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.

Texas Trash Dip

Cheesy Chile and Refried Bean Dip

2 (16 ounce) cans refried beans (regular or fat-free)
16 ounces cream cheese, cubed
2 chopped onions
2 (4 ounce) cans diced green chiles, drained
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips

In a 2 to 3-quart crockpot, mix beans, cream cheese cubes, onions and chiles. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 hours, stirring twice during cooking, until hot.

Mix in 1/2 cup cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and serve with tortilla chips.

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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
shredded
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.

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.

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

Butter Crunch popcorn

Butter Crunch popcorn

Butter Crunch popcorn

1 1/2 cups pecan halves, toasted
10 cups popped unsalted popcorn
1 cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Grease a 15 x 10 x 1-inch jellyroll pan; set aside. Grease a large bowl.

Toss together pecans and popcorn in prepared bowl. Combine sugar, butter, corn syrup and maple syrup in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until mixture reaches 225 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Pour over popcorn mixture, stirring to coat. Spread on prepared jellyroll pan. Cool completely. Break into pieces.

BAKED ARTICHOKE SQUARES

Baked Artichoke squares2 (8-oz.) cans refrigerated crescent
roRs
I (14-oz.) can artichoke hearts,
drained and chopped
I (9-oz.) pkg. frozen spinach,
thawed and squeezed

3|4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2/3 C. mayonnaise
2/3 C. sour cream
xis tsp. garlic powder

Heat oven to 3750 Unroll dough into four long rectangles. Place crosswise in
uncreased 15×10 inch baking pan; press over bottom and inch up sides to form a
crust. Press perforations to seal. Bake for 10-12 minutes (until light golden brown).
Meanwhile in a medium bowl, combine all remaining ingredients; mix well- Spread
mixture evenly over partially baked crust. Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes or
until topping is thoroughly heated. Cut into 1112 inch squares. serve warm. Makes
60 appetizers.

Cracker Jack

Cracker Jack

Cracker Jack

1 cup sorghum molasses
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
5 quarts popped corn
1 cup peanuts

Mix sugar, molasses, butter, water and vinegar together. Cook until it makes a hard ball when dropped into cold water (265 degrees F). Stir frequently during last part of cooking to prevent scorching. Remove from heat and add baking soda. Stir lightly. While it still foams, pour over the popcorn mix. Pour into a flat, buttered pan. When cool, crumble into small pieces.

Cinnamon Red Hots Popcorn

Cinnamon Red Hots Popcorn
Cinnamon Red Hots Popcorn

6 to 7 quarts popped corn
1 (12 ounce) package cinnamon red hots candy
Granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon butter flavoring
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon oil of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

Put red hots into a 2-cup measure and fill to the top with sugar. Boil all ingredients except baking soda and flavorings for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and add baking soda and flavorings. Pour over popped corn. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

Apple Rolls

Apple Rolls

2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
4 cups pared thinly sliced apples
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar

Sift flour, measure, and sift with baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening with 2 spatulas. Add milk, Mix quickly and lightly. Turn onto lightly floured board. Roll in oblong sheet 1/4 inch thick. Brush with melted butter.

Cover with apples. Sprinkle with 1 cup brown sugar and the cinnamon which have been mixed. Roll like a jellyroll. Cut into 1 1/2-inch thick slices.

Sprinkle the additional 1/4 cup brown sugar over bottom of well-oiled pan. Place rolls, cut down, in pan. Bake in hot oven (425 degrees F) about 40 minutes.

Dijon Shrimp

Dijon Shrimp

Dijon Shrimp

12 to 18 large shrimp
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced

Peel and devein shrimp and place in shallow, rimmed pan. The old-fashioned biscuit pan works well. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over the shrimp. Let marinate for 2 hours, then broil for about 5 minutes or until done.

Serve with salad and French bread.

Chocolate Cream Popcorn

Chocolate Cream Popcorn

Chocolate Cream Popcorn

2 quarts popped corn
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place popped corn into a lightly greased large bowl.

In saucepan, mix sugar, water, corn syrup and salt. Cook over moderate heat to 240 degrees F on candy thermometer. Add butter; when it is melted; add chocolate. Stir in vanilla extract. Slowly pour hot syrup over popped corn, stirring constantly with two forks. Continue stirring until corn is coated and syrup loses its gloss. When mixture is cool; store in tightly covered containers.

Apple Gingerbread Cobbler

Apple Gingerbread Cobbler

4 medium apples, sliced
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook apples, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and 1 cup of water until apples are almost tender.

