Monday, December 13, 2010
Easy Holiday Appetizers
Whether you’re hosting a party or bringing appetizers to a friend’s house, you can quickly whip up something tasty and fun. Add some chips, mixed nuts, cheese and crackers to make sure no one goes away hungry.
Here are some mouthwatering holiday appetizers:
• Deviled eggs – After boiling a dozen eggs, carefully cut them in half lengthwise. Scoop out the yolk and mash it with 1/2 cup of mayonnaise and 1/2 cup of sweet pickle relish. Scoop the mixture back into the egg white halves and sprinkle the tops with paprika. Place on a tray garnished with large green lettuce or spinach leaves.
• Stuffed celery – Wash and cut celery into 3-inch spears. Place them on a tray with the open side up. Fill some of the celery spears with pimento cheese spread that you can buy in the dairy section of the grocery store, some with cream cheese mixed with an equal part of strawberry jam, and the rest with peanut butter.
• Cocktail sausages – Simmer one package of cocktail sausages in a cup of barbecue or chili sauce. Serve in a shallow bowl with enough toothpicks for each sausage.
• Stuffed mushrooms – Cut the stems off a package of fresh mushrooms. Fill the mushroom caps with a mixture of crabmeat, breadcrumbs, Cajun seasoning and shredded cheese. Brush them with butter and bake open side up in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes.