Links include Dips (Take a Look at the WORLD's BEST Guacamole recipe (and world's easiest to make), Salsas, Grilled Bites, Watermelon Art, and of course something with a spectacular presentation and taste... Take a look, something to match any occasion...
Sort of a Jalapeno popper but no breading and an amazing cream cheese topped by Tex-Mex sausage. Bar snacks you can make at home!!!
Oh Boy... Bar Snacks! . My favorite type of recipe.
Fast easy and you make these with just the dribs and drabs cut from the chicken carcass.
Candy Corn Snack Mix
The Earthy savory taste of cashews blends with the clinging sweetness of the candy corn. The ultimate snack mix, easy, fast and DELICIOUS!
Perfect for a big holiday party.. Marinated in wine and premium Olive Oil, these become so amazing.
This is the first dish I ever made for a potluck dinner... I was 14 and the plate came back empty... Nostalgic memories and still taste GREAT! No party would be complete without them
They crunch and are closer to potato chips than you can imagine. Seasoned and spiced they are a FANTASTIC sub for the oily greasy fattening snack. Easy peasy (and Kale is incredibly cheap)
THESE ARE SOOOOO EASY... Really, just a single ingredient (but you can add extras if you like).
Cajun Garlic Aioli Quesadilla
Made with meat from a store bought rotisserie chicken. LOADED with plenty of extras but the star is the CAJUN SPICED AIOLI! EASY Bar Snacks at HOME!
Onion Rings With a Secret Ingredient
Restaurant/bar quality onion rings at home... plenty of crunch! There is a secret ingredient.
GO CUBS GO - Parmesan Cheesy Ranch Party Chex Mix
Loaded with nutty tasting Parmesan Cheese, Cheesy snack crackers and best of all, the savory creamy goodness of Ranch Dressing! Salty, Savory, Cheesy and DELICIOUS and EASY and FAST !!!
Homemade Tortilla Crisps!
These are my very favorite thing to serve with soup. I can flavor them as I like, either Taco flavored, Cajun Spiced, Old Bay Spice Mix... Even Savory ranch flavor. Simple and fast to make... EASY PEASY!
Candy Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots
These have that wonderful combination of Heat (I used a sprinkle of Cajun Spice mix) with the sweat of Candy Bacon. All that heat/sweet flavor wrapped inside a savory piece of grated potato and BACON!
BOURBON BACON ONION JAM
Sweet, like a Jam ought to be, but herbal and Earthy from the hints of Bourbon. And with a strong after taste of New Orleans Cajun country in every bite! Just as good as it sounds! And easy to DIY
Cheddar Cheese Mustard Swirl Honey Wheat Bread BREAD MACHINE EASY - Photo DIY Essay
Beautiful stunning swirls of Cheddar Cheese baked right into the bread. Soft and chewy Wheat bread made easy in a Bread Machine!
Not just any Deviled Eggs, these have a tremendous presentation... a wonderful almost neon look outer coating of the eggs. The accent color is very easy to add. And flavors of Pickled SWEET Pickled Jalapenos and Beets!
Cajun Blackened Shrimp Deviled Eggs...
New Orleans Cajun spiced shrimp top a smooth creamy cheesey mustard based deviled egg. Stunning presentation to go with the over the top flavor mix.
Reuben Sandwich Style DEVILED EGGS!
These have all the flavors and ingredients of the classic Reuben Sandwich. That is, Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese and a drizzle of Russian Dressing. LOVED THESE!
California Roll Sushi Deviled Eggs!
These have all of the flavor and ingredients found inside the most popular Sushi roll... The Famous California Roll. A bit of fish (in this case I used lump Crab meat, but some smoked salmon would work as well), Cucumber, Avocado, Wasabi Paste... All gloriously displayed in the form of a Deviled Egg!
These are the deviled eggs of your youth. The ones your Granny made. Sweet and creamy "goo", with hints of the tangy pickle brine from Dill Pickles. I dressed 'em up a bit with a piece of that dill pickle for a bit of crunch in the texture.
Tex Mex Omelet Deviled Eggs
These have ALL the flavors of a TEX MEX Omelette all rolled together in one perfect bite. Chorizo Sausage, Red Onions, Peppers... Even a Parmesan Cheese Crisp
How to Peel Eggs Easy for Deviled Eggs
What a pain in the rump to peel the eggs. Half the time the eggs just get ruined and you would be ashamed to serve to your friends and neighbors... BUT there is an easy way to get perfect eggs all the time... REALLY YOU CAN DO THIS!!!
Guacamole (Avocado) DEVILED EGGS
Loaded with Tex Mex flavor with the meat of avocados mixed into normal deviled egg filling. Add a fresh made Pico De Gallo lots of lime and even a SURPRISE TROPICAL INGREDIENT!
Bloody Mary Deviled Eggs
These have that unique flavor of a classic Bloody Mary Drink... Tomato juice is replaced with thick tomato paste. Since the paste is thick you can thin the mix a bit with actual VODKA! Add traditional flavors like Worcestershire Sauce and Spices These are WOW what FUN Dish!
Chicken Wings and Chicken Fingers...
Coconut Chicken Nuggets
The perfect wing... hints of Asian flavors with the beloved Sriracha HOT Sauce, cooling sweet honey and bourbon!
Parmesan Herb Baked Chicken Fingers
OH BOY Chicken Fingers... But Not just any Chicken Fingers, these are baked with a crispy coating of Nutty Cheesy Parmesan with hints of savory Herbs. Fantastic Appetizers for a group with sensitive (No Hot Spices) Tastes!
Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
Yeap, this is the recipe of famous wings served at bars and burger joints around the world. These have the same bohemian elegance as fried chicken, while at the same time keeping you neat and clean! No Sauce Needed but LOADED with Flavor
Chicken Wings baptized in Alabama White Sauce
Alabama White sauce is mostly Mayonnaise thinned with Cider Vinegar and spices to create a near perfect sauce for chicken. Wings, loaded with Cajun flavors, loaded with the classic Alabama white flavors my very favorite flavor of Chicken Wings.
Oh Boy Meatballs!!!
These have a Heat spicy flavor while at the same time there are hints of sweetness. The pin include a recipe for meatballs (Pork a Tube of Sausage upgrade), as well as a recipe for Sriracha Ketchup, Plus the sweetener.
and Low Carb Wraps!
Chicken Salad Pinwheels
Great little fun EASY appetizer or party snack idea! Lots of photo directions to make an easy project of these little gems... best served with a Cajun Garlic Aioli (link included)
Ranch Pinwheel Roll-ups Appetizers
A terrific Vegetarian Appetizer. Best of all uses mostly dribs and drabs leftovers to make this Sweet with hints of spice snack. Colorful and delicious!
Salami Cream Cheese Roll-ups Pinwheel Appetizers on a Ritz!
A delicious ring of thin sliced hard salami spiraled around sweet cream cheese and dotted with roasted red bell Pepper pimento pieces. and more!
Bacon Wrapped Steak Pinwheels
These are great fun and incredibly tasty as the pounded steaks are stuffed and rolled... Stuffed with a red pepper pesto that oozes and marinates the meat as it cooks.
Black Forrest ham Deli Roll-ups Low Carb Wrap Sandwich
Thin sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions wrapped in Deli Meat and all held together with sweet creamy Cream Cheese and seasoned with a bit of Cajun Spice and you have a terrific LOW CARB sandwich wrap!
Love Sliders (Little Appetizer Size Sandwiches)
|Fast and Easy Chicken Spread Sliders
These are so easy and fast to make and a family favorite! Store bought tube of biscuits turns these gems into a fun night for all And INDEED FAST FAST EASY EASY!!!
Rosemary Applesauce Buns for Sliders
These are amazing. Stunning presentation, beautiful colors and an extra strong punch of Sea Salt and Earthy Herbal Rosemary. And the applesauce adds plenty of extra flavor and moisture, guaranteeing a moist and tender roll. And best of all, Bread Machine easy.
