already love cold Caprese appetizers, then give this grilled version a try. The delicious flavors of mozzarella, basil, and tomato broiled atop garlic French bread is sure to be a new favorite.

Grilled Caprese Toast on baking tray

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August 31, 2018

Start with biscuits placed in a muffin pan, add your favorite toppings, and bake to make this tasty pizza snack. This page contains a pizza puffers recipe.

Puffers on a plate.

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June 26, 2018

This easy to prepare sweet and savory combination of canned chicken and apricot halves, blended with Neufchatel and gorgonzola cheeses plus other ingredients, will delight your guests or family. This page contains a recipe for making chicken gorgonzola stuffed apricot cups.

A plate of chicken gorgonzola stuffed apricot cups

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