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Reader Question: Simple Appetizer Recipes?

This weekend TeamSugar member wiciltd wanted some help coming up with appetizer ideas. We pointed her to some of the appetizer recipes we've used on the site - including buffalo chicken wings, mini hot dogs & hamburgers, and savory bacon bites. But we wanted to know, do you have any great advice for wiciltd? What appetizers would you make?

For the Savory Bacon Bites recipe,



Savory Bacon Biscuit Bites
From Swill Party

8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 sweet onion, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 16-ounce can refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough (regular size)

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease 2 mini muffin pans with butter or olive oil.
  3. Mix bacon, tomato, onion, cheese, mayonnaise and basil.
  4. Separate biscuits in half horizontally and press each half into muffin tin.
  5. Fill with bacon mixture. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
  6. Only have one pan? Just repeat and bake.

Makes 24 bites.

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urbanrosed urbanrosed 8 years
What always goes away a mi casa -- (And it's vegan/raw.) Guacamole & Pico De Gallo -- 3 incredibly ripe tomatos 1 green chile, however spicy you'd like.. we go for Anaheims (mild, but great flavor!) or Jalapenos (fiery) 2 cloves garlic, minced fine (Slice lengthwise into the cloves before you cut them for real, easy dicing!) 1/2 of an onion, diced Healthy handful of cilantro, chopped fine 1 lime, juiced (reserve a bit of the zest for the salsa) Salt to taste Freshly ground pepper ----- 1 avocado, very ripe 1 lime, juiced 1/2 of the above salsa recipe Dice tomatoes with a serrated knife, it doesn't smash the skin flat. Put all tomato mess into a bowl, combine with chiles, garlic, onion, cilantro, lime juice and zest. Stir, salt and pepper to taste. Mash avocado with lime juice, stir half of salsa recipe into avocado mixture. Serve with corn chips, or my favorite - - baked pita chips!
ashmelissa ashmelissa 8 years
My party favorite is super simple, but really a high class treat that is super good. Prosciutto wrapped dates...or strawberries! The wrapped strawberries are best with champagne for a bunch! You'll need: Equal number of Almonds, Dates, Prosciutto Slices (Depending on the number of attendees, I like to make at least two per guest..although I've been known to put a few more!) Heat oven to 400, roast almonds on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Stuff almond into date, wrap each date in one slice of prosciutto. Bake for 25-30 minutes in 350 degree oven. (Best to bake on foil using cooking spray) Eat! If doing prosciutto and strawberries, omit almonds. Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Bend foil upward on cookie sheet to catch the drips.
utrach utrach 8 years
This one's super easy and delicious. You'll need: 1 round of brie cheese 1/2 cup of your favorite jam or preserves a box of your favorite crackers Preheat your oven to 350. Cut the round of brie lengthwise in half to make two equal rounds, then rest both with the rind side down on a baking sheet covered with foil. Dollop the jam onto one side and then place the other side on top like a sandwich, rind out. Bake until just melty and then serve with crackers. It's so easy, yet it tastes super fancy and wonderful!
wiciltd wiciltd 8 years
Thank you so much everyone, A lot of these recipes would be a hit.. and they've given me a lot of ideas for food :) Yay! I was starting to feel a little overwhelmed with it all..
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
those biscuit bites would be great but here's something that requires about 2 minutes of your time: buy a box of Wheat Thins in the parmesan and herb (i think that's what they are called) flavor. buy a package of pepperoni buy some shredded mozzarella cheese place wheat thins on a microwave-safe plate. place pepperoni on top. place cheese on top. put in microwave for 30 seconds. SO GOOD!
calibabi calibabi 8 years
a really easy one are tortilla roll-ups. just take tortillas, slather them with some cream cheese, and add some toppings like green chilis, tomatoes, deli style lunch meats, or whatever you want. Roll them up tightly and cut them into pinwheels. they look really great on a platter. my favorite appetizer is a simple fruit tray with dip. the easiest fruit dip EVER is to just mix together strawberry cream cheese and a jar of marshmallow cream. it's especially great on pineapples.
Marci Marci 8 years
Grilled Scallops wrapped in bacon are always popular. And I do a lot of simple stuff like roasted chick peas with different kinds of olives. Everyone attacks those things when I put them out.
vapidintuition vapidintuition 8 years
