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Courtney says ...
we love bacon wrapped water chestnuts. wrap the chesnuts with bacon, dip in a little brown sugar and soy sauce. Boil till toasted and enjoy!
09/30/2009 2:59:35 PM CDT
Connie Greco says ...
Very simple - I take a grape tomato, a small cube of feta cheese and one kalamata olive - skewer on a toothpick - drizzle with olive oil and white balsamic vinegar. The blending of the three flavors are amazing. Stick into a small round bread - or round cheese ball.
09/30/2009 3:01:59 PM CDT
Crystel says ...
I take some olives from the Whole Foods olive bar and put two on a toothpick, then arrange them on a tray. Sometimes I'll put a roasted garlic clove in the middle of the two olives. I drizzle olive oil on the plate, crackers around the edge, and put a little dish in the center with the oil and spices from the olive bar!
09/30/2009 3:02:35 PM CDT
Elizabeth Vander Esch says ...
My favorite small bite is a nut cracker, either pecan or almond, with a dab of fresh cream cheese and a dollop of adriatic fig spread on top!
09/30/2009 3:04:39 PM CDT
Alyssa Frost says ...
These Baked Jalapeno Poppers are delicious and inexpensive. Ingredients: 20 Jalapenos sliced in half, seeds and membranes removed 1/2 pound of cooked sausage- Veggie or Pork both work great 1 8oz package of cream cheese 1 cup of shredded Mozzarella or Jack cheese 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese (optional Mix the sausage, cream cheese and shredded cheeses together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Use a spoon to fill each jalapeno half with about a tablespoon of the sausage mixture and then place, cut side up, on the foil. Bake at 375* for about 40 minutes or until the jalapenos are soft. The smell is irresistible and they are less spicy than you would expect if you are careful about removing all the seeds and membranes. Be sure to wear gloves when handling the jalapenos or you could get stuck with burning fingers. These are a real crowd pleaser!
09/30/2009 3:04:45 PM CDT
Brittania Thompson says ...
cream cheese seafood spread using a 12" round plate, spread 2 blocks of softened cream cheese over plate. Spread spicy (or not) cocktail sauce over Cream cheese. Spread 1 large can of Baby Shrimp or fresh baby shrip over Coctail sauce, and 1 can or fresh shredded crab meat over Shrimp. you can top with more spicy cocktail sauce. Serve with favorite crackers! There is NEVER any left! It's delicious!
09/30/2009 3:05:41 PM CDT
barbara Hanrahan says ...
Hot Cheese Dip 1 cup Hellmens Mayonaise 1 cup Cheddar Cheese Shredded (any type)lightly packed 1 Tbs. grated onion Mixed together bake 375 for 20 mins. dip cracker, cherry tomatoes Enjoy!
09/30/2009 3:06:13 PM CDT
Courtney says ...
1 sourdough round loaf of bread 2 packets of cream cheese 1 10 oz bag of frozen spinach 1 onion 1.Defrost the spinach and chop it up into small pieces 2.Chop the onion into small pieces(use as much or as little onion to your taste) 3.Mix both the spinach and onion in with the cream cheese, creating a thick dip 4. Cut a circle around the top of the loaf of bread 5. Take the top off (the circle you just cut) and rip the bread into small bite size pieces. Place these pieces on the outer circumference of the bread loaf on your serving plate. Do this same thing with the bread inside of the loaf, tearing if up into bite sized pieces and placing it decoratively on your serving plate. 6. Put the dip into the center of the bread loaf in the circle you cut. Stick in a spoon to serve and voila! This is such an easy, decorative and delicious dish-the perfect thing to bring to a party. And it is not expensive at all. It cost me around $10 to make this. I brought it to a party where there were over 20 people and everyone got to try it.
09/30/2009 3:07:22 PM CDT
Michael Bucher says ...
This naturally sweet treat of Datteri Farciti (Stuffed Dates) can be finished in a variety of ways. BASIC INGREDIENTS: Dates Ricotta cheese Walnuts Split each date & remove pit if present. Fill with a teaspoon of the cheese. Press a walnut half (or quarter) into cheese. Variants: pecan, poppy or black sesame seeds instead of walnuts; cream cheese instead of ricotta.
09/30/2009 3:07:40 PM CDT
Brittania Thompson says ...
