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Need To Bring An Appetizer?

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We’ve all been there.  You receive an invitation to a dinner / party / fiesta and you eagerly respond yes.  The sitter’s all lined up, and you can’t wait for your night out! Out of courtesy, you ask the host if there’s anything you can bring (of course there’s not, she always has these sorts of things under control).

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And then she shocks you- an appetizer, you say? Oh sure, it would be no trouble at all!

Well, crap.  You weren’t prepared for that one.  Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite fast, easy, and delicious appetizers that are sure to please a crowd.

Caprese Salad Bites are a sure winner and only take minutes to assemble.  The recipe is from Iowa Girl Eats– be sure to use the balsamic glaze (always keep a bottle handy in your fridge- Trader Joes makes a great one).

caprese salad bites
Photo Source: Iowa Girl Eats

Hummus is incredibly easy to make at home, and tastes much better than store bought, too.  Feel free to tweak any recipe you find as you wish- add black beans, roasted red peppers, garlic, avocado, the possibilities are pretty endless.  Here’s my go-to recipe from Inspired Taste. Serve with sliced veggies and pita crackers.

Hummus recipe
Photo Source: Inspired Taste

I could find a reason to eat avocado at every meal, so it’s no wonder than I love to serve guacamole at any gathering I host.  It takes only a few minutes to whip up- I don’t even use a food processor– a fork works just as well. Whole Foods has a simple recipe to follow. Guacamole is served best with sturdy tortilla chips.

Photo Source: Mexico Food and More

Mini crab cake bites are a family favorite.  Admittedly, they require a bit of planning ahead. We keep a batch in the freezer at all times ready to get popped into the oven.  Here’s the simple recipe from tablespoon.

mini crab cake bites
Photo Source: Tablespoon

Bar-b-que kielbasa bites might be my all-time favorite appetizer.  It’s embarrassingly simple… Throw the kielbasa on the grill (or grill pan) and when it is just about done, slather that sucker in your favorite bbq sauce.  Cut into bite size pieces and serve with toothpicks. Or even pop them in the crockpot, as explained in this recipe!

bbq kielbasa bites
Photo Source: Tammilee Tips

Perhaps the easiest of all appetizers is the cream cheese block. We typically do one sweet and one savory option. Take an entire block of cream cheese (reduced fat is an easy substitute here) and place it in the middle of a plate.  Pour a topping over it.  Serve with a variety of crackers.  A few of our family’s favorite toppings- mango salsa (or your favorite type of salsa), cranberry sauce, cocktail sauce, pesto, strawberry jam or preserves, pico de gallo, hot sauce… there’s no end to your options!

brie cheese
Photo Source: Cherchies

What’s your go-to appetizer recipe? Please share in the comments!

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Tuesday 23rd of December 2014

One of my favorites on the cream cheese block is hot pepper jelly, it's sweet with a little bit of heat and it goes perfectly with the cool creamy cheese.

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