Easy Party Appetizers for the Holidays, It’s All In The Crust

Easy Party Appetizers for the Holidays, It’s All In The Crust It’s been said that some of the best things come in small packages. This is true for babies, jewelry, and food! Party guests love little treats that are just big enough to pop in their mouth. With these super easy and super delicious recipes, your friends will think you spent hours cooking and preparing the food.

Cheesy Potato Tarts

3-4 servings of instant mashed potatoes

2 tbsp sour cream

1 1/2 tsp chives

1 1/2 – 2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese (divided)

1 1/2 tsp bacon bits (optional)

1 pkg frozen mini tart or quiche shells

Prepare tart shells according to package directions. Prepare instant mash potatoes according to package directions for creamier version. Set aside about 1/4 cup cheese. Add in the sour cream, chives, remaining cheese, and bacon bits. Mix until just combined. Fill each shell with potato mixture. Take the 1/4 cup cheese set aside earlier and sprinkle on top of filled shells. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, until cheese melts.

Easy Chicken and Rice Canapes

1 can condensed chicken and rice soup 1 pkg stuffing mix for chicken (about 6 servings)

2 cans buttermilk biscuits Preheat oven according to biscuit directions.

Prepare stuffing mix according to package directions. Combine prepared stuffing mix and soup. Open cans of biscuits and separate each. Press one biscuit into each cup of a muffin pan, forming a cup in each. Fill each biscuit cup with stuffing mixture. Bake according to biscuit directions.

Remember that appetizers don’t have to be fancy or take hours to prepare inorder to be a party goer’s favorite dish. Consider using things you have in your pantry and fridge mixed with a bit of creativity. You’ll be amazed at the things you can create that will soon become your new party staples.

Easy Party Appetizers for the Holidays

When it comes to party appetizers, some of the more popular ones have everything wrapped up in a nice, neat package. This way, while they mingle, your guests can use one hand to enjoy the fabulous food and the other to hold their wonderful beverage. Here are a couple of one-handed treats to try at your next get together:
Asian Chicken Rollups

2 cups chicken breasts, cooked and cut into fajita sized strips
16 oz bag of coleslaw mix
1 pkg ramen noodles, uncooked and broken up into pieces
1 cup Asian toasted sesame salad dressing
1/2 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts, unsalted (optional)
4 to 6 wrap size flour tortillas (try some of the flavored options, or whole wheat or whole grain)

In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, cole slaw, noodles, and dressing. Heat the tortillas in a microwave under a damp paper towel for about 15 seconds. To assemble each tortilla, spread about 1/4 cup of mixture on one half of tortilla and sprinkle about 1/8 cup peanuts over mixture. Roll tortilla, starting on the side with the mixture. Cut into 1? sections using a serrated knife and place on serving platter.
Cheesy Spinach Crescents

2 cans (8 oz each) crescent rolls
8 oz pkg frozen spinach (could substitute broccoli florets)
8 oz pkg shredded Mexican style four cheeses
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain and immediately put into medium mixing bowl. Add in salt, pepper and cheese. Mix thoroughly. Unroll crescents and separate into 16 triangles. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of spinach mixture onto wide end of each triangle. Roll up crescents, starting at wide end. Firmly press ends to close. Place on ungreased baking sheet, and turn in ends to form a crescent shape. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for a few minutes prior to serving.

Both of these recipes are delicous and sure to please most anyone with the party munchies. Be sure to check out the next article in Easy Party Appetizers for the Holidays series for a few more fantastic treats.