Appetizer Recipes

Spicy and Sweet Holiday Nut Mix

If you are looking for a simple but easy snack recipe for Holiday entertaining look no further!  I love a good nut mix, and they are so easy to make.  Sure you can buy them at the store, but I sometimes find those mixes too salty, sugary or oily.  So, I make my own. It requires little time, and you can flavor them to your liking.  The one I am sharing with you today has only 4 ingredients.  This is one of my favorites, I use cholula hot sauce, mix it with some maple syrup, and add a little sea salt.  That is all!  It may sound like an odd combination, but it is so good!  Sweet, salty, and a little spicy.  Put out a bowl of this and they will be gone before you know it!

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Festive Sweet Potato Crostini

Sweet potato toast is pretty popular, so I thought, why not make it into an appetizer!  You can top it with delicious toppings after all.  The recipe I am sharing with you today has a creamy and delicious nut chevre (non-dairy cheese made from cashews that tastes just as delicious as the dairy version), sweet cranberries, and crunchy pecans.  These are super delicious and you can make them ahead of time and serve them.  These are the perfect thing to serve at a Holiday gathering or cocktail party!

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Spiced Pumpkin Hummus

Hummus is a healthy snack year round, but this time of year I like to give it a seasonal twist and add pumpkin!  I often times have canned pumpkin left over from another recipe I have made and this is the perfect way to use it.  Not only that, it adds nutrients as well!  This hummus doesn’t taste like pumpkin pie though, it is savory.  I add warming spices, cumin, coriander and chipotle powder to give this an exotic twist.  I like to make this at the beginning of the week, so I have something to snack on when I want something quick and healthy.  It is perfect with seeded crackers or veggies, or even spread on sandwiches!

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Cheesy Roast Beefy Crostini

It’s officially fall, and for me that means watching football and entertaining! While I enjoy the chips and dips and meat and cheese platters, I wanted to come up with an appetizer that would wow my guests. I put together some delicious toasts topped with gorgonzola cheese and rare roast beef. Definitely more sophisticated and so satisfying! This appetizer is a must try whether you’re watching a game or having an elegant dinner party they are sure to impress!

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Pea Guacamole

I love guacamole and avocados in any form. But organic avocados can get a bit spendy when you buy a bunch to make something with.  One really good solution…adding green peas to it to not only extend the guacamole, but also add some protein and keep it green as well (this guac doesn’t discolor as bad as the regular stuff).  This is delicious, and easy to make if you have a blender or food processor.  Not only that, peas are in season now that it is Spring, so it is the perfect time of the year to enjoy them!

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Pancetta Pear Cups

April showers bring May flowers and this April also means Easter. This month I thought I would focus on all of those tasty holiday traditions that end up on our kitchen table, starting with an appetizer. This year I will be making pancetta cups filled with pears and gorgonzola cheese, sprinkled with fresh thyme and a little honey. These flavors combined are the perfect combination of salty and sweet, tangy and savory!

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Vegan Cranberry Chevre

When I was younger, I used to host New Years Eve parties. One thing that we always had to have was really good appetizers.  And, there always had to be cheese of some sort.  I think this is pretty common.  Maybe you feel the same way about good food, and including cheese in your New Years Eve spread.  But, maybe like me you are vegan or dairy free.  Well, I have good news!  I have a great alternative cheese recipe that tastes even better than most real cheeses in my opinion, and whenever I have served it, I get rave reviews.  It is a cranberry chevre (goat cheese), rolled in pecans to make it even more festive!  It is wonderful served with crackers.  It is gluten free as well.  If you wanted to make a plain chevre, just omit the cranberries and pecans.  It is wonderful any way you serve it!

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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Scallops

With New Years Eve fast approaching, everyone is looking for a tasty, easy appetizer. This recipe is for sweet and spicy bacon wrapped scallops. What makes these different from regular bacon wrapped scallops is  a rub of cayenne pepper and brown sugar sprinkled over the bacon before baking it in the oven. So if your looking for a fast, simple appetizer that doesn’t skimp on flavor give these a try!

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Buffalo Chicken Wings

Football season is underway and what goes better with football than chicken wings? Today’s much anticipated border battle calls for a family favorite wings recipe. These wings have a spicy yet sweet flavor that will satisfy everyone’s craving. Baking the wings on a wire rack help get that perfect crispy skin while cutting down on the fat of a traditional fried chicken wing. These wings will feed a crowd so invite your family and friends over for the big game and enjoy!

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Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

Tis the season for open houses and grad parties, so everyone is thinking about what to serve at those parties. It can be nice to have options for guests who are gluten free, dairy free, or vegan and I have the perfect recipe that will please everyone, spinach artichoke dip.  Traditional spinach artichoke dip is always a hit when served with crackers or small toasts, and I have revamped the recipe to make it gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and delicious!  You would never know it was all of those things from tasting it. It also comes together fast and keeps well for a few days in the refrigerator so it is perfect for making ahead of time.


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