Whether it's a quiet night with friends or a big crowd to watch the game, these hors d'oeuvres are perfect easy appetizers.
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Easy, filling, and perfect at room temperature - nothing says cocktail party like some deviled eggs!
Is it even a party without guacamole?
The ancients were onto something, and this homemade hummus is WAY better than store bought.
Fresh tortellini makes this the hearty party appetizer of our dreams.
Rubbing the toasted bread with garlic imparts tons of flavor into the tiny toasts.
Having guests? Perfect. This recipe makes a lot of dip.
Caprese is easy, breezy, and always crowd-pleasey.
These homemade summer rolls (aka shrimp rolls) make the perfect light appetizer, especially when dipped in a peanut dipping sauce.
The classic sweet and salty combination of cantaloupe and prosciutto will never go out of style.
We want all Greek, all the time.
Prettier than what you have pinned on Pinterest.
With a veggie dip this good you'll want to be in charge of all future veggie platters.
We've updated this party standby with a zesty homemade sauce that packs a flavorful punch thanks to ketchup, chili sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.
This dip is so easy to whip together, can be made ahead of time, and is easy to transport. Honestly, it's perfect.
15 Best Party Appetizers to Ring in 2020
Calling your friends over for Christmas dinner and wondering how to get everything done in time? Or, are you an event planner organizing an office party or a theme wedding? Fret not as AppetizersUSA will take care of your appetizer menu that’s simple, delicious and easy to make.
We have a list of quick Santa approved appetizers that can be tantalizing to the taste buds while being simple enough to let you handle the more complicated main course and dessert menu without breaking a sweat.
15 Easy Holiday Appetizers
A classic Christmas appetizer! Tender pieces of beef marinated in bourguignonne wine sauce, layered into a puff pastry. Our frozen tray of 50 pieces can be baked directly on parchment paper in a pre-heated oven. Mouth-watering bite-size appetizers are ready to serve in just 10 minutes!
Surprise your guests with some delectable seafood hor d'oeuvres. Succulent shrimp marinated in spicy casino mix and wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon. Simply bake this frozen delicacy for 15-20 minutes and you are ready to serve a lip-smacking appetizer.
3. Vegetable Chips and Lemon Dip
This is something that can be prepared well in advance. Slice some root vegetables and toss them into the oven. Serve these vegetable chips with fresh, zesty lemon or tomato dip. You could also serve them with salsa, pimento cheese, or guacamole dip.
This is another tasty finger food that is simple and delicious. Mushroom caps are filled with a tasty blend of spinach and Boursin cheese. AppetizersUSA offers a frozen version of this delicacy. Simply bake them for 15 to 20 minutes and your delicious appetizer is ready to serve.
Add a dash of color to your menu with Cherry Blossom Tarts. A flavorful blend of black cherries, goat cheese and clover honey for a mildly sweet appetizer. We offer these frozen tarts and they can be baked directly for 5-8 minutes, until light golden brown.
6. Mozzarella Balls with Tomatoes and Basil
You can’t miss Mozzarella balls with fresh tomatoes and basil. Stick them up together and spice them up with some herbs and seasoning and they’re ready to serve.
Double cream brie cheese mixed with toasted almond flakes and topped with raspberry jam. This delicious mixture is then wrapped in phyllo dough. Talk about a sweet start to the event! Toss this tray into the oven and heat for 15-20 min. Cool and serve.
Each of this phyllo beggar’s purse is filled with apples, goat cheese, walnuts and caramel. This tasty delight adds a crunch while being extremely fresh and light. Bake them for 20 minutes and serve with Greek yogurt dip.
Tuna apple mini melts are quick and easy to make. Whip up a tasty tuna filling and fill it in phyllo shells that are readily available in stores. Garnish with some fresh apple slices and they are ready to serve.
Serve some classic chicken wellingtons to your guests this Christmas. A delightful combination of tender chicken breast and mushroom duxelle wrapped in French-style pastry. This frozen appetizer can be directly baked till the dough is brown.
Bake some baby potatoes, hollow them out and stuff them with some bacon and sour cream. Season them with bacon bits and fresh herbs for a lovely appetizer.
Impress the guests and the host alike! These mini handmade brioches are filled with caramelized onions, gruyere cheese and seasoning. Simply defrost the tiny pieces of French onion soup boule and bake them for 10-12 minutes. We guarantee that your appetizers will be the talk of the holiday season.
