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My husband has a big birthday coming up and I’m putting together a menu for 12 people who will be helping us celebrate. When planning a dinner party I like to find appetizers and main course dishes that can be prepared ahead of time. This recipe for glazed pineapple kielbasa bites is just perfect. I can make the glaze ahead of time and cut up the kielbasa earlier in the day. Before baking I will soak the toothpicks and put the pineapple on top of each kielbasa slice. Just before the company arrives I will pop these delicious glazed pineapple kielbasa bites in the oven and they will be ready to serve in no time.glazed kielbasa bites

 

Glazed Pineapple Kielbasa Bites

 

Ingredients:

 

1 (14 oz) Kielbasa, I used a turkey kielbasa

1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks, use juice for the glaze

3 Tbsp. Teriyaki sauce

1 Tbsp. Sweet chili sauce

1 Tbsp. Honey

1 Tbsp. Pineapple juice

Plain toothpicks

 

Directions:

 

Soak the toothpicks in water for 20 minutes before baking.

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a piece of pineapple on top of each slice of kielbasa and place on the parchment-lined pan. Put the toothpicks in after you put the glaze in, this will keep the toothpicks from burning in the oven!glazed kielbasa bites

 

In a small bowl combine the glaze ingredients. Glaze the kielbasa and pineapple bites. Stick each portion with a plain toothpick.glazed kielbasa bites Bake for 15-20 minutes or until hot. Let cool slightly and serve.

 

I tried these out for a small diner party we had and they were a big hit. The leftovers kept well and we were able to enjoy them the next day. I’m sure they will be a big hit at my husband’s birthday party too! Do you have a favorite appetizer that you can make before the company arrives?

Are you planing on hosting a New Year’s party this year? Wondering what fun festive appetizers you can serve? I have gathered all my appetizer recipes in one spot. Now you can celebrate the New Year in style with these festive appetizers! Some of these appetizers can be made ahead while others are best made the day of your party.

 

Fun Festive Appetizers

 

Antipasto Kabobs

My husband and I love to entertain. However, when we have company I like to enjoy the company and not spend all my time in the kitchen! I am always looking for recipes that I can make ahead or at least reduce my time in the kitchen. I really don’t want to be spending time cooking in the kitchen when I could be enjoying our company. These antipasto kabobs are the perfect solution!Antipasto Kabobs

 

Brie Leek Tartlets

I love making appetizers using the frozen miniature phyllo tart shells. They come together in no time at all and make such a nice presentation. These little appetizers are always a hit every time I serve them!Brie Leek Tartlets

 

Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed with Feta

I love appetizers that can be made ahead and just pulled out as the company arrives. This simple recipe makes 4-6 servings depending on appetites! They are the perfect fun festive appetizer to enjoy at your next gathering.fun festive appetizers

 

Maple Glazed Snack Mix

Similar to the regular Chex Mix but made with maple syrup – what’s not to love? Plus it’s a wonderful way to use up leftover cereal!fun festive appetizers

 

Snax Mix

This recipe was handed down from my mother-in-law and I make it every year at Christmas. Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without making my mother-in-law’s famous Snax Mix. Not only do we enjoy eating this ourselves but I usually make an extra batch to give away to friends and family.festive fun appetizers

 

Hot Feta Artichoke Dip

There are many variations of the hot artichoke dip, but this one is my favorite. It is easy to mix up; you can mix it up ahead of time and then pop it into the oven just before your company arrives. Every time I have made this dip it’s been a big hit. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!fun festive appetizers

 

Homemade Crackers

I love making Homemade Crackers. I’ve tried several recipes before but this recipe is a real winner. My daughter shared this  recipe for homemade goldfish crackers over a year ago. She is very good about cooking from scratch and making sure she knows exactly what her children are eating. These crackers are perfect for snacking or enjoying with a glass of wine. No matter how you enjoy them I can guarantee they won’t last long! They also are easy to make and you can whip up a batch in no time.fun festive appetizers

 

