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Frank Dance says ...
Always a favorite in terms of ease of preparation and visual and gustatory appeal. 1 block of cream cheese topped with mango chutney. butter crackers.
09/30/2009 3:22:08 PM CDT
Erin Johnson says ...
My favorite recipie is to cut up a small bagette into 1/4 inch slices and put on baking pan. Sprinkle each with olive oil and put a small slice of gruyère cheese and green apple on top of each Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 mins Voila, melt in your mouth gourmet goodness for pretty cheap!
09/30/2009 3:23:50 PM CDT
Jeannie Murphy says ...
Take pitted dates - open and add peanut butter (smooth or cruchy), had a piece of peacan then roll in sugar (red/green/white for the holidays) or melt white or dark chocolate, same as above minus the sugar - roll in chocolate, cool on wax paper. Enjoy - the kids really love to help make them, I'm not sure if they eat more than they make.
09/30/2009 3:26:19 PM CDT
Guen Sublette says ...
Stuffed Mushroom Canapes Serves 6 as a full meal; 10 as appetizers Box of extra-large shell pasta Splash of olive oil 3 T parmesan 1 T fresh parsley, chopped Stuffing 2 T olive oil 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 onion, chopped fine 4 T fresh parsley, chopped 6 oz. mushrooms, chopped fine small can olives, chopped 8 oz cream cheese salt, pepper Boil pasta in water with splash of olive oil 10 minutes. Drain, rinse under cool water. Saute garlic and onion in olive oil several minutes until soft, then add remaining ingredients and mix well. Stuff each pasta shell with a spoon. Drizzle a bit more olive oil on top, then sprinkle with parmesan and some chopped parsley, broil in baking pan or sheet until golden -- 5 to 10 minutes.
09/30/2009 3:29:30 PM CDT
elaine fleisher says ...
I love bite size bits, and one of my faroite foods is filo dough stufed. this recipe is call Honey-glazed oinion and brie tarts. Use the mini fillo cups, 15 in package. Carmelize 1 pound oinions in melted butter, add 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 2 Tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir and cook about one minute. When onions are beautiful beige about 20 minutes, put small amount in filo cup, on top put 1/2 inch piece of brie. Bake on baking sheet at 350*for 10 -12 minutes until cheese has melted. Arrange on plater and sprinkle with chopped herb. Evry stage can be done in advance. Finished pieces can be stored frozen in their plastic tray and taken out to bake at a later time. Maybe you should make a double batch, they go fast!
09/30/2009 3:29:34 PM CDT
Elissa says ...
I am a raw food vegan fan, so here is a delicious recipe for spicy nut pate. Soak any 2-3 cups of raw nuts or combination of nuts overnight in filtered water. In a blender, add the drained nuts with juice of two lemons, about a half cup of filtered water, a teaspoon of grey salt and half a teaspoon of honey if you have it, a few handfuls of cilantro or parsley, one or two raw garlic cloves to taste, a shallot or quarter onion, and tumeric, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne powder, also to taste (I use about 3/4 teaspoon each). If you have Bragg's or Ume Plum vinegar or Tamari soy, add a few shakes (optional). Blend until really smooth, taste and adjust for your taste (may want to add more liquid), then chill. I serve it in a festive bowl, next to pretty platter of romaine leaves, sliced cucumber, or zuccini. It goes nicely on any kind of cracker, including dehydrated raw seed crackers. Big hit at parties, and oh so healthful!
09/30/2009 3:30:21 PM CDT
Jennifer M. says ...
I like to layer a whole grain cracker with yogurt dip, then a cucumber slice, a little more dip, then top with half a pimento stuffed green olive.
09/30/2009 3:31:50 PM CDT
karla says ...
Spicy Italian Sausage Pineaple pieces, frozen or canned... Colby Cheese cubes Toothpicks Cut Sausages into slices then layer on toothpicks in this order Pineapple Sausage Cheese cube (cheese cube helps secure it on there) DELICIOUS combo of flavors! No sauce required just put out on a nice tray.. i also do a few with sweet italian sausage for the kids
09/30/2009 3:31:52 PM CDT
Sue Watson says ...
Stuffed Mushrooms... Makes app 24-36 button stuffed mushrooms, buy 2-3 cartons of button mushrooms, pulling stem out and mincing part of stem,(I use app 1/2-2/3 of the stem, all of it is too much for my taste) put to side, Brown spicy pork sausage, add in minced garlic cloves, minced mushrooms, minced onions, salt and pepper, add in velveeta cheese, mix, when cheese is melted and flavors melded, stuff mushroom caps, broil in oven. When cheese is bubbling over, ready. These can be prepared up to putting in oven, prior to guests arriving, as long as they are refrigerated.
09/30/2009 3:32:18 PM CDT
Jill says ...
