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Yvette S. says ...
Roasted Pecans. Simple and easy. Can be done salty or sweet. I love taking the pecans, drizzling a little butter (or substitute), then add a little garlic salt, mix and put in oven until toasty. If you prefer sweet, use a cinnamon sugar or whatever your preference. YUM:) Can also be put in a gift tin for little presents.
09/30/2009 4:05:19 PM CDT
Kelly J says ...
Savory Beef & Horseradish Log 2 packages cream cheese 2 tablespoons butter 1 Tablespoon heavy cream, half & half or milk 2 packages dried beef (rinsed to remove excess salt & dried on paper towel then minced finely or processed in food processor) 2 Tablespoons prepared horseradish (or to taste) minced fresh parsley assorted crackers Allow cream cheese & butter to come to room temperature, add cream and mix well with a blender on medium speed until all ingredients are well incorporated. Add in dried beef and horseradish, mix on low until just incorporated. Place the mixture in a line on a sheet of plastic wrap and use the wrap to roll the mixture into a log shape ( narrow enough so a slice will fit nicely on a cracker) Refrigerate until firm. To serve, place on a platter surrounded by assorted crackers and completely cover the top of the log with the minced fress parsley.
09/30/2009 4:05:53 PM CDT
Sally says ...
Here's a tasty and healthy holiday appetizer that even children can help make. Snappy Holiday Cheese Ball 2 pounds sharp yellow cheddar - grated 1 medium organic Vidalia/Sweet onion - minced 1 cup walnuts or pecans - chopped 1 tablespoon organic mayonaise Mix all the ingredients abover well, form into a round, then form a well in the center. Refrigerate until cold. Then fill the center with the red pepper jelly and serve with the crackers and the celery, which can be filled with the cheese mixture. This is so easy, and everyone loves the unique and cheerful colors. 1 jar red pepper jelly 1 package whole grain crackers organic celery stalks
09/30/2009 4:06:10 PM CDT
Laura H says ...
For all the bacon lovers... Rumaki 2 cans water chestnuts, whole, drained 1 lb bacon 1/2 c brown sugar Toothpicks Marinade 1/2 c vegetable or canola oil 1/2 c soy sauce 4 T Ketchup 2 T vinegar 1/2 tsp pepper 4 cloves garlic Combine marinade ingredients in a large bowl and transfer to a large zip lock bag. Add water chestnuts to bag. Refrigerate for one hour. Thaw bacon and cut into 2 inch strips. Transfer water chestnuts into a bowl and discard the marinade. Pour brown sugar into a separate shallow bowl. Wrap water chestnut with the bacon and secure with a toothpick. Roll in the brown sugar. Broil 2-3 min each side until crisp.
09/30/2009 4:06:15 PM CDT
Lauren C. says ...
Deviled English Cucumber Bites...Cut 2 English cucumbers in half that you have removed the outter peels from, hollow the small seeds and centers out of the cucumbers and set on the side. Prepare in a bowl, 10 cage free roughly chopped, hard boiled eggs, 1/4 cup mayo, 1/8 cup whole foods fresh buttermilk ranch, minced onion (to taste)and fresh ground pepper & sea salt to taste. Mix in a bowl until smooth and creamy. "Stuff" both cucumbers (4 halves) with the egg mixture. Top with finely chopped red pepper and ground paprika and cut stuffed cucumbers into bite sized pieces. Serves 20+ for about .35 cents/serving. Enjoy, they are delicious, healthy, low carb and vegetarian. Can be made vegan by substituting cooked, extra firm tofu for the eggs ,Veganaise for the mayo, and vegan ranch dressing.
09/30/2009 4:07:37 PM CDT
Robin says ...
@ Gail Schoppert I make those sausage bites as well and you are right, they go fast at parties. I mix in Tony Chachere's seasoning to give it a little spice.
09/30/2009 4:08:01 PM CDT
Miranda says ...
Every Thanksgiving, my aunt makes these Crab and Cream Cheese Wontons as an appetizer and they are a huge hit with my family. Plus they are fun to make! 1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese 1 can crab meat, drained 2 T flour 3 scallions, minced 1/4 tsp onion powder 1 egg, beaten oil for deep fryer Wonton Wrappers Finely mince the scallions. Combine with cream cheese, crab meat, and flour. Beat the egg in a small bowl - this will be used to brush the edges of the wonton wrappers before folding, and helps to keep them together. Place large tablespoonfuls of the crab mixture in the center of each wonton skin and brush edges with egg mixture. Fold over to form a triangle, then press edges together to seal. Bring the two side edge corners of the triangle to the middle and press these together to form a ring. Heat oil to 350 degrees in a large, heavy bottomed pan, sufficient to cover the wontons. Fry wontons until golden, turning once, about 2-3 minutes. In order to avoid lowering the temperature of the oil, do not attempt to fry too many at once. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels and serve.
09/30/2009 4:08:27 PM CDT
Nancy Jonas says ...
My new favorite "small bite" is: Sliced prosciuto, spread with boisin herb flavored cheese wrapped around approximately three blanched aspergus spears.
09/30/2009 4:09:27 PM CDT
Sue Clarke says ...
When I make this cheese dip people rave. It is always gone quickly and everyone wants the recipe. It is very simple. Grate 2 cups of gyure cheese and mix with 2 cups light or fat free mayo and one medium onion sliced and each slice quarted. Put into oven safe dish and bake for 45 minutes on 350 or until slightly browned and bubbly. Serve with pita chips, Stacy chips or melba toast.
09/30/2009 4:09:37 PM CDT
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

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