Veggie Nachos

Perhaps when you think of nachos you think of oozing cheese and lots of calories, but you can enjoy nachos and not have all the fat and calories! This is a quick fun festive appetizer or we often eat it for dinner. If you have left overs the next days the bean–corn mixture is wonderful added to a salad!fun festive appetizers

 

Blue Cheese and Artichoke Dip

I’ve mentioned before the wonderful cooks that are in my husband’s family. I love visiting my mother-in-law because she is always trying new recipes and passing them along. On one of our visits my mother-in-law gave me this Blue Cheese Artichoke Dip. It sounded delicious and even fairly healthy! The only ingredient that wasn’t completely good for you was the blue cheese! When we had company recently I decided to mix up a batch and see how it went over. It was a big hit and there wasn’t any left at the end of the evening. I served it with pita chips and baked tortilla chips. I’m sure you could also serve it with vegetables as well.fun festive appetizers

 

Crispy Cheese Crackers

Did you ever see a recipe in a magazine and think… “that looks yummy, I think I will make it?” Most of the time when I do this I have good luck and the recipe comes out just as pictured. I received the latest issue of Taste of Home and saw a recipe for Cheese Crispies. We had company coming for dinner in a few days and I decided I would make this appetizer. Unfortunately it didn’t come out quite as expected!Crispy Cheese Crackers

 

Cheese Toast

 

My sister-in-law is an amazing woman. Not only is she a successful business woman but she is a fabulous cook. Many of her recipes have become favorites of ours including her recipe for Cheese Toast. Thankfully the recipe only makes 12 pieces, although you could double it for larger crowds. It is so delicious you might be tempted to eat more than you should!festive fun appetizers

 

Spiced Nuts

 

Are you a fan of spiced nuts? How about candied nuts on top of a salad? Spiced and candied nuts made great gifts. They are also a delicious, portable snack. Did you know you could make them yourself? Here are a few recipes for a no-fail method for a crunchy treat that will take you minutes to make in your kitchen!

If you have a membership to a food club like Costco or BJ’s I would suggest stocking up on a large bag of nuts. My favorites are peanuts or pecans. You could also use almonds or cashews. You can make the nuts sweetened or spiced depending on whether you are using cinnamon and sugar or spices such as cayenne pepper and garlic salt. Try a few of the recipes, enjoy them as a family or give them away as gifts!nuts, homemade candied pecans, recipes, prudent living, frugal tips

I’ve mentioned before the wonderful cooks that are in my husband’s family. I love visiting my mother-in-law because she is always trying new recipes and passing them along. On one of our visits my mother-in-law gave me this Blue Cheese Artichoke Dip. It sounded delicious and even fairly healthy! The only ingredient that wasn’t completely good for you was the blue cheese! When we had company recently I decided to mix up a batch and see how it went over.Blue Cheese Artichoke Dip

 

It was a big hit and there wasn’t any left at the end of the evening. I served it with pita chips and baked tortilla chips. I’m sure you could also serve it with vegetables as well.Blue Cheese and Artichoke Dip

This Blue Cheese Artichoke Dip is a winner! Try it the next time you need an appetizer, you’ll be glad you did.

 

Blue Cheese Artichoke Dip

 

Ingredients:

1 can artichoke in water, drained

¼ cup scallions, chopped

½ tsp. minced garlic

2 oz. blue cheese

1 Tbsp. parsley

¼ cup plain yogurt

 

Directions:

Combine all the above ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Place into a serving container and serve with pita chips, crackers or vegetables.

 

This blue cheese artichoke dip can be made ahead of time, which gives the flavors a chance to combine. Just chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.Blue Cheese Artichoke Dip

 

Using the blue cheese in this dip was a perfect combination but now I’m wondering about using other types of soft cheese, for example Feta cheese or even herb flavored goat cheese? What do you think, would you make this blue cheese artichoke dip with blue cheese or something different?

