Appetizers

Crab Meat Spread

Summary

Yield
24 Servings
SourceBillie Stillinger (1977)
Prep time8 hours, 15 minutes
Cooking time
Total time8 hours, 15 minutes

Ingredients

12 oz
cream cheese
2 T
Worcestershire sauce
1 T
lemon juice
2 T
mayonnaise
1
onion, grated (small)
1 ds
garlic salt
1⁄2
chili sauce bottle
1 cn
minced crab meat (6 1/2 oz.)
 
chopped parsley

Instructions

Blend cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, mayonnaise, onion and garlic salt, and put on a shallow plate.

Notes

Good for a crowd.

Smoked Salmon Tortilla Spirals

Summary

Yield
8 Servings
SourceLenore Mastracci, Main Library (2008)
Prep time20 minutes
Cooking time
Total time20 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.

Diane's Texas Caviar

Summary

Yield
6 Servings
SourceLoretta Heigle (1998)
Prep time15 minutes
Cooking time
Total time15 minutes

Ingredients

1 cn
hominy (drained)
1 cn
black beans (drained)
1 cn
black-eyed peas (drained)
2
tomatoes, med. (chopped)
1
green pepper (chopped)
1
jalepeno (chopped)
1⁄2 c
onion (chopped)
2 clv
garlic (chopped)
4
green onions (chopped)
1⁄2 c
parsley or cilantro (or both, chopped)
8 oz
Italian dressing (1 bottle)
 
tortilla chips

Instructions

Mix all together. Pour Italian dressing over mixture. Drain and serve with tortilla chips. Keeps well. 

Taco Dip

Summary

Yield
10 Servings
SourceAmy Dailey (1989)
Prep time3 hours, 20 minutes
Cooking time
Total time3 hours, 20 minutes

Ingredients

 
refried beans
8 oz
cream cheese
4 oz
sour cream
2 T
lemon juice
1 c
mayonnaise
 
chili powder
 
taco seasoning
 
lettuce, shredded
 
tomatoes, chopped
 
black olives, sliced
 
green onions
 
Cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

Spread refried beans in dish. Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice and mayonnaise. Mix well. Spread on top of refried beans. Sprinkle chili powder and taco seasoning on top. Top with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, green onions, shredded cheese and black olives. Refrigerate several hours before serving. Use taco chips for dipping. 

Mini Quiche Appetizers

Summary

Yield
48 mini quiches
SourceLinda Stoops (1999)
Prep time30 minutes
Cooking time25 minutes
Total time55 minutes

Ingredients

3 lf
frozen bread dough (preferably French or Italian)
5
eggs, lg. (or 6)
1 c
milk or heavy cream
 
seasoning (to taste)
1⁄2 c
toppings (your choice, finely chopped)
2 c
finely shredded 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 quiche mixture, 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.

Notes

See also “Mini Pizza Appetizers”

Bacon Cheese Logs

Summary

Yield
60 Logs
SourceDorothy Bowser (1974)
Prep time1 hour
Cooking time
Total time1 hour

Ingredients

1 pk
bacon (1 lb.)
1 pk
cream cheese, softened (8 oz.)
1⁄2 c
chopped pecans
1⁄4 t
garlic salt
1⁄4 t
Worcestershire sauce
4 dr
Tabasco sauce
1 T
paprika
 
Crackers

Instructions

Cook bacon until crisp. Drain and crumble into mixing bowl. Blend with all remaining ingredients except paprika and crackers. Shape into 2 rolls about 1 inch in diameter. Sprinkle paprika on waxed paper. Roll logs in paprika to coat evenly. Wrap tightly in waxed paper. Chill. Slice and serve on crackers.  

Notes

To add a Christmasy touch, parsley flakes may be added to paprika.

Jean's Corn Dip

Summary

Yield
10 Servings
SourceLucy Tammen (1990)
Prep time15 minutes
Cooking time
Total time15 minutes

Ingredients

10 oz
sharp cheese, grated
4 oz
Parmesan cheese, grated
2 c
sour cream
1 c
mayonnaise
1 t
onion, grated
1 cn
shoe peg white corn, drained (12 oz.)
 
Seasoned salt to taste

Instructions

Combine ingredients. Can be made ahead of time.  

Notes

It’s good as a dip or as a topping for baked potatoes.

Avocado Salsa

Summary

Yield
4 Servings
SourceTerri McKeown, Main Library (2006)
Prep time20 minutes
Cooking time
Total time20 minutes

Ingredients

1
avocado (peeled and diced)
4
small tomatoes (diced)
1
small red onion (diced)
1
green pepper (seeded and diced)
1 clv
garlic (minced)
 
salt (to taste)
2 T
red wine vinegar
1 T
olive oil
4 dr
Tabasco sauce

Instructions

Combine the vegetables in a medium bowl. Mash the garlic with salt in a small bowl. Add the vinegar, oil and Tabasco sauce. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss to combine. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Quick & Easy Asparagas Roll-Ups

Summary

Yield
4 Servings
SourceMary Szymkowiak (1994)
Prep time10 minutes
Cooking time20 minutes
Total time30 minutes

Ingredients

1 bn
asparagus spears ((approx. 3/4 lb. bundle))
1 pk
sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
1⁄3 lb
cooked ham (sliced into 3- to 4-inch strips)
1 pk
crescent rolls
1 cn
cheddar cheese soup (optional)

Instructions

Wash asparagus and trim off ends; cut spears in half. Steam asparagus briefly to soften. Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into triangles on cookie sheets that have been lined with foil. Place one or two ham strips on dough triangle, top with 2 short asparagus spears and a pinch of cheese. Roll mixture up in each dough triangle and pinch edges to hold. Bake in 375° oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

If desired, prepare soup according to directions on can and drizzle over rolls just before serving.   

Notes

These can be served as hors d’oeuvres or with soup or salad as a quick supper. I usually make 2 batches. Leftovers make great snacks or lunches when warmed in the microwave.

Pigskin Party Spread

Summary

Yield
1 Football
SourceDorothy Bowser (1972)
Prep time2 hours
Cooking time
Total time2 hours

Ingredients

2 cn
deviled ham (4 1/2 oz.)
1 pk
cream cheese (8 oz.)
1⁄2 c
soft blue cheese
1⁄4 c
soft butter
1⁄4 c
chopped stuffed olives
1⁄4 c
walnuts, chopped
 
Pimiento strips
 
Crackers or potato chips
 
Butterfly Crisps (Tarpy's)

Instructions

Blend cheeses, butter, olives and nuts. Form into football shape. Spread ham over cheese to resemble football. Chill well. Garnish with pimiento strips for lacings and cream cheese for stripes at each end. Serve with crisp crackers or potato chips. 

Notes

This would be especially good for New Year’s Day parties. 

Pages

Subscribe to Appetizers