8 Easy  Appetizers Anyone Can Make

The dreaded appetizer. Coming up with new ideas can be a challenge, because you don’t want to bring the same thing as everyone else. Who needs that much spinach dip?

We’ve put together 8 easy appetizers to add new life to your appetizer repertoire.

Crab Dip

CrabDip

If this recipe was any easier, you could probably do it in your sleep. And the best part is, any of the seasonings listed are optional. Don’t have celery seed? Leave it out!

Ingredients:

  • 14 oz imitation crab meat
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Chives
  • Seasoning – 1/8 tsp each:
    • Pepper
    • Salt
    • Chilli powder
    • Onion powder
    • Cayenne pepper
    • Garlic powder
    • Thyme
    • Oregano

To Make:

  1. Combine seasoning together in a small bowl
  2. Mix together with crab meat and mayonnaise
  3. Garnish with chives
  4. Serve with crackers and enjoy!

 

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

BaconWrappedAsparagus

Rumor has it everything is better with bacon. Even the sometimes-overlooked asparagus gets on uplift from the salty, savory bacon.

Ingredients:

  • Asparagus (3-5 stalks per person)
  • Bacon (1 slice per 2 stalks)

To Make:

  1. Cut bacon lengthwise
  2. Wash asparagus, and cut off bottom inch
  3. Wrap bacon around asparagus stalks
  4. Lay in a single layer on a baking tray/pan
  5. Turn oven to 400°F and place asparagus in while oven heats
  6. Cook for 20-25 minutes
  7. Serve and enjoy!

 

Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

PestoStuffedMushrooms

Here’s a tip, stuff (almost) anything inside a mushroom and you’ve got yourself the perfect appy!

Ingredients:

  • Cremini mushrooms
  • Pesto
  • Shaved parmesan

To Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Remove the mushroom stems and wipe off any dirt
  3. Fill mushrooms with about 1 tsp pesto
  4. Bale for 15 minutes
  5. Tops with shaved parmesan cheese
  6. Serve and enjoy!

 

Brie and Cranberry Turnovers

BrieCranberryPhylloTurnovers

These may look super fancy, but they’re deceptively easy.

Ingredients

  • Cranberry sauce
  • Brie
  • Phyllo dough
  • Cooking oil

To Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. If phyllo dough is frozen allow to defrost
  3. Lay one sheet on a cutting board
  4. Spray lightly with cooking oil
  5. Lay another sheet on top and spray with oil.
  6. Cut into thirds
  7. Place 1 piece on brie at one end and top with ½ tsp cranberry sauce
  8. Fold phyllo over to make a triangle
  9. Continue folding
  10. Repeat until you have as many turnovers as you want
  11. Place on an ungreased baking sheet
  12. Bake for 12-15 minutes
  13. Serve and enjoy!

 

Marinated Artichokes with Sundried Tomatoes

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Artichokes are another overlooked vegetable that can add delicious variety to any meal.

Ingredients

  • Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Part-skimmed mozzarella cheese – ½ inch cubes
  • Sun dried tomatoes – cut into quarters or halves

To Make:

  1. In a bowl, combine artichoke hearts (and marinade) mozzarella and sundried tomatoes
  2. Mix well and set in fridge for 1 hour, or overnight
  3. Skewer 1 piece of each onto a toothpick
  4. Serve and enjoy!

 

Sundried Tomato Goat Cheese Spread

TomatoGoatCheeseSpread

Sundried tomatoes are one of those things you should always have on hand. They can spice up so many meals. Mix with goat cheese and cream cheese to make an easy spread.

Ingredients

  • 11 oz goat cheese
  • 3 tbsp cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes – chopped

To Make:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a food processor
  2. Whip for 1-2 minutes – until smooth
  3. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Serve with crackers or pita chips
  5. Enjoy!

 

Smoked Salmon Rolls

SmokedSalmonRolls

Smoked salmon and cream cheese were made for each other. Add in a few salty capers, and fresh chives to make a simple, savory appy.

Ingredients

  • Smoked salmon
  • Cream cheese
  • Chives
  • Capers (optional)

To Make:

  1. Layout smoked salmon on a cutting board
  2. Spread a thick layer of cream cheese over top
  3. Garnish with capers and chives
  4. Roll up salmon
  5. Cut into 2 inch pieces
  6. Garnish with a little more chive
  7. Serve and enjoy!

 

Kale Chips

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Challenge your friends to try something new. They might be pleasantly surprised.

Ingredients:

  • Green kale – washed
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp parmesan or asiago cheese
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

To Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F
  2. Tear kale into bite size pieces, removing the thick stem
  3. In a small bowl, mix cheese, spices and salt
  4. Put into a plastic bag and pour in olive oil
  5. Shake until kale is evenly coated
  6. Add seasoning and shake
  7. Spread kale onto a baking sheet
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes – until edges begin to brown and kale is crispy
  9. Let cool
  10. Serve and enjoy!

 

Written by Stephanie Appleby