 

The blue cheese flavor in this dip is not overpowering so if you are not a fan of blue cheese don’t be put off by this recipe, try it you might find you like it!Blue Cheese Artichoke Dip

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My husband and I love to entertain. However, when we have company I like to enjoy the company and not spend all my time in the kitchen! I am always looking for recipes that I can make ahead or at least reduce my time in the kitchen. I really don’t want to be spending time cooking in the kitchen when I could be enjoying our company. These antipasto kabobs are the perfect solution!Antipasto Kabobs There is a little work involved the day before which is just cooking the tortellini and marinating it with the olives and salad dressing. Before your company arrives you can put together the antipasto kabobs so they will be chilled and ready for sharing.Antipast Kabobs

 

The added bonus is that they are light in calories. You can enjoy two antipasto kabobs for only 139 calories. Delicious and low fat, my kind of appetizer!

 

Antipasto Kabobs

 

Ingredients:

 

1 package of refrigerated cheese tortellini (9 oz)

40 pimento stuffed olives

40 large pitted ripe olives

¾ cup Italian salad dressing

40 thin slices of pepperoni

20 thin slices of hard salami
Can of artichoke hearts in water, drained

 

Directions:

 

Cook the tortellini according to the package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl, combine the tortellini, olives and salad dressing. Stir gently, cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

 

Drain and discard the marinade. For each appetizer, thread a stuffed olive, folded pepperoni slice, tortellini, a folded salami piece and ripe olive on a toothpick or short skewer. If you like you can also add a piece of parsley.Antipasto Kabobs

 

Makes about 40 appetizers.

 

These antipasto kabobs would be perfect for your next summer gathering. They were certainly a hit with our company!Antipasto Kabobs

 

Do you have a favorite appetizer you like to serve? One that doesn’t have you spending hours in the kitchen? Please share in the comments!

I love making appetizers using the frozen miniature phyllo tart shells. They come together in no time at all and make such a nice presentation. These little appetizers are always a hit every time I serve them!Brie Leek Tartlets

Brie Leek Tartlets

1 medium leek, white part only finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 Tbsp butter
½ cup heavy whipping cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Dash of ground nutmeg
1 package (1.9 oz) frozen miniature phyllo tart shells
2 oz Brie cheese, rind removed

In a small skillet sauté the leek and garlic in the butter until tender. Add the cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg and cook and stir for another 1-2 minutes or until thickened.Brie Leek Tartlets

Place the tart shells on a baking sheet. Slice the cheese into 15 pieces; place one piece in each tart shell. Top each with 1 ½ tsp of the leek mixture.Brie Leek Tartlets Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes or until the tartlets are heated through. Serve immediately.Brie Leek Tartlets Leftovers can be refrigerated. Makes 15 appetizers.Brie Leek Tartlets

Did you ever see a recipe in a magazine and think… “that looks yummy, I think I will make it?” Most of the time when I do this I have good luck and the recipe comes out just as pictured. I received the latest issue of Taste of Home recently and saw a recipe for Cheese Crispies. We had company coming for dinner in a few days and I decided I would make this appetizer. Unfortunately it didn’t come out quite as expected!Cheese Crispies

Fortunately I improvised and the end result was delicious!

Crispy Cheese Crackers

1 cup butter, softened
2 ½ cups cheddar cheese (10oz)
2 cups flour
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp cayenne pepper
2 ½ cups Rice Krispies

In a large bowel, beat the butter and cheddar cheese until blended. In another bowl combine the flour, salt and cayenne pepper. Gradually add this mixture to the butter cheese mixture. Stir in the Rice Krispies.

Divide the dough in half and shape each into a 7 inch long roll. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for an hour or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap the logs and cut the dough into ¼ inch slices. Place one inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Removed the crackers from the pans and cook on a wire rack.

I mixed the dough but it was too dry and would not form into a log at all.Crispy Cheese Crackers So rather than try to chill this crumbly mass I had I used a scoop and scooped up dough and placed it in a greased mini muffin tin.Crispy Cheese Crackers I had enough to fill two mini muffins tins. I patted the dough into place.Crispy Cheese CrackersThen baked at 350 until they were golden, about 15-20 minutes. I let cool for a few minutes in the tin and then removed to the wire rack.Crispy Cheese Crackers

They were delicious and our company loved them!Cheese Crispies

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