Appetizers

Mini Pizza Appetizers

Summary

Yield
48 mini pizzas
SourceLinda Stoops (1999)
Prep time
30 minutes
Cooking time
25 minutes
Total time
55 minutes

Ingredients

3 lf
frozen bread dough (preferably French or Italian)
2 c
spaghetti or pizza sauce
1⁄2 c
pizza toppings (your choice, finely chopped)
2 c
finely shredded cheese
1 c
grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

Thaw bread and allow to rise according to instructions on bag. Pinch off golf ball-sized pieces and put in greased muffin cups. Using a small juice glass, measuring cup or your thumb, press each ball to allow walls to form up sides of cup. Allow 20 to 25 minutes to rest. Fill crusts with sauce, add toppings. Sprinkle on enough cheese to cover liquid filling. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cheese melts completely. Remove from pan and serve or cool and store in airtight container and refrigerate until needed. Makes about 4 dozen. 

Crabmeat Muffins

Summary

Yield
12 Servings
SourceJackee McKnight (1999)
Prep time
5 minutes
Cooking time
5 minutes
Total time
10 minutes

Ingredients

1
Kraft Old English cheese (jar)
1 1⁄2
butter (sticks)
1 1⁄2 t
mayonnaise
1⁄2 t
garlic salt
1 pk
frozen crab or imitation crab
 
English muffins

Instructions

Melt together first 4 ingredients. Stir in thawed crabmeat. Spread on English muffins. Broil until brown, approximately 5 minutes. Cut into quarters for hors d’oeuvres. 

Notes

A savory snack or hors’doeuvre

Sweet 'n Sour Meatballs

Summary

Yield
30 Servings
SourceAnnette Heffernan (2004)
Prep time
20 minutes
Cooking time
1 hour, 20 minutes
Total time
1 hour, 40 minutes

Ingredients

2 lb
ground beef
2
eggs
1 c
bread crumbs
1⁄2 c
water
1
small onion (grated)
1 1⁄2 t
salt
1⁄2 t
pepper
1 cn
jellied cranberry sauce (large)
1
12-oz. bottle chili sauce
2 T
brown sugar
1 T
lemon juice

Instructions

Mix ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, water, onion, salt and pepper. Form mixture into 90 small balls. In a skillet, combine cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice. Simmer and stir until sauce is smooth consistency. Add meatballs and simmer 1 hour. Serve as an appetizer or main dish. 

Cocktail Meatballs

Summary

Yield
15 Servings
SourcePat Langley (1980)
Prep time
20 minutes
Cooking time
10 minutes
Total time
30 minutes

Ingredients

1
egg
1⁄2 c
water
1 lb
ground beef
1 c
cheddar cheese (shredded)
1⁄2 c
bread crumbs
2 t
salt
1 1⁄2 t
chili powder
1 t
bar-b-q sauce
1 T
chili sauce

Instructions

Mix all together and make less than 1-inch small balls. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes. These are very moist and do not need a sauce. 

Chafing Dish Meatballs (Elegant But Easy)

Summary

Yield
20 Servings
SourceMrs. Weaver (1971)
Prep time
20 minutes
Cooking time
20 minutes
Total time
40 minutes

Ingredients

2 lb
ground meat
1
slightly beaten egg
1
large onion (grated)
 
salt (to taste)
1
bottle chili sauce
 
juice of one lemon
1⁄2
large jar grape jelly

Instructions

Mix first four ingredients and shape into small balls. Combine remaining three ingredients into a sauce. Drop meatballs into sauce. Reheat in chafing dish and serve with cocktail picks. Yields 50 to 60. 

