Appetizers

Apricot Walnut Bites

Apricot Walnut Bites

 

My friend, Lisa, gave me this ingenious potluck recipe.   These are so easy and delicious!

Ingredients:

Dried apricots

Goat cheese

Walnuts

Spread the goat cheese on a dried apricot.  Top with a walnut and press down gently.  Place them on a platter and serve!

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates

These Bacon Wrapped Dates are like candy!  They are addicting, so be sure to make lots of them as they will go fast.  Thank you to Brandy for sharing this recipe!

Ingredients:

Bacon

Whole dates, pitted

Sliced water chestnuts

Cut bacon slices into thirds. Place a water chestnut on a date.  Wrap with bacon.  Secure with a toothpick.

Bake at 400 degrees until bacon is crispy (approximately 30 minutes).  Let cool slightly and serve.

Pizza Dip

Everyone loves this ridiculously easy dip!  This recipe comes from Brandy, who got it from Kori J.  And if you like this one, you have to try the Salsa Dip recipe.

Ingredients:

1 box cream cheese

Pizza Sauce

Shredded Cheese

Pepperoni (optional)

Black olives (optional)

Spread cream cheese in the bottom of a 9 x 13″ glass dish.  Pour pizza sauce over the cream cheese.  Top with shredded cheese.  Top with optional pepperoni and/or black olives.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Serve with sliced baguette.

Salsa Dip

Everyone loves this ridiculously easy dip!  This recipe comes from Brandy, who got it from Kori J.  And if you like this one, you have to try the Pizza Dip recipe.

Ingredients:

1 box cream cheese

1 jar of Pace salsa

Shredded Cheese (cheddar or a mexican blend works best)

Tortilla chips

Spread cream cheese in the bottom of a 9 x 13″ glass dish.  Pour salsa over the cream cheese.  Top with shredded cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Chili Cream Cheese Dip

Chili Cream Cheese Dip

You can’t go wrong with chili, cheese, and lots of cream cheese in this dip!  Ridiculously easy to make and eat, it’s great served with tortilla chips.  And if you make this for a bbq potluck, you can steal some to make an amazing topping for your burgers and hot dogs!

Thank you to Jamie G. for sharing this great, go-to potluck dip recipe!

Ingredients:

2 packages of cream cheese

3 cups shredded cheddar/monterey jack cheese

4 oz. jar of diced, green chiles

1 can Hormel chili with beans

1 can Hormel chili with NO beans

Dash of hot sauce

1 bag of tortilla chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13″ pan with PAM.  Take the 2 boxes of cream cheese and break into 1 to 2 inch pieces with your fingers until the entire pan has a layer of cream cheese.  In a bowl, mix together the chili, green chiles, and hot sauce.  Pour over the cream cheese.  Top with the shredded cheese.  Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes or until the dip is bubbling.  Serve with tortilla chips!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

If you love buffalo wings and blue cheese, then you have to try this dip!  My friend, Jamie G., shared this recipe and it is so good!

Ingredients:

1 cooked, small rotisserie chicken (meat, pulled and shredded)

2 packages of cream cheese

1 cup ranch dressing

3/4 cup Franks hot sauce

1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 stick of celery, diced (optional)

3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13″ glass pan with PAM.  Mix chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over low heat, until heated through.  Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing and diced celery (optional).  Cook, a few minutes, stirring until warm.  Mix in half the cheddar cheese, and transfer the mixture to glass pan.  Sprinkle the top with the remaining cheddar and blue cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted!  Serve with Wheat Thins and celery!

Deviled Eggs

 

Deviled Eggs

Easy, yummy, and everyone loves them!  The smoked paprika makes them look especially pretty.

Ingredients:

Hardboiled eggs (as many as you want)

Best Foods Mayo

Honey Mustard

Salt

Pepper

Smoked Paprika (Trader Joe’s has a great one for a great price)

Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and remove the yolks.  Mash up the yolk really well, then add mayo, mustard, salt, and pepper to taste.  Fill the empty eggs with the yolk mixture.  Sprinkle the tops of the eggs with the paprika.  Serve!

Cheese Ball

Cheese Ball2

The cream cheese, pineapple, green bell pepper, and walnuts make an absolutely addicting combination in this cheese ball recipe.

One batch can make three small or two large balls.  However, I highly recommend that you bring two large cheese balls to your potluck.  I recently only brought one to a party and it got ugly.  Lesson learned!  This cheese ball is so good that people will fight over it!

This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember and I look forward to making it every year for Thanksgiving (and sometimes Christmas and New Year’s Eve).

Ingredients:

2 – 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened

1 – 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained

1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

2 T. finely minced white onion (sweet onion is my first choice)

1 tsp. seasoned salt

2 cups chopped walnuts (use 1/2 in recipe and 1/2 for rolling the cheeseballs)

Crackers (Ritz are my favorite with this!)

Combine the cream cheese, pineapple, bell pepper, onion, salt, and 1 cup of the chopped walnuts.  Refrigerate until firm.  Form cheese balls and roll in remaining walnuts.  You can serve right away or put in an airtight container and refrigerator until serving time (keeps for about 3 days).  Then serve with crackers.  Ritz crackers are especially good with this recipe.

Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers

I love this recipe because it incorporates my two favorite ingredients, bacon and cream cheese!  My friend, Tenaiya, made this for our 4th of July block party.  In this recipe, you grill the peppers on the bbq, but you can also cook them in the oven at 400 degrees until the bacon is very, very crisp and the peppers are soft.

Ingredients:

Mini Bell Peppers

Cream Cheese

Bacon

Cut the tops off the bell peppers, rinse well, and remove the seeds.  Stuff the peppers with cream cheese.  Wrap each pepper in 1/2 strip of bacon and place a toothpick through the center.

Grill the peppers on the bbq until the bacon is thoroughly cooked, very crisp, and blackened on every side.  The fat from the bacon absorbs into the peppers and cream cheese making these absolutely scrumptious!

Meatball Appetizers

Meatball Appetizers

 

This is another family recipe that we often had for New Year’s Eve Parties.  I’ve revised the recipe to use pre-made frozen meatballs.  Buy two bags and double the recipe for a big crowd because they will go fast!

Ingredients:

1 bag frozen meatballs

3 T. dark molasses

3 T. prepared mustard

3 T. apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 tsp. thyme

Brown the meatballs in a skillet until heated through.  Mix all remaining ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add sauce to meatballs and simmer until bubbling.  Serve meatballs right away.  They won’t have time to get cold!