Andouille Stuffed Pork Loin... World's BEST Pork Chop for Sliders.
This gem of an idea uses a precooked sausage, the near legendary Spicy Cajun Andouille Sausage! Sweet pork surrounds the spicy Andouille... YUM!
And how about a DIP...
Fast and Easy... need a quick party dip for guests... You already have everything in your pantry,
And of course FRUIT...
This one is (for the price) just about as good as it gets. Love the dramatic presentation. But also LOVE LOVE LOVE the cost. This tray comes in at about $12 for the tray. Fruit ain't cheap. Here's my favorite!
Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Baked in an Oven or Grilled
These ARE ABOUT AS GOOD AS IT GETS. A wonderful party appetizer, really sets a tone for an outdoor event (tailgating anyone?). Roll these out and you know something fun is going to happen. The pineapple comes out warm and incredibly juicy and of course... BACON! Tips for grilling or to bake in your oven. ENJOY!
NOT Crab Rangoon But
BACON RANGOON PILLOWS (Baked)
Yep... BACON BACON BACON with a sweet creamy savory Cream Cheese and BACON filling all wrapped in a Wont Ton Wrapper, sealed and Baked (Not Fried). Could be the perfect hand held Appetizer for any party! And a great DIY Idea as you can stuff these pillows with almost anything (Think Lasagna for an outside the pillow idea)!
It's just hard to imagine any big gathering, PotLuck or pace a plate meal without these "Old School" recipe Just Like MOM used to make (or maybe Grandma). Rich and creamy egg yolks fill the center and yes, there is an old school secret that makes these extra sweet. These are the eggs June Cleaver took for a Church Potlucks and still the best! I even cracked the secret to getting eggs peeled easy and perfect... read on!
Spiral Spinach and Cheese Bites with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
VERY VERY EASY... Burrito size Tortilla, a Fresh Made Herbed Cream Cheese (with a secret ingredient that makes it smooth and spreadable), A PUNCH of flavor from a Fresh made (or use a jar) Sun Dried Tomato Pesto plus the colorful greens of Spinach combine for a quick easy Appetizer (and inexpensive if you are making dozens)!
About my favorite appetizer...
And just about the easiest appetizer to make and certainly the BEST TASTING, EASIEST and CLASSIC Appetizer around. The combination is classic Italian, been around for centuries. I dressed the presentation up with some shredded coconut and ribbons of mint.
Spinach Alexis Cheese Dip ala Chris Grove
a GRILLED (although easily translates to baking in an oven) Cheese dip and Hamburger topping. Loaded with Tex-Mex inspiration and spinach. This dish will make any restaurant appetizer dip pale in comparison. A little spice, a little heat and a top notch Bar Snack you can DIY at HOME!
Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa
Sometimes you are in the mood for that touch of sweet. The pineapple adds that sweetness. Works fantastic as a dip. you can use the pineapple rind as a bowl or cut sideways and you have a boat for a dramatic presentation. But the combination of tastes is a delight and will be LOVED at any backyard BBQ. Perfect to snack on throughout the day.
Oh, and delicious. once we turned everyone loose with a skewer, the fruit disappeared FAST!
And VERY VERY EASY to "carve". A crowd pleaser!
Mini Fruit on a Stick Skewers - Appetizers
Anything on a stick is fun! Serve these up as an appetizer, or pop in the freezer for an hour and then use for a stir stick for white wine or sangria. Simple enough to make, just a few tips and suggestions in the pin to make these beautiful fun and festive little treats!
Hawaiian ABT -
The Legendary Atomic Buffalo Turd with Pineapple
Sweet, Heat, Bacon, Creamy and it's served on a stick! The pretty name, A-B-T is just fine. But among BBQ guys (and gals), they are always called the Atomic Buffalo Turds. Simple to prepare, all of the assembly work can be done in advance. They are cooked with indirect heat so there is no flipping (can easily be cooked inside in the oven for a hint of BBQ in the winter). Just pop on the grill and pick them off when they are done.