Alright, I'm actually having a big summer party this weekend, and I've been planning the menu for WEEKS! I wanted to have simple things, lots of choices, and as little indoor cooking as possible. Also, I needed to create a menu for about 30 people, during the dinner hour, but I wanted everything to be finger food or individual serving sizes. here's what I got so far- Hot wings, lime garlic chicken kebabs, Pepper beef kebabs, Pineapple mango prawns on skewers, caprese kebabs, tea sandwiches, lavash (flatbread roll up sandwiches), grilled cherry tomatoes wrapped in bacon, bacon wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo, veggie kebabs, sugar cookies, apple cinnamon hand pies, and cupcakes. Two other things I'm making are tried and true favourites at EVERY party I've ever had. They're always the first thing to go, also. Italian nacho wontons- You'll need 1 pack of the mini square wonton wrappers 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup grated provolone 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar (I usually use white, but it really doesnt matter) 2 cups whole milk ricotta 1 cup sour cream 1/4 cup finely minced garlic 1 can black olives, sliced thinly or chopped 1 cup fresh grated parmeggiano-reggiano Optional- cooked ground italian sausage, about 1/4lb Mash all of the ingredients together except the sausage. Make sure all the ingredients are fully integrated. Fill each wonton square with 1/2 tablespoon cheese mixture and a teaspoon of the meat. wet the edges and seal according to package directions. Refrigerate until just before the party, making sure the wonton aren't touching, or they'll stick together pretty bad. Deep fry the wontons, about a minute each, or until the wonton skin puffs up and turns golden brown. Serve hot or at room temperature with marinara sauce. HUGE hit. This recipe makes an entire package of mini wonton, about 75. Also, I serve garlic crab puffs. 1 package mini square wonton wrappers 1 lb crab, fork split and shredded 1 lb cream cheese 2 tablespoons finely minced garlic or garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon sea salt pinch of fresh ground pepper mix all the ingredients together and place about 2 teaspoons of the mixture in the center of the wonton, wet the edges and seal according to package directions. Fry as above. So good. I love appetizers.
Lorrie30 Lorrie30 8 years
Yummy.
mellie_608 mellie_608 8 years
Oh yeah... they are Artichoke and Cheese stuffed mushrooms!
mellie_608 mellie_608 8 years
I love to make stuffed mushrooms. Here is a recipe from the Food Network/Rachael Ray that I made at a family gathering and they all loved them! http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_32625,00.html?rsrc=search
shafiii shafiii 8 years
i like to keep it simple with cucmber & chicken sandwhiches.season chicken with salt and pepper, cook it, shred it. and then put it on some bread with sliced cucmbers and mayo, cream cheese is a good alternative too. and then cut then into triangles to make them look nice =)
shafiii shafiii 8 years
i like to keep it simple with cucmber & chicken sandwhiches. season chicken with salt and pepper, cook it, shred it. and then put it on some bread with sliced cucmbers and mayo, cream cheese is a good alternative too. and then cut then into triangles to make them look nice =)
llendril llendril 8 years
bobcatsteph3 - sounds yummy!
llendril llendril 8 years
bobcatsteph3 - sounds yummy!
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 8 years
I love these Bacon & Tomato cups, also awesome for brunch:10 slices bacon1 chopped tomato (chopped small)1 chopped white or yellow onion (chopped small)1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese1/4 cup mayonaisse1/4 cup cream cheese 1 tsp basil 1 16oz can buttermilk biscuitsPreheat oven to 375 degreesGrease a muffin pan lightlyCook bacon until done. Drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon bits into a medium mixing bowl and mix with tomato, onion, cheese, mayo, cream cheese & basil. Add salt & pepper to taste.Cut 1/3 off of each biscuit. Put the other 2/3 of each biscuit into a ball, then flatten and form it into about a 4 inch circle. Use extra 1/3rds to make 4 more muffins (dozen total). Put into muffin pan and form into a cup. Fill cup with bacon mix. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. And recently we've discovered Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos: I'm not giving measurements because you can use as many as you like. 3 of us can easily eat 9 jalapenos or 18 of the halves if that helps. There are specific recipes available on allrecipes.com that I've modified.I cut jalepenos in half and seed and wash them, dry on paper towels. Partially cook strips of bacon (recipes don't call for this but I find it helps ensure they are crisp), you can either use half a strip of bacon per jalapeno half, or if you love bacon use an entire strip (also easier to wrap). Mix equal parts whipped cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese in a bowl. Fill each jalapeno half with mixture. Wrap with bacon and secure with toothpick.Bake at 375-400 degrees F. For 20-30 minutes until cheese is melted and bacon is crisp. VERY TASTY! And finally Paula Deen's recipe for Marinated Asparagus Salad has been traveling with us to parties all summer, we marinate the asparagus and just serve as is, no salad. recipe available on www.foodtv.com Easy. Simple. And most important TASTY!
