Marinated Feta Cheese
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Spend time with your guests. Make these the day before your party. Colorful and delicious.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Feta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons of Italian Vinaigrette
  • 1½ teaspoon of finely chopped fennel
  • 1½ teaspoon of finely chopped rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • Party toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Cut cheese into 1 inch cubes
  2. In small bowl mix the remaining ingredients
  3. Add cheese cubes and mix lightly
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour
Notes
Best if refrigerated for 12 hours May replace feta cheese with mozzarella Serve with a variety of crackers or bread chunks

 

Beef Barbecue Baskets
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Serves: 6
 
Beef barbecue with a twist.
Ingredients
  • 1 (12-ounce) can buttermilk biscuits
  • 1½ cups cooked shredded beef with barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Muffin pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Place each biscuit in one muffin cup. Press biscuit down into bottom of each cup until about ¼-inch thick
  3. Press biscuit up side of muffin cups to form crust
  4. Divide beef evenly into biscuits (about 2½ tablespoons each)
  5. Sprinkle with cheese
  6. Bake 20–25 minutes until biscuit edges are golden and barbecue beef is thoroughly heated
Notes
May substitute with pork barbecue.

 

Buffet Snack Kabobs
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Mix and match flavors, textures and colors to heart's content! This simple, flavorful recipe offers you many options.
Ingredients
  • Fruit = Seedless grapes, Kiwi fruit, pineapple chunks, melon balls, strawberries, blueberries, dried or fresh figs
  • Vegetable pieces = cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, red or sweet onions, bell peppers, cauliflower, mushrooms
  • Meat cubes = Cooked ham, corned beef, salami, turkey
  • Cheese cubes = Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Swiss
  • Assorted pitted olives
  • Assorted pickled vegetables
  • Cocktail toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Wash the fruit
  2. Cut or peel as necessary
  3. On each of the toothpicks, thread your choice of 3 of the above suggested ingredients
  4. To serve, arrange the kabobs on a serving platter
Notes
Variation: You may also add cooked shrimp or scallops

 

Red Wine Sausage Slices
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Serves: 20
 
These little sausages pack big flavor. It is a welcome bite sized addition to any gathering.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound chorizo or kielbasa links
  • ¼ cup dry red wine (such as Bordeaux, Merlot or Rioja)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Dash of ground red pepper (cayenne)
Instructions
  1. Cut sausage into ½ inch thick slices
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until hot
  3. Add onion, stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes until softened
  4. Add garlic to mixture and cook for about 1 minute
  5. Add sausage slices and cook for 4 minutes turning once (should be lightly browned)
  6. Stir in the paprika and ground red pepper
  7. Add tomato sauce and wine
  8. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally
  9. Serve warm sausage mixture with cocktail toothpicks
Notes
May use smoked sausage or Polish sausage links

 

Mini Holiday Pizzas
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Serves: 15
 
Holiday appetizers don't get any easier than this. These holiday shaped mini pizzas are a crowd pleasing favorite.
Ingredients
  • 1 package (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar of pizza sauce
  • 15 slices plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated mozzarella cheese
  • Holiday shaped cookie cutters
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Lightly spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray
  3. Unroll dough on to cookie sheet
  4. Press dough until it forms a 15x10 inch rectangle
  5. With your holiday shaped cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes
  6. Remove excess dough
  7. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until set
  8. Remove the partially baked crusts from oven and let cool for 3 to 4 minutes
  9. Spread each crust with pizza sauce
  10. Top each pizza with one tomato slice
  11. Generously sprinkle mozzarella cheese over tomato slice
  12. Return to oven and bake an additional 3 - 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and crusts are golden brown
Notes
Variation: May use pesto sauce in place of pizza sauce May substitute Parmesan cheese in place of mozzarella cheese

 

Meat and Bean Patties
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Serves: 7
 