Beef Roll ups 2 jars of canned sliced beef slices (these are like LARGE round slices, like salami sized) you but them at any grocer. block of softened Cream Cheese or Fat Free Cream Cheese 1 jar mini Dill pickles or Sweet Gherkins Spread 1 tsp. of Cream cheese over piece of meat Place one pickle in middle, roll up. Slice in half. This will make MANY MANY roll ups. Chill in fridge...or eat right away. None of these are ever left either!
09/30/2009 3:08:19 PM CDT
valerie hess says ...
This is the best recipe for unexpected guests. It is very good and works when you have time to plan, too. But if you have a block of the 365 cream cheese (I use the low-fat version) and some UNPITTED green olives (stuffed or unstuffed) and some crackers or bread around, you can entertain in 3 minutes flat. In a food processor, put in the block of cream cheese. Add green olives to taste (start with a 1/3 cup and adjust from there). Process until the olives are well mixed into the cream cheese. Serve on crackers or the wonderful Whole Foods baguettes (white or rustic version). This goes well with champagne as well as hot cider, wine, beer.... Happy Holidays.
09/30/2009 3:10:10 PM CDT
Bobbie Powell says ...
This crab appetizer is wonderful. One can simply take canned crab pieces, real fresh crab from Whole Foods or fake crab. Get a bunch of green onions and chop fine. Include about 3 inches of the green ends of the onions. Mix the crab, onions and sparingly sprinkle in curry or a fisherman's blend that includes curry. Simply put it all in a flat plate and kind of squish the crab, add a little greek yogurt, salt, pepper. Taste until it's yummy. Get some water flatbread, or toasted pitas/bagels and place some of the crab combination on each piece. Yummers.
09/30/2009 3:10:10 PM CDT
Chrissy O'Connor says ...
I love to make goat cheese stuffed pepperoncini's. Just slice each pepperoncini in half, remove the inside seeds and stuff with your favorite goat cheese. It's really pretty on the side with a cheese and meat tray. We have a favorite goat cheese from Whole Foods and a wonderful jar of pepperorcini's that average out to be under 50 cents each. And best of all, it's great to have on hand for last minute guests. You can even get creative and mix salami or prosciutto into the goat cheese before stuffing.
09/30/2009 3:12:13 PM CDT
Brenda Riley says ...
My favorite is easy, tasty and healthy too. Cut cherry tomatoes in half, scoop out the pulp, insert a small cube of mozzerella cheese, broil until the cheese is melted, sprinkle fresh shredded basil and drizzle with a little really good olive oil. Pop into your mouth and enjoy!
09/30/2009 3:12:39 PM CDT
adriana otoole says ...
Wiffle Spinach balls: 2pkgs. frozen, chopped spinach: thawed, squeeze out moisture: 2 C herbed stuffing mix: 1 lg. onion, finely chopped;4 eggs: 1/2 C grated Parmesan Cheese: 6 oz. melted butter: 1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme: 1 clove garlic, chopped, dash cayenne ( optional) black pepper: mix well; chill for 2 hours or overnight: roll into small balls: Place on well greased cookie sheet: bake, 30 min. at 300 - check after 20 minutes - good cold or hot.
09/30/2009 3:14:25 PM CDT
Emily Z says ...
Homemade potato chips with creamy dill dip is my go to. Every one is always impressed when you make your own chips and its really easy. All you needs are russet potatoes, salt and cooking spray. What could be easier or cheaper then that? Cut the potatoes thinly and pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Arrange the potatoes in one layer on a cooking spray greased baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with salt and cook for ten minutes on one side. Then flip each chip and bake until golden, about five minutes. I alternate between dips that I like but my favorite woul probably have to be a creamy dill dip. Mix non-fat plain yogurt with about 4 tablespoons chopped dill, a splash of olive oil, grated lemon zest from one lemon, one glove minced garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Throw in a little cumin and lime for some extra zing if desried. Delicious and easy!
09/30/2009 3:14:45 PM CDT
Danielle says ...
Tofu Caprese: A simple, vegan alternative to traditional caprese ad super cheap too! 1/2 block Whole Foods 365 Extra Firm tofu 1 bunch basil 2 tomatoes Salt, pepper Olive Oil Balsamic Vinegar Slice both the tofu and tomatoes Into 1/4 inch slices. On a large plate alternate slices of tomato, followed by tofu, followed by a basil slice until all the tofu and tomato is used.. Drizzle olive oil ad balsamic over the top, and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Store in the fridge if making in advance. Enjoy!!!
