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