Quick and Easy Recipes For Party Foods and Appetizers
By Linda Carol Wilson
Even the shiest of individuals can be drawn into the group by good food. Get your party off to a great start by serving a good selection of appetizers and beverages while your friends get acquainted. Here are three quick and easy recipes for some tasty party foods. Artichoke Pepper Spread is a delicious spread that is served warm with assorted party breads or crackers. The Quick and Easy Cracker Appetizers offer two different types of crackers for two different types of taste. Yet they are about as quick and easy as you can get! The Spinach Parmesan Dip is great with crackers or fresh veggies. To get more veggies into the mix, I would suggest serving this dip with a tray of fresh vegetables.
ARTICHOKE PEPPER SPREAD
1 can (14-oz) artichoke hearts, drained 1 jar (6-oz) marinated artichoke hearts, drained 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 can (4-oz) diced green chili peppers, drained
Place all the drained artichoke hearts in a blender container or food processor. Cover and process until finely chopped. Stop machine and scrape down sides of bowl when necessary. Transfer artichokes to a medium saucepan; stir in the cheese and chili peppers. Cook, stirring, over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes or until heated through and the cheese has melted. Serve warm with party breads and/or assorted crackers.
QUICK AND EASY CRACKER APPETIZERS
Graham crackers Whole-Grain crackers 1 tub cream cheese orange marmalade jalapeno jelly
Spread the crackers with the soft-style cream cheese. Top the cream cheese on the Graham crackers with the orange marmalade. Top the whole-grain cream cheese crackers with the jalapeno jelly. With this one quick and easy recipe, you have appetizers for two very different tastes to serve your guests.
EASY SPINACH-PARMESAN DIP
1 pkg (10-oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained 1 cup mayonnaise style salad dressing 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 can (8-oz) water chestnuts, drained & chopped 1/8 tsp ground red pepper
In a medium bowl, blend the salad dressing and sour cream together. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and red pepper. Add the spinach and water chestnuts, stir to blend well. Cover and chill. Serve with assorted crackers and/or fresh vegetables.
Yield: 4 cups
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