Who doesn’t like some warm nuts being passed around as you mingle with your guests? Simply sprinkle some olive oil and toss the nuts with spices and roast them for around 10 minutes. Crispy nuts that can be a great accompaniment to any conversation are ready to serve.
Stripes of durum lasagna wrapped around a spicy, tangy mixture of creamy ricotta cheese, spinach, garlic and marinara sauce. Presented on a bamboo skewer, these no-mess bite-sized lasagna appetizers are great to serve during the cold weather.
This one is another simple appetizer that is loved by all. Split the dates and stuff them with a teaspoon of goat cheese. You can prepare these in advance. Just before serving, pop them into the oven for 15-20 min. Before serving, drizzle a bit of honey and garnish with thyme.
So, if you are an event planner or hosting a big party at home, we hope this list helps you zero in on the perfect appetizers for your guests.
These Chic But Easy Appetizers Will Rule Your Next Cocktail Party
The holiday party detail that separates the women from the girls? Having a few chic homemade appetizers that are elegant but easy AF to prepare.
It's tempting to go all Martha Stewart on your party and overdue the homemade food. But as we've gotten wiser about our party hosting we've learned to buy some excellent cheeses, superb charcuterie, and concentrate on a handful of homemade appetizers that knock it out of the park.
Here are more than 30 recipes that fit the bill:
Pancetta Fontina Cheese Puffs
Souffles, Croque Monsieurs, omelettes, when it comes to making cheese reach regal heights, the French are total masters. So it's no wonder that these Gougères aka cheese puffs are always a hit at our cocktail parties.
Grape Blue Cheese Focaccia
Another no brainer? Making some fresh baked bread topped with all sorts of deliciousness. We vote for these sweet-pungent grape and blue cheese mini focaccia that pair well with anything from bubbles to a classic cocktail.
Smoked Salmon & Herbed Creme Fraiche Spread
Imagine your favorite lox and schmear combo did a semester abroad in France and you've got an idea of how this effortlessly elegant Smoked Salmon & Herbed Creme Fraiche Spread tastes.
Meyer Lemon Crab Chive Bites
When you're looking for something elegant, easy, and doable for everyone from your gluten-free friends to the low carb people? These crab bites are the perfect choice.
Spicy Citrus Pickled Shrimp
dairy free, gluten free, nut free
Why we love the South? Because they pickle things we'd never imagine pickiing — from watermelon rinds to shrimp — and it always tastes amazing. This riff on a classic pickled shrimp recipe is a bit citrusy, spicy, and way more interesting than any storebought ring of shrimp and cocktail sauce.
Chile Lime Marinated Shrimp
dairy free, gluten free, nut free
For something a little more laidback, turn to this Mexican twist on ceviche known as Aguachile. Shrimp marinated in a bright herb and chile sauce and you serve it with tostadas!
Manchego Arugula Bresaola Hand Rolls
dairy free, gluten free, nut free
Like the little black dress of cocktail appetizers, we turn to these Bresaola Hand Rolls over and over and never tire of them.
Night Market Popcorn Chicken
dairy free, gluten free, nut free
Yes, we make this because it's an excuse to eat popcorn chicken without seeming all white trash about it. But also because this Taiwanese version has tons of spices and fried basil for a twist that's totally unexpected but equally addictive.
Baby Potato Bites with Chorizo
Yes, these are just an excuse to eat potato skins in a fancy setting, but they're also a perfect appetizer recipe because they can be made way ahead.
Mozzarella Tomato Basil Risotto Balls
Normally we're anti fried food or anything that keeps you in the kitchen for a dinner party (unless it's popcorn chicken, of course) but these risotto balls are a major exception. You can 100% make them ahead (even fry them) and then just reheat them in the oven right before serving!
Caramelized Onion & Butternut Squash Danish Recipe
The best thing about this recipe? If you have leftovers (you probbaly won't btw), they're as tasty for breakfast with a cup of coffee as they are as a cocktail party app.
Toasted Coconut Kettle Corn Popcorn
gluten free, dairy free, nut free, vegetarian
It is our firm belief that any party with popcorn is only made more delicious. This stovetop kettle corn takes a second to make and gets eaten even faster!
Carrot Harissa Hummus
gluten free, dairy free, nut free, vegetarian
A veggie-filled slightly smoky twist on hummus, we keep this around for everything from a healthy gift wrapping session snack to cocktail parties.
