Needing some appetizer ideas, please!
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Everyones ideas sound great. Just make sure you're not in the kitchen the entire celebration. To make things a lot less hectic, choose ideas that you can prepare ahead of time. I called the local grocery store, Publix, and had them make a big platter of cold cuts. It wasn't too expensive. I had pretty bowls for the condiments and French rolls that I precut. That was a big hit!!! People were starving! Also a bowl of peeled shrimp ready to be pulled out of the frig...hum...what else...cup up fruit, dips, chips, peanuts, slices of angel food cake, fresh strawberries and fresh whip cream. It was a beautiful day and I could enjoy being with my guest. Have the table set up and ready to go the night before! I had two very small vases of white baby roses near the center. I used pretty paper plates-but real silverware. The mass was very long (of course) so people were hungry. I also had a little set up with wine and beer in the kitchen...just to give my husband something to do and get the party started. We're Catholic...so that was mandatory. I didn't have hard liquor...my brother in law is quite the boozer! :) Enjoy the beautiful blessed day! It's so exciting!
Nancy - posted on 06/09/2010
If you are looking for simple, put a block of cream cheese in a shallow bowl or plate, pour cocktail sauce over it and cover it with mini salad shrimp, serve with cracker. Triscuits are my favorite. Layered bean dip served with tortilla chips: Use a lasagne pan and smear the bottom with a can of beans (black or refried), then layer sour cream, then diced tomatos, chopped green onions, sliced olives, diced avodados, chopped green chilies, and top with shredded cheese (cheddar, monterey jack or pepper jack, or a combo). Serve with the chips and a spoon, as it can break the chips, it's so hardy.
Antonella - posted on 06/08/2010
Pesto, Sundried Tomatoes and Cheese Spread
1 brick cream cheese cut in half. Spread one half with pesto and chop a few sundried tomatoes. Put the other half on top. Roll out the pilsbury cresent rolls. Place the cheese in the middle and wrap with the cresent leaving no cheese exposed. Bake in the oven at 350 for 10-15min or until golden brown. Remove from oven and serve with crackers.
Antonella - posted on 06/08/2010
Avacado & Crab
2 riped avacado's mashed
1 package crab chopped
1/2 spanish onion chopped
dash salt & pepper
Mix above ing. together put in fridge.
1 long vienna stick bread sliced, buttered and toasted in oven
When cooled top with above mixture. Place in platter and serve.
I've made this on numerous events and it is always a hit.
Monieca - posted on 06/23/2010
a veggie pizza
1 Can of cresent rolls
1/2 cup. raw brocli
1/2 cup. raw califlower
chopped green onion
a pack of hidden vally rach dressing
and 8 oz. of cream cheese
Chop all veggies up in tiny pieces . preheat oven to 350 degress.
roll out the creasent rolls out flat and leave togather and bake till brown. when done let it cool .
Mix the dressing mix and room temped cream cheese . spread on cool rolls them add brocli, califlower,onion, dice tomatos , carrots and cheese. then cut into one inch squares.....
Cathleen - posted on 06/23/2010
if u like spicey its called jalepeno poppers go down the mexican food isle get whole jalepenos in a can slice straight down in half rinse very good take seeds out get i pckg cream cheese make sure room temp and 1bag yellow cheese mix both cheeses together put in cavity of jalepenos cook on 350 till top golden brown.let cool a little.and serve sure to be a hit at the party.beware hott and popular i am now the designated jalepeno popper girl for parties.enjoy
Melissa - posted on 06/21/2010
A lot of work and planning, you have enough to worry about! easy cold food to set up and they will be gone! tortillias: cream cheese: turkey and ham from the deli: green lettuce of yer choice" smashed avecado: thinly sliced tomatoes: a hint of Kosher salt: NOW WRAP IT UP! put in tooth picks slice in diagnal halfs! garnish with honey mustard and veggies with ranch dip. Throw in a punch bowl to drink lemon aid or traditioal fruit punch: garnish with orange and lime slices,on the tables pickles and spanish olives on seperate bowls,a few candles (stick and lit)! keep cold: buy same size bowl of ice under each! even meat wraps! Hope this helps! congrats!!
