Friday, June 3, 2011

All About Appetizers

This is a post of my favorite appetizers.  We just love a good appetizer night.  We do not have appetizer nights often because it can be a little expensive.

Bread Bowl Dip


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This is my go to recipe for grill outs, and family get togethers.  This is the recipe on the back of the Knorr vegetable dip packet or Lipton vegetable dip packet .  You will need...

  • 1/2  cup of mayonnaise

  • 16 ounces of sour cream

  • 1 small box of spinach - thawed and drained

  • 1 packet of vegetable dip


Mix these ingredients together and refrigerate for 2 hours.  Some have used a round Hawaiian loaf, carved the inside out, and put the dip inside.  But I cut up the bread into cubes and place around the serving bowl.  This way there is enough bread to go around.

Veggie Pizza


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  •                     2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent rolls

  •                     1 cup sour cream

  •                     1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  •                     1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix

  •                     1 small onion, finely chopped

  •                     1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

  •                     1 red bell pepper, chopped

  •                     1 1/2 cups fresh broccoli, chopped

  •                     1 carrot, grated

  •                     1 cup of cherry tomatoes


Roll out the crescent rolls flat onto a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350.  Mix the dressing mix, sour cream, and cream cheese together; set aside.  When the crescent bread is cooled spread the cream cheese mixture on top, and then add the veggies on top of that.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Fruit Salsa


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  •                     2 kiwis, peeled and diced

  •                     2  apples - peeled, cored and diced

  •                     8 ounces raspberries

  •                     1 pound strawberries

  •                     2 tablespoons white sugar

  •                     1 tablespoon brown sugar

  •                     3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor

  •                     10 (10 inch) flour tortillas

  •                     butter spray

  •                      1/4 cup or more of cinnamon sugar


Cut up and mix the fruit, brown sugar, and preserves; put in the fridge.  Then spray the tortillas with butter spray, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top, bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes.  After they have cooled break them into large pieces for dipping.  I have also used a pizza cutter to cut them into pieces before baking.

Fruit Dip


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  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

  •        1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme

  •        1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese


Mix the ingredients together, chill, and serve with your favorite fruit.

Veggie Dip


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  • 1 (16 ounce) container of sour cream

  • 1 pack of real bacon bits

  • 1 packet of ranch dressing mix

  • 6 ounces of cheddar cheese


Mix these ingredients together and chill.  Chill for 2 hours and serve with your favorite veggies.

Stuffed Mushrooms


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  •    15-20 large fresh mushrooms, stems removed

  •     1 (6 ounce) package chicken flavored dry stuffing mix

  •     1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  •     2 cans of crab meat drained

  •     2 cups butter

  •     2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

  •     salt and pepper to taste


Arrange mushroom caps on a medium baking sheet, bottoms up. Prepare chicken flavored dry stuffing mix according to package directions.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Mix in garlic and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl, mix together reserved mushroom stems, prepared dry stuffing mix, cream cheese and imitation crabmeat. Liberally stuff mushrooms with the mixture. Drizzle with the butter and garlic.

Bake uncovered for 10 to 12 minutes at 350.

Hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do.
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Have a wonderful weekend!

Valerie

3 comments:

  1. Some great starters yo have here, perfect timing for my first grill out. :)

    "We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons." ~Alfred E. Newman

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  2. I have been looking for something like this and will put this post on my evernote log. Thank you for sharing. I am specially looking forward to the veggie pizza.

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  3. Yummm!!! I love appetizer night! We don't do it that often for the same reason - it can be stinkin' expensive! Here's a little appetizer/snack that we make on our "date" night, which consists of a movie after the little munchkin goes to bed.

    1 pkg. Cream Cheese
    1 Can of Chili
    Cheese (usually monterey jack and cheddar or plain cheddar, but whatever you like works for it)

    Soften the cream cheese and spread it in a glass pie pan or corningware. Spread the can of chili over the cream cheese and then cover with cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and serve it with Lime Tortilla chips or just regular if you don't like the lime. Sometimes I add fresh jalapenos to the top for a bit of a kick, but either way, it is delicious and easy and it's a great party pleaser too!

    Not to mention, it's pretty inexpensive to make as well!

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