Walnut Beet Caviar Spread
gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Not so much caviar as a smooth, sweet, nutty beet dip, we first tried a version of this on a trip to Israel and recreate it whenever beets are in season.
Cocoa-Chile Sweet Spicy Snack Mix
gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
If you combined your favorite chocolate mole and ChexMix, we imagine you'd end up with something like this spicy sweet snack mix!
Mascarpone Fennel Puff Pastry Bites
Slowly caramelizing the fennel and pairing them with creamy mascarpone cheese makes these little puff pastry bites totally addictive.
Pear Cranberry Brie Mini Tartlets With Hot Honey
We've all had that classic holiday appetizer of cranberry brie bites, yes? Well, here we modernize it with just 5 minutes extra cooking time by adding in sage-scented pears, pomegranate seeds, and a hot honey garnish.
Speck-Wrapped Persimmons With Balsamic Honey Glaze
dairy free, gluten free, nut free
We don't know about you but we can never get enough of prosciutto and melon in our lives. When the melon is no longer in season, we switch to persimmons and top it with this inky sweet-tart balsamic honey glaze.
Persimmon Bites With Fried Sage and Goat Cheese
gluten free, nut free, vegetarian
If ever there was an appetizer that was as equally impressive as it was low fuss, this would be it. Fry the sage days ahead and then just assemble when you're party starts and you're good to go!
Gougeres Tea Sandwiches With Date Paste, Goat Cheese, and Mint
If you're looking for a total curve ball of an appetizer, this is it. We take gougeres (aka French cheese puffs) and layer into them some fresh mint, whipped goat cheese, and a date spread for a sweet-salty bite that is totally addictive!
Blistered Balsamic Concord Grapes
dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian, vegan
Nothing screams chic like cold-cut cheese and fruit! Spice up your appetizer platters with a batch of these impressive Blistered Balsamic Concord Grapes.
Scallop Crudo With Citrus Jalapeno Sauce
nut-free, dairy free, gluten free
Speaking of pulling out the stops, pulling out some uber fresh seafood pretty much always impresses guests. If you have access to great scallops, this crudo with a spicy tart topping is a must make.
Oysters With Pomegranate Mignonette Granita Recipe
nut-free, dairy free, gluten free
Yes, great oysters are incredible with nothing more than a squeeze of lemon. But, when you want to up the ante, turn to this sweet, tangy, tart pomegranate mignonette granita that's as tasty as it is beautiful!
Shrimp and Watermelon Ceviche
When it comes to simple and easy, ceviche is at the top of our list. With quality ingredients and just a little bit of patience, this recipe uses fresh shrimp & juicy watermelon comes together in no time.
Spicy Kaffir Lime Peanuts
dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan
What’s the best way to keep your hands busy during a conversation? Peanuts! This spicy, thai-inspired version is our go-to for a chic twist on the classic party snack.
Savory Olive and Tomato Palmiers
Whenever we want to impress, we go for the roll of all-butter puff pastry sitting in our freezer. And trust us, this classic French pastry never disappoints.
Spanish Potato Chip Tortilla Bites With Bravas Sauce
If you adore Spanish tortillas as much as we do, then you'll love this version of the classic recipe made much easier thanks to storebought potato chips!
Chicken Tinga Tostadas With Radish Salsa
ISO an app that's more of a meal but still simple and make ahead? Then you'll be all about this recipe of slow cooked shredded chiptole chicken tostadas!
B urrata and Agrodolce Fig Crostini
Creative crostinis? Check. Our version consists of creamy burrata topped with sweet & savory figs for a delicious party appetizer finish.
Pomegranate Pistachio Radicchio Salad Cups With Maple Lemon Cream Sauce
Healthy-ish, loaded with fall flavors, and totally elegant, these salad cups do take some time to assemble but they're well worth the effort. And the Maple Lemon Cream sauce is so fabulous, we insist you make it even if you never make these salad cups!
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Instead of always bring the same boring snacks to the party, opt for these fantastic and creative party finger foods instead.
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1. Bourbon Bbq Little Smokies
Bourbon BBQ Little Smokies are a flavorful appetizer that’s easy to make and oh so good!
They are the perfect fit for any occasion or get together!
2. Homemade Mac and Cheese Bites
These bites are the PERFECT finger food or appetizer! Adults and kids alike go crazy for them.