Sofia - posted on 06/19/2010
Stuff mushrooms w/ crab,grated mozzerella,top w/ chopped green onions, drizzle w garlic butter (n a little red wine if you like) bake at 350 till cheese is melted and mushrooms r as tender as you prefer then remove from heat n top w/sour cream.
Kelly - posted on 06/19/2010
1 box puff pastry
Spread sauce onto pastry. Sprinkle cheese over sauce. Roll pastry into a log and cut into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and place slices onto sheet. Wash slices with 1 egg beaten with a little water. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 10 min.
You can do everything a day ahead then bake when guests arrive....Just cover them with a damp paper towel and plastic wrap. They also taste good at room temperature. You can also use 1 box of frozen spinach thawed (all water squeezed out) with parmesan cheese instead to have another choice.
Elizabeth - posted on 06/18/2010
A bottle of chili sauce, a jar of grape jelly and either meatballs or smoked sausages in a crock pot. Mini croissants with chicken salad. Chips and salsa, veggies and hummus, mini smokes sausages wrapped in biscuit dough (a little more time to make but great made ahead).
Vicki - posted on 06/18/2010
This one is alway a big hit with us. If we don't make someone always asks why didn't you make the cheese dip.
Monterey Jack Cheese Dip
1 large bag of Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1 can chopped black olives
1 can diced ortega green chiles
chopped cilantro, as much or as little as you like, but up to have a bunch chopped.
1 diced tomatoe seeded first
1 hour before serving add 2 tablespoons of Kraft zesty italian dressing and chill. Serve with tostitos scoops. If you like a little kick to it add a small can of diced jalepenos... yummy
Marika - posted on 06/17/2010
Try cocktail vetkoek and pitas with the following fillings: chicken mayo and curried mince and chutney. This is great cause you can make the vetkoek and the fillings the day before. The guest can fill theire own vetkoek and pita at the party. Both adults and children enjoy this recipie
Giuia - posted on 06/17/2010
sausage rolls by Jamie Oliver
Super easy to make and they can be served at room temperature. You can make them ahead of time, freeze them and thaw them just before your party and bake them as directed in the recipe.
green goddess dip via Williams-Sonoma Recipes
Delicious and easy to make. Serve with crudites and potato chips. Always a hit, especially if you make the chips.
Alexis - posted on 06/17/2010
Veggie Bites. (courtesy of Pampered Chef)
Can crescent rolls
diced/chopped broccoli tops
Spread out can of crescent rolls in layer in baking sheet & brown till fluffy golden brown. (325 for suggested cook time on package.)
Spread softened cream cheese all over the crescent rolls.
Sprinkle broccoli & veggies over entire area, then sprinkle shredded cheese, top with chopped chives.
Cool in fridge for at least 1 hr then cut to 2" squares or preferred size.
We often modify this recipe to add taco flavors.
Angela - posted on 06/17/2010
Something I make for parties and get togethers.
Chicken Tortilla Bites
2 (5 oz) cans Chunk Chicken, drained and flaked
1 cup garden vegetable cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup dill pickle relish, well drained
6 Fajita Style Flour Tortillas, plain or flavored
Combine chicken, cream cheese and pickle relish. Gently stir until mixed well. On each tortilla, spread a thin layer of chicken mixture to within 1/2' of tortilla edge. Roll up, wrap individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving time. To serve, remove plastic anc cut tortillas into 1 inch pieces.
These are yummy and I never bring any home. Usually I make a double batch of it. Enjoy!!
Barbara - posted on 06/17/2010
I just made stuffed strawberries and their delicious & easy. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Stuffed-Str... I took a knife and removed the tops of the berry, while kind of hollowing out the inside a for the cream cheese filling. Top it w/ a fresh blueberry makes it look patriotic too! You can make this ahead of time and just keep chilled. Tastes like cheesecake and looks gourmet.
Dani - posted on 06/17/2010
Antipasti skewers are beautiful and can be made with anything you can imagine, it's also something not everyone will have had before. Start them the day before and thread them on skewers before the get-together.