It is little extra gems like these that will make you shine out as "That GUY (or Gal)", the king of the neighborhood grill!
Beer Braised Grilled Faux Meatball Brats
Main Course or an Appetizer and one of my 52 Cooking with Beer Recipes that is FANTASTIC!!! The "meatballs" are sliced Brats, then braised in an English style Beer, then Grilled with Onions... These Appetizers were GOBBLED up at a recent BBQ Party!
Grilled Scallion Pancakes (Cong You Bing)
Popular at Asian themed take out restaurants, these are deliciously unique. Simple matter to transfer the common fried flatbread recipe to grilling keeping all that delicious Sesame oil flavor along with these BEAUTIFUL Grill Marks. LOTS AND LOTS of HOW TO PHOTOS included!
LOADED Bacon Wrapped Dates
I first tried one of these off of a food truck in Tennessee. LOVED em and have been working on a signature version for awhile. After a few trials and errors I came up with this combination of the sweet dates, the savory tomato pesto, a spicy Pecan surprise in the center surrounded by creamy cheesy goodness and all wrapped up inside BACON BACON BACON!
Serve a salad on pizza dough! Why not???
The honey and almonds brings out the pop of the goat cheese and acts as the salad dressing for this colorful and awe inspiring pizza. AS GOOD AS IT GETS. Fantastic flavor combination, beautiful presentation and let's face it, grilled pizza inspires awe!!!
Grilled Flat Bread with Sea Salt, Pepper and Parmesan Cheese
Sure, making a pizza on a grill is easy and dramatic. But just as easy is to make a flat bread to serve same way you would serve a loaf of bread. This is ready to dip, ready to be cut into croutons, ready to snack on while the grill master makes dinner. And best of all, with that hint of BBQ flavor, these "Crackers" are delicious as well. SOOOO Easy and certainly is fun and dramatic!
Pizza Making 101 with recipes for Dough, Sauce and all the Techniques for pizzeria restaurant quality pies at home! This is the classic "original" Italian pie made to honor the Queen Consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy (and not the tequila drink)..
Focacca as an Appetizer
Focaccia Tutti i Giorni
Here's a basic recipe that I turned into three very different tastes... Sea Salt and Herb - Savory caramelized Onion - and the show stopper Sweetened Blueberries. Sets a nice tone for an Antipasto course, portable, easy to eat and gets the party talking!
Salad in the style of Capri... A very simple (three ingredients, 4 if you count sea salt), so FRESH and flavorful ingredients are a MUST. But well worth the hunt as the reward is one of the classic salads of the world. Ignore the Salami, I just added that for a bit of a heartier lunch. the post has tips for finding and buying the best ingredients, even in winter.
Bruschetta with Tomatoes
Bruschetta al Pomodoro
Start with Tuscan Garlic Toast and add a delicious Italian tomato salsa and you have a classic dish to start the celebration for an olive harvest. Perfect example of Italian cooking, simple ingredients that SHINE!
Plus, Crostini and Fettunata are explained.
Sweet - Salty - With a Royal Presentation - AND DELICIOUS!!!
Sprinkle a spice rub on them for spicey balls, brush with the dipping sauce as a glaze during the last 10 minutes of cooking for that glowing wet look ball.
You can bake them, grill them or even use that toaster oven!
Here's the basic recipe... now just imagine your interpretation!
Garlic Toast... Cheap and Easy for a CROWD!
Sure sounds simple (AND IT IS), but this DIY is designed for when you need to make a LOT for a hungry crowd. Cost effective, EASY and QUICK. Turn a dollar and a quarter French Baguette into 20-25 slices of garlic-y Herbal Italian goodness!
A trip to our local farmer's Market gave me the inspiration for an incredibly colorful treat! Black beans for Protein, plus simply loaded with Fruit and vegetable goodness (even Pineapple and Mango). This has it all and is as healthy and delicious as it is beautiful!
