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Anita Lapertosa says ...
Whole foods chocolate chip peanut butter on whole foods banana chips topped with a carob chip. Simple delicious and a good value.
09/30/2009 4:10:49 PM CDT
Lynna Stubbs says ...
Festive Black Bean Dip 1 can of black beans, drained 1 chopped red bell pepper 2-3 green onions, chopped 1 block of crumbled feta cheese 1 small bottle of wishbone italian dressing Combine all and marinate overnight. Serve with Fritos Scoops.
09/30/2009 4:11:18 PM CDT
Samantha D. says ...
For informal impromptu gatherings at my home, I cut cheddar cheese into small cubes, skewer each one on a cocktail stick, & top with a pimiento-stuffed olive; this simple & colorful offering with its lively combination of tastes is always received with delight.
09/30/2009 4:13:07 PM CDT
Raeshel says ...
Easy Stuffed Mushrooms 1 pound of white mushrooms 1 Tube of pork sausage 1 package of cream cheese 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder 1/4 tsp red pepper(more if you like a real kick) Wash and de-stem mushrooms and set aside. Over medium heat combine other ingredients in frying pan. Crumble sausage and continue to stir mixture. Cook throughly but do not brown, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Stuff mushroom caps with sausage mixture and place on a cookie sheet mixture side up. Place in preheated 350 degree oven and cook for 18 - 22 minutes until mushrooms are cooked throughly. Best served warm. *You can prepare these the day before and then cook in in the oven when ready. **I sometimes garnish these with fresh Parmesan if I have it for added umph and a crispy top.
09/30/2009 4:13:17 PM CDT
Jamie T says ...
We found this dip a few years ago and everywhere I take it people fall in love! 1 8oz package of cream cheese-softened 1 8oz sour cream 3 tblspoons of taco seasoning 1 Mango chopped 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed Cilantro (to your liking-we love it so it gets piled on) chopped bell peppers (I am allergic to peppers so these go to the side) Homemade tortilla chips with limejuice and salt sprinkled over them (toasted tortillas) Combine the taco seasoning, sour cream and cream cheese. Spread on a serving plate. Mix the other ingredients in a bowl to combine the colors and sprinkle on top of the cream cheese mixture. Chill for at least 1 hour. Now I'm hungry :)
09/30/2009 4:13:18 PM CDT
Lauren says ...
If you need to whip up something quick, place a block of cream cheese on a festive holiday plate, pour cocktail sauce to cover the cream cheese, and top with canned crab meat. Use crackers or chips to dip in the inexpensive but decedent treat. The red cocktail sauce adds festive coloring for your holiday table.
09/30/2009 4:13:21 PM CDT
mmm_in_ma says ...
La Brea Tar Pit Chicken Wings 1 cup soy sauce (low sodium is OK) ½ cup hearty red wine (cheap is OK) 9 tbsp. sugar ¼ tsp. dry ginger (more if you love ginger) 2 packages chicken wings (approx. 24) Preheat oven to 375° F Cut wings into 3s (use tips for stock); put into a 9 x 13 foil-lined pan Mix other ingredients over low heat until sugar is dissolved; pour over wings Bake for 45 minutes, turn and check after another 30 or 45 minutes The recipe got its name from the La Brea Tar Pits because I was living in LA when I started making them. The sauce doesn’t have to be thick, sticky or look like tar to be delicious … but the name stuck.
09/30/2009 4:13:41 PM CDT
Shava Nerad says ...
One of my favorite small bites - fast and cheap -- is to pick a variety of small canape crackers, and put cheese and fruit on each in combinations. Some great combinations: sharp cheddar and guava jelly blue cheese and dried fig or fig jam havarti and tart apple swiss and olive or eggplant tapenade With a variety of crackers (and, you can find a lot of canape cracker that come with many shapes to a box -- it doesn't have to be five boxes!), and a little artful presentation, and some small chunks of cheese or pieces of fruit or preserves, you can give an impression of huge variety and abundance on a small budget.
09/30/2009 4:14:02 PM CDT
molly Braun says ...
