Party On! Friday: Easy Cheap Appitizers

I purposely throw parties at odd times during the day, people scratch their heads why, but it’s simple: if you throw a party in between meal times you don’t have to provide a meal; which means you cut your budget in half right off the bat.  Of course no party is complete with out food of some sort but I prefer to serve appetizers, because, well frankly who doesn’t love finger food?   Plus you can throw in enough variety to satisfy every palate.  Here are three of my favorite appetizer recipes that are easy, cheap, and best of all delicious!

Antipasto skewers

These easy breezy and oh so pretty skewers take antipasto from boring platter to fun and festive.  Plus they are easier to eat.  I use olives, salami, cheese, marinated artichoke and cherry tomatoes.  Yum!

 

photo credit: very.fastsito.com
 
 
 

Cheesy Crab Appetizers Recipe

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For a warm and absolutely addicting savory treat try my own personal Cheesy Crab Appetizer recipe.  They are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good I might make some tonight!

photo credit Alloette.com (because I’m not one of those people who photograph their food, I’m to busy eating it)

Makes: 30 appetizers
Prep Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcake tins or preferably mini-cupcake tins are required.

1 pkg. (8 oz.)  your favorite cheese (I like either brie, goat cheese or good old-fashioned mozzarella)
1  (6 oz.) package of imitation crab meat cut small (I put it in the food processor until it looks crumbly)
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 green onion stalk (cut the bottom off and throw it in the food processor with the crab meat)
1-2 pkg. small wonton wrappers
Your favorite seasonings (because everyone uses different ones)  (I like basil and lemon pepper with seafood, just saying)

Directions

Heat oven to 350 F.

In small bowl, combine crab meat, mayonnaise, green onion, seasonings.

Dip individual wonton wrappers in oil of your choice, tuck into mini-cupcake tin hole to make a shell similar to the picture (not that the ends will stick up, that is okay, it will look pretty and be crunchy when you take it out.  Repeat until tin is full of wrappers.

Add teaspoon of crab filling to each wrapper (or more if you have bigger tin holes…hehehe that sounds bad…) then top with a cube of cheese.

Bake 10 minutes or until cheese is soft and melted and wrappers are crispy.
Sprinkle with chives.

Roasted Baby Red Potatoes with Topping

This is about as easy, and yummy as it gets!  I LOVE potatoes, it must be my Irish heritage, but I could eat potatoes in any form and this is one of my favorites.  Plus it’s a great way to warm up the house since the oven will be going at 425°F!

photo credit: Reyser
 

Ingredients

15 small red potatoes
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoon flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
16oz sour cream & Your favorite dip seasoning (I like onion, or peppercorn ranch)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Wash and dry potatoes.

Depending on the size of the potato you can either just cut it in half or you can slice it in thirds )length wish either way *see picture*) and be sure to cut the rounded bottom off to make them flat.

In a large bowl mix oil, flour, and salt  and coat potatoes either by tossing or by painting each potato with a brush (depending on your OCD level)

Now put the potatoes on a cookie sheet or in glass baking dish cut-side-up and scrape the cut side with a fork a few times to help them brown nicely (I just blew your mind there didn’t I).

Bake at 425°F until golden brown and a fork goes through them easily, about 30-40 minutes.

Mix your sour cream and dip  *I have also done this sans dip packet and simply topped them with shredded cheese, sour cream, and chives when I didn’t have a packet on hand and they were GOOD.

 

What are your favorite go to appetizers?  Let me know in the comments below!

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