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Are you a fan of The Whole Deal in-store value guide? If so, here's a sneak preview of the special December issue we're putting together. It will focus around giving and entertaining on a budget and feature several recipes for amazing "small bites" party food that cost less than 50 cents per piece-many much less than that!

I know, I know, it seems awfully early to be talking holiday parties, but to be ready to inspire and assist you when the time comes we have to start Christmas in July, so to speak. And this year we also want some help from you! Simply use the comments space below to share your own favorite value-focused "small bites" holiday appetizer recipe that costs less than 50 cents per piece. If your favorite is selected as our favorite of all the entries, we'll send you a $50 gift card and print your recipe in The Whole Deal. But, hurry up, the deadline is October 5th!

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Janet O. says …

A quick and inexpensive appetizer that is always good and healthy is taking a short skewer and placing on it a grape tomato, a piece of mozzarella cheese, a leaf of basil; repeat that once and end with a tomato. If you don't have fresh basil, sprinkle a little dried basil over the tomatoes and cheese once on a serving plate. You can use full fat or part skim cheese. You may also use lactose free cheese.

Mary van G says …

For something quick, easy, frugal and very pretty, Take a block of organic cream cheese and season with either (Savory) Season Salt roasted garlic-sliced thin (Sweet) Apricot jam or cranberry sauce Sliced Almonds Then wrap in canned biscuit dough rolled out to 1/8" thick. Bake in Hot oven (400) for 10 minutes. Serve with baguettes or your favorite crackers.

Paulette says …

Cream Cheese Date Bites-Split one side of some whole, pitted dates and fill with whipped reduced fat cream cheese, then top each with a pecan half and you have an appetizer so simple, but so rich and delicious.

Melissa Greenwood says …

Hummus with green and red bell pepper slices is great “small bite” appetizer. It's simple, good for you and a make-ahead meal that won’t have you scrambling at the last minute. Ingredients 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed Fresh or dried herb blend – try parsley, thyme, oregano and basil 2 gloves of garlic Salt and pepper 1 lemon Olive oil Red bell pepper sliced in strips Green bell pepper sliced in strips Directions: Add herbs and garlic to a food processor or blender and pulse until chopped. Add chickpeas, about a tablespoon of olive oil, the juice of one lemon and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Add more olive oil as needed. Also, adjust salt and pepper to taste. Serve in decorative bowl surrounded by pepper slices. Enjoy!

Jessica Renz says …

Veggie 'pizza' squares: Using two packages of croissant rolls, seam all dough together in a large baking pan. Bake as directions on can instruct. (Poke holes in the crust if any bubbles pop up.) Let the crust cool. In a medium bowl, combine one container of dill dip, with 1/2 package of cream cheese. Spread mixture over cooled crust. Top crust and mixture with 1 large diced tomato, 2 cups of broccoli, 2 cups of cauliflower, 1 small red onion, 2 shredded carrots, 1 diced green pepper. Top it all off with 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. (Or any cheese blend you like.) If you like, garnish with cilantro or scallions! You can also use any veggies you like. Makes 60 squares for about $15! At a quarter a square this serves up A LOT of people. The flavor is buttery from the crust, and the dill dip and vegetables really kick it up. I make this for almost any occasion, and you can always modify it from what you might have on hand!

Roslyn McCLure says …

"Texas Cavier" this is the absolute best! People will beg for the recipe, very southern and good. 1 can Black eyed peas (drained) 1 can Black Beans (drained) 1 can white shoepeg corn (undrained) 3 roma tomatoes (diced) 1 bunch green onions (chopped) 1 bunch cilantro (chopped) 1 packet dry italian dressing mix, mixed with enough olive oil to form a paste Combine all ingredients in a bowl cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve with tortilla chips

Danielle Devine says …

I love making a vegan version of traditional caprese. Instead of cheese, I use tofu. It's really simple, tasty, and inexpensive. You'll need: 1/2 block 365 Whole Foods Extra Firm Tofy Bunch Basil 2 tomatoes Olive Oil Pepper Salt Balsamic Vinegar Slice the tofu and tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices. On a plate, alternate a slice of tomato, followed by a slice of tofu, followed by a leaf of basil until all are used. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper, and drizzle with balsamic and olive oil. Voila!