My mother always made chopped liver on crackers for a holiday appetizer. Since I am a vegetarian, I have created a meatless version that looks and tastes just like mom's. Cook 1/3 pound of brown lentils until al dente and refrigerate. Boil 2 large eggs and refrigerate. Combine chilled lentils, chopped eggs, a small onion chopped (or less depending on your taste), and light mayo. Serve with crackers. Yummmm....
09/30/2009 3:32:33 PM CDT
Jennifer says ...
Sweet Pumpkin Spread 4 ounces Tofutti's Better Than Cream Cheese at room temperature 2 tbs brown sugar 2 tbs agave nectar 1/4 cup canned or cooked pumpkin 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp vanilla extract apples graham crackers or pita crisps Combine Tofutti, sugar, agave in a food processor and blend until creamy. Add everything else and blend until thoroughly whipped. Chill for a minimum of 1 hour. Serve on apple slices, graham crackers, or pita crisps. Enjoy!
09/30/2009 3:35:09 PM CDT
Diana Lovejoy says ...
HOLIDAY YAM BITES Organic Baked yams Pineapple slices cut in fourths Organic Orange juice WF Organic Pumpkin Pie spice WF Organic salted Butter Organic Dried Cranberries Mix the yams, juice, butter, and spices to taste. Place mixture on top of pineapple. Put a couple of cranberries on top of mixture. Stick a toothpick in the center.
09/30/2009 3:35:29 PM CDT
Leigh Ann S. Garrett says ...
Jalepeno Poppers 4 jalapeno's (from your garden or Whole Foods!) Cream cheese Flour (whole-wheat or white) 1 egg and milk (for egg wash) seasoned bread crumbs (panko or italian) 1) Cut jalapeno's in half, dispose of ribs and seeds (you may want to wear rubber gloves when handling seeds) 2) Using spoon, scoop cream cheese into each side of jalapeno 3) Coat jalapeno in flour 4) Dip into egg wash 5) Coat into bread crumbs until completely covered 6) Fry in hot oil, preferably vegetable oil, until golden brown** 7) Serve w/ your favorite sauces; ranch or salsa for example. *Poppers can also be made in advance and frozen. **Can be baked instead at 450 degrees until golden brown.
09/30/2009 3:35:59 PM CDT
Jude Johnson-Shupe says ...
A few years ago I created an appetizer from what I had in stock in my fridge because of course I had forgotten a party I had been invited. Much to my surprise the appetizer which I christened pepperoni pinwheels were a rousing success. I used premade pizza dough rolled it out into a thin rectangle sprinkled it with garlic powder, dry italian herbs, and a fresh grated parmesean cheese. I layered pepperoni across the dough length wise and up. I rolled it like you would a cinnamon roll and sliced it into pinwheels. I baked them at 375 F. for 20 minutes and served them with marinara. They have become a household staple.
09/30/2009 3:37:13 PM CDT
Ashley says ...
Greek inspired Stuffed Mushrooms - Takes a while, but is a great party pleaser! Ingredients: 1 pound medium mushrooms, stems removed and cleaned 5 tablespoons melted butter ¼ cup lemon juice 8 oz crumbled, herbed feta cheese ½ cup Philadelphia Cream Cheese, room temperature ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese ½ cup minced green onions ¼ cup minced parsley 1 egg ½ cup crumbled Club Multi Grain Crackers 1 teaspoon garlic salt Preheat oven to 350 Combine melted butter and lemon juice. Brush onto caps inside and out. Combine remaining ingredients. Mound onto mushroom caps. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes, broil a few seconds to brown. Serves 6-10.
09/30/2009 3:37:30 PM CDT
Judy says ...
Small Bites...This is real easy and quick, your favorite crackers, i like wheat thins (Low Fat) Top them with Cream Cheese (Low Fat), a slice of Lox, your favorite spice I use Spike (always) if you want a little green to go with that you can add a small basil leaf.. wa-la Put this on a christmas plate (leave for host)this is especially nice for taking over to family & friends for the holidays....
09/30/2009 3:37:37 PM CDT
Lillian says ...
Everybody raves about this...Roasted Red Pepper & Feta dip Coarsely chop the following: - 1 jar, drained, Roasted Red Peppers (equivalent to 3 Roasted Red Peppers) - 1/2 package block feta (equivalent 4oz of cheese) Combine chopped ingredients in a bowl w/: - 2 dashes of cayenne pepper - tiny leaves from 10 3-in springs of fresh thyme - 5 grinds of coarse sea salt & whole peppercorns - 3 tablespoons olive oil Cover w/ airtight plastic wrap - chill for at least 1 hr to let flavors mingle. Serve chilled or at room temperature w/ Pita Chips.
09/30/2009 3:37:53 PM CDT
Anna Lyn says ...
