Having a few easy hors d'oeuvre (appetizer) recipes on hand can be a lifesaver. Whether you don't have time to cook before a party, or you simply don't feel like it, the following quick recipes will make it seem like you put loads of effort into your hors d'oeuvres. They're incredibly simple and yummy, and best of all, they require absolutely no cooking.
Savory, tart, and just a little sweet, these easy-to-make wraps are guaranteed to be a hit at your next gathering. The cranberries make them especially great for Thanksgiving and Christmas hors d'oeuvres. For a spicy variation, consider adding a little bit of chopped jalapeno to each wrap.
• 2 cups dried cranberries
• 1 cup plain cream cheese
• 1 cup feta cheese
• ¼ cup green onion, chopped
• 1/8 cup chopped cilantro
• 4 large whole wheat tortillas
Start by combining the cream cheese, feta cheese, cranberries, and green onion into a large mixing bowl. Mash the ingredients together, then stir them thoroughly until they're well-mixed. Leave the cilantro out; it tends to clump, so you'll want to add it later. Next, divide the mixture evenly into four parts, then spread it over the tortillas. Make sure the entire surface area of each tortilla is covered. Sprinkle a light layer of cilantro leaves down the center of each tortilla. Finally, roll the tortillas into tight cylinders, then put them on a plate and cover them with plastic wrap. Store them in the refrigerator for at least an hour. When you're ready, take the tortillas out and cut each one into 12 pieces. Serve immediately.
Perfect for a summer gathering, these easy BLT bites taste just like a classic BLT sandwich. Yum!
• 1/3 cup bacon bits (or fresh chopped bacon)
• 1 cup mayonnaise
• 1 cup sour cream
• 2 large tomatoes, diced
• 1 bag triangle pita chips
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the pita chips. Stir until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency. Spread the pita chips out on a large serving board, then top each with a dollop of the mixture. Serve immediately, or store them in the fridge for up to an hour.
This easy recipe combines savory crab salad with crisp celery. You can make these sticks in a snap, and they look incredibly elegant! Serve them up at your next cocktail party.
• 8 celery sticks, cut into 1-inch pieces
• ¼ cup cream cheese
• 2 tbsp mayonnaise
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• 2 tsp parsley, chopped
• ½ pound crabmeat
• ½ cup peas
• 2 tbsp red onion, chopped
• Fresh carrot, finely shredded
• Salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients except the carrot and celery sticks to a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-mixed, then add salt and pepper to taste. Next, arrange the celery pieces on an attractive serving platter. Add a tablespoon of the mixture to the center of each stick, spreading slightly until the celery is filled. Lightly garnish each stick with a pinch of shredded carrot and serve immediately. If you want to make the crab salad ahead of time, you can store it in the fridge for one day. Wait until the day of the event to fill the celery sticks.