janet clark says …

Spinach balls (great for picky toddlers, too) Thaw 1 cup of frozen spinach. Mix together with 1 cup of whole wheat stuffing mix, 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, 1 egg, 1 tsp. of garlic powder, and 1 tsp. of oregano. Form 1 inch balls, and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake in 350 degree oven for 12 - 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Lauren Gray says …

Spinach and Cheese Squares These are divine! Served them hot or cold. Melt butter in a 9X13 pan. Mix 3 eggs, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk, 1 10 oz pk frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained, 1 small chopped onion, 1 tsp baking powder and 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese all together and spoon into pan. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Cool before cutting into squares. I bring this dish to every gathering--everyone always asks for the recipe!

wiz says …

1) Hardboiled Quail eggs stuffed with caviar and chilled on basil granita. 2) Baked Mussels with Chili Garlic 3) Cucumber Avocado Relish on Mini Tostada/or on baked Pita chips 4) seared ahi tuna with avocado on crostini 5) Pot roast shredded beef on thyme pancakes topped with a glace'

Katya Fassett says …

For the holidays, my mother and I always make delicious blue cheese popovers and cranberry brie bites. They're delicious, very easy to make, and inexpensive but special. I like to use Maytag blue cheese (from Iowa) for the popovers -- I can buy it at my local Whole Foods. Any nice brie works beautifully for the cranberry brie bites. Bon Appetit! BLUE CHEESE POPOVERS 2 large eggs 1 c milk (room temp) 2 T butter, melted (plus more for tins) 1 c flour 0.5 t salt pinch of pepper 1.25 ounces blue cheese, crumbled 1 T thyme, roughly chopped (optional) In large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, butter, flour, salt and pepper. Whisk until no lumps. Stir in cheese and thyme. Refrigerate batter in covered container for at least 2 hours, up to one day. Oven rack at highest position. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Butter mini muffin tins. Fill cups to top with chilled batter. Bake until puffed and golden brown, around 18-20 minutes. Delicious served warm. BRIE & CRANBERRY BITES 1 1/2 cups cranberry sauce 1 puff pastry sheet 1 brie triangle, chilled Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Thaw puff pastry sheet flat, then cut into squares (approx 3 inches each) and press them into mini muffin tins. Place a 1-inch slice of brie in the center of each puff pastry and top with approximately 1 tablespoon of cranberry sauce. Bake 10 minutes or until puff pastry corners are golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Tina Vassil says …

At family holiday gatherings, we ALWAYS had this appetizer on a tray: celery stuffed with cream cheese Topped with walnut pieces You could also do any nut combination you like, or raisins... My boys especially loved peanut butter in place of cream cheese...but for me, it's got to be cream cheese and walnuts!!

Lisa Rebeck says …

I take a tortilla, spread cream cheese on top, lightly sprinkle with any variety of seasoning salt. I then cut it like a pizza into 8 triangles, roll it up from the wide end to the small end and stick it together with and olive on a toothpick.

Suzanne Medici says …

FESTIVE ASPARAGUS TRIANGLE ROLL-UPS (Makes 24) Preheat oven about 300 degrees. 3 Large Tomato Tortillas (cut into 4 triangles) 3 Large Spinach Tortillas (cut into 4 triangles) Whole Foods Brand Dijon Mustard (spread a little onto each Tortilla triangle) Cheese - Your choice of type (thinly sliced and cut smaller than Tortilla) - Place on each Triangle Asparagus - Fresh (Cook until tender) or Whole Foods Brand Frozen Asparagus (follow package instructions) After following steps above, place Asparagus on Tortilla triangle and roll up. Use a little more Dijon on the edge and place on cookie sheet. Heat until cheese melts. Enjoy!

chris tarkecju says …

Blue Cheese Pinwheels 1 package puff pastry 1/2 -3/4 cup blue cheese Open puff pastry and roll out. Crubmle blue cheese onto rectangle shaped puff pastry. Roll up starting at long side of rectangle. Bake at 350 for 20 - 30 minutes. Slice in 1/4 inch widths.

Jennifer Farmer says …

Holiday Apple Bites - Ingredients: Apple, with sour flavor (Granny-smith is your basic) Prosciutto, a few slices Asiago Cheese, thick chunks Holiday Spice (Ginger, Nutmeg, Cinnamon) Directions: Slice apple into 1/4" thick wedges, cut wedges in half. Fold small piece of prosciutto and place on top of apple bits. Place small chunk of asiago cheese on top. Skewer with toothpick. Top with a dash of Holiday Spice. Serve at room temperature.

