Easy Appetizers with Party Flair

Feeding Family for the Holidays

We have a large family that all show up for the holidays and different other family events. Then, there are also other parties that include friends. I love to make a lot of different types of appetizers so everyone will have at least something they like to eat. This article will focus on 4 of our favorites

Bacon Crsps

Bacon Crisp


  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 sleeve buttery rectangular crackers
  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut in 1/2

Preheat the oven to 250 °

Place 1 teaspoon of the cheese on each cracker and wrap tightly with a strip of bacon.

Place the wrapped crackers on a broiler rack on a baking sheet and put the baking sheets on the oven rack.

Bake for 2 hours, or until the bacon is done. Do not turn.

Drain on paper towels.

Serve hot or at room temperature

Cook's note: You can also bake at 350° for 40 minutes if you're in a hurry.

Fresh Vegetable Tray


Blue Cheese Dressing for Tray

Vegetable trays are always popular. I go to the market and pick out the freshest vegetables, such as celery, small carrots, cherry tomatoes, radishes, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, and red or yellow pepper if it is available. Then a day ahead I wash the vegetables and cut them as necessary.

I put them in a good plastic bag getting all the air out and they always look fresh. We make our own blue cheese dressing as that is a favorite by most family members. It is so simple it only takes about 5 minutes to make.

Blue Cheese Dressing


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (8 oz.) container of 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.  I always make this a day ahead of time as I think it tastes better after it is well chilled.  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

Spinach Balls


Spinach Balls


  • 2 (10 oz) packages drained chopped spinach
  • 2 c. herb stuffing mix
  • 1 med chopped onion
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 6 Tbsp. melted margarine
  • ½ c Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for 1 hr. Roll into small balls. Bake at 300° for 30 minutes. This makes 60 spinach balls.

Hanky Panky

simple snacks
simple snacks



  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 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 sausage, mashing to make it crumbly. Drain.

Do the same with the hamburger.

Combine sausage, hamburger, and cheese over low heat to melt cheese.

Add spices.

Let mixture thicken. Spread on rye bread.

Place on cookie sheet and freeze (covered with foil). After a few hours, put into plastic bags until ready to bake. Bake in a 400° oven for 10–15 minutes or until bubbly with the bread being crunchy.

Time to Start the Party

We have many other favorite appetizers most of the crowd likes, so this is just a few. We always have the fresh vegetables as there are a few that watch their diet and cholesterol more closely. The recipes are not low calorie but moderation is the ticket.

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.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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apricot 6 years ago from Italy

Wow! What a lot of recipes in one hub- and all so easy to follow! That vegetable tray looks stunning and being veggie I'm going to plump for that one (although I bet mine won't look anything like the pic!) Very informative hub!

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DiamondRN 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

OK, Pamela. You can quit anytime now. You are destroying my willpower; or is it won't power?

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Apricot, I love the vegetable tray as I really like almost all vegetables. I love the way it looks also. Thanks you for your comments.

DianmondRN, You're just going to have to hang tough. Thanks for your comments.

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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

The spinach balls sound delicious as does the blue cheese dressing recipe. Unfortunately, we don't eat a lot of blue cheese since my husband is allergic to penicillin but I still might give your recipe a try - it seems so easy.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Cari, I am glad you found a recipe to try. Thanks for your comments.

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HealthyHanna 6 years ago from Utah

I like the spinach ball idea too. I'll be trying that one.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hanna, I hope you enjoy them. Thank you for your comment.

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

What great details on appetizers with party flair. I enjoyed reading your work and look forward to hearing more from you on food. Thanks and Peace :)

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

katiem, I appreciate the compliment. Thanks for the comments.

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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

That bacon snack looks outstanding! If it has pork, I must eat it. Really good hub Pamela99. Again, very enjoyable hub.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

K9keystrokes, Thank you for the compliment and also your comments.

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Very nice, love this hub my background is catering so I can see the need for appetizers, thanks for sharing this with us thumbs up and very useful

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Darlene, Thank your so much for your comments.

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fres40 6 years ago

awesome! i love to cook eat all that. plz dont be mad i use some of these recipes for a future party because after all what is a party with food?!?!? lol have a blessed day

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sheila b. 6 years ago

I like the sound of your spinach balls, and as I was imagining making them for a party, I realized how very inexpensive they are.

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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Hhhhmmm, never had bacon crisp appetizers before, but sounds really yummie. And the Hanky-Panky just sounds wrong. Hehehe! Would definitely eat a lot of veggies after having such wonderful treats. :) I'm bookmarking and rating up!

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

The photo is good enough to eat.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

fres40, These recipes are put here for anyone who wants them. Enjoy. Thank you for your comment.

Money Glitch, Thank you so much for your comments.

Sandy, I guess that says it all. Thank you.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your yammy hub but I will try the spinach balls.

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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

I'll take some hanky panky... Now, I didn't mean that kind!!!.

Keep on hubbing!

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV


All your appetizers look great. My daughter makes a great taco dip I'll send you the recipe once I get it from her.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

You made me hungry, Pamela. Do you have some more for me? Thank you very much. As usual I rate this Up.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hello, I hope you like them. Thanks for your comment.

Eovery, You're so funny. Thanks for the comments.

Tom, I would love a good taco dip recipe. Thanks for your comment.

Prasetio, Maybe you will learn to cook some new things. Thanks for your comments.

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I love learning new party recipes! Thanks! Thumbs up!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Habee, I hope your enjoy them. Thank you for your comment.

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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Ive never seen that hanky panky before, but the name is a good start!! LOL

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I am always looking for great appetizers. Actually, I prefer eating like this which is why I like to sit at a bar. Thanks for the recipes.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Carolina, Thanks for your comment, cute as usual.

BPOP, Thanks for your comments.

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Always on the lookout for new recipes to try for appetizers. Thanks for sharing these good sounding ones with us.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Peggy, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for your comments.

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asseenontv 5 years ago from US

Thanks for the great appetizer recipes. I am also looking for something different to serve when we have people over.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

asseenontv, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for your comment.

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Raydfernandez 5 years ago

Yummy post... I will try this recipe ... just hope it will turned out like one of yours....lol... another great job from Pamela 99... really enjoyed it

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Raydfernandez, I hope you enjoy the appetizers. Thank you for your comments.

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