Appetizer Recipes

We add new free easy appetizer recipes everyday. If you are looking for a great appetizer this is where you want to look.

Apple-Cinnamon Popcorn

Apple-Cinnamon Popcorn

Apple-Cinnamon Popcorn

2 cups chopped dried apples
10 cups popped popcorn
2 cups pecan halves
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Place apples in a large shallow baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove pan from oven and stir in popcorn and nuts.

In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients. Drizzle butter mixture over popcorn mixture, stirring well. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Pour onto wax paper to cool. Store in airtight container.

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Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log

Celery sticks
Peanut butter

Wash the celery and cut it into pieces about 5 inches long. Spread peanut butter in the u-shaped part of the celery, from one end to the other. Press raisins into the peanut butter.

Cacciatore French Bread Pizza

Cacciatore French Bread Pizza

Cacciatore French Bread Pizza

6 (7-inch) French rolls or 1 long loaf French bread
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast meat, cut into thin strips
1 cup (1 small) sliced onion
1 cup (1 small) sliced bell pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup CONTADINA Pizza Sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/2 cup (2.8 ounce can) sliced ripe olives
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

Slice bread in half lengthwise. Place cut-side up on baking sheet. Bake in preheated 425 degree F oven for 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly toasted.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, onion, bell pepper and salt; cook, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Spread pizza sauce over cut surface of bread; top with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with basil, olives and cheese.

Bake in 425 degree F oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Servings: 8


Cream cheese dip1 (8-oz.) pkg. soft Cream Cheese
1 can Hormel Chili, no beans
1 (12-oz.) pkg. Mozzarella cheese

Layer Cream Cheese. then chili. then Mozzarella cheese in a pie plate. Bake at 350o
for 20 minutes or until the Mozzarella cheese is melted and slightly browned. Serve
with Tostito chips.

Basic Apple Crisp

8 baking apples
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup water

Wash, pare, quarter and core apples. Cut each quarter lengthwise into 3 or 4 slices. Put sliced apples in the bottom of a buttered baking dish. Add water. Combine sugar, cinnamon and flour and rub butter into mixture to make crumbs. Spread crumbs over the top of apples, patting them down evenly. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees F for approximately 40 minutes. Leave uncovered.

Serve with cream.
Basic Apple Crisp


Dippity Do Dip4 oz. soft Cream Cheese
Lia c. sour cream
2 T. tomato juice

Mrs. Ferreira ‘s class
1 T. dry Italian salad dressing mix
assorted raw vegetables

Mix in a bowl: Cream Cheese. sour cream. tomato juice. Add Italian salad dressing
mix andmfx well. Cut up raw vegetables for dipping. Dip and munch! Our class
made this dip after reading Gregory the Terrible Eater!

Aquarium Gelatin



Aquarium Gelatin

1 small box blue or green gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 cup cold water
24 gummy fish
1 cup whipped cream
Fish crackers (optional)

Make gelatin according to package directions. When it’s slightly cooled, divide it among six plastic cups.

When gelatin is partially set, add three or more gummy fish to each cup. Place cups in refrigerator for 2 hours, or until gelatin is firm.

At serving time, top with whipped cream to form “surf.” Serve with fish crackers, if desired.

Deviled Crab

Deviled Crab

Deviled Crab

This also makes an excellent stuffing for bell peppers.

2 eggs, well beaten
1 (5 1/2 ounce) can evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter
4 to 5 scallions with tops, chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt, to taste
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 pound crabmeat
Cracker crumbs

Mix eggs, milk, butter onion and seasonings. Mix well, but gently, to leave lumps of crabmeat. Add just enough cracker crumbs to hold mixture together. Place in crab foils, individual ramekins or a casserole. Sprinkle lightly with cracker crumbs. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Date Balls

Date Balls

Date Balls

3 3/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 cups margarine
3 tablespoons milk
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
1 1/3 cups chopped dates

Combine flour and salt; sift twice.

Cream the margarine and gradually add sugar. Add milk and vanilla extract. Stir in sifted flour. Blend in dates and nuts. Roll in 1-inch balls. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until light brown.

