Have you ever struggled with coming up with appetizers when you have company over? Maybe you ended up buying some frozen finger foods in a hurry, or just got a tub of hummus and a tray of veggies.
Here are 5 easy appetizer ideas you can whip up in 15 minutes.
Cream Cheese topped with Raspberry Habanero Sauce or Spicy Pineapple Rum Sauce
Place a block of cream cheese on a serving platter. Top with choice of sauce. Serve with crackers.
This dip is out-of-this-world. All variations are tasty and personally, I lean toward the Three Onion option with the crumbled bacon.
Place 4 oz of shredded mozzarella, 1 package of cream cheese, 2 tbsp of milk, and 1-2 tbsp of rub (see options below) into the Garlic and Brie Baker and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Add toppings and serve with crackers or veggies.
Bell Pepper Herb Option:
½ red bell pepper, diced
¼ cucumber, chopped
Sweet Basil Option:
½ cup grape tomatoes, chopped
1 plum tomato, seeded & diced
Three Onion Option:
3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
Sour Cream and Mayo Dip
Mix together 1 cup of mayo (not Miracle Whip), 1 cup sour cream, and 1 tbsp of either the All-Purpose Dill Seasoning, Three Onion Rub, Southwestern Seasoning, or Crushed Peppercorn & Garlic Rub.
Refrigerate. Serve with chips and/or veggies.
Baked Brie with Apples & Cranberries
A baked brie is a very common site as an appetizer option. Check out this variation that reminds us more of a dessert than an appetizer.
½ cup chopped apple (½ medium apple)
¼ cup sliced natural almonds
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
1 round (8 ounces) Brie cheese (about 4 inches in diameter)
Baguette, crackers or cocktail bread slices
Preheat oven to 350° F. Coarsely chop apple with food chopper. Combine apple, almonds, cranberries, brown sugar and cinnamon in Classic Batter Bowl; mix gently. Melt butter in a 1-cup prep bowl in the microwave. Stir in butter just until ingredients are moistened.
Cut Brie in half horizontally using utility knife. Place one half of Brie, rind side down, in the middle of the Large Round Stone with Handles. Spoon half of the apple mixture onto bottom half of Brie, spreading evenly. Top with remaining half of Brie, rind side up. Spoon remaining apple mixture over top.
Slice baguette and place in a circle around the brie. Brush with olive oil using the Silicone Basting Brush.
Bake 12-15 minutes or until cheese is soft and just begins to melt. Serve with bread.
Who doesn’t love a fondue? Cheese fondue for the savory and chocolate fondue for the sweet. Easy to put together and guests will love it.
Cheesy Cheddar Fondue
8 oz mild cheddar cheese
2 Tbps all purpose flour
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
¾ cup lager beer
2 cloves garlic
1 ½ tsp Herbs de Provence
1 loaf bread
Using Microplane Grater, shred cheese into Round Covered Baker. Add flour; toss. Stir in soup and beer. Peel garlic using Garlic Peeler and slice using Garlic Slicer. Add in Herbs de Provence seasoning. Stir to mix.
Microwave covered for 2 minutes. Cube bread with Bread Knife while cheese is in the microwave.
Stir; continue to microwave 2-3 minutes stirring every minute till cheese is melted and smooth.
2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
2 bags dark chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
Strawberries, apples, cookies, pretzels, pineapple and/or marshmallows
Place 2.5 qt Everyday Pan RockCrok onto stovetop. Measure 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream with Easy Read Measuring Cup and pour into RockCrok. Cook on med heat and stir often with Mix N Scraper to warm the milk. DO NOT BRING TO A BOIL! Once the milk is steaming and maybe a couple bubbles come around the edge of the pan, add in the dark chocolate chips.
Turn off the heat and put it on the Slow Cooker Base at Low Heat. Stir till chocolate is melted then add in vanilla.