A Few of My Favorite Appetizers

This blog post was inspired by our dear friend, Roger Lyman.  While visiting with us here in AZ, he asked for suggestions for appetizers or hors d’oeuvre recipes.  Roger has a passion for cooking and is passing that love onto others by teaching a cooking class at his church in Michigan.  (I would love to be able to take his class!) So Roger, this is for you…here are of few of my favorite appetizer recipes.

cheese-bread-bites-oh-x.jpgCheesy Bread Bites

Cube two large loaves of unsliced bread (with crusts off) into 1 inch cubes.  An electric knife helps to make this a quick job making perfect little cubes.

In a double boiler, melt 8 oz. cream cheese, 1 cup of butter, and 2 cups grated sharp cheddar. Beat 4 egg whites until stiff, and fold into warm cheese mixture.  Coat each bread cube, (I just use a fork), and place them on a parchment or waxed paper lined baking sheet. Leave them in the freezer overnight, then store them, unbaked in ziplock bags. When ready to use, bake them at 400 for 15-18 minutes. YUM!  This makes about 60 cheese bites.   If you like, serve with Marinara Sauce.

What a great make-ahead appetizer to freeze and have available quickly.  This recipe takes the work of our entertaining allowing you to enjoy your guests.

Zucchini appetizer squaresZucchini Appetizers

3 c. shredded zucchini
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. grated cheese
2 tbs. parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
dash of oregano & pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 c. oil
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 c. Bisquick Mix

Mix ingredients in large bowl.  Spread in a 9x12x2″ pan.  Bake in middle of rack at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Pretty quick and easy and delicious.

Frankfort nibblerFrankfort Nibbler

1 lb. franks, cut in small slices or
1 lb. cocktail franks
1 (12-oz.) jar of current jelly
1 (6 oz.)  jar prepared mustard

Combine all ingredients in a chafing dish or small crockpot.  Allow to simmer until jelly and mustard meld and franks are heated through.

The ingredients seem a bit unusual, but combined, this is a tasty treat.  I have seen this recipe made with grape jelly, but my preference is currant jelly.

Farberware 3 crockpot server
Just a quick note:
I love this Farberware 3 x 2.5 quart slow cooker!  It is perfect for entertaining.  I purchased it at Walmart for such a reasonable price last Christmas.  I love using this for Sunday after-church dinners.

Sausage Cheddar BallsSausage Cheddar Balls

1 lb. uncooked sausage
3 c. Bisquick Mix
4 c. grated Cheddar Cheese

Mix and roll into walnut-sized balls.  Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees on ungreased baking sheet for 15 minutes.  Serve with cocktail sauce.

This recipe is now available gluten free here.  I used to make these early in the morning, put them into a pretty calico fabric-lined basket, and take them to the office for morning coffee break.  They warm in the microwave very nicely.  This would also make a basket to take to a friend’s house accompanied by a package of gourmet coffee or tea.

Shrimp Dip
Shrimp Dip

1 c. each of mayonnaise and sour cream
1/3 c. finely chopped green pepper
1/4 c. chili sauce
1 tbs. prepared horseradish (or less if you like)
1/4 tsp. salt & 1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 c. finely chopped cooked shrimp

Stir all ingredients until well mixed.  Cover and chill.  Makes about 3 cups.

Serve with crudities and/or crackers.  This is so good!

Have a Blessed Day,

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