While still warm, roll in confectioners’ sugar.

Chocolate Glazed Popcorn Squares

Chocolate Glazed Popcorn Squares

Chocolate Glazed Popcorn Squares

1 package microwave popcorn, popped
2 tablespoons butter
10 1/2 ounces miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup chocolate ready-to-spread frosting
1/2 cup salted peanuts

Chocolate Glaze
1/3 cup chocolate ready-to-spread frosting

Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan.

Remove and discard unpopped kernels from popcorn.

Place butter in 4-quart microwavable bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH, for about 30 seconds, or until melted. Stir in marshmallows and frosting until marshmallows are coated. Microwave, uncovered, 2-3 minutes, stirring every minute, just until mixture is smooth. Fold in peanuts and popcorn until coated. Press mixture into pan. Spread with chocolate glaze; cool. Cut into bars.

Chocolate Glaze: Place ready to spread frosting in small microwavable bowl. Microwave, on HIGH, about 30 seconds or until just melted.

Astronaut Popcorn

Astronaut Popcorn

Astronaut Popcorn

8 cups popped popcorn *
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup Tang (powdered orange drink)
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1 teaspoon baking soda

* 2 tablespoons of unpopped popcorn makes 4 cups (or 1 ounce) popped popcorn.

Place popcorn in a large buttered baking pan.

In separate pan, combine sugar, drink mix, syrup, water and butter. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook until mixture reaches 250 degrees F on a candy thermometer, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in orange extract and baking soda. Pour over popcorn, mixing well. Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool completely.

Goose Kebabs

Goose Kebabs

Goose Kebabs

2 goose or duck breasts
1 (8 ounce) bottle Italian dressing
2 large onions
3 green bell peppers
8 strips bacon

Skin goose breasts and remove from bone. Cut into 1-inch cubes. Marinate in Italian dressing for 48 hours in refrigerator, stirring twice daily.

Light charcoal fire. While waiting for the fire to get to medium heat, quarter onions and separate into layers. Cut bell peppers into 1 1/2-inch squares. Cut bacon into 1-inch pieces.

On a skewer put bacon on each side of goose cube. Alternate onion and pepper with each piece of goose. Continue on skewers until all ingredients are used. Grill over medium heat 12 to 15 minutes, turning often and basting with remaining marinade.

Yields 4 servings.

Candied Popcorn


Candied Popcorn
Candied Popcorn

6 quarts plain popped popcorn.
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 tablespoons water
4 cups (1 pound) confectioners’ sugar
1 cup miniature marshmallows

Place popcorn in a large roasting pan.

In a 3-quart saucepan, coming the remaining ingredients; cook and stir over low heat just until the mixture comes to a boil. Pour over popcorn and toss to coat. Cool.

Store in an airtight container.


Butterscotch Popcorn

Butterscotch Popcorn

Butterscotch Popcorn

1 (12 ounce) package butterscotch morsels
1 cup white corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
12 cups popped popcorn
1 (12 ounce) can salted peanuts

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

In saucepan, combine butterscotch morsels, corn syrup and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until mixture boils. Place popcorn and nuts in greased roasting pan. Pour mixture over popcorn; toss to coat well. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from oven, stir every 10 minutes until slightly cool. Cool completely.

Alligators Coffee Cakes

1/2 package dry yeast
1 cup warm milk (105 to 110 degrees F) , divided
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg, beaten
60 pecan halves

Alligator Filling
1 cup sugar
1 (7 ounce) package almond paste
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups ground pecans

Maple Icing
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup butter
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

Alligator Filling: Blend together sugar, almond paste, butter and honey to form smooth paste. Fold in flour, then pecans.

Makes about 2 cups.

Maple Icing: Heat maple syrup and butter in small saucepan until butter melts. Add sugar, blending until smooth. Makes about 1 cup.

Dough: Mix yeast with about 1/2 cup warm milk. Add sugar, salt, 3 tablespoons melted butter, remaining 1/2 cup warm milk and flour. Mix well. Knead to make smooth dough 6 to 8 minutes. Let dough rest 30 minutes.

