Easy Party Food Appetizer Recipes

Quick and easy party food appetizer recipes for you. There's Antipasto Recipe, Cheese Balls, the famous Nuts & Bolts recipe, Guacamole and more. Use all the recipes for the party food appetizers at your next party.
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Almond Mushroom Pate

Category: Party Food Appetizers

Yield: 6 Servings

2 tb Margarine
1 x Sm Onion, chopped (1/4 c)
1 x Clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 c Sliced Mushrooms (4 oz)
1/2 ts Tarragon
1 c Blanched Whole Almonds(6 oz)
1 tb Lemon juice
2 ts Soy Sauce
1 ds White Pepper
2 tb Cream Cheese, opt. * * or kefir cheese, or Neufchatel cheese


slivered or finely chopped almonds,
fresh parsley sprigs,
pimiento strips, or sweet red pepper strips, optional

In a large skillet, melt margarine. Add onion, garlic, and mushrooms. Saute until tender but not browned. Add tarragon, stir until it is softened. Pour mixture into a bowl of food processor. Add remaining ingredients. Process until mixture is smooth. Add cheese if you prefer a more spreadable consistency. Spoon into a serving bowl. Top with garnish of your choice. Serve with water crackers, thick slices of crusty French bread, thin slices of whole wheat bread, or unsalted whole wheat crackers. May be frozen. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Antipasto Appetizer Spread

Category: Party Food Appetizers

Yield: 7 Cups

2 x 4-oz cans mushroom stems and -pieces, drained and finely -chopped
1 14-oz can artichoke hearts, -drained and finely chopped
1 10-oz jar pimiento-stuffed -olives, drained and finely -chopped
1 6-oz can ripe olives, -drained and finely chopped
1/4 c Chopped green pepper
1/2 c Chopped celery
3/4 c Vinegar
3/4 c Olive oil
1/4 c Instant minced onion
2 1/2 ts Italian seasoning
1 ts Onion salt
1 ts Salt
1 ts Seasoned salt
1 ts Garlic salt
1 ts Sugar
1 ts Cracked black pepper

Combine first 6 ingredients, mixing well; set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Pour dressing over vegetables; place in a large jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake jar to stir ingredients; refrigerate overnight. Serve spread with assorted crackers.

Hot, Hot Cheese Ball

Category: Party Food Appetizers

Yield: 1 Ball

4 oz Softened Cream Cheese
2 c Grated Chedder Cheese
1 tb Grated Onion
1 tb Milk
1 tb Worcestershire Sauce
2 tb Minced Seeded Jalapeno Pepper
2 tb Minced Seeded Red Bell Pepper
2 tb Minced Pepperoni
1 tb Chili Powder

Allow cheeses to warm to room temperature. Mix cheeses, milk, onion, and Worcestershire sauce with electric mixer. Add peppers and pepperoni and gently mix. Wrap mixture in plastic rap and refrigerate until firm. While still in plastic rap, form in to ball shape, unrap and roll in chili powder. Serve with your favorite crackers.

Recipe for Blue Cheese Ball

Category: Party Food Appetizers

Yield: 12 Servings

8 oz Cream Cheese; Room Temp.
4 oz Blue Cheese, Crumbled
4 oz Cheddar Cheese; Shredded
2 ts Mustard; Dijon-style
1 ts Worcestershire Sauce
1/8 ts Garlic Powder
1/4 ts Salt
1/2 c Pecans; Finely Chopped
2/3 c Currants
3/4 c Parsley; Chopped


Assorted Crackers
Apple Wedges

Place the cream cheese, blue cheese, cheddar cheese, mustard, Worcestershire, garlic powder, and salt in a mixer bowl and beat at low speed just until well mixed. Stir in the pecans and currants. Taste and adjust seasoning. Refrigerate the cheese mixture for 30 minutes or until slightly firm, then shape into a ball.

Roll in the chopped parsley to coat well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving. Place on a platter surrounded with crackers and apple wedget.

Bacon-Wrapped Mushrooms

Category: Party Food Appetizers

Yield: 12 Servings

1 lb Bacon
1 lb Fresh mushrooms, washed

1. Cut the mushrooms in half. If it is a very small mushroom, leave it whole. If it is an oversized mushroom, cut into thirds or fourths.
2. Slice bacon in half (width-wise) at an angle. To do this, hold the knife perpendicular to the bacon, then turn the knife slightly so that the knife is now at an angle, then slice the bacon.
3. Take a slice of bacon and wrap it around a mushroom half, overlap the ends, and poke a toothpick about half-way into the mushroom at the overlap.
4. Repeat this for each bacon slice and mushroom half.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
6. Arrange mushrooms on a drip pan about 1/2-inch apart. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Recipe for Chili Cheese Puffs

Category: Party Food Appetizers

Yield: 20 Servings

1 c Flour
1 ts Chile powder
1/2 c Grated cheddar cheese
1/2 ts Salt
1/2 c Butter

Measure dry ingredients into mixing bowl. Work butter and cheese into flour mixture with fingers. Shape in marble size and placed on ungreased sheet. Bake 19 min at 425 F. Do not over bake.

