Tuesday, December 17, 2013

On The Fly Guide to Holiday Entertaining: Easy Hors d'oeuvres

In post #2 of my On The Fly Guide to Holiday Entertaining, I'll be helping you to tackle the most daunting task in all party planning...the food. Now, don't cringe or sigh or hyperventilate over the thought of long hours slaving over a hot stove. I'm going to help you make things WAY easier than that! Check out some of the great appetizer options below; they're easy to make, low maintenance and your guests will love them!

MINI STROMBOLI
I love this snack for any occasion. Also, switch out the crescents  and cheese for reduced fat, and use turkey pepperoni to create low calorie roll ups.
Photo from DinnerWithTheDonnells.com
INGREDIENTS:
Pillsbury crescent rolls
String cheese
Sliced pepperoni
Marinara sauce
DIRECTIONS:
Cut cheese stick into 3 even segments
Roll 2-3 pepperoni and cheese segment into the crescent
Place on aluminum foil covered cookie sheet
Follow instructions on the back of the Pillsbury tin
Serve with marinara sauce

SWEET & SOUR MEATBALLS
My Grandma has been using this recipe for over 50 years. Also known as, Many Magic Meatballs, the sweet and sour flavor is always a hit! Perfect as an appetizer, or, serve over rice as a meal!
Photo from Food.com
INGREDIENTS:
Small package of frozen meatballs
1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup grape jelly
1/3 cup lemon juice
DIRECTIONS:
Pour sauce over meatballs
350 degree oven, 20 minutes, until sauce thickens
Pour into chafing dish
Use toothpicks to serve

 

SPINACH DIP
This recipe is one that my Mom has been using for many years. It's easy and so delicious! The perfect addition to any holiday party.
Photo from KaraInTheKitchen.com
INGREDIENTS:
2 sourdough loaves
Frozen spinach, thawed
Knorrs vegetable soup mix
1 cup mayo
16 oz. sour cream
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
DIRECTIONS:
Hollow out one of the sourdough loaves so that it looks like a bowl
Cut the other loaf into pieces for dipping
Drain and dry spinach
In a bowl, mix vegetable soup mix, mayo, sour cream, Worcestershire and spinach
Mix until thick
Chill at least an hour before serving
Put dip into the hollowed-out bread bowl and serve with the cut up sourdough bread

BUFFALO CHICKEN CHEESE BALL
Thanks to the KeyIngredient.com for this twist on a classic party favorite. I've made this cheese ball many times and people have always gone crazy over it. Easy to make and easy to serve.
Photo from KeyIngredient.com
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup chicken, cooked & shredded
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 jalapeno pepper, finely diced
2-3 tbsp hot sauce
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded cheddar & gouda cheese
DIRECTIONS:
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except the cheddar and gouda cheeses
Form into a ball, and then roll in the cheeses to coat
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least an hour before serving
Serve with tortilla chips, pretzels, crackers or chopped vegetables

HOLIDAY PINWHEELS
Check out TasteOfHome.com for this delicious recipe. These pinwheels just look delicious and make perfect bite-sized appetizers for the holidays!
Christmas Party Pinwheels Recipe
Photo from the TasteOfHome.com website
INGREDIENTS:
16 oz (2 packages) of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
4 oz (1 package) of ranch salad dressing mix
1/2 cup minced sweet red pepper
1/2 cup minced celery
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
3-4 flour tortillas (10 inches)
DIRECTIONS: 
In a bowl, beat cream cheese and dressing mix until smooth
Add red pepper, celery, onions and olives; mix well
Spread about 3/4 cup on each tortilla
Roll up tightly; wrap in plastic wrap
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours; Cut into 1/2-in. slices

These unique, delicious and festive creations are sure to please all of your guests. Not to mention, major kudos for making them all yourself (no need to reveal to anyone how simple the recipes really are!) With such easy-to-create and easy-to-maintain dishes, you can really relax and enjoy the party and the company!

What are you favorite holiday party hors d'oeuvres?