Ashley says …

Southwestern Corn Dip 1 pkg. softened cream cheese 1 16 oz. can drained sweet corn 1 small can green chiles 1 bag tortilla chips Mix cream cheese, corn, and green chiles in a microwave safe bowl and heat until soft enough to thoroughly stir and mix. Cool to room temperature and serve with chips. YUM!!

Kerry Bramwell says …

My favorite snack & appealling appetizer is cooked bacon wraped around a warm prune. Not crispy bacon but cooked & soft. The prune you can just heat a little in the microwave then secure with a tooth pick. YUM

Brittany King says …

My favorite easy and cheap holiday (or anytime) entertaining recipe are mozzarella, tomato, basil skewers! They are holiday colors, require no cooking and can be made in a flash. Just grab some wooden skewers, add cherry tomato, mozzarella ball, basil leaf and repeat. They are delish with a drizzle of olive oil and a light salt and pepper! YUM!

Laura Sanio says …

For a festive and inexpensive platter of goodies buy round water crackers. Spread cream cheese or a layer of spreadable fancy cheese and top with a dollop or red or green pepper jelly. Add mint or parsley leaves to tray for a treat sure to "spice up" a holiday party.

Judy C says …

These are very good for winter or summer elegant entertaining and are simple to make: Smoked Salmon on Cucumber 3 cucumbers, sliced 3 oz. smoked salmon 2 Tbsp. milk or cream 8 oz. package cream cheese 1 small bunch dill 1/2 onion Process smoked salmon, milk, cream cheese and 2 sprigs of the dill and onion in a food processor until the mixture is creamy, thick and smooth. Spread each cucumber slice with the mixture and top with a small piece of dill if desired.

Cathy says …

I make mini lamb meatballs - use 1 pound of ground lamb - add the usual breadcrumbs, milk and egg, but add a little allspice and a dash of cinnamon. Add, salt, pepper, onion, parsley, romano cheese - roll into bite size meatballs and brown in the oven at 350 for about 25 minutes or until done. Great little appetizer or with pasta if you want. They are fantastic!

susan says …

1 1/2 c. cooked rice 1 block extra firm tofu 1 c. water 1/2 c. finely ground almonds 1/2 c. wheat germ 2 Tbsp. tamari Blend 3/4 of the rice and 1/2 the tofu with the remaining ingredients, then transfer to a bowl and mix in remaining rice and tofu with a fork. Form into 1" balls and bake on greased sheet for 30 minutes at 350F.

Diana says …

The first thing my family wants to know when they come for Christmas dinner is if I have made my Pesto Cream Cheese Dip with Roasted Red Peppers. There is nothing easier than this 3-ingredient dish that I absolutely can't keep on the table; it disappears that quickly! I take 1 block of 365 cream cheese and spread it into a festive, round bowl. On top of that, I spread a small jar of pesto, then top with chopped, roasted red peppers. This is a delicious appetizer spread for crackers, bread, crudites, just about anything. In addition, it is quick, inexpensive, and looks absolutely gorgeous on your table at the holidays!

Kristie Lynn says …

Sweet potato fries are a much better use of sweet potatoes than the traditional candied yams :) My favorite way to make them is the slice 2 medium sized sweet potatoes into fry-shaped pieces, then toss them in a bowl with 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. of cinnamon and 1 tsp. of cumin. Spread out on a pan and bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes, turning halfway through. Aside from being cheap, this recipe is also nice because it is so flexible - if you want softer fries, bake for less time; a longer cooking time for crispy fries. If you want more of a traditional fry taste, just use salt and pepper for seasoning; for a spicy fry take out the cinnamon and add red pepper flakes. I've got my husband hooked on them and whenever he sees sweet potatoes on top of the fridge he asks if I'm making fries :)

