Whole Story blog readers were asked to submit their best holiday appetizer for less than 50 cents each piece. Here's their favorite, from Jo R., who got her recipe printed in The Whole Deal value guide and received a $50 gift card. This easy to assemble appetizer features the winning combination of creamy goat cheese, tart apples, rich nuts and tangy ginger.
I saw this on Sandra Lee's episode Cocktail Party and it looked so good I made them. Delicious! And great for a party or potluck. I hope you enjoy. I put leftovers in the freezer, then heated them up in the oven.
The verrine trend took France by storm several years ago and the trend is still alive and well! They are made by layering ingredients in small glasses. This is a great appetizer to serve before a hearty meal. You may use regular or red quinoa(or steamed couscous or bulgur). Adapted from Vegetarian Times magazine.
These yummy appetizers are roaste instead of deep fried. Choose the smallest red potatoes you can find to keep them easy to eat. The kids can help scoop out and stuff the potatoes and then sprinkle with paprika. Enjoy! A Spanish influenced recipe. Adapted from Vegetarian Times magazine.
A traditional meze or light meal on the island of Crete, dakos (also called "koukouvayia") is often called "Greek bruschetta," and is easy to make with few ingredients. The original recipe calls for barley rusk, which is a really dry bread and is sprayed with water to moisten it. This recipe can be updated to use whatever rustic type bread you have on hand.
Traditional pesto is made with basil, but you can use all kinds of different greens. Chef Tal Ronnen uses arugula to give a peppery kick. If you can't find arugula, use spinach. From The Conscious Cook cookbook.
This is Pat Neely's recipe and he likes it hot! He seasons both the wings and the batter with cayenne, red pepper flakes, black pepper and even a little hot sauce. Can you take the heat? From Down Home with the Neely's cookbook.
This is the Neely's spin on a great Southern tradition. The sweet, tangy flavor of the barbecue sauce blends surprisingly well with rich, creamy egg yolks. Topped with thinly sliced scallions, these eggs are perfect for a picnic, a party, brunch or dinner, not to mention game nights!
You can even eat this for breakfast! Stuff in a pita, on top of toast, and top with a few cucumber slices and tomato-Yum! Cook time is the time it takes to cook eggs.
Adapted from Mollie Katzen's Sunlight Cafe cookbook.
This is a quick and easy cheese and nut appetizer! If you don't have time to chill the mixute so it can be rolled into balls, serve it as a dip, garnished with nuts and additional chutney! Adapted from Rachael Ray's Big Orange Book.
Roasted crunchy chickpeas, made popular by low carb diets, now kid favorite sugar and cinnamon added! This is a high fiber, high protein snack! These crisp up as they cool. Adapted from The Sneaky Chef cookbook.