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 8 years
I love these Bacon & Tomato cups, also awesome for brunch: 10 slices bacon 1 chopped tomato (chopped small) 1 chopped white or yellow onion (chopped small) 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup mayonaisse 1/4 cup cream cheese 1 tsp basil 1 16oz can buttermilk biscuits Preheat oven to 375 degrees Grease a muffin pan lightly Cook bacon until done. Drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon bits into a medium mixing bowl and mix with tomato, onion, cheese, mayo, cream cheese & basil. Add salt & pepper to taste. Cut 1/3 off of each biscuit. Put the other 2/3 of each biscuit into a ball, then flatten and form it into about a 4 inch circle. Use extra 1/3rds to make 4 more muffins (dozen total). Put into muffin pan and form into a cup. Fill cup with bacon mix. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. And recently we've discovered Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos: I'm not giving measurements because you can use as many as you like. 3 of us can easily eat 9 jalapenos or 18 of the halves if that helps. There are specific recipes available on allrecipes.com that I've modified. I cut jalepenos in half and seed and wash them, dry on paper towels. Partially cook strips of bacon (recipes don't call for this but I find it helps ensure they are crisp), you can either use half a strip of bacon per jalapeno half, or if you love bacon use an entire strip (also easier to wrap). Mix equal parts whipped cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese in a bowl. Fill each jalapeno half with mixture. Wrap with bacon and secure with toothpick. Bake at 375-400 degrees F. For 20-30 minutes until cheese is melted and bacon is crisp. VERY TASTY! And finally Paula Deen's recipe for Marinated Asparagus Salad has been traveling with us to parties all summer, we marinate the asparagus and just serve as is, no salad. recipe available on www.foodtv.com Easy. Simple. And most important TASTY!
LoneWolf LoneWolf 8 years
This never fails. 7-Layer Mediterranean Dip 1 1/2 cups store-bought hummus 3/4 cup peeled and diced cucumbers 3/4 cup shredded romaine lettuce 3/4 cup diced red onions 3/4 cup diced tomatoes 1/2 cup diced kalamata olives 1 cup crumbled feta cheese Store-bought pita chips, for dipping (see Note) In a 9-by-13 baking dish, spread the hummus in an even layer. Add layers in the following order: cucumber, romaine, onions, tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. Serve with pita chips. Note: If you want to make your own pita chips, cut 8 pita rounds into 8 triangles each, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake in a 375 oven until golden, stirring occasionally, about 10-15 minutes. Serves 16 as an appetizer
LoneWolf LoneWolf 8 years
This never fails.7-Layer Mediterranean Dip1 1/2 cups store-bought hummus3/4 cup peeled and diced cucumbers3/4 cup shredded romaine lettuce3/4 cup diced red onions3/4 cup diced tomatoes1/2 cup diced kalamata olives1 cup crumbled feta cheeseStore-bought pita chips, for dipping (see Note)In a 9-by-13 baking dish, spread the hummus in an evenlayer. Add layers in the following order: cucumber,romaine, onions, tomatoes, olives and feta cheese.Serve with pita chips.Note: If you want to make your own pita chips, cut 8pita rounds into 8 triangles each, toss with oliveoil, salt and pepper, and bake in a 375 oven untilgolden, stirring occasionally, about 10-15 minutes.Serves 16 as an appetizer
llendril llendril 8 years
i used to quickly make the following spread, put it in the fridge, and right before having people over, i'd toast some small sourdough slices and have a quick appetizer that everyone always loved: 8 oounces cream cheese (not the kind in a tub) 1 0.7 ounce package of dry italian dressing mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise sourdough bread (appetizer-sized slices) 1 cucumber, sliced 2 teaspoons dried dill weed (optional) 1) in bowl, mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, and dressing mix. refrigerate until ready to use 2) toast bread slices, if desired. spread each piece with cream cheese mixture and top with a cucumber slice. sprinkle with dill weed, if using, and serve
llendril llendril 8 years