Slice a baguette. Brush each slice lightly with olive oil and broil. Top each toast with a fig spread and a piece of manchego cheese.
09/30/2009 4:14:06 PM CDT
Maria Garcia says ...
an easy and delicious holiday appetizer is: bacon wrapped dates All you need are dates and bacon preheat the oven to 450 cut a bacon slice in half and wrap one half around one date, secure with a toothpick. Make as many as you like. Bake in oven for about 10-15 minutes until bacon is as done and crispy as you like. DELICIOUS!!
09/30/2009 4:15:12 PM CDT
Reba C McLendon says ...
My three bean salad is to die for!
09/30/2009 4:15:32 PM CDT
Shannon says ...
a great simple more modern version of the "chip and dip" is tortellini with pesto cream sauce. i simply boil a pack of tortellini (refrigerated ones boil quicker) and then, on the side, mix sour cream or cream fraiche with some ready-made pesto. Serve the tortellinis on a platter with the pesto dip in a cute little bowl in the middle for dipping. you can garnish with roasted red peppers in the dip if you like or serve with raw red peppers for dipping! Yum!
09/30/2009 4:15:41 PM CDT
Monica Thomas says ...
One of our favorite, inexpensive, super fast and extremely tasty finger food appetizers or Cream Cheese and Jalapeno Roll-ups. Ingredients: Whole Wheat wraps, cream cheese, chopped jalapenos. 1. Take a whole wheat wrap. 2. Spread with cream cheese. 3. Sprinkle with chopped jalapenos. 4. Roll and Slice into bite sized slices. 5. Serve with a smile and make more. :o)
09/30/2009 4:16:01 PM CDT
Robert L says ...
For the holidays, family and friends alike love this simple yet delicious appetizer. == Whole Foods rosemary crostini with goat cheese. == It's simple, inexpensive and our guests can't stop eating them!
09/30/2009 4:17:09 PM CDT
Jennifer R. says ...
Slice of dill Havarti cheese on a cracker of your choice (I like Triscuits), with a slice of peeled cucumber on top. Quick, easy, delicious, refreshing, and inexpensive.
09/30/2009 4:17:15 PM CDT
Susanne W. says ...
One of our favorite small bites are dates filled with a bit of 365 cream cheese and herbs. We serve it two ways. You can either make an X in the date and fill in the top with the cream cheese/herbs or slice the dates in half and place a bit of the cream cheese herb mixture in the center (much more economical). You can mix the cream cheese with chopped parsley or dill or even basil, whatever takes your fancy. And use your cream cheese sparingly. You only need a little bit to make this special. If you prefer any of the flavored cheese mixes at whole foods, feel free to substitute. Either way it's a rich appetizer for very little cost.
09/30/2009 4:18:38 PM CDT
Danielle says ...
Almond Stuffed Dates are a great, tasty, healthy appetizer that only LOOK expensive! All you need are some pitted dates, almonds and powdered sugar (optional). Carefully stuff each date with two almonds--one in each end. For a bit of a sweeter treat, roll each stuffed date in some powdered sugar until coated. Arrange beautifully on a plate and serve!
09/30/2009 4:18:42 PM CDT
nancy r says ...
this is a great dip served with stacys pita chips or with torn pieces of pita bread, toasted. mix together two 16-oz containers of sour cream and one container of humus in a shallow but large bowl spread this across the bottom chop up one small jar of artichoke hearts and spread on top next shred one large carrot - spread on top next crumble a small log of goat cheese then chop up 12-16 calamata olives and spread on top drizzle with olive oil options - chopped cucumbers, chopped roasted red peppers
09/30/2009 4:19:26 PM CDT
Ruth B says ...
Slice a dozen or more cherry tomatos in half. Carefully spoon out the seeds and juice and freeze for use in soups or sauces. Fill each cup with hummous or chived cream cheese. Sprinkle the tops with finely chopped parsley and place the cups on a bed of dark green lettuce or spinach leaves and enjoy!
09/30/2009 4:21:43 PM CDT
Lisa says ...