Combine 3 tablespoons water with cornstarch, stirring until all lumps are removed. Stir into apples and cook until thickened. Pour into an 8-inch baking dish. Add topping. Bake 35 minutes.

Topping
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons oil
1 egg
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Beat together the milk, molasses, oil, egg and sugar. Measure remaining ingredients into sifter and sift into egg mixture. Stir only until combined and pour over apple mixture.

Arizona Pecan Popcorn

Arizona Pecan Popcorn

Arizona Pecan Popcorn

10 cups popped corn
1 cup pecan pieces
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place popcorn in a 3-quart glass bowl; set aside.

Combine pecans, corn syrup, butter and brown sugar in a 1-quart measure. Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened, stirring 3 times. Stir in vanilla. Drizzle pecan mixture over popcorn and toss to coat popcorn. Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 4 to 5 minutes or until popcorn is slightly toasted, stirring once every minute. Let cool, stirring constantly. Store in airtight container.

Yield: 10 cups.

Apple Pecan Dumplings

Apple Pecan Dumplings

Pastry for 3 pie shells
2 oranges
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
4 medium cooking apples
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 to 3 tablespoons cold butter or margarine
2 tablespoons broken pecans

Grate 2 tablespoons orange peel; squeeze orange juice. Measure and add water to make 1 cup.

In a saucepan, mix 1/2 cup of each sugar with flour; add grated orange peel and juice. Cook and stir until mixture thickens and clears, about 3 minutes.

Pare, core and cut apples into 3 horizontal slices. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Cut cold butter into 6 pieces.

Roll pastry 1/8-inch thick; cut into six 7-inch squares. Place 1 apple slice on each; sprinkle 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar. Top with second apple slice; press 1 piece butter into center of apples; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Brush pastry edges with water. Wrap around apples. Pinch to seal. Place dumplings in 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

Spoon some orange sauce over dumplings; bake 10 minutes. Spoon over more sauce. Bake 10 minutes. Repeat, sprinkling with pecans. Bake 15 minutes.

Makes 6 servings.

Pastry
1 pie shell
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold lard or shortening
2 or 3 tablespoons chilled club soda, lemon-lime or
other flavored soda or ice water

Combine flour and salt. Cut in lard to make a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of cold soda, tossing with a fork to mix. Repeat until flour is moistened and can be pressed into a ball. Shape into 1 flat rounded ball if making 1 pie shell; 2 balls for 2 pie shells or 1 double crust pie. Wrap ball in plastic wrap or wax paper and let rest for 5 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 ball into an 11- to 13-inch circle to fit an 8-, 9- or 10-inch pie plate. Fold into quarters or roll around rolling pin and transfer to pie plate. Follow directions for pastry on apple pecan dumplings.

Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log

Celery sticks
Peanut butter
Raisins

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.

Apple Lips

 

Apple Lips

Apple Lips

Core and slice apple into 4 or 6 wedges. Take half of the wedges and spread with peanut butter on the top side. Take 5 or 6 miniature marshmallows and place on top of peanut butter. Spread the other half of the apple wedges with peanut butter and place peanut butter side on top of the marshmallows.

Butterscotch Popcorn Bars

Butterscotch Popcorn Bars

Butterscotch Popcorn Bars

2 quarts unsalted popped popcorn
1 cup salted peanuts
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 (10 1/2 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
1 cup butterscotch chips

In a large bowl, combine the popcorn, peanuts and raisins.

In a large saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Stir in the marshmallows and chips until melted and smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture and stir until evenly coated. Immediately pour into a greased 13 x 9-inch pan and press down evenly. Cool before cutting.

Yields 3 dozen.

Diablo Shrimp

Diablo Shrimp

Diablo Shrimp

Shared with Recipe Goldmine by Thomas Trottier

1 pound clean shelled shrimp
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (6 ounce) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
8 ounces milk or cream for richer texture

Puree the chipotles in adobo sauce, (sometimes you can buy them that way). Heat oiled skillet to smoking, add garlic, then quickly add shrimp. Just sear shrimp for a few minute. Turn heat to low, simmer add milk and chipotle puree. Serve as soon as it boils.

Great on soft tacos or over rice as well as a stand alone appetizer.

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.

BEAN DIP

Bean Dip1 (8′oz.) pkg. Cream Cheese
1 (8-oz.) jar salsa (med.-hot)

Misty Riquier
grade K
1 (l6oz.) can chRi with beans
1 (8-oz.) cube Cheddar cheese

Put Cream Cheese on bottom of microwave safe dish. l-ayer chili next and salsa on
top. Heat in microwave approximately 10 minutes. Add Cheddar chunk after stirring
and let sit for 5 minutes.

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