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Recipes A to Z....."H" is for Hors d'oeuvres

Updated on January 14, 2010

Hors d'oeuvre is a French term for small, hot or cold portions of savory food served as an appetizer.....BH and G New Cook Book

I have served many appetizers in the past. For my most recent parties, I have used Rachel Ray's Open House Cook Book. Two of my favorite appetizers from the book are deviled egg spread and bacon-wrapped scallops . I won't share those recipes here, but I do recommend the cook book.

There will be a variety of appetizers here including cheddar wafers, stuffed celery, spinach balls, artichoke nibbles and Mexican empanaditas con legumbres. I hope you enjoy them.

Crispy Cheddar Wafers

1/2 cup butter or marjarine

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

2 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Beat butter or margarine until light and fluffy. Combine flour, baking powder and salt and mix well with butter. Stir in cheese and cereal. Shape Tablespoons of dough into balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm. Makes 4 1/2 dozen.

Celery Stuffed with Pimento Cheese Spread

14 slices (1 oz. each) American cheese

1/2 cup reduced fat mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon salt

Dash of cayenne pepper

1/4 cup chopped pimentos

Mix ingredients in food processor at high speed until fluffy. Fill celery stalks.

Spinach Balls

1-16 oz package of frozen chopped spinach

2 cups herb stuffing mix

1 large onion, finely chopped

4 eggs, well beaten

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 garlic cloves

3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain spinach very well. Mix all other ingredients together, except the butter. Add butter and mix well.

Chill entire mixture until firm enough to form bite-size balls. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake for about 20 minutes or until browned on top. Serve very hot, Serves 6-8.

Artichoke Nibbles

Another recipe from Indiana.....

1 small onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

2 jars (6 1/2 oz each) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

4 eggs

2 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon dried oregano

1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1/3 cup crushed saltines (about 10 crackers)

In a small skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in artichokes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, parsley, salt, pepper, oregano and hot pepper sauce. Stir in the cheese, cracker crumbs and artichoke mixture.

Pour into a greased 11 in X 7 in X 2 in baking dish. Bake uncovered at 325 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting into 1 inch squares. Serve warm. Makes about 6 dozen.

Empanaditas con Legumbres (Vegetable-Filled Appetizer Turnovers)

A hot filling is sealed in these appetizer pastry packages, which are enriched corn meal.


1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup corn meal

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1/3 cup vegetable shortening

1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon cold water

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal and salt. Cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, stirring until mixture forms a ball.


1 medium zucchini

1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 medium tomato, diced

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/8 teaspoon liquid red pepper sauce

1/8 teaspoon salt

Butter or margarine, melted

Trim ends from zucchini and cut into 1/4 inch slices. In medium saucepan, combine zucchini and small amount of water. Cook, covered about 5 minutes or just until tender. Drain and chop. In medium bowl, combine zucchini with remaining ingredients except butter.

Roll out 1/2 of pastry to 1/8 inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut with 3 1/4 inch round cutter. Place 2 teaspoons filling on one half of each circle. Moisten rim of pastry. Fold circle over filling. Press edges together and crimp with tines of fork to seal. Repeat with remaining dough.

NOTE: At this point, empanaditas may be wrapped securely, labeled and frozen up to one month. To bake, remove from freezer. Let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes. Brush with melted butter. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 425 degrees F about 15 minutes or until light golden brown.

Makes about 3 dozen appetizers.


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      LaurenCee11 8 years ago

      It is good but the village balti house in stewarton is the best

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      rmcrayne, thank you so much. These are all pretty easy and delicious. Thanls for stopping by.

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Nice selection of apps. The cheese crisps sounds very similar to one of my family's holiday traditional treats. Yours sound easier to make, plus the texture contrast of the rice krispies. Congrats on your nomination.

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      I'm so glad, ripplemaker. Please let me know how you liked them.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I know! LOL I want the one with pimento cheese. Actually you really inspired me to try these recipes out. :)

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      rebekahELLE, yes, I have been to Ceviche's. It is wonderful! We went with a friend from Spain, who ordered for us and knew which wine went with it, as well. A great experience! Thank you for the comments!

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      rebekahELLE 8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      yum~~ nice work ~~ making me hungry!! we live in the same area~~~ have you been to Ceviche's Tapas Bar in south Tampa??

      great place and food.

      good luck with your nomination!! I'll bookmark this hub!

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      elisabethkcmo, thanks for stopping by and leaving your funny comment. We always remember those small things that make us laugh!

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Ripplemaker, thank you so much. I am honored to be chosen!

      When we pass the celery sticks, it will have pimento cheese stuffed in it. Ha!

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      elisabethkcmo 8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      these recipes sound great, I'm bookmarking this hub!

      When I see the printed term Hors D'oeuvres ,it reminds me of my favorite teacher in school who once jokingly called them

      "horsey doo-vers" Funny how little things stick with you.

      Anyway, just a passing thought, great hub and congrats on the HubNugget thing.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Judydianne, yummmy! I'm hungry now and it's almost midnight my time. I won't eat. I won't tummy is growling...LOL Please pass the celery sticks...

      Well, the Hubnuggets Team did pick your hub and so in behalf of the team, congratulations!!! :) Make sure to vote and promote. :) Yes, don't be shy. Tell your friends and family to vote for you. Even non hubbers can vote.

      To visit the voting polls, click here: Have fun with the Hubnuggets!

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Jerilee, that's a great idea. The trend is now going to "Tapas," a Spanish snack or appetizer, using several of them to make a main meal. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      Those look so good I've got to try them, not as appetizers, but maybe as side dishes.

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thank you so much, Dutchess. You have been a great supporter!

      I was shocked when I was nominated. I don't think of myself as a writer, maybe just average. It is a very humbling experience.

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      Judydianne, Congratulations! A HubNugget Wannabe nomination for your tasty treats! They sound delicious. It almost makes me want to take up cooking - almost. My hubby does all of that (aren't I lucky?) I will be sharing your hubs with him and many others.

      You go girl!

      If you are not exactly sure what this is all about, check out my hub