No-Cooking Appetizers: Quick, Easy, and Delicious Snack Recipes
Great Appetizers Without Cooking
With springtime events coming up, are you looking for easy recipes so that entertaining is simple and you have more time for fun with your guests? Summer means outdoor parties or maybe picnic or tailgate foods to prepare but shouldn't mean time spent in the kitchen. Here are some simple but delicious ideas for quick and easy appetizers. Most of these have only a few ingredients and require little or no cooking. Some I hesitate to even call recipes, but all are delicious. Whether you are an experienced cook looking for some quick and easy ideas or a novice cook needing simple no-cooking basics, you can find some great appetizer recipes here. Check out these suggestions and recipes for some quick but yummy food. So if you need to take something to a party (or even if you are having folks over for Scrabble or a poker night) but don't really want to cook, you are sure to find a quick, easy and delicious snack idea.
Use some creativity for great combinations!
Use wooden skewers to combine several ingredients for an attractive and convenient appetizer. Try combining ham, olives, and your favorite cheese. You could also set out the ingredients and let guests have the fun of creating their own combinations. Kabobs work well for sweet treats also. Slices or segments of favorite fruits make a delicious, healthy, and colorful offering. How about strawberries, pineapple, and banana? Add some dipping sauces (how about a chocolate sauce for your fruit skewers?) and you are ready to serve with no cooking and only a few minutes of preparation time. You are only limited here by your imagination.
Kabob Recipe Video
See how quick and easy it is to make hearty no-cook appetizer kabobs. Make great snacks in a flash.
Need skewers for your kabobs?
(A.K.A. Redneck Crackers)
Don't be deceived by how simple these crackers sound. Trust me they are delicious and loved by almost everyone who tries them. I have eaten several variations but had never made these crackers until recently. Wow! They were super easy to make and were a major hit. You can't beat this for a simple no-cooking snack!
1 1/2 cups canola oil (or other vegetable oil)
1 pkg. dry ranch dressing mix (like hidden Valley)
2 Tbsp. ground red pepper
2-3 sleeves saltine crackers
Mix together the oil, ranch dressing mix, and red pepper. Using gallon ziplock bag or bowl with tight lid, add 2 sleeves of saltine crackers to oil mixture. Gently toss together in closed bowl or bag until crackers are well-coated. (If there's extra oil mixture left, add more crackers from 3rd sleeve and toss). Lay out in single layer on paper towels to dry. Check back in a little while and crackers will be ready to eat. Store in tightly closed container.
Cheese-Beer Dips--Find Your Favorite! - Great for Game Days
Some of these recipes do require melting cheese in the microwave (so technically we're cheating a little bit on the no-cooking theme), but these are easy and great recipes to serve with chips, crackers, or even cut-up vegetables.
- Beer-Cheese Dip from Kraft
Beer-Cheese Dip recipe with only 5 ingredients that only takes 5 minutes to put together!
- Cheesy Beer Dip
Another cheesy beer dip from kraft that is basically Cheez-Whiz and Beer (another 5 minute recipe)
- VELVEETA Spicy Buffalo Beer Dip recipe
A 10 minute recipe that includes hot pepper sauce for buffalo wings to spice it up.
Cream Cheese and .......
The Options are Endless
Cream cheese is a staple item on my grocery list. At holiday time I really stock up because with the addition of simple ingredients and crackers an appetizer is always at hand. My favorite is cream cheese and pepper jelly. Just spoon pepper jelly (red or green, mild or hot) over the block of cream cheese, surround it with crackers and you are done. (If you've never tried it, just give it a chance).
Another good snack: chop up a can of smoked oysters (you should drain these on paper towels first), and a small jar of drained pimentos. Mix with an 8 ounce block of cream cheese that has been brought to room temperature. Roll into a log in wax paper (you can also roll this log in chopped pecans if you want) and refrigerate. Serve with Triscuits or other snack crackers.
Or, you can top the cream cheese with salsa, or with Pick-a-Peppa Sauce (this may be regional), or with cocktail sauce. You might throw a can of salad shrimp on there before you pour on the cocktail sauce. You get the idea; use your imagination. You can't go wrong with cream cheese. Trust me.