Start with your favorite vinaigrette or Italian dressing (fat-free works pretty well). I start with about 1/2 the bottle and add a combination of the following:
Cooked cheese tortellini (I like to cook them to just under al dente)
Fresh bell peppers (red and yellow are especially pretty)
Various olives (I like Kalamata)
Salami (Genoa, Sopressata, something like that)
Mozzarella (I use the small, fresh Bocconcini balls that I get at Sam's Club)
Cubed cheese like Monteray Jack, Colby, Cheddar or a combination
Fresh basil, if desired
Anything else your heart and budget desire!
Let all ingredients sit overnight in the vinaigrette, then check in the morning to see if more vinaigrette is needed as the tortellini will soak up a lot. Before your get-together, thread onto bamboo skewers and plate! If you're using the large pieces of salami or pepperoni, you'll want to fold these into quarters before skewering.
Sandra - posted on 06/17/2010
Chicken Salad and Pimento Cheese are always a great hit. I have stated using it as a "dip" instead of making the sandwiches (which can take a while) Just put the Chicken Salad and Pimento Cheese in a bowl. I provide crackers for spreading and you can also find the MINI crosiant rolls at the grocery store (I usually get mine at Bilo,,,,they are in the bakery section) that way if someone wants a sandwich...they can make their own. Has been a great hit.
Also have a great receipe for a cheese ball:
This make a HUGE cheese ball:
3 packages of Cream Cheesse
3 packages of thin corn beef (like Carl Buddin or Land of Frost)
3 bunches of spring onions
1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce
finely chop beef and onions and mix with cream cheese, roll in a ball...you can then roll in nuts or chop more of the beef...serve with crackers
Congratulations. There are many cooking sites on the web that have wonderful easy recipes for appitizers. My favorites are delish.com and taste of home.com. They are wonderful and have healthy appitizers as well as the standard ones. Good luck and God bless.
Kerry - posted on 06/17/2010
Ive got a few here:
2 packages cream cheese
Reduced fat Triscuits
Strawberries - sliced thick or cut in half
Cut 2 packages of cream cheese into 2 pieces each, the long way. Roll in brown sugar until heavily coated. Let sit overnight.
Cut the cream cheese into pats/squares. Place on top of triscuits and top with strawberry.
Prepare right before serving. Does not keep for long periods of time – the triscuits will get soggy.
I’m not a fan of reuben sandwiches or sauerkraut, but this dip is one of my favs and really good!
8 oz cream cheese (cut into small pieces)
1 cup sauerkraut (drained & finely chopped)
½ cup sour cream
½ lb lean cooked corned beef (chopped)
2 tsp onion (finely chopped)
1 tbsp ketchup
2 tsp spicy brown mustard
1 cup shredded swiss cheese
Combine all ingredients and put in a baking dish. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes covered, then 5 minutes uncovered. Serve with rye crackers (Plain Ritz crackers work fine too if you cant find rye crackers)
2 blocks cream cheese
2 cans Rotel tomatoes
1 lb (roll) sausage
Brown & drain sausage, add cream cheese (cut into chunks). Cook until cream cheese is melted. Put in crockpot, add Rotel tomatoes and keep warm on low.
Michelle - posted on 06/17/2010
Probally missed your sons baptism....this would be good for any & all get-togethers,holidays or special events! come across this by pure luck ~ one of my favorite (Rachel Ray).
Cobb Salad (dip)
crumled blue cheese
mix together till creamy, put in bottom of (deep) serving dish such as sundae or ice cream bowl. Add: chopped boiled egg on top of sour cream mixture...Next: season Avocado with salt & lemon or lime juice ~ spread this on top of egg in serving dish, add on top of avacodo chopped tomotoe, red onion or scallion (finely chopped)......top with crumled bacon....seve with leaf lettuce which can be used as a scoop...to scoop out the dip!!
Paige - posted on 06/16/2010
Melted brie topped with caramel sauce, served with ciabatta bread pieces. Homemade salsa...throw some tomatoes, onion, cilantro, a jalapeno, cumin, lime juice, and garlic in a blender or cuisinart and blend until it reaches the consistency you like. 1 pkg cream cheese, 1 stick butter, 1 tsp vanilla, 1-2 cups confect sugar (and a touch of red food dye to make it pink)...blend, store in the fridge until ready to serve with pineapple, strawberries, bananas and any other fruit.
