One of my favorite things to do when I am planning any sort of party is to find as many ways as possible to make it as easy as possible. Sadly, (or maybe not so sadly), one of the quickest ways to do that is to get store bought foods. This is where the “sorry mom” comes into play. If you are someone like Kim and I who love entertaining and do it frequently, then these 5 party appetizers will become a staple in your life. Plus, each one of these recipes has five, that’s right, FIVE, ingredients or less. No one will know that it’s not made from scratch except for you and me, and lucky for you, I’m great at keeping secrets.
1. Vegetable Sushi
Cucumber (I used an English one)
Hummus (any brand will do)
Bell Peppers (any colors are great, I used yellow and red)
Use a vegetable peeler to shave off long pieces of the cucumber and then place in a pasta strainer. Leave this over your sink for 15-20 minutes to drain the excess water. While you are waiting, cut your pepper into long, thin strips, a little bit taller than the width of your cucumber. Once drained, lay out the cucumbers on a cutting board and spread the hummus. Add the bell peppers on one end, and begin rolling it up. The hummus will make it stick together so you can stand it up to serve it.
2. Chili Cheese Cups
1 Can of your fav chili
Shredded cheddar cheese
Tortilla chip cups
Heat the chili using your preferred method. While you are waiting, arrange the tortilla chip cups on a serving tray or platter. Once the chili is hot, use a small spoon to fill the cups and then sprinkle a little bit of cheddar cheese on top! If you are feeling extra inspired, dollop a little bit of sour cream on top as well. That’s it! I told you these were going to be easy.
3. Garlic Knots
Pre-made Pizza Crust dough
Spices: garlic salt, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano, parsley
1 jar of marinara sauce for dipping
Preheat the oven according to instructions on the dough package. Cut the dough into small portions and roll it out (I did this by hand) into a log-approx. 6 inches long. Tie the dough into a knot and tuck the ends underneath. Arrange them on a greased cookie sheet. Melt the butter and mix in the spices-I don’t really measure when I cook, I just eyeballed the amounts. Top with parmesan cheese and cook for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with the butter again right out of the oven and serve with warm marinara sauce.
4. Ham & Cheese Pinwheels
1 Sheet of puff pastry-thawed
Shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven according to puff pastry instructions. Unfold the puff pastry dough and go over it with a rolling pin to even it out. Spread the dijon mustard on the dough in an even layer. Next, sprinkle an even layer of cheese and then top with the ham. Starting on one end, begin to roll the dough and toppings up like until you get to the other end. Cut into ½ inch thick slices and arrange them on a greased cookie sheet. Cook for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
5. Bacon Wrapped Smokies
Little Smokies Sausages
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut each piece of bacon in half, and heat in the microwave for 10-15 seconds so it is warm and easier to roll. Roll one little smokie up in the bacon and secure it with a toothpick. Dip the bacon wrapped smokie in brown sugar until it is lightly covered. Arrange on a greased cookie sheet and cook for 30 minutes or until brown sugar is caramelized and bacon is crispy. Flip the smokies on their side after 15 minutes for a more even glaze.
Now you are ready to throw an awesome party! Make one, two, or all five! Either way, your guests will be very impressed and never know how much work you did (or didn’t do). Let us know which recipe you liked best!