Amy Turim says …

BLEU CHEESE AND CARAMELIZED-ONION SQUARES Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Crust: Spread pre-made PIZZA DOUGH into a large cookie sheet(with edges), gently but firmly stretching and flattening it in the pan for about 5 minutes until it doesn’t shrink back. Lightly coat the entire surface with olive oil, poke it all over with a fork, and bake at 425 for about 7 minutes, till there are a few browned patches on the surface. Remove from oven and set aside. Topping: 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 2 Tbsp olive oil 3 large onions (about 2 lbs), halved and thinly sliced 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary (more is good!) 1 tsp sugar ½ tsp salt 1 ½ cups (about 6 oz) crumbled bleu cheese Melt BUTTER and OIL in large skillet over high heat, add ONIONS and cook until they are soft and beginning to brown, stirring frequently. Add ROSEMARY, SUGAR and SALT, and season with PEPPER. Reduce heat to medium & continue to cook until the onions are soft and dark brown. [cover occasionally, but let the water evaporate a bit so the onions don't get too wet]. This process can take as long as 40 minutes to get them soft & really brown. Using your hands, spread onion mixture evenly over the cooled pizza dough and sprinkle with the BLEU CHEESE. Bake until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly – about 15 minutes. Let cool, cut into squares and serve. [A special touch for extra flavor: using your hands, spread a very thin – almost visually imperceptible – layer of apricot jam across the dough before laying on the onions. After the bleu cheese is added, top with a light sprinkle of pepper all over. Nice juxtaposition of the sweet (jam) and the slightly hot (pepper).]

Sara Mesmer says …

Artichoke Petals for 9 Ingredients: 1 large artichoke 3 Tbsp ghee (clarified butter) 1 tsp brown mustard seeds 1/3 C cashews or pine nuts 1/3 C chopped cilantro 1/3 tsp salt optional: fresh or dry shredded coconut Steam artichoke 40 minutes or until tender. Set aside. Over a low flame, heat ghee and sautee mustard seeds a few minutes until grey. Add nuts and cook 1-2 minutes until golden, remove from heat to a dish. While this cools, arrange artichoke petals on a platter outward from center, like a rose. Scoop out the prickly inside remaining and cut up the heart. Stir heart, salt and cilantro into nut mixture and spoon this topping into petals. Garnish with coconut if desired. Namaste!

Dipa says …

Pecan-Rolo-Pretzel "Turtles" This is a very easy mini-dessert. Simply place a Rolo on top of a pretzel, place in the toaster oven until the Rolo begins to melt. Remove from the toaster oven and press a pecan on top of the Rolo. Place in the toaster oven again for another 30 seconds or so.

Rex Poland says …

Moorish Asiago-stuffed Dates & Bacon Ingredients : Per Batch - 12 dates, pitted 12 1 ½ x ¼ x ¼ -inch squares Asiago cheese (If larger dates that you pit yourself, cube the cube larger) 4 slices smoked bacon, each cut crosswise into 3 pieces Smoked Paprika for seasoning Preparation : Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Using a small knife, make a small cut in side of each pitted date. Insert 1 piece of cheese into each date. Brush bacon with smoked paprika. Wrap each date with one piece of bacon, with the paprika side against the date. Secure bacon with a toothpick. Arrange dates on a small rimmed baking sheet or a broiler pan. Roast until the bacon is browned on bottom, about 6-8 minutes. Turn the dates; roast until the bacon is totally cooked, about 6 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate & cool slightly. Remove baking toothpicks before serving; display with bamboo mini forks or decorative picks for bite-sized enjoyment. Fast, easy & can be assembled the night before baking & stored in an airtight container. Bake slightly before party time or during the party. Great blend of sweet & savory for just pennies. Enjoy!

Michael A. Semper says …

Salmon Mousse is my favorite holiday 'dig in' dish. It looks like Christmas because the mold is redish and then you could dress it up with greeenery and serve toast points or healthy whole grain crackers. C'mon...we all know how healthy salmon is! This is elegant, healthy AND different from your cheese log. Hey I love cheese but there are no Omega 3s! Thanks to Whole Foods for being there for us. I travel up to Chicago from NW Indiana often just to shop at your stores.

Patrick Park says …

Family and friends ask for this appetizer every holiday season. Any remaining sauce can be utlized with holiday ham. Rumaki 2 lbs bacon, cut slices in half 3 cans whole water chestnuts, drained Wrap each water chestnut with 1/2 strip of bacon, stab with a toothpick to secure. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes in a 14 inch pan with sides. Remove from pan and place each one on paper towels to drain. There will be a large amount of grease to discard. Return the wrapped chestnuts to the pan and pour sauce over. Sauce: 2 cups of sugar 1 cup of cider vinegar 1 cup water 2 teaspoons pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons pimento (I purchase the sliced/diced ones in the glass jar) Boil 5 minutes. Then mix together 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and 4 tablespoons of water, prior to adding to sauce (no lumps then). Add and then cook the sauce until thickened. Pour over the toothpick secured bacon/water chestnuts. (Just as good if made the day before and warmed in the oven on low heat for approximately 30-45 minutes prior to serving)

Eva Mack says …

what a bargin...