Teresa - posted on 06/16/2010
I like what all of the other Mommies have said. An old fav of mine, is one that has been mentioned...but you don't have to use shrimp. Take fresh jalepeno peppers and slice them lengthwise into the size strips you want. Clean out all the seeds. Take block pepperjack, monterrey jack or cheddar slice into similar strips and put the cheese inside the strip of jalepeno. Then wrap that in bacon. Grill or BBQ or put in the oven on low broil with the oven door open. Just make sure the bacon is cooked and your good to go. If you don't want the heat, just soak the strips of jalepeno in ice water for about 15 minutes and that should do the trick. Hope this helps.
Amy - posted on 06/16/2010
I love making Bruschetta. Start by carmelizing garlic and onion in olive oil in a saute pan. Add a can of petite diced tomatoes (DRAINED & rinsed), and dice whatever else you like (artichoke hearts, black olives, mushrooms, etc) and whatever meat you like (leftover rotisserie chicken is my favorite, but I've also used bacon, lunch meat, breakfast sausage). Add some oregano or whatever spice you like. Heat until all ingredients are warm. Toast whatever bread you like, spread mix on bread, top with shredded cheese (yep, whatever you like) and enjoy!
Jacklyn - posted on 06/16/2010
this is quick and east...BLT DIP
On a plate I put two packages of cream cheese soften.
Layer shredded lettuce
diced tomatoes (usually buy them in a can and drain them)
Oscar Meyer bacon bits.
I serve these with crackers and it's a huge hit. Congrats
Jody - posted on 06/15/2010
Pizza By the Scoop
2 pkg of cream cheese
1 jar of chili sauce
1 chopped green pepper
1 chopped onion
chopped canadian bacon
1 pkg mozzerela cheese
1 pkg cheddar cheese
spread the cream cheese on a pizza pan. Add chili sauce. then top with the rest of the ingred. Use your favorite chips to scoop.
Jamie - posted on 06/15/2010
At my daughter's 3rd b-day last week, the adults really loved this spread using 2 Tastefully Simple products.
8 oz cream cheese - soften and mix w/
1 Tbsp Garlic Garlic (TS)
spread on a platter
Sprinkle with a 10 oz can of chicken drained
Then sprinkle with diced green onions
Sprinkle with a layer of chopped roasted peanuts
Then drizzle with Honey Teriyaki Sauce (TS) in a nice pattern.
Serve with toasted sliced baguette or sesame crackers.
It was a HUGE hit with the adults and was gone in a flash! May want to double the recipe.
There are a million other recipes on the TS site. All SIMPLE - www.tastefullysimple.com/web/jreed
PS - I do realize I'm advertizing my business in answer to your question, but I really do USE these products and serve them to my family and friends and they are so easy and so appreciated!
BACON WRAPPED WATER CHESTNUTS !!! YUMMO !
10 min prep. 40 min total makes 12 serv. 2 pcs each.
12 slices of oscar meyer fully cooked bacon, cut crosswise in half.
1 (80z.) can whole water chestnuts, drained
1/2 c. miracle whip dressing
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. chilli sauce
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap bacon around water chestnuts; secure with toothpicks. Place in shallow baking dish. Mix remaining ingredients; pour over water chestnuts. Bake 30 min. or until heated through. ENJOY !
These are always a hit at our gatherings......they're the 1st things gone....ALWAYS ! :)
Bonita - posted on 06/15/2010
here is some thing that you can use.......go to the store and look in the frozen food section, get the tart shells of puff pastry get the fruits that you like to eat, then make lemon, pastry cream, bevarren cream then cut your fruit , after you fill the tart shells with your creams put your fruit on top.
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Jennifer - posted on 06/15/2010
Vegetable pizza is always a hit wherever I take it. You use crescent rolls for the crust and bake that about 10 minutes, but watch closely. Then mix 8oz. cream cheese, 1 pack of ranch dressing mix and 1/2c mayo. Spread on cooled crust and top with the vegetables of your choice. I use cauliflower, broccoli, red onion, black olives, jalapenos, tomatoes, and then top with cheese. Hope this helps.