Roll out on floured board into large rectangle. Spread top with 1/4 cup softened butter. Fold dough into thirds. Repeat 3 more times, using 1/4 cup butter each time, and allowing dough to rest 30 minutes before filling.

Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Using 1 portion at time, roll dough as thinly as possible into 18 x 12-inch rectangle. Spread 1/2 Alligator Filling on entire surface of dough, then fold lengthwise in thirds. Place on lightly greased baking sheet and brush with beaten egg. Decorate top with about 30 to 40 pecan halves. Let rest 15 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

While still hot, drizzle top with half of Maple Icing. Repeat with second portion of dough.

Makes 2 alligators.


fresh salsa recipe10 med. tomatoes, quartered
Liz C. chopped onion
1/2 C. sliced green scallions
1 lg. jafapefio pepper, quartered and

Luke Marino
grade 4
2 T. chopped fresh cilantro
I T. granulated sugar
I tsp. freshly ground pepper
juice of I/2 lime
salt to taste

In food processor. combine tomatoes. onions. scallions. jalapeho pepper and cilantro.
Process until sauce is just chunky. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Stir in remaining
ingredients. Cover and store in refrigerator up to two weeks. Serve as an appetizer
or a sauce for fish, chicken. beef or pork

Deviled Puffs

Deviled Puffs

Deviled Puffs

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 eggs
3 (4 1/2 ounce) cans deviled ham
1 tablespoon horseradish
3/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 teaspoon onion salt
1/3 cup dairy sour cream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In saucepan, heat water and butter to rolling boil. Stir in flour. Stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Beat in eggs, all at once, until smooth and glossy.

Drop dough by slightly rounded teaspoonsful onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake about 25 minutes or until puffed, golden brown and dry. Remove puffs to wire rack; cool away from draft.

Mix deviled ham, horseradish, pepper, onion salt and sour cream. Chill.

Cut off tops of puffs. Remove filaments of soft dough. Fill each puff with slightly rounded teaspoonful of ham mixture.

Makes 6 dozen appetizers.

Chocolate Caramel-Nut Popcorn

Chocolate Caramel-Nut Popcorn


Chocolate Caramel-Nut Popcorn

24 cups popped popcorn
3 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
2/3 cup water
6 tablespoons stick butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Spread popcorn in 2 large, deep roasting pans. Bring sugar, corn syrups and water to boil in 4-quart saucepan. Add butter and cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer registers 300 degrees F to 310 degrees F. When mixture forms hard, brittle threads, it’s ready. Remove from heat. Carefully stir in salt, baking soda and vanilla extract. Because the candy is very hot, the vanilla extract will spatter and the mixture will foam. Pour over popcorn and stir to coat. Let cool. Store airtight.

Up to 2 days before giving, break up large chunks, spread coated popcorn on two cookie sheets. Melt chocolate chips according to package directions. Drizzle over popcorn and, before chocolate hardens, sprinkle with almonds. Let stand at room temperature until chocolate hardens. Store airtight.

Cranberry Popcorn Balls

Cranberry Popcorn Balls

Cranberry Popcorn Balls

2 cups granulated sugar
1 (10 ounce) package (1 cup) frozen cranberry-orange relish
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 quarts unsalted popped popcorn

Combine all ingredients, except popcorn, in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil; lower heat and cook to 250 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Mixture will bubble up in pan, so watch to keep from boiling over. Pour slowly on to popcorn and mix until well-coated. Let stand 5 minutes or until mixture can easily be formed into balls. Butter hands and form into 3-inch balls.

Yield: 18 balls

Bacon and Cheese Bites

1 lb. bacon, fried crisp and crumbled    mayonnaise
1 sm. onion, finely chopped                   1 French bread baguette, cut into
8 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese,                    I/4 ” thin slices
Preheat broiler. Combine bacon, onion. and shredded cheese in a bowl. Mix well.
Add enough mayonnaise to make the mixture a spreading consistency. Spread one
side of each bread slice with the mixture. Place on a baking sheet. Broil until bubbly.
Serve right away. * This can also be baked in a greased baking dish at 350o for 20
minutes or until light brown. Serve with crackers.

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