If you are looking for a people pleasing recipe and/or appetizer, this recipe is fantastic!
The flavor is delicious and they are cooked to perfection!
3. Crunchy Taco Cups
How fun are these little Taco Cups made in a muffin tin??
I don’t think I’ll ever find another taco recipe I love more than these wonton tacos.
They have double layers of crunchy taco shell, seasoned beef, spicy tomatoes, and gooey cheese all in one perfect bite!
4. Cheesecake Factory Avocado Egg Rolls
Just like the restaurant-version, except it’s so much cheaper to make right at home and it tastes a million times better too!
5. Maple Caramel Bacon Crack
It’s highly addictive and extremely delicious. Smoky, sweet, crunchy, buttery, chewy — the perfect conglomerate of badassness.
And it has only four simple ingredients, all of which you probably have in your pantry right now.
6. Crab Rangoon Crescent Cups
Delicious crab and cream cheese are the perfect combination.
This is one of the easiest recipes to put together and my guests always rave about them!
7. Parmesan Crusted Tortellini Bites
Cheese filled tortellini that’s fried to golden perfection and dipped in warm marinara sauce.
8. Garlic Parmesan Clam Stuffed Mushrooms
Garlic Parmesan Clam Stuffed Mushrooms are perfect for the seafood lover.
Loaded with minced clams & 3 types of cheese make these the perfect appetizer.
9. Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps
This one is a definite crowd pleaser. There are only 4 ingredients and one of them is bacon.
How could you not want to give these bad boys a try?
10. Mexican Shrimp Bites
This recipe for Mexican shrimp bites is seared shrimp and guacamole layered onto individual potato chips. A super easy appetizer that’s perfect for entertaining!
11. Firecracker Chicken Meatballs
This is my favorite way to eat chicken meatballs. They’re spiced up with a sweet, savory, and spicy firecracker sauce.
They’re tender, filled with flavor, and require minimum work!
12. Cannoli Dip
This dip is so divine you really don’t even need anything for dipping. It’s light and fluffy and perfectly creamy.
13. Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
These pizza puffs are not only delicious, they’re quick and easy to whip up! The texture is nice and fluffy with a cheesy flavor!
14. Garlic Pull-Apart Bread
It’s really easy to make. 6 ingredients and 30 minutes are all you need for this cheesy garlic pull-apart bread.
Serve it as a side, an appetizer, or a snack. Bring it to a potluck or tailgate party to knock everyone’s socks off!
15. Spinach Balls
Spinach Balls are always a crowd-pleasing party favorite.
With the delicious combination of spinach and stuffing mix, who can resist?
16. Parmesan Zucchini Crisps
Zucchini slices are coated in parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs and then cooked until crispy. They make a great appetizer or side dish.
17. Taco Pinwheels
Oh Taco Pinwheels, I can’t stop, wont stop!!
All you need is puff pastry, taco meat, tomatoes and cheese plus a few bowls of toppings like guacamole!
18. Spicy Italian Sausage Cheese Balls
The BEST Sausage Balls are guaranteed to be a hit at your next party! So easy to make and perfect for game day!
We like to dip them in ranch, BBQ sauce, or marinara – so good!
19. Beer Cheese Dip Bread Bowl
This cheesy, creamy Beer Cheese Dip Tear Apart Bread Bowl is a crowd-pleasing appetizer that your guests will love!
20. Cranberry And Feta Pinwheels
These Cranberry and Feta Pinwheels have a sweet and salty combo that is the perfect Christmas appetizer.
The sweet cranberries with the tangy feta and onions make this 5 ingredient appetizer not only easy but delicious. I like to use spinach tortillas for an extra holiday touch.
21. Baked Zucchini Fries
You’re going to love these! Zucchini gets transformed into healthy, crispy, golden brown baked zucchini fries with a 3-ingredient pesto yogurt dipping sauce.
22. Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon
Sweet potato bites with avocado and bacon are a sweet potato appetizer recipe that is perfect for serving to a crowd.
Baked sweet potato slices topped with fresh avocado and crisp bacon.
Great finger food for game day! Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, and DELICIOUS. Who could ask for anything more?
23. Easy Cinnamon French Toast Sticks
Wow! What a great discovery!
Breakfast you can eat with your fingers and dip in syrup, rather than pour syrup all over it.