Very easy, inexpensive and healthy: Take mini mozza balls, cherry tomatos and basil leaves and put them on toothpicks. If you like you can drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I find during the holidays I get too carb-loaded. These treats are very refreshing. Another bonus is that you keep your hands out of your mouth during a time where lots of hand shaking can occur.
09/30/2009 3:38:18 PM CDT
Kristin Warner says ...
The best appetizer ever is cucumber slices with dill cream cheese! Just slice the cucumber and mix together the cream cheese, fresh dill, a little lemon juice, salt and pepper and you have the perfect healthy appetizer.
09/30/2009 3:41:10 PM CDT
Caroline O'Brien says ...
This is a very popular appetizer in my family and culture. Very easy, no cooking--very yummy! Ingredients: -String Cheese (strung into pieces), I use the armenian string cheese that I can find at my Whole Foods. -Mini pita breads-I buy the really tiny ones-they are cuter for appetizers. -Pitted Black Kalamata olives soaked in a mixture of olive oil, rosemary, and oregano, and a little salt. -Fresh Mint Leaves Directions: Cut mini pita in half and stuff each half with a string of cheese, a mint leaf, and spoon in a couple pitted olives. Arrange the little half moon pitas on a tray and place a small bowl on it with some of the olive oil mixture that the olives were soaking in for people to dip their little pitas in and then serve!
09/30/2009 3:41:47 PM CDT
kathy schklair-mims says ...
Caprese Salad Appetizer Ingredients: Pint of cherry or grape tomatoes Balls of Mozzarella Fresh Basil 3 Tbs. Extra virgin olive oil 2 tbs.Balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper Toothpicks Cut tomatoes and mozzarella balls in half. Slice basil into strips. Mix together olive oil and vinegar and add salt and pepper to taste. Take toothpick and then scewer one half of tomato and then half of mozzarella ball and then strip of basil then other half of tomato. Repeat with rest of ingredients. Put on platter and then drizzle with dressing.
09/30/2009 3:41:51 PM CDT
Elaina Moran says ...
I make a quick and easy yummy Cheesy toast with pears. Slice a baguette thinly and brush lightly with olive oil. Toast in toaster oven or 400 degree oven till just starting to brown. Combine 8 oz of cream cheese and 4 oz of gorgonzola or blue cheese. Spread on each toast and then top with a slice of canned pear in light syrup. Finish it off with a sprinkle of chopped walnuts or pecans. You can also do the same thing with Brie and fig jam (or raspberry jam). I use the delicious Fig jam from Whole Foods spread on the toast topped with a small cube of Brie. Try to do this while the toast is still hot from the oven so the Brie gets slightly soft.
09/30/2009 3:42:20 PM CDT
Amey Nicoll says ...
sun-dried tomato & goat cheese puffs ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil - drained and chopped 8 ounces cream cheese - room temperature 4 ounces goat cheese - room temperature 1 large egg 2 whole green onions – green & white parts dash kosher salt & freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons pine nuts - toasted 1 package puff pastry mini muffin pan well sprayed with olive oil cooking spray Puree first 5 ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Stir pine nuts into mixture. Cut pastry into 2 inch squares and place them into the mini muffin pan holes. Add goat cheese mixture inside 3/4 to top. Bake at 325 degrees for 16 to 22 minutes until golden brown. Place on a tray with garnish and serve. yum.
09/30/2009 3:42:23 PM CDT
Joanne Petersen says ...
This is a quick & easy appetizer that's fresh, light and delicious! Slice fresh baguette in 1/2" bias cut slices and bake at 350 until lightly golden brown, 10 - 12 minutes. (You should be able to get 30 or more slices from one loaf of bread). Cover each slice with a thin layer of dried fig spread (I love Dalmatia Dried Fig Spread!), add a very thin slice of Golden Delicious apple, and top with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano. Delicious!
09/30/2009 3:42:26 PM CDT
Miriam says ...
My favorite "small bites" recipe is my Bruschetta Ingredients: 1 Large Onion 2 Tb Butter 1/2 cup Oil cured Olives w/o pits chopped 1 Tb Dried Oregano Brie Cheese Large Baguette Olive Oil 1. Cut the Baguette into thin slices, brush olive oil on both sides, and bake in oven on cookie sheet in single layers for 5 minutes at 350 2. Thinly slice the onion. Melt butter in a pan on medium-low heat and add onions. Cook till caramelized. 3. After onions are caramelized, place evenly on top of baguette slices. 4. Sprinkle chopped olives evenly over baguette slices. 5. Slice thin slices of the brie cheese, about the length of the baguette slices, and 1/4'' thick, and place on baguettes. 6. Top with sprinkled oregano.
09/30/2009 3:43:36 PM CDT

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