As the famous saying goes: work smart, not hard. That’s what these easy appetizer recipes are all about. You don’t have to stress about preparing a big batch of them for a big party. After worrying about decorations, gifts, guests, and more, cut out the stress of food prep. These delicious morsels are so quick and easy to do that you can make them as easily as the guests will eat them all up later on. Have a look at a few recipes that will surely be a hit on your next soiree, and all done as effortlessly as you could wish.
1. Brown Sugar Smokies (from Allrecipies)
Quick and simple, these sweet, savory, meaty bites will be a must-have during tailgates and game nights. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit before getting started on this easy appetizer.
All you need to do is to take your favorite mini sausages (Hiltshire Farm, Amazon). Select them according to your preference. Wrap them up snugly in a strip of bacon (Applewood Smoked Bacon, Amazon) each. You’ll want to stick a toothpick into them to keep the bacon from unraveling. Then, you sprinkle the sausages and bacon with brown sugar (Lovesome Dark Brown Sugar, Amazon) as much as you can before placing them in the baking sheet.
Once they’re ready, set them into the preheated oven. It won’t take long, so keep an eye on them. Once the brown sugar has melted and the bacon is crisp. Take them out and they’re ready to serve.
2. Bruschetta with Ricotta and Honey (from Food52)
This quick and easy appetizer is simple, delicious, and delightful. You’ll need a grill or a grill pan and get it going. Take your bread (La Brea Bakery Rustic Ciabatta Loaf, Amazon) and slice them into diagonal cuts for a standard bruschetta. You can brush some olive oil here if you like as well. Grill your bread until they’re toasted or slightly charred. Make sure they’re evenly grilled or broiled. Once they’re done, don’t forget to rub some garlic clove on them for flavor.
Now that your bruschetta bread is done, it’s time to add your ricotta cheese (Frigo Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese, Amazon). Take your favorite ricotta and smear it generously onto your bread. Drizzle a little olive oil and salt according to your preference. Finally, to add deliciously sweet contrast to the taste, drizzle down the honey (Nature’s Nate Organic Honey, Amazon) and maybe a little lemon zest to your cheese-covered slices. Arrange them beautifully on an appetizer board and serve.
3. Brie Cups (from Allrecipes)
This delicate, easy appetizer appeals to the eyes as well as the taste buds. It’s also very simple to put together. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper.
Pick up your phyllo pastry cups (Athens Foods Mini Fillo Dough Shells, Amazon) and place them onto the sheet. Cut your favorite brand of Brie cheese (La Bonne Vie Brie Mini Wheel, Amazon), about 8 ounces of it, into small chunks or cubes. Place a piece, or your preferred amount, of cheese into each phyllo cup. Take half a teaspoon of raspberry preserve (Tiptree Sweet Tip Raspberry Preserve, Amazon) and spoon it carefully on top of the Brie.
Put the cups into the preheated oven for about 7 minutes, enough to melt the Brie. Let them cool, and serve.
4. Baked Tortilla Chips (from Allrecipes)
These deliciously homemade tortilla chips are a far healthier alternative to store bought ones. And you get to customize how this easy appetizer tastes! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grab a pack of corn tortillas (Guerrero White Corn Tortillas, Amazon), cut into chip-sized wedges. Arrange them neatly, in a single layer, on a cookie sheet.
Time for some flavor. Combine some vegetable oil and lime juice (RealLime 100% Lime Juice, Amazon) in a mixer. Then spray the tortilla wedges until they’re just about moist. In another bowl, combine your spices. Get chili powder (McCormick Chili Powder, Amazon), cumin (McCormick Organic Ground Cumin, Amazon), and some salt. Once mixed together, sprinkle them down onto the chips as generously as you’d like.
Take the seasoned wedges and put them in the oven to bake for 7 minutes. Afterwards, rotate the pan and bake them again for another 8 minutes to ensure that they will crisp evenly. Make sure they’re not too brown. They’ll come out of the oven hot and crunchy and absolutely perfect for any dip you might want. Serve them up with some salsa, cheese sauce, or even guacamole.
These quick and simple recipes save you time and energy. They’ll even impress your guests! Don’t’ stress the party, just whip up an easy appetizer in half an hour and you’re good to go.
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