24. Cranberry Goat Cheese Mini Cheese Balls
Quick, easy, and totally delicious, these Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls make a tasty party appetizer for fancy yet fuss-free entertaining!
And it can be ready in 15 minutes!
25. Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels Recipe
Love buffalo wings? If you do, you’ll love these! This Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels recipe makes a delicious party food with all the flavors of buffalo wings and blue cheese, but without the mess.
26. Kahlua Pecan Brie
Kahlua Pecan Brie Bites – only 5 ingredients! Can assemble ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake. Perfect party food!
27. Zucchini Garlic Bites
This tasty zucchini garlic bites recipe combines shredded zucchini with garlic, Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs, and is served with a marinara dipping sauce for an Italian inspired twist.
28. Pretzel M&M Hugs
These Pretzel M&M Hugs are the perfect little festive treats for Christmas parties or gifts.
They take no time at all to make and couldn’t be easier plus they look so impressive!
29. Mini Cheese Ball Bites
Mini Cheese Ball Bites are studded with dried cranberries and blue cheese, rolled in pecans, and skewered with pretzel sticks for fun, easy party appetizers!
30. Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups
Jalapeño Popper Wonton Cups are loaded with bacon, jalapeños, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and sour cream….all in a crispy wonton shell.
This easy appetizer comes together quickly and is perfect for parties or game days. If you love jalapeño poppers, you’ll LOVE this delicious twist!
31. Easy Potato Skins Recipe
Easy potato skins recipe topped with cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon bits and taste great topped with a little sour cream! The perfect appetizer for any party!
32. Pomegranate Goat Cheese Bites
These Pomegranate Goat Cheese Bites with Honey and Thyme are an easy party appetizer that is sure to impress your guests!
Perfectly balanced with tangy goat cheese, tart pomegranate arils and a hint of honey, these bite sized holiday party appetizers will disappear in seconds!
33. Sausage Cheese Balls
These easy sausage cheese balls are the perfect appetizer, they’re packed full of savory flavor!
Try serving bisquick sausage balls at your next party!
34. Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon-wrapped Little Smokies
The classic little smokies appetizer gets an upgrade from the cayenne and brown sugar rub, not to mention crispy bacon wrapped around the smokies!
35. Chip and Guacamole Bites
These gluten-free chip and guacamole bites are so fun to bring to parties and potlucks.
Delicious Homemade Dips
If you are making appetizers for a party , finger food is always a hit because it is easy to eat. Mini sandwiches always go down well at parties and you can make pimento cheese sandwiches or use crescent rolls to make something like bacon appetizer crescents.
Bread is a filling way to bridge the gap between hunger and the main course and little sandwiches are satisfying but will not fill your guests up too much to enjoy whatever is being served next. Perhaps you might like to use a star-shaped cutter or a small round cutter to make tiny sandwiches, which are ideal as finger food and not messy to eat.
If you are having a sit down dinner, you can choose whichever easy party appetizers will allow you to spend as much time as you need on the main course. Easy party appetizers can be as simple as one ingredient stuffed with a mixture of others.
This might be tomatoes stuffed with a rice mixture or melon stuffed with a crab salad. The stuffed tomatoes would be baked and served warm and the crab salad stuffed melon can be left to chill until you are ready to serve it.
If you are preparing appetizers in advance, you can spend a little longer on them because you can simply leave them in the refrigerator while you work on the other dishes. Easy party appetizers do not have to only contain a few ingredients or take less than five minutes to make, as long as you allow yourself time to make them.
25 Food and Drink Recipes for a Classic Kentucky Derby Experience
This year, celebrate Derby Day like they do at Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby is finally here! Every year since 1946, The Kentucky Derby has been held the first Saturday of May. And while last year's Run for the Roses was unfortunately rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, spring's greatest horse race is happening on schedule! On May 1, fans will be able to tune in to NBC to watch the 147th Kentucky Derby race. While a limited number of spectators will be there in person at the historic Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, the great bulk of fans will be watching from home. So why not toss on your fanciest hat and host a Kentucky Derby party at home? Stir up some cocktails and make some easy apps, and tune in from the comfort of your couch.
If you missed our Country Living Fair virtual Derby party back in May, don't worry&mdashyou can still catch all the videos right here! Alright, y'all, we're off to the races! Throwing a Derby Day party? Serve up these delicious appetizer and cocktail recipes&mdashand don't forget the hats! Plus, here's how to make a mint julep worthy of a Triple Crown victory.