Amazing in their simplicity yet about the most delicious of appetizers. A new take on the legendary Moink Balls. But with more healthy version with chicken! Be sure to make the suggested dip, sweet as can be with hints of spicy deliciousness. These are GREAT crowd Pleasers!
Here's something just painfully simple yet truly adds something special to your spread. Artisan Cheese sellers will charge you double for ingredients probably in your pantry right now. Just pick up a log of soft goat cheese, whip in a bit of honey and rosemary to taste and bingo bango bongo...
Double the cost taste for half the price from your wallet!.
Lemony Artichoke and Crab Meat Dip
WOW... This is my GOTO Recipe when I need to bring something (or serve) to IMPRESS! A RICH lemony dip LOADED with flavor, filled with crab meat and creamy and cheesy enough to delight a crowd. INCLUDES a recipe for fresh made tortilla chips to really impress that sister-in-law!!!
Honey Teriyaki Chicken Wings
I LOVE Wings and these are about as good as they get... Hints of Asian spices, Sweetened for a delightful flavor and spiced up for that touch of heat with the Red Rooster Sriracha Sauce... THE BEST!
Reuben Pinwheel Sandwich
This is a GUARANTEED EMPTY PLATE! All the flavors of a classic Reuben sandwich (Swiss Cheese, Russian Dressing, Irish Corned Beef and German Sauerkraut in a hand held "Just a Little Bite Appetizer. PEOPLE LOVE THESE!
BACON BACON BACON Impossibly Easy Appetizers
ONLY 3 INGREDIENTS and wildly popular . Crispy and crunchy with hints of nutty cheese... Like a bacon and cheese sandwich all made into a finger food. FIRST PLATE EMPTIED AT A RECENT "Pass a Plate" Appetizer Party!
Baked Teriyaki Sausage Meatballs
Boy these are good... And FAST and EASY and has a unique flavor combination that makes your balls stand out among a big assortment of finger foods. Great appetizer and better Main Dish (just add noodles or rice). Easy and DELICIOUS!
Raisin Bread made EASY in a Bread Machine
Thru a quirk of fate my 2 year old Nephew lives with me... I make this bread for him... Raisin bread has become his favorite, so I love to make this with him. And like I said... Bread machine easy and delicious. Much better than the store bought... And yes, in my house, this loaf does have a little extra love mixed in! Raisin Bread... Remy Approved!!!
BACON BBQ Ranch Deviled Eggs
... It's Deviled Egg time again! Just about any time my Church has a PotLuck meal I always like to make a plate of deviled eggs. The list of possible ingredients is just about endless but I always like to add a little of my own specialty ingredients... Or a fan favorite like BACON BACON BACON and even a second favorite... Ranch Dressing. There's even a recipe for Seasonal CRANBERRY BBQ Sauce... Now that's a PARTY!!
Cajun Blackened Shrimp Deviled Eggs...
OH BOY DEVILED EGGS.. And these are certainly dressed to impress for any gathering, potluck or just to serve something AMAZING! New Orleans Cajun spiced shrimp top a smooth creamy cheesey mustard based deviled egg. Stunning presentation to go with the over the top flavor mix.
Appetizers and Holiday Leftovers Ideas... I LOVE THESE LITTLE GEMS! Think Cinnamon Rolls but add a savory ham and cheese. And like a cinnamon roll, the secret treat is the sauce. A Worcestershire and mustard drizzle that makes these memorable and AMAZING!
Spinach and Artichoke DIP Stuffed Garlic bread
52 Appetizer Recipes... This may become a signature dish for me. INCREDIBLE and wildly popular at a recent pass a plate of appetizers party. Same dip made famous as a bar snack is stuffed into a hollow bread and toasted along with a crunchy topping of garlic butter!
HOLIDAY Cucumber Bites Appetizers with Herb Cream Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes
Pound for pound these are the most cost effective appetizer I make. It also just SCREAMS Christmas Colors.They wind up costing about a quarter a piece, add just a shade more cost with the optional addition of a few Pistachio (again, green for Christmas). A VERY inexpensive Very EASY DIY appetizer that really stands out!