i used to quickly make the following spread, put it in the fridge, and right before having people over, i'd toast some small sourdough slices and have a quick appetizer that everyone always loved:8 oounces cream cheese (not the kind in a tub)1 0.7 ounce package of dry italian dressing mix1/2 cup mayonnaisesourdough bread (appetizer-sized slices)1 cucumber, sliced2 teaspoons dried dill weed (optional)1) in bowl, mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, and dressing mix. refrigerate until ready to use2) toast bread slices, if desired. spread each piece with cream cheese mixture and top with a cucumber slice. sprinkle with dill weed, if using, and serve
mcjuga mcjuga 8 years
I searched and searched for help on this before a party I did for 50+ people! I wanted appetizers that were simple and make-ahead, but also for an outdoor summer party. your theme may be different. My best advice is if you don't have a food processor, go and buy one. It's worth it because you can do everything so easily. I ended up with: 1. tray with a sundried tomato dip and roasted red pepper dip with crackers and veges 2. Smoked Salmon Spread 3. Crostini with Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta and and Caponata 4. Mini rare roast beef (or beef tenderloin) sandwiches with choices of mustard or avocado spread 5. Fruit tray with yogurt dip and chocolate fondue 6. Antipasto tray with olives, cheese and cured meat 7. "Caprese" Skewers (with cherry tomoatoes and mozzarella balls) 8. Prosciutto wrapped Melon on skewers 9. Blue Cheese Spread with crackers I have done parties with appetizers that were much more complicated and I didn't get as many compliments as this one. It was so simple and perfect for what I needed. If you need a more filling appetizer, Bacon wrapped dates are always a hit.
mcjuga mcjuga 8 years
I searched and searched for help on this before a party I did for 50+ people! I wanted appetizers that were simple and make-ahead, but also for an outdoor summer party. your theme may be different. My best advice is if you don't have a food processor, go and buy one. It's worth it because you can do everything so easily. I ended up with: 1. tray with a sundried tomato dip and roasted red pepper dip with crackers and veges 2. Smoked Salmon Spread 3. Crostini with Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta and and Caponata 4. Mini rare roast beef (or beef tenderloin) sandwiches with choices of mustard or avocado spread 5. Fruit tray with yogurt dip and chocolate fondue 6. Antipasto tray with olives, cheese and cured meat 7. "Caprese" Skewers (with cherry tomoatoes and mozzarella balls) 8. Prosciutto wrapped Melon on skewers 9. Blue Cheese Spread with crackersI have done parties with appetizers that were much more complicated and I didn't get as many compliments as this one. It was so simple and perfect for what I needed. If you need a more filling appetizer, Bacon wrapped dates are always a hit.
CAcyclegirl CAcyclegirl 8 years
I have two that I like to make. The first one calls for mini puff pastry shells filled with diced pear and a slice of brie cheese drizzled with honey and sprinkled with fresh thyme. Put them on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the brie cheese melts. Serve warm. Another one which is good when figs are in season. Take fresh figs, cut them in half and dip the cut side of the fig in sugar. Place the figs, sliced side up, on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes so that the sugar begins to carmelize and the figs are soft. Then take the figs back out of the oven and allow them to cool. When they are cool, press into the sliced side of the fig with a spoon to form a little indentation. In this indentation put some crumbled gorgonzola cheese and top with a pecan half. These then go back into the 350 degree oven for another 10 or so minutes until the cheese begins to melt. Serve warm Both of these are incredibly easy and can be prepared ahead of time so they only have to bake when your guests are arriving.
CAcyclegirl CAcyclegirl 8 years
I have two that I like to make. The first one calls for mini puff pastry shells filled with diced pear and a slice of brie cheese drizzled with honey and sprinkled with fresh thyme. Put them on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the brie cheese melts. Serve warm.Another one which is good when figs are in season.Take fresh figs, cut them in half and dip the cut side of the fig in sugar. Place the figs, sliced side up, on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes so that the sugar begins to carmelize and the figs are soft. Then take the figs back out of the oven and allow them to cool. When they are cool, press into the sliced side of the fig with a spoon to form a little indentation. In this indentation put some crumbled gorgonzola cheese and top with a pecan half. These then go back into the 350 degree oven for another 10 or so minutes until the cheese begins to melt. Serve warmBoth of these are incredibly easy and can be prepared ahead of time so they only have to bake when your guests are arriving.
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