Don't be fooled by the fancy glass &mdash the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby is very good, but it's definitely not difficult to make.
Want to make all your cocktails at once? Get a punch bowl and stir up this Derby cocktail. Guests can help themselves, and you can spend less time with a shaker and more time mingling.
This cookie-sized take on a Kentucky pie features homemade caramel, melted chocolate, and toasted walnuts.
Invented by Louisville caterer and tea room-owner Jennie Carter Benedict, this cream cheese-cucumber dip is a century-old Kentucky classic.
This take on the famous Derby pie swaps out walnuts for the sweeter pecans.
Of course, you won't last long on nothing but juleps and pie. This classic buttermilk fried chicken is ideal party food, whether you're eating it piping hot, or cold, picnic-style.
The classic "caviar of the South" makes a perfect filling for deviled eggs.
Classic country ham biscuits are not only great spring party food, but they're also Southern food with a long history at the Derby.
Nothing is more refreshing than a glass of lemonade on a hot day&mdashexcept for one that's infused with mint.
Get the recipe at Hot Beauty Health.
For a bite-sized snack, try these chicken sliders inspired by the famous hot chicken sandwiches in Nashville.
Get the recipe at My Modern Cookery.
Your guests will love this decadent milkshake, made with chocolate ice cream, butter pecan ice cream, and bourbon. Don't forget to top it with pecan pieces and whipped cream!
Get the recipe at Camille Styles.
Infuse your cocktail with lavender syrup for a twist on the classic Derby Day drink.
Get the recipe at Pizzazzerie.
These mini cakes combine butterscotch, pecan praline, and chocolate. Serve in a mini Mason jar topped with ice cream for bonus points!
Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.
Chocolate-pecan pie gets the bar treatment for an easy-to-serve party dessert.
Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.
Make a mini version of the famous Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich for the quintessential Derby Day party dish.
Get the recipe at Celebrations at Home.
Bake the classic flavors of a mint julep into a cake for a deliciously festive twist.
Get the recipe at One Perfect Bite.
Make the classic Louisville spread slightly more gourmet by making bite-size tea sandwiches.
Get the recipe at Gourmandistan.
These bite-sized, peachy treats are even more adorable with mini bow ties.
Get the recipe at Hostess with the Mostess.
Toss pecans with butter and brown sugar, then toast them and sprinkle with sea salt for a tasty bar snack.
Get the recipe at Taste.Savor.Share.
Cheese grits are a Southern classic. Try making them in individual portions for the perfect party-time snack.
Get the recipe at The Vintage Mixer.
These sliders are stuffed with turkey, bacon, and Gruyere cheese, and are coated in a garlic, butter sauce for an irresistible party snack.
Get the recipe at The Seasoned Mom.
Light and airy biscuits get extra heartiness with the addition of salty, country ham.
Get the recipe at Cook Like a Champion.
These mini meatballs are slathered in a bourbon sauce for extra punch.
Get the recipe at The View From Great Island.
The classic, cheesy Southern appetizer is perfect on crusty bread.
Get the recipe at Katie's Cucina.
Capture the flavors of Derby Pie in cupcake form by adding chopped pecans, chocolate chips, and crumbled pie crust on top.
Get the recipe at Polka Dot Chair.
Pour bourbon sauce over pulled pork and serve between slider rolls for a flavorful, mini sandwich.
Easy party appetizers: Behold the 3-ingredient asparagus wrap
If you’re looking for a too-easy-to-believe appetizer, then this recipe is for you. It requires a mere three ingredients and just minutes to prepare. The asparagus are easily assembled in advance and ready to pop into the oven or on the grill when you are ready to serve. They make a great appetizer to pass around while the rest of your meal is cooking and require only your fingers for eating.
Yet, as simple as this recipe is, there are also a few (simple) tips to ensure success.
To trim asparagus, snap the ends off first. The ends will easily break off when you bend the base of the asparagus. These are the woody bits that are difficult to chew. You can then neatly trim the stalks with a paring knife.
While you can certainly splurge and use luscious, supple prosciutto di Parma or prosciutto di San Daniele, feel free to substitute a less expensive prosciutto-style ham. Since the key to these asparagus is to slightly dry out and crisp the prosciutto while roasting, the nuance of the finer ham may be lost (along with the extra pennies you spent on it).