Easy Chicken Cheese Ball
This is delicious and can be varied to suit ingredients you may have on hand. (This is my go-to recipe...I keep the ingredients on hand all the time and can put this together in under five minutes. While it is best after it sits a while in the refrigerator and the flavors have a chance to blend together, it is still pretty darn good as soon as it's made!)
1 can white chicken meat (about 5 oz)
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 pkg. dry ranch dressing mix (like Hidden Valley)
1/2 onion diced very small
1/4 -1/2 cup pecan pieces
Mix all ingredients except pecans together. Once ingredients are well mixed, place on plastic wrap and use the wrap to help you shape into a ball. Roll the ball in the pecans to coat and you are done. Refrigerate till ready to serve. Add crackers and you are done. (If you like you can skip the making a ball stage and put it into a nice dish and serve as a spread. Sprinkle a few of the pecans on top, and provide crackers).
Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Dip
Also Known as Southern Caviar
There are numerous variations on this recipe, but this one is easy and delicious.
Can diced tomatoes, drained
Can black-eyed peas, drained
1 green pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 small bottle zesty Italian dressing
Jalapenos, chopped (to taste) ...Or you can skip this and use Rotel tomatoes (with green peppers) for the diced tomatoes
Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate. Serve with Frito Scoops or other chips or crackers of your choice.
There are variations on this recipe, but this one is really good. This dip is always a favorite and can be put together in under 5 minutes.
2 cans Ro-tel tomatoes, drained
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (8 oz.) sour cream
1 pkg.Oscar Mayer (or other) real bacon bits. (You can also fry a pound of bacon, crumble and use instead of bacon bits, but then you're cooking).
Mix all ingredients together and refriegerate. Serve cold with corn chips or tortilla chips.
Super easy, but super good.
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (12 ounce) shredded cheddar cheese
1 can Mexicorn (drained)
Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate several hours. Serve with tortilla chips or crackers.
Fun Chip-and-Dip Trays
Dress up your simple appetizers with fun serving dishes.
No-Baking Party Mix
This recipe is similar to the old favorite party mix recipes. However, it has one major difference----no baking required! Note that even though it calls for specific ingredients, you can easily vary the cereals, crackers, etc. to suit your own taste. The secret to this recipe is in the butter-flavored popcorn oil.
2 cups crispy rice cereal squares
10 oz. pkg. oyster crackers
9.5 oz pkg. mini cheese-filled sandwich crackers
6 oz. pkg. fish shaped crackers
16 oz. pkg. mini pretzel twists
16 oz. pkg. peanuts
12 oz. bottle butter-flavored popcorn oil
1 pkg. dry ranch salad dressing mix
Combine oil and salad dressing mix in a small bowl. Combine all other ingredients in a large bowl. Pour oil mixture in and toss with cracker mixture until evenly coated. Store in an air-tight container.
Best Warm Weather Snacks
10 sensational summer snack ideas
- Sour Cream Pesto Dip Recipes - Appetizer Recipes
Combine just three ingredients for an excellent savory appetizer dip recipe delicious served with crudites and chips. Sour Cream Pesto Dip recipe.
- Margarita Fruit Dip Recipe - Appetizer Recipes
For an easy snack or dessert, whip up this cool fruit appetizer dip recipe and serve with the best of summer's produce.
- Crab Spread Recipes - Appetizer Recipes
Combine crabmeat with cream cheese and seasonings for an elegant, easy appetizer dip recipe. Crab Spread is a simple and easy appetizer recipe.
Easy, Healthy, and Delicious
Hummus can be purchased in the deli and is a good and convenient party snack, but it doesn't compare to homemade. If you are not familiar with this, give it a try to you may be pleasantly surprised. Serve with pita bread and add dippers including baby carrots, asparagus, squash, bell peppers, or other fresh veggies. Yum!
1 garlic clove, minced
15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup tahini (this is what gives hummus its unique taste)
2 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
Pinch of smoked paprika
Extra-virgin olive oil
Using a food processor, pulse garlic until it is finely minced. Then add chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and salt, processing until mixture forms a smooth paste. Spoon the hummus into a deep dish, sprinkle paprika on top and then drizzle with olive oil. Serve with dippers. (Good at room temperature, but may be covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.)
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