Holiday Party Submarine

Summary

Yield
10 Servings
Source Estelle Scott (1993)
Prep time
20 minutes
Cooking time
Total time
20 minutes

Ingredients

1 lf
unsliced Italian bread
 
leaf lettuce
1
tomato
1⁄2 lb
deli roast beef
1⁄2 c
sprouts
1⁄4 c
olive oil, mixed with 2 T. balsamic vinegar (can substitute Italian dressing)
1⁄3
large purple onion
1⁄2 c
dill pickle slices
1⁄2 c
Aunt Jane's mild pepper rings
1⁄2 lb
mozzarella (shredded)

Instructions

Slice bread lengthwise. Scoop out part of breading from top half of loaf, leaving a layer of white bread inside the shell. On bottom half, layer in this order: lettuce, tomato, beef, cheese, pickle slices, onion slices, pepper rings and sprouts. Drizzle or brush oil and vinegar mixture on inside of top half of loaf. Place toothpicks in sections. Cut and serve.

Party Sandwich

Summary

Yield
6 Servings
SourceHeather Phalen (1992)
Prep time
20 minutes
Cooking time
15 minutes
Total time
35 minutes

Ingredients

1 lf
French bread (14 oz.)
3 T
softened butter
1⁄2 lb
thinly sliced cooked ham
1 pk
sliced Swiss cheese (6 oz.)
3 T
Thousand Island dressing
1⁄4 lb
thinly sliced turkey
1⁄4 lb
thinly sliced salami
1⁄4 c
melted butter
1 T
toasted sesame seed

Instructions

Slice bread horizontally into three equal layers, using an electric or a bread knife. Spread first layer with 1 1/2 tablespoons softened butter and top with a layer of ham and Swiss cheese and half of the Thousand Island dressing. Top with second layer of bread that has been spread with 1 1/2 tablespoons of softened butter. Top with turkey, salami, remaining dressing and third layer of bread. Combine melted butter and toasted sesame seed and brush on top and sides of loaf. Place loaf on baking sheet and bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Slice diagonally to serve. Serves 6 to 8. 

Smoked Salmon Tortilla Spirals

Summary

Yield
8 Servings
SourceLenore Mastracci, Main Library (2008)
Prep time
20 minutes
Cooking time
Total time
20 minutes

Ingredients

12 oz
low-fat cream cheese (softened)
4 oz
thinly sliced smoked salmon (chopped)
3 T
capers (drained and chopped)
1⁄4 c
loosely packed fresh dill (chopped)
4
flour tortillas (10-inch)

Instructions

In medium bowl, mix all ingredients except tortillas until blended. Spread filling evenly over tortillas. Roll each tortilla up tightly, jelly roll fashion. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to slice, at least 4 hours or overnight.

To serve, unwrap tortilla rolls and trim ends. Cut rolls into 1/2-inch thick slices.

These are great appetizers that can be made in advance.

Taco Dip

Summary

Yield
16 Servings
SourceKaryl Hanhilammi, Main Library (2008)
Prep time
20 minutes
Cooking time
Total time
20 minutes

Ingredients

16 oz
cream cheese (softened)
2 T
milk
1
envelope dry taco seasoning mix
2 t
chili powder
1 T
taco sauce
1
small can refried beans
 
chopped green peppers, hot peppers, onions, olives, tomatoes and lettuce (to taste)
 
tortilla chips

Instructions

Mix cream cheese, milk, taco seasoning, chili powder and taco sauce together; spread in 9 x 13 pan. Spread refried beans over the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle on chopped vegetables according to taste. Use tortilla chips to scoop up the dip.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Summary

Yield
8 Servings
SourceKaren Joswick, Main Library (2008)
Prep time
15 minutes
Cooking time
30 minutes
Total time
45 minutes

Ingredients

1 lb
boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 2, or leftover cooked chicken)
7 T
Frank’s hot sauce
8 oz
cream cheese
1⁄2 c
blue cheese or ranch dressing
1⁄2 c
cheddar cheese (shredded and divided)

Instructions

Sauté or poach chicken breasts if not using leftover cooked chicken. When cool, shred with a fork and place in bowl. Add hot sauce, cream cheese, choice of dressing and 1/4 cup cheese to chicken. Place mixture in saucepan over low to medium heat, and heat until all ingredients are warmed through. Garnish with remaining cheese and serve warm. Use crackers, celery and other vegetables for dipping.

You can reduce the calorie content by using light cheese and salad dressing. It will still taste great!

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