Patricia Appelquist says …

I learned that I love to make sweet and salty I take Ginger snaps, sea salt, orange juice & zest, with beaten eggs yolks to make a whipped topping. The Ginger Snaps are drizzled with a orange juice and sea salt. I whip up the egg yolks add the orange zest. The whole thing takes about 15 minutes prep work as you beat the yolks as you drizzle the orange juice& sea salt over the ginger snaps. Then top with crystalized orange or another type of dried fruit -cranberries, apricots, golden raisins or another pinch of sea salt the flavors explode and its different than usual canapaes and refreshing to taste.

ROSE LINCK says …

With a rolling pin, roll pieces of white bread or thin sourdough bread slices out flat. Spread each with a light spread of mayonaise. Wrap a piece of prociutto or thin ham around a piece of raw asparagus. Lay onto the bread slice and roll up. Pop under the broiler or bake until light golden brown. Serve!

Geeta says …

Onion Pakodas: Thinly slice a medium onion. Mix Gram Dal Flour, salt, red/green chilli powder, pinch of baking soda, onion and water. Deep Fry my dropping balls in the oil. You can also use sliced zucchini, potato, spinach and jalapeno(remove the seeds). Ketchup goes well with these pakodas. I love it caz it is so easy to make and very tasty.

Maria says …

Stuffed tomatoes: Take 10-12 small Roma tomatoes, cut the top off and spoon them out carefully. Dice 1 apple (Granny Smith is best) and 1 pickle; pieces should 1/4 inch or so, and mix them with 1 tbsp mayonnaise (I prefer organic). Fill tomatoes with mixture and keep in refrigerator for 1 hour - or serve right away. Funny how people try to guess the ingredients! Light, fresh, tasty and healthy!

Katerina Kottova says …

Small bites-Party food: bottom: hard white cheese (little squere) midlle: slice of banana top: piece of grape put together with wood stick it's soooooo tasty, great with wine...:-)

Camille Pane says …

Easy, cheap and delicious: White Bean Dip You can make more of this if you are having lots of guests, but the basic recipe is: Saute 2 or 3 cloves minced garlic in olive oil until nicely fragrant, then add some crushed red pepper, sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Drain a can of cannellini beans and add to the oil and garlic, saute until warm, and then mash well. You may need to add some liquid--you can use water, the liquid from the beans, or stock; I find water is just fine. You may also add herbs; I often add thyme and it seems to go well, but this is just great plain. Serve with a loaf of thinly sliced baguette. We also have this on baguettes with arugula for lunch or dinner.

Elissa says …

Onion Tart Rich and satisfying, indulge! Carmelize 5 pounds of sliced onions in butter and olive oil. Spread on top of thawed puff pastry sheets, bake until lightly browned in a 350 degree oven approximately 10 minutes. Grate gruyere cheese on hot tart, slice and serve!

Debby Gibbons says …

This is a favorite appetizer at my holiday parties... Buffalo Chicken Dip 2 large boneless chicken breast halves(1 pound total) 6 Tablespoons hot sauce(or to taste) 1 package(8 ounces cream cheese cut into 1-inch chunks 1/2 cup ranch or blue cheese dressing 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1)Place chicken breasts in a medium size skillet and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover and poach for 6 to 7 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 170 degrees on an instant read thermometer. Remove chicken to a plate to cool. shred using 2 forks. 2)Place chicken and hot sauce in a medium size skillet. Heat through. Add cream cheese and dressing and heat until blended. Add half the shredded cheese, stir until melted. 3)Place in crock, sprinkle top with remaining cheese Serve warm...heat in oven at 350 for about 15 minutes. Serve with crackers tortilla chips or toasted bread points. Makes 10 servings.

mountain girl says …

Coconut macaroon balls are tasty and inexpesive little treats. Just mix 1 T honey with 1 T hot water till combined. Add 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, 1 tsp vanilla, and 2 egg whites. Combine and form into 1 1/2" balls, place on a lightly greased cookie sheet, and bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. These are very impressive delicacies for the cost and effort required!