Continental Mushroom Caviar

Category: Party Food Appetizers

Yield: 6 Servings

1 sm Onion, sliced and minced
2 tb Olive oil
1/2 lb Mushrooms, chopped fine
Salt and pepper
1 tb Lemon juice
Wild chives, chopped
1 tb Sour cream

Fry the onion in the oil until soft and limp. Add mushrooms and cook until just barely soft. Add seasoning and other ingredients. Chill well before serving time. This is nice served with thin tomato slices or spread on crackers.

Four Pepper Salsa Recipe

Category: Party Food Appetizers

Yield: 4 Servings

14 1/2 oz Italian plum tomatoes, drain
1 Med. onion, thinly sliced
1/2 c Coarsely chopped celery
1 cn 4 oz Green chilies, drained
1/3 c Chopped red bell pepper
1/3 c Chopped yellow bell pepper
1/3 c Chopped Green bell pepper
1/4 c Olive oil
2 tb Red wine vinegar
1 ts Mustard seeds
1 ts Ground coriander
1 ts Salt
1 ts Pepper
1/4 c Chopped fresh cilantro
Tortilla chips

Combine first 13 ingredients in a processor. Finely chop using on/off turns. Transfer to bowl. Cover and chill at least 4 hours. Can be made two days ahead. Mix cilantro into salsa. Serve with chips.

Guacamole Appetizer Recipe

Category: Party Food Appetizers

Yield: 6 Servings

1 Avocado, medium, seeded, peeled, and coarsely mashed
1 tb Lemon juice
1 Garlic, clove, minced
1 Tomato, small, chopped
1 Onion, green, chopped
1/4 Pepper, bell, minced
1/2 ts Pepper, chili, chopped
1/2 ts Chili powder
1 tb Cilantro, fresh, minced

Blend avocado, lemon juice, garlic, tomato, onion, bell pepper, chile pepper, chili powder, cilantro and pepper. Use guacamole to top tacos or serve with broiler-crisped tortilla chips.

Hot Cheese Dip

Category: Party Food Appetizers

Yield: 8 Servings

7 oz Can minced clams, drained
1/4 c Green pepper, finely chopped
4 Scallions, finely chopped
2 dr Tabasco sauce
10 oz Sharp cheese spread
Garlic salt, to taste.

Combine all ingredients in a deep, 1 1/2-quart, heat- resistant, non-metallic casserole. Heat, uncovered, in Microwave Oven 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Stir at the end of each minute. Serve very hot with crisp corn chips for dipping. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Texas Style Jalepeno Cheese Dip

Category: Party Food Appetizers

Yield: 10 Servings

1 pt Mayonnaise
1 lb Processed Cheese (Velveeta)
1 Med or Large Onion
5 ea Green Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

For variety, pickled carrots can be substituted for Jalapenos.

Use blender to liquify jalapenos, then onion and cheese, cut in 1-inch cubes. When well blended, mix in bowl with mayonnaise. Dip will stay for 2 weeks in refrigerator. For different effects, aditional carrots and/or jalapenos can be finely diced and added to the dip. Dip increases in jalapeno strength with age.

Nuts & Bolts Recipe

Category: Party Food Appetizers

Yield: 5 Servings

1/2 c Margarine
1/4 c Salad oil
1/4 c Bacon fat
1/2 c Worcestershire sauce
2 ts Garlic salt
4 ts Celery salt
4 c Unblanched almonds (or mixed -nuts)
4 c Wheat chex or other small -shredded wheat squares
4 c Rice chex
2 c Cheerios
2 c Thin pretzels
1 8-10 oz package cheese -flings or similar cracker -snack

Melt the margarine, oil, and bacon fat. Stir in worcestershire sauce. Add salts. Remove from heat and let stand a few minutes. In large roasting pan combine nuts, cereals, pretzels, and cheese snack crackers. Pour sauce over this and toss to blend. Bake uncovered in slow oven (200F) for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. Makes 5 quarts.

Nuts About Cheese

Category: Party Food Appetizers

Yield: 6 Servings

2 c Pecans or walnuts (about 1/2 -lb)
4 oz Cream cheese
4 oz Stilton or Danish blue -cheese
1 tb Mayonnaise
1/2 ts Worcestershire sauce

Any flavored cream cheese (pepper or orange) can be used instead of themixture of Stilton, cream cheese, mayo and worcesershire sauce. To add variety, serve a couple of flavor combinations, such as Stilton and garlic-herb cheese. Toast nuts on baking sheet in 350 F oven for 8-10 minutes or until fragrant. Let cool completely.

In food processor or by hand, combine cream cheese, stilton, mayonnaise and worcestershire sauce until blended. Refrigerate until firm. Sandwich about 1/2 tsp cheese mixture between 2 nut halves. Refrigerate until serving.

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