If you are planning a party this holiday season, wow your guests with one of these easy delicious appetizers. Not only are they delicious, they are easy to make too. Your guests will think you slaved for hours in the kitchen.
Bacon Wrapped Lil’ Smokies
This appetizer definitely isn’t low calorie, but it is always a huge hit at holiday parties. Men especially love these bacon wrapped sausages. You will probably need to make a double recipe to make sure that there are enough to go around. Make these for Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, any time you need a quick, hearty appetizer.
1 package bacon
1 package Lil’ Smokies
1 package brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut each slice of bacon into thirds. Wrap each lil’ smokie with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
Arrange all of the lil’ smokies in a 13x9x2-inch baking dish, and sprinkle brown sugar all over the top of the sausages.
Bake for about 45 minutes, or until bacon is completely cooked.
Stuffed mushrooms are an easy, delicious appetizer to serve your holiday guests. This version features crab as the main stuffing ingredient.
1 lb. fresh mushrooms
7 oz. canned crabmeat
1 c. green onions, chopped
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 c. mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. savory
Pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, mix together crabmeat, green onions, thyme, oregano, savory, and pepper. Gently stir in Parmesan cheese and mayonnaise.
Do not put mushrooms under running water. Instead, use a damp towl to gently wipe any dirt from the surface of the mushrooms. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and use a spoon to gently scrape out the insides of the mushrooms so that you have room to add the filling.
Fill each mushroom with a rounded teaspoonful of the crabmeat mixture. Place the stuffed mushrooms in an ungreased baking dish and sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese and paprika.
Bake for about 15 minutes, and serve right away after removing from the oven.
These sausage balls are very easy to make and tasty too. You can freeze them ahead of time and just heat them up when you are ready to serve them.
1 lb. ground pork sausage
1 1/2 c. biscuit mix
1 c. grated cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients with hands. Roll the mixture into balls approximately the size of walnuts and place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the sausage is completely cooked and the biscuit portion is browned.
The sausage balls will be a little greasy, so let them set on a paper towel to drain before serving.
This easy cheese bread not only tastes great but looks very attractive on your holiday table too.
1 round loaf sourdough bread
8 oz. grated monterey jack cheese
1/2 onion, cut into thin slices
1/2 c. parsley, chopped (optional)
4 tbsp. butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Using a long sharp kitchen knife, make cuts diagonally all the way across the bread. Don’t cut all the way through the bread, stop about an inch from the bottom of the loaf of bread.
Next cut the bread diagonally in the opposite direction, creating a criss cross pattern in the top portion of the bread.
Place the grated cheese, onion slices, and chopped parsley into the cuts that you created in the top of the bread, pressing them down into each crevice.
Then pour the melted butter over the top of the bread.
Wrap the loaf of bread in foil and then bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil from the top of the bread so that the bread can brown and bake for about 15 more minutes or until cheese is completely melted. Serve right away after removing from oven.
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