Friday, December 20, 2013

3 Super Easy Appetizers

This time of year everyone always seems pressed for time.
I know Sue and I are running here and there, cooking for this party or cookie exchange, or family get together. We came up with these 3 super easy, super fast, super tasty appies that will save you a whole bunch of time and effort yet still help you impress your guests for the holidays.
What is so great about these recipes, other than how easy and tasty they are, is they are really flexible. You can change up some of the ingredients to match what you have on hand/what your favorites are!

1. Mini Chicken And Waffles

Mini Chicken And Waffles

Mini Eggo waffles, broken into singles
popcorn chicken (or chicken balls)
Garlic jalapeno jelly (or similar)

Preheat oven to 400. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Place the popcorn chicken onto the cookie sheet. Bake at 400 until the chicken is cooked. 
Leave the chicken on the tray but push to the side.
Spread the mini Eggos on the cookie tray with the chicken. Return to the oven and cook until Eggos are done and starting to brown a little - keep an eye on them.
Remove from oven and place Eggos on serving tray.

Top each mini waffle with a chicken piece.

Drizzle approx 1 tsp of garlic jalapeno sauce over the chicken.
Stick a toothpick into the chicken to secure it to the waffle.

Serve warm.

2. Bacon & Cheddar Wrapped Crackers

Bacon & Cheddar Wrapped Crackers

Saltines (or similar crackers)
bacon, strips cut in half horizontally.
aged cheddar cheese, shredded (or Parmesan works well too)

Preheat oven to 275. Line a cookie tray with tinfoil. Place a cooling rack on the cookie tray.
Take the Saltine crackers and sprinkle with approx 1 tsp of shredded cheese.

Take a half a slice of bacon and very gently wrap the cracker so the ends meet underneath. (You may have to stretch it a bit.) Place the wrapped crackers onto the wire rack on the cookie sheet.

Bake at 275 for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Until bacon is cooked and crackers have browned.

Remove from heat and serve warm. (I served with a bit of garlic jalapeno jelly to dip them in but that is optional.)

3. Salmon And Cream Cheese Stuffed Puff Pastry

Salmon And Cream Cheese Stuffed Puff Pastry

24 Mini Puff Pastry Shells
3/4 cup Smoked salmon, broken into pieces
8 oz Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
2 green onions, finely diced
2 tsp dried dill

Place the puff pastry shells on a serving platter.
In a mixing bowl, using a wooden spoon, cream together the smoked salmon, cream cheese, green onion, and dill until smooth. 
Scoop mixture into piping bag or plastic bag with the corner snipped off and pipe into the shells.
Top with an extra little piece of green onion for garnish, if desired.

3 completely different appetizers that our guests went crazy for.
We didn't tell them how super easy these were to prepare. 
That can be our little secret....

We're sharing over at Carole's Chatter. Be sure to stop by and check it out!


  1. Love these Jo and Sue! Hope you both have a lovely Christmas. Cheers from Carole (Carole's Chatter)