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Three Quick & Easy Appetizers

Updated on January 27, 2017

Tomato Basil Squares

This is a great recipe to services at a wedding or baby shower.  These are also a big hit at Christmas and for football games.
This is a great recipe to services at a wedding or baby shower. These are also a big hit at Christmas and for football games. | Source
This is  a Pampered Chef Recipe that is qucick and easy.
This is a Pampered Chef Recipe that is qucick and easy. | Source
This is a bunch of fresh basil. It is great to use fresh herbs any time you can.
This is a bunch of fresh basil. It is great to use fresh herbs any time you can. | Source

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Anyone that knows me personally, knows that I love to cook. I love to entertain whether it's a football Saturday here in the south, or I am simply entertaining friends. I love to serve "finger foods." They are easy to eat and you can serve and allow your guests to try several different things while at the get-to-gather.

Some of my favorite things to prepare are, appetizers. I like to try to find the most crowd pleasing recipes. I hope that you try each and every one of these recipes that are listed here and use them from time to time for your different social gatherings and family gatherings. The cookies are always a popular dessert and the cookies will keep well and you can freeze the cookie dough to cook later, if needed.

I would encourage you to share your ideas for quick and simple to make snack foods in the comments box located at the bottom of this page. I am always looking for something new to try.

First Recipe: Tomato Basil Squares

This is a kind of tart tasting square because of the tomato and depending on the kind that is used. The basil gives the square it's bold taste. In combination with the crunchiness of the pizza bread that is used as the base for this particular appetizer, it is almost a little piece of heaven. If you love basil like I do. You are in luck, even if you live in an apartment you could grow tomatoes and basil, on the deck of the apartment. This is a cheap way to eat and healthy as well.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves 10-15 depending on how they are cut.

Tomato Basil Squares

  • 1 pckg. (10oz) pizza crust, refrigerated
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons basil, dried
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 4 plum or cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced

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Tomato Basil Squares

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a lightly floured pizza roller, roll out the pizza crust on a rectangular baking stone to within one inch of the edge of the stone.
  2. Sprinkle the crust with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, set aside.
  3. In a batter bowl, combine 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, basil and mayonnaise and, set aside
  4. Mix well and add the garlic.
  5. Thinly slice tomatoes an arrange them in a single layer over mozzarella cheese on the crust.
  6. Place the mozzarella cheese mixture over the tomatoes using a medium scoop. Spread to cover evenly.
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes or until top is golden brown. Serve warm. Cut with a pizza cutter.

How to Select the Perfect Tomatoes

How To Make Your Own Sauce

Nutrition Information for: Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Dip

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 1/2 cups dip
Calories 80
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Fiber 0 g
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 15 mg5%
Sodium 95 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Second Recipe: Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Dip

What does BLT stand for? No, it's not a trick question.

"L"=lettuce, "B"= bacon, "T"=tomato.

This is very true but, how odd for a dip you might say. When you think BLT you think of a sandwich. This dip is a wonderful twist on the flavors that can be eaten as a sandwich or, served on crackers. This is a great recipe that is simple to mix up and just put in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat it or serve it. The dip tastes even better the next day so, you can definitely make this a day ahead. Also, this will cut down on the stress of making everything the day of your scheduled party.

I must give credit where credit is due and this is another great Pampered Chef Recipe.


1 package (8oz) sour cream, softened

1/2 cup ranch salad dressing

1 medium tomato, seeded and diced

6 bacon slices, cooked until desired crispiness and crumbled

celery seeds

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion, optional

1 teaspoon sugar

lettuce leaves


Remove the seeds from the tomato and dice it up into small pieces.

Reserve 1 tablespoon for the garnish. Chop the onion and add the bacon, celery seeds, salt, sugar and cream cheese mixture and make sure it is blended well.

Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours to allow the flavors to blend. You can always make it the day before and keep it in the refrigerator. To serve, line a bowl with the lettuce leaves. Fill the bowl with the dip. Garnish with the tomato. This can be served on bread or with crackers.

BLT Ideas

When I go to chose a recipe for a party or a get-to-gather such as, a baby shower, wedding shower or tea, baby shower, to graduations and pot luck lunches at work. This is a very versatile recipe and I am glad to have found it. You can serve this at the most classiest event or an evening at home with family and friends

This dip is even more flavorful the next day. It gives this great flavor combination a chance to blend together.

I would suggest serving this at your fanciest showers or teas or you can serve this for your family. It is great and I hope that you enjoy it.

Third Recipe: Oven Toasted Potato Chips

If you don't have chips to be served with your dips, sandwiches, pizza and/or burgers to be served at your party, or watching that big game, I would make these to have on hand. They are simple to make and quick to fix. These are great in case of an emergency of "no potato chips."

Your guests will appreciate that you went to so much trouble, for every little detail. The key to these chips being real crunchy and more like "chips", is to cut the potato slices really thin.These chips are tasty and great to grab by the handful and munch on.

I hope that you will get the chance to make these chips and I hope that you enjoy these as much as my family and I do!!

1 lb new potatoes sliced to 1/8" thickness

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt or seasoned salt, divided


Rinse sliced potatoes with very cold water; pat dry. Make sure the potatoes are very dry. The water and the grease will make the grease bubble up. Toss in oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Spread in a single layer on an non greased baking sheet. Toast at 500 degrees for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining salt. Serve warm.

This recipe makes 1lb of chips.

© 2013 Buster Johnson


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      Jason Benedict 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

      This looks amazing. I wish you were cooking for my football games! hehe

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      Matt Dawes 3 years ago from England

      I thought I'd wait till I'd tried my oven roasted potato chips before commenting here! Couldn't believe they'd be that simple, tasted brilliant. A few slightly burnt but I think we can safely say that was down to my inaccurate chopping! Being really hungry when cooking doesn't help my patience! Great hub thanks Leslie :-)

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      wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      Wow, what wonderful looking recipes! Thanks for sharing ... I look forward to snacking on each.

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Mmmmmmmmm...............these look delicious! I have to try them. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      Delicious recipes and easy to make appetizers!

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