We’ve all had the party panic moment—our perfect menu is planned (the one where you have to spend all day slaving over a hot stove!), but your oven doesn’t have one more inch of space to make delicious appetizers that will be ready when your guests arrive. I say, bring on the Crock-Pot! These appetizers are crowd pleasers and you can just set everything up early and forget about it until party time. YUM!
Crock-Pot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Serve this delicious creamy dip with everything from crusty French bread to crisp, yummy veggie sticks.
10 oz. frozen cut leaf spinach
- 1 can artichoke hearts in water, drained and chopped
- 1/2 cup Alfredo sauce
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 tsp. granulated garlic
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
- Thaw spinach and drain well, making sure you squeeze it to release excess water.
- Combine all ingredients in a 2-quart slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low setting for 2-3 hours.
These are a staple at all of my family get-togethers. Once the toothpicks come out, everyone is crowding around to snap up all of these sweet, tangy treats. Whenever I tell new guests what the simple ingredients are, they can’t believe it!
- 1 1/2 cup chili sauce
- 1 cup grape jelly
- About 30 frozen, prepared meatballs
- Combine chili sauce and grape jelly in the Crock-Pot. Cover and set to high temperature.
- While the sauce is heating up, brown the meatballs according to package directions.
- Add meatballs to crockpot and put temperature down to low, cooking until meatballs are heated through, but as long as 8-10 hours.
Crock-Pot Chili-Cheese Dip
This dip is easy, but it's not the healthiest thing you could eat—so check this out in moderation. A perfect complement to a hearty tortilla chip, this dip is perfect for a Super Bowl party during the winter!
- 1 can of prepared chili (I’m a Texas girl so I do no beans, but feel free to use the kind with beans)
- 1 cup of cubed Velveeta
- 1/2 cup of cubed cream cheese
- Put cubed cheeses at the bottom of your Crock-Pot and cover with chili.
- Cover and cook on low for about 30-45 minutes, or until the cheeses are completely melted.
Crock-Pot Chicken Wings
There are probably a million variations to this delicious Crock-Pot appetizer—sweet and tangy to hot and spicy to Asian inspired. Experiment with different flavors and you’ll be sure to find a party hit!
- 20-30 chicken wings
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/8 cup hot sauce
- 2 tsp prepared mustard or spicy mustard
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Broil chicken wings until they are browned.
- Combine chicken wings with all other ingredients into the Crock-Pot and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
Crock-Pot Pizza Fondue
Feel free to substitute the meat in this recipe for your favorite pizza topping: Canadian bacon, pepperoni, Italian sausage, etc. I typically use cheese cubes and bread as dippers, but feel free to put your favorite cheese right in the sauce.
- 8 ounces lean ground beef
- I small onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 2 cups prepared pizza sauce
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Optional add-ins: mushrooms, green peppers, black or green olives
- Brown ground beef well; drain off fat.
- Combine ground beef with all other ingredients in the Crock-Pot.
- Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.
- Stir in any additional, optional ingredients and cook on low for another 15-20 minutes.
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Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on August 31, 2011:
Thanks so much for these recipes. I have never thought of using the crock pot for appetizers yet. I love the pizza dip and with our next get together I am going to try it.
Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on March 29, 2011:
Great hub - they've given me some great ideas for our next famly get-together. Loved all the recipes, but the meatballs and chilli-cheese dip sound delicious! Many thanks for sharing.
Money Glitch from Texas on June 18, 2010:
The meatballs looks yummie, and the pizza fondue I will have to give a try. Thanks for sharing. :)
woolman60 on June 17, 2010:
Nice job on the hub, I like the chicken wing, and meatball, and the pictures, make it even better, awesome.