Elissa says …

Raw Broccoli soup I bunch organic broccoli 1/2 red organic onion Juice 2 organic lemons 1/4 cup organic olive oil 2 cloves raw garlic 1 tablespoon grey sea slat Blend all ingredients in blender until very smooth Chill Serve cold with diced organic red peppers

Elaine Schiff says …

Take cleaned breast of chicken-filet into thin slices-take bread crumbs, parsley a lot of garlic-saute onions cut small-sliovers of carrots-into the breast of chicken spoon some of the bread crumb mixture and roll up-lay them in a roasting pan until chicken is done- Slice roll ups into 2 inch pieces, insert toothpick -keeps well in the freezer-use olive oil to moisten when making it-

Tina :) says …

Here's a little something that's always a big hit, no matter what the season......... Take a block of cream cheese & put it on a platter, plate or in a shallow container. Next, add on top of cream cheese, 1 can of crab meat or 2 cans, if you really like crab meat. Then, pour cocktail sauce over it and serve with good hearty crackers, like wheat thins or triscuits. Add a serving spoon, if you like. ENJOY!!! It's quick. It's easy. Inexpensive. Tastes divine.

Laura Warren says …

Healthy Jelly Cookie Bites Indgredients: 2 prepared pie crusts No Sugar Added Jelly or Jam (any flavor) Directions: Roll out one pie crust onto a flat baking sheet. (Ungreased) Spread NSA jelly over pie crust. (approx. 1/4 inch thick) leaving 1/2 inch bare at the ends. Brush water over the bare 1/2 inch of the pie crust Roll out second pie crust on top of the jellied one. press the edges together Using a pizza cutter, cut into 1/2 to 1/4 inch pieces Bake (do not move cut pieces!!) in a 400 degree oven until pie crust starts to turn golden brown (about 5-10 minutes depending on your oven) LET COOL!!! IF YOU DO NOT YOU WILL RECEIVE SEVERE BURNS TO YOUR MOUTH!!!! (Bonus: any jelly that leaks out of the cookies, makes a great candy garnish. Remove leaked jelly from tray when slightly warm and shape into curls or whatever shape suits your fancy. Place on top of cookies or on serving tray for a pretty [and Yummy] garnish)

Laura Collins says …

Crispy Cucumber Sandwiches! Ingredients: 1 Cucumber. 1 loaf of small party rye. 1 cup mayonaise. 2 cloves of garlic. 1/8 t paprika. Take a cucumber and peal it up to 90% depending on how much green edging you would like. Then remove the ends and slice it in cross sectional pieces (that's round!). Create a bowl of water with ice cubes and place the cucumber rounds on top of the ice water and chill in refrigerator from 1 hour to over night depending on your own prepping style and needs. Mince garlic and add to mayonaise. Spread mayoniase-garlic spread on party rye pieces. Place cucumber rounds on top. Sprinkle with paprika for taste and color. Enjoy a light and healthy treat!

JD says …

Rye crackers, slices or havarti light or light provolone cheese and slices of tomatoes on top. Also you can add small size veal cutlets to those bites. yum!

Patrick says …

Buffalo Chicken Dip 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1 can (10 ounces) chunk white chicken, drained 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese Tortilla chips Spread cream cheese into an ungreased shallow 1 quart baking dish. Layer with chicken, buffalo wing sauce and ranch dressing. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm with tortilla chips. Great dip for holiday and Super Bowl parties. I have made this with low fat and/or no fat products and it still good.

Donna Lynch says …

Toasted, Topped and Spiced Pita Wedges with Baked Brie Ingredients: Pita Wedges - Cut with pizza cutter, toast w/fav spices Baked Brie - Bake until soft, spread on toasted, spiced pita wedges Toppings - We like ours with a "dob" of jalepeno jelly or mango chutney. Go crazy ... just about anything makes a good topping on these "amall bites" of finger food. Let your imagination or pantry dictate toppings. These are great for company, holidays or special occasions. Quick, easy and tasty. Serve warm. Warning: They go fast!

francesca w. says …

A recipe a friend passed to me, which I tried with much success: Wrap a small strip of prosciutto around a dried plum and secure with a toothpick. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in a 300 degree oven until the prosciutto has crisped a bit, about ten minutes. Serve immediately.

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