09/30/2009 3:14:46 PM CDT
Jackie G says ...
Marinated Mozzarella 1 container small mozzarella balls 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes zest of 1 small lemon 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt Drain the mozzarella balls. Mix all ingredients together and store in covered dish and refrigerate overnight. Try to stir occasionally. Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before serving.
09/30/2009 3:16:29 PM CDT
Beth Rockoff says ...
Easy to prepare in advance. cut into small squares while partially frozen for even sizes. Onion Torte 8 oz package grated sharp cheddar cheese 12 oz pkg frozen onions 3 cups Bisquick 2 cups milk 2 eggs 1 stick butter poppy seeds saute onions in 1/2 stick butter until browned combine Bisquick, milk, eggs Add onions and 1/2 of grated cheese pour into 9x12 pyrex pan or larger for smaller portions sprinkle rest of cheese on top drizzle remaining melted butter sprinkle w/ poppy seed bake 400 degrees 20 - 25 minutes may be frozen, but reheat covered w/ foil
09/30/2009 3:16:47 PM CDT
Judy Shreve says ...
Fig- bites Fresh black mission figs gorgonzola cheese pecan pieces Slice figs in half. Place a teaspoon of gorgonzola cheese on top of fig & top that with a few pecan pieces. Heat in a 350 degree oven until cheese melts -- about 5-10 minutes.
09/30/2009 3:16:48 PM CDT
Alex Schildkraut says ...
Fig-ure Friendly Holiday Cheer These are the perfect sweet start to any holiday party. Low in calories with protein, fiber and healthy fat, a few of these become a balanced meal on their own (and I bet you can't stick to just one...) 20 small fresh figs (I prefer black or turkish) 1/3 c skim milk ricotta 2 tbsps honey 1/4 c crushed walnuts 1. Trim the bottom of the figs so they stand up on their own 2. Quarter the fig (like you're drawing an'X' being careful not to cut all the way through.) 3. Fill each fig with a few tsps of ricotta 4. Drizzle with honey and walnuts and serve!
09/30/2009 3:18:49 PM CDT
Carol says ...
Quick and Easy Lemon-Herb Hummus on Brown Rice crackers. This is a real crowd pleaser - so you might want to double or triple the recipe! To a food processor or blender add: 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste) Zest and Juice from 1 organic lemon 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or 1 teaspoon umeboshi vinegar, or to taste. Puree until creamy and smooth. Pulse in fresh parsley, cilantro, chives, scallions, oregano, mint, or thyme if desired. Serve on brown rice crackers - there are many delicious varieties to try including: tamari seaweed, vegetable, and black sesame.
09/30/2009 3:18:51 PM CDT
Faye says ...
I make onion toasts. I saute several thinly sliced onions in a mixture of butter and olive oil, salt and pepper them. Sometimes I add dried thyme or another herb to taste. When they are nice and soft and caramelizing, I add about a tablespoon or so of balsamic vinegar, and allow the liquid to cook off. I toast sliced baguette, and spoon some of the onion mix on top-tastes much fancier than it is, and is easy and inexpensive. Sometimes I add mushrooms to the saute as well.
09/30/2009 3:19:09 PM CDT
Jeanne says ...
1 large package cream cheese - softened finely chopped crystallized ginger (about 3 Tablespoons - more to taste) seedless green grapes, washed and dried finely chopped toasted pecans mix in the crystallized ginger with the cream cheese. Wrap this mixture around the grapes. Roll in toasted pecans. Refrigerate at least an hour.
09/30/2009 3:21:01 PM CDT
Holly O says ...
Candied Pecans and Almonds 1 lb pecan or almonds 2 egg whites 1/2 cup raw sugar 1 tablespoon cinammon powder In a large plastic bag combine nuts and egg whites - shake till all nuts are wet. Add sugar and cinnamon shake till all the nuts are covered. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 20 minutes, stir and turn all nuts then bake another 15 minutes. Remove and cool. These are the nuts that cost so much out at events and festivals and they are usually made with bad ingredients. You can do it with raw sugar, organic eggs and make a lb for about $7 or less depending on the price of the nuts. These would cost $20 a lb if purchased out and baking them makes the house smell FANTASTIC. Huge hit at parties and I am asked to make and bring these to everything. Very habit forming.
09/30/2009 3:21:18 PM CDT

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