These little bites are the perfect party food, because they taste even better cold. The tea is the key ingredient, brew it to your liking. The stronger the tea, the more intense the flavor. Ingredients 1 lb salmon filet, skinless and deboned, cut into 1.5 in cubes Poaching Liquid: 1 cup strong black lychee tea (or other black tea) 1 inch section of fresh ginger root, sliced 1/4 cup of soy sauce 1 1/2 sticks brown sugar or 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed 1 tsp ginger powder (or more, to taste) Dipping Sauce: 1/2 cup poaching liquid (after cooking salmon) 1/8 cup maple syrup 1 tbsp white sugar 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tsp ginger powder 2 cloves minced garlic Directions Combine poaching liquid ingredients into a shallow skillet and bring to a boil. Lower heat to med-low and put in salmon cubes Poach over med-low heat for 3 minutes. Flip cubes once and continue poaching another 2 minutes until done through. Remove salmon from heat/liquid. Reserve 1/2 cup poaching liquid and discard of the rest. Add the remaining dipping sauce ingredients into pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat to medium and let simmer until sauce is thick. Allow sauce to cool 10 minutes. Insert toothpicks into salmon cubes and serve with the dipping sauce.
09/30/2009 4:22:03 PM CDT
Judie says ...
This is just a bit messy to make but fun, easy and very inexpensive. I call the pepperoncini polenta poppers. 1 jar pepperoncini 1 tube or prepared polenta or package of instant polenta ricotta cheese Mix the 1 part ricotta:2 parts polenta. Stuff into the pepperoncini. Serve. That's it. you can add some cut up basil or bacon - but not needed.
09/30/2009 4:23:53 PM CDT
Jackie says ...
My favorite easy recipe is SO good and it goes FAST! Take dates, slit them down one side (make sure the pit is out) and put in a slice of water chestnut and a small amount of ricotta cheese. Close the date, wrap it with a small piece of bacon. Put a toothpick thru it. Put it in the oven at 400. Check it after maybe 20 minutes. Take the pan out, flip the date so the other side of the bacon gets cooked too. Serve almost immediately! They get cold quickly...but they are REALLY hot when they come out of the oven, so be careful!
09/30/2009 4:24:22 PM CDT
Ronda Giangreco says ...
Feta Dill Puffs 1 pkg frozen puff pastry 2 eggs 3T feta cheese 3T milk 1T chopped fresh dill (or 1/2T dried dill) Place one sheet of pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut a dozen rounds with a biscuit cutter. Press rounds into a lightly greased mini cupcake pan. Beat eggs with milk, dill and cheese. Carefully pour about 2T of egg mixture into each "cupcake". Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Pastry will puff up and surround egg mixture for a lovely and healthy holiday appetizer. Garnish with additional chopped dill if desired.
09/30/2009 4:25:35 PM CDT
Gina P says ...
A simple and delicious dip!! Spinach and Artichoke dip Defrost 1 pkg frozen creamed spinach, mix with one can of drained& chopped artichoke hearts, one cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, a dash or two of hot sauce, 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Spread in a pie plate and sprinkle with another 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes until top starts to brown. Serve with you favorite crackers, chips or pita chips. Everyone will want the recipe!
09/30/2009 4:25:57 PM CDT
Becky Ryan says ...
I make the following recipe year round but even more often at holiday time. Everyone loves them and they are inexpensive to make. Bacon Bites 1 pound bacon (not the thick kind) 8 oz. cream cheese 1 loaf bread, thin sliced Heat oven to 350. Cut bacon in half (easiest to do while still in package – I use scissors). Toast bread and spread with cream cheese. Cut crust off bread. Cut bread in thirds. Place bread (with cream cheese) on ½ slice of bacon and roll up and secure with toothpick. Bake for approximately 25 - 30 minutes or until desired crispness. Can be made the night before and heated up for a couple of minutes in the microwave. NOTE: Use a rimmed baking sheet so the grease won’t go everywhere. I also line the baking sheet with lots of foil for easy clean up.
09/30/2009 4:27:02 PM CDT

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