Great Southwestern style appetizer for teenagers and buffets.
Ingredients
  • ½ pound (8 ounces) lean ground beef
  • 1 cup Refried Beans (8¼ ounce can)
  • 2 tablespoons Taco Sauce
  • Guacamole (optional)
  • Cherry tomatoes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly mix together meat, refried beans and taco sauce
  2. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes
  3. Shape mixture into 15 patties about 1½ inches in diameter
  4. In a skillet on the stove fry them about 4 minutes on each side (until brown)
  5. Drain on paper towel
  6. Top with a tablespoon of guacamole (optional)
  7. Top guacamole with a cherry tomato (optional)
  8. Place on platter
Notes
I recommend doubling this recipe. Teenage boys scarf these down!!

 

Lacy Parmesan Crisps
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Serves: 6
 
Simple! Wonderful! Thin rounds of baked cheese.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups of grated Parmesan cheese (approx 6 ounces)
  • Seasonings or bits of bacon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. Spoon Parmesan by level tablespoons, about 3 inches apart on cookie sheet
  4. Flatten each mound lightly to form a 2 inch round circle
  5. Bake until the edges turn a light golden color
  6. Transfer the parchment paper to a rack and cool for 2 minutes
  7. Transfer the crisps to a paper towel
  8. Repeat with the remaining cheese
Notes
Helpful hints: They run a little while heating Remove them from the parchment paper before they totally cool or they will stick Parmesan is salty -- do not add a seasoning with a lot of salt A little dash of garlic powder is delicious Eat as is or use for dipping

 

Shortbread Brigadeiro
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Serves: 20
 
Sweet, gooey and crunchy.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • crushed shortbread cookies
  • sugar
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk and butter. On low heat stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
  2. Continue stirring and cooking until it thickens and becomes more difficult to stir. You will start to see the bottom of the pan more clearly. When the mixture seems more like a dough and less like a batter, and it pulls from the sides of the pan easily, it is done. This should take approximately 20 - 25 minutes. Remove from heat and add the shortbread chunks. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  4. Put the sugar or other coating into a separate dish.
  5. To mold the brigadeiro into balls, take a teaspoonful of mixture and roll it between your buttered hands.
  6. Roll in sugar or other coating.
  7. Transfer the ball to a mini baking cup or square of parchment for serving. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Notes
Variation: Roll in shredded white chocolate instead of the sugar.

 

Chocolate Brigadeiro Pizza
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Serves: 16
 
If you are a Chocoholic -- this is for you!!
Ingredients
  • 1 package (18 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Topping may be anything from sprinkles, coconut, shaved chocolate, fruit.
Instructions
  1. Don’t be scared by the two step process. This recipe is actually really simple. I just wrote a very detailed description.
  2. The first step of this recipe is to make up the Basic Chocolate Brigadeiro Batter.
  3. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the sweetened condensed milk, butter and cocoa. Stir on low heat constantly with a wooden spoon
  4. Continue stirring and cooking until it thickens and becomes more difficult to stir. You will start to see the bottom of the pan more clearly. When the mixture seems more like a dough and less like a batter, and it pulls from the sides of the pan easily, it is done. This should take approximately 20 - 25 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  6. You are now ready for the second step.
  7. At this point preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  8. Press cookie dough into a ball, and flatten on a floured pan, You can use a 12-inch circle or a square baking pan (I have a square baking pan which I prefer to use)
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes (cookie will be soft)
  10. Cool for 10 minutes
  11. Using a spatula or other long utensil, loosen cookie dough from pan and place on the serving platter/plate
  12. Spread the brigadeiro batter over the cooked cookie dough
  13. Add your choice of topping
  14. Cut into squares
Notes
Ideas for toppings: 12-14 strawberries, hulled and halved and 1 large banana, sliced Cover the brigadeiro batter with cut strawberries and banana slices. Use chocolate syrup to drizzle over the fruit Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. When ready to serve cut into squares. Variation for dough: 1 package (18 ounces) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter cookie dough or Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough The cook time is approximate. While your brigadeiro batter is cooling you are cooking the dough.