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Easy Appetizers with Party Flair

Updated on December 23, 2016
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I am interested in making some delicious, unusual meals and desserts, particularly for special occasions.

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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  • Pamela99 profile image

    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

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

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    Raydfernandez 6 years ago

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

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

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

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    asseenontv 7 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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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

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

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    Peggy Woods 7 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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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Carolina, Thanks for your comment, cute as usual.

    BPOP, Thanks for your comments.

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    breakfastpop 7 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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    carolina muscle 7 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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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

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

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    Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    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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    prasetio30 7 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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    Tom Whitworth 7 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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    eovery 7 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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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

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

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    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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    Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    The photo is good enough to eat.

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    Money Glitch 7 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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    sheila b. 7 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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    fres40 7 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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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Darlene, Thank your so much for your comments.

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    Darlene Sabella 7 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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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

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

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    India Arnold 7 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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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

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

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    katiem2 7 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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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

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

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    HealthyHanna 7 years ago from Utah

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

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

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

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    Cari Jean 7 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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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    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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    Bob Diamond RPh 7 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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    apricot 7 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!