Doritos and Beer Spinach Dip
I LOVE this recipe, two types of melty cheese, deep flavored beer, made creamy with sour cream and pretty with spinach (and the illusion of healthy). And be sure to use Doritos TACO CHIPS... YUM INDEED!
Marshmallows "Under the Sea"
Very easy and tasty treats that will delight. The blue is colored white chocolate , easily decorated to look like a cartoon of an ocean scene. Whimsical, Fun and tasty... A great combo for a group of younguns!
Brandy Brandied Fruit for a Party!
Here's a quicky little recipe perfect for Holiday parties. The fruit soaks up a sweetener (simple Syrup), plus the hint of Brandy. Sweet fruit, a little booze... Sounds like a party to me! Enjoy indeed!
Picante and Cheddar Pinwheel Appetizers
Here's a fantastic little summer appetizer. And EASY! only 3 ingredients (plus the tortillas). Picante is an Hispanic word meaning spicy. Just a bit deceiving and you control the amount of spice and heat in the wheel. The "Secret" Ingredient in the wheels is a cup of Salsa. If you reach for the mild Salsa, make these mild. If you crave the extra heat of a Hot Salsa... go for it!. Easy, Simple ingredients, Memorably Tasty ... Fantastic indeed!!
I LOVE this side (appetizer with a bowl of chips or condiment). Fresh sweet, creamy and delicious. Just a little bit of heat from peppers but these are soaked in the sweet juices of the peach. Just a wonderful combination of flavors. made easy and NOT SEASONAL with canned peaches so you can enjoy a bite of summer year round!
Salted Chocolate Clementine Cuties
Cucumber Bites with Salmon
CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP and classy appetizers (priced at less than 35 cents each). Cucumber coins topped with a seasoned cream cheese and then some DIY (yes, yourself, not store bought) Sugar Cured SALMON and you have something unique for any party table!
CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP Inexpensive but delicious DIY Sugar and Salt CURED Smoked SALMON (or Roasted)
You can cure your own salmon at home for 1/3rd the price (or less). EASY to DIY, cost effective and DELICIOUS
Scallion Cream Cheese
Here's any easy and fast dip that is perfect with salmon and bagels! (and chips and veggies and celery and just about anything)
52 Appetizer Authentic Italian Catering Recipes... The classic Italian dish, meant to celebrate all this fresh and seasonal! Oh, AND EASY EASY EASY!
Pineapple Basil Jam
52 Small Batch Canning BREAKFAST Ideas... No one sells this, don't know why, Pineapple Jam is refreshing, cooling, reminds you of summer and tropics and EASY TO MAKE! Pour over cream cheese for an appetizer or add to toast to transport you back to summer... EASIEST SMALL BATCH CANNING RECIPE EVER
EASY Sweet and Spicy Habanero Pepper Jelly
52 Small Batch Canning Ideas and Appetizers Recipes... I LOVE this jelly. Plenty sweet enough for any sensitive tongues but plenty Heat/Spicy for someone who wants to know they are eating GOOD! Add a brick of cream cheese and instant appetizer. Perfect canning project (EASY EASY EASY)
BEST ABTs - Hawaiian Atomic Buffalo Turds
Yes, TERRIBLE NAME but this Bar Snack will be the HIT of your backyard BBQ... OR, included are simple instructions for making this in a standard oven. BACON BACON BACON Wrapped Jalapeno peppers with PINEAPPLE CREAM CHEESE FILLING... YUM!!!
Walnut Pesto Flatbread Mini-Bite Appetizer
A wonderful little appetizer. Like a little pizza. Stuffing is a simple to make Pesto filled with herbal nutty cheesy flavors and a fresh tomato slice. These are top rate beautiful to serve at a party but easy enough to slap together just for a special watch party for one person. Love these!
(On one of the hottest days of the year)