Stacey - posted on 06/15/2010
Take cream horns from the bakery department. Slice them with a bread knife. Place a slice of strawberry on top. Tastes just like a mini strawberry shortcake!
Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper. Take square pretzels, place a rolo candy on top. Place in a warmed oven just until the rolo is shiny but not completely melted. Gently mash a pecan half on top. Mini turtles in a snap!!
Jeanette - posted on 06/15/2010
I serve this dip at a lot of my functions and people go crazy over it!! Also I sell Tastefully Simple you could look at my website. We have a lot of recipes on their to include appetizers. www.tastefullysimple.com/web/jlopez
1 packet Lipton Recipe Secrets savory herb and garlic soup mix
1 8oz sour cream
1 8oz ricotta cheese
1 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c chopped pepperoni (i use the stick of pepperoni)
In casserole dish combine soup mix, sour cream, ricotta cheese, cup of mozzarella cheese and pepperoni
sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese over mix
bake @ 350 for 30 mins (uncovered)
serve with either italian bread cubed or french bread sliced
Gaela - posted on 06/15/2010
when I entertain or cater, I've found that believe it or not...little smokies in barbeque sauce get eaten up everytime and all you do is dump them in the crockpot and go. Also fruit platters this time of year are fantastic. I soak the apples in fruit fresh and they stay pretty for hours. I make a dip from 1 pkg cream cheese softened, one jar marshmallow fluff. To make it pretty, I hollow out a pineapple and fill with the dip. Also, the tortilla rollups with cream cheese, etc go really well.
Angela - posted on 06/14/2010
jalepeno poppers... seed jalapeno, cut in half, and stuff with cream cheese(you can also add chives, seasonings etc. to the cream cheese) wrap with a piece of bacon and bake in oven 350 for about 15 mins or until bacon is crisp. enjoy
Dana - posted on 06/13/2010
We like Veggie roll ups at our celebrations. Combine 8 oz. cream cheese, 2/3 cup may or miracle whip, 1 envelope ranch dressing mix. Spread on flour tortillas and top with chopped raw veg: broccoli, red or green peppers, onions cauliflower, ect. Roll up and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Slice onto 1" pinwheels. Enjoy.
Debbie - posted on 06/12/2010
i buy a loaf of the tiny breads(find by lunchmeat dpt)..mix cream cheese & ranch dressing(whole pack) & spread some on each piece of bread. slice a cucumber thin & place a slice on the cr. cheese mix & shake a little dill weed on the top of cucumber. make it ahead & arrange stacked on a plate & put in fridge. everyone LOVES it!!& its cheap & quick. makes alot!!
Lucille - posted on 06/12/2010
I just thought of another easier recipe than the Jalepenos.
1 jar of grape jelly to 1 jar of Chili ( I believe its Del Monte )
1 pkg of Lil Smokies (wienners)
Put jelly first into crok pot. When its melted add chili and smokies and thats it. Let crockpot do the rest. :>)
Lucille - posted on 06/12/2010
I hope I am not too late. If so use this recipe for another gathering, the Men love this one. Whatever amount of Jalepenos u need. Wash them. Cut one side of Jalepeno, Clean out seeds. Shredd Jack cheese salt cheese (chedder or colby if u prefer) stuff chili. Wrap with 1 slice of raw bacon strip. Spray cookie sheet with Pam and lay stuffed Jalepenos on sheet. U can put into 375 oven until bacon looks done.
Elaine - posted on 06/12/2010
here is a nice summer recipe
Roast beef roll ups
8 flour tortilla shells
2 plum tomatoes sliced
8 slices roast beef
1 Red onion sliced and quartered
1 package cream cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons horseradish
Mix cream cheese and horseradish together. Lay out tortilla shell spread some of the cream cheese mixture on it, add a slice roast beef, 2-2 slices plum tomatoes, 2-3 slices cucumbers, and a few of the onions ( it only takes about 4 of the individual rings that have been quartered) Roll it all up together and cut in half. easy peasy
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