4 Easy Party Appetizers You Need to Try
How do you feed a large group for a party?
I have a large family that shows up for the holidays and other family events. I also enjoy hosting parties for friends throughout the year. My plan of action for food is to make a variety of appetizers so everyone has something they like to eat. I'll share four of my favorite dishes below!
- Bacon Crisps
- Blue Cheese Dressing for Veggie Trays
- Spinach Balls
1. Bacon Crisps
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1 sleeve buttery rectangular crackers
- 1 pound sliced bacon, cut in half
- Preheat the oven to 250°F.
- Place one teaspoon of Parmesan cheese on each cracker. Wrap it tightly with a strip of bacon.
- Place the wrapped crackers on a baking sheet and put the baking sheets on the top rack.
- Bake for 2 hours or until the bacon is done. Do not turn them.
- Remove them from the oven. Drain them on paper towels.
- Serve hot or at room temperature.
Cook's Note: You can also bake it at 350°F for 40 minutes if you're in a hurry.
2. Blue Cheese Dressing for Veggie Trays
Vegetable trays are always a popular addition to a food table. I go to the market and pick out the freshest vegetables, such as celery, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, radishes, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, and red or yellow peppers if they are available.
Here's how I prepare them:
- The day before the event, I wash the vegetables and cut them as necessary.
- I put them in a good plastic bag, getting all the air out so they always look fresh.
- I put together my own blue cheese dressing that is a family favorite. It is so simple that it only takes about five minutes to make. I always make this a day ahead of time as I think it tastes better after it is well chilled.
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
- 1 (4 oz.) crumbled blue cheese
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Stir all the ingredients together.
- Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Cook's Note: You can lighten the recipe by using reduced-fat mayonnaise and reduced-fat sour cream. We eat light most of the year, but not on Christmas or any major holiday
3. Spinach Balls
- 2 (10 oz) packages chopped spinach, drained
- 2 cups herb stuffing mix
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 6 tbsp margarine, melted
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- Combine all of the ingredients and refrigerate for one hour.
- Take a small spoonful and roll them into small balls.
- Bake at 300°F for 30 minutes. This makes 60 spinach balls.
- 1 lb hamburger meat
- 1 lb mild sausage
- 1 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1/3 small onion, chopped
- 3 loaves Pepperidge Farm party rye bread
- Cook the sausage, mashing to make it crumbly. Drain the excess fat.
- Do the same with the hamburger meat.
- Combine the sausage, hamburger, and cheese over low heat to melt the cheese.
- Add the spices.
- Let the mixture thicken. Spread it on rye bread.
- Place them on a cookie sheet and cover it with foil. Freeze the whole thing for a few hours. Then, place each one in plastic bags until they're ready to bake.
- Bake in a 400°F oven for 10–15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the bread is crunchy.
It's time to start the party!
We have many other crowd-pleasing appetizers that we like to serve our guests. We always have fresh vegetables on hand, as there are a few people who monitor their diet and cholesterol more closely. The recipes are not low in calories, but moderation is the key.
I love to put all my appetizers on attractive trays and decorate the table with an attractive tablecloth, candles, and fresh flowers. I get great pleasure when everyone arrives and tells me how great everything looks.
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© 2010 Pamela Oglesby