Choose asparagus of equal thickness to ensure even cooking time. Avoid thin asparagus, since they will cook very quickly, losing their color and firmness before the prosciutto is crisp. Medium-thick stalks are best. Once cooked, the asparagus should be tender but still firm and not limp.
Three ingredients are all you need … or four or five. I prefer to simply wrap the ham around the asparagus with just a light brush of olive oil. The saltiness of the ham will be amplified when cooked, which provides all the seasoning you need for these bites. However, if you want to get a little more fancy, you can also add a sprinkle of Parmesan and lemon zest for extra bling and flavor.
Makes 12 serves 3 to 4 as an appetizer
12 medium-thick asparagus spears, about 1 pound
2 ounces prosciutto (at least 6 slices), halved lengthwise
Finely grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Finely grated lemon zest (optional)
Heat the oven to 400 degrees or prepare a grill for indirect cooking over medium heat.
Snap off the tough, woody ends of the asparagus and neatly trim the stalks with a knife.
Place a piece of prosciutto on a work surface. If using Parmesan, lightly sprinkle the ham with the cheese. Arrange a spear at the base of the prosciutto and tightly wrap the ham up around the spear on the diagonal. Place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment or on a grill pan and repeat with the remaining asparagus. Lightly brush the asparagus with oil.
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An entrepreneur at heart, Stephanie walked away from her corporate career in 2012 to follow her passion to launch Socialfly, a leading social-first digital and influencer marketing agency based in New York City. Socialfly has since blossomed to over 30 full-time employees and has been named to Inc. 5000's fastest growing private companies two years in a row. The agency has worked with over 200 well-known brands including Girl Scouts, WeTV, Conair, Nest Fragrances, 20th Century Fox and Univision. Stephanie is the co-host of the Entreprenista Podcast and co-author of Like, Love, Follow: The Entreprenista's Guide to Using Social Media To Grow Your Business. She is also a recent recipient of the SmartCEO Brava award, which recognizes the top female CEOs in New York and a Stevie Award for Women Run Workplace of the Year.
Kristina Ross, Content Creator + Social Media Whiz
Kristina Makes #Content is a social media ✨funtrepreneur✨, creative strategist, and public speaker for all things Internet related. Four years as a magazine editor and producer/copywriter in the world of advertising (Mercedes, Cancer Research, French Kiss Records), Kristina packed her bags and decided to go remote with social media as she saw a booming industry. Since then, she built @thefabstory from 10k to 1m followers in just 18 months and now specializes in creative strategies behind social media advertising and user acquisition. Her campaigns have levelled apps from the top 50 into #1 in their app store categories overnight. Kristina's work and experiences have been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global and has given several talks at Harvard Business School on the big bad world of #content.
A.V. Perkins, Selfmade Alum and Creator of AVdoeswhat
A.V. is a DIY expert and creator of Avdoeswhat.com. What began as a traditional Do-It-Yourself blog has grown into a lifestyle platform that includes crafts, upcycled furniture and pop culture. As a digital host for HGTV Handmade, along with appearances in Bustle, The Pioneer Woman, and BuzzFeed, A.V. is determined to help thrifty millennials realize "Life is better when you Do-It-Yourself!" A.V. is also the co-creator of University of Dope, an exciting thought-provoking card game that celebrates Hip Hop culture.The first of its kind.
David Mesfin, Creative Director + Brand Expert
David is a multi-disciplinary designer and creative director with award-winning integrated campaign background, including the Super Bowl, FIFA, NFL, and global launch campaign. He has created global partnerships to increase brand awareness through traditional, digital, social, and experimental marketing campaigns, collaborating with C-suite leaders from Genesis, Hyundai, Honda, Sony, Adidas, Oakley, Toyota, Neutrogena, Land more to communicate their company's vision through creative and marketing. He has earned awards from Cannes, One Show, Clio, Webby, EFFIE, Communication Arts, Google Creative Sandbox, OC and LA ADDY, DIGIDAY, TED | Ads Worth Spreading, American Advertising Federation, FWA, The A-List Hollywood Awards, IAB Mixx, and Graphis.
Jasmine Plouffe, Brand Strategist
Jasmin is a brand strategist/graphic designer who helps female entrepreneurs attract their dream customers by sharing their story and taking their branding and graphic design to a whole new level.
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