This is a very basic recipe for the popular garbanzo and sesame seed pate. Vary the flavor by adding a few mint leaves, a little fresh ginger, or red pepper flakes. I make it in a food processor now, but I used to make it by putting the garbanzo beans through a ricer.
Marinated mushrooms, zesty Havarti cheese, and cocktail rye (or bread of your choice), skewered on frilly toothpicks are a great, simple appetizer with little work and almost no clean up! You can marinate fresh mushrooms yourself, or dress them up right out of the jar.
Creamy Dill Cucumber Toasties
I got this recipe years ago from a friend of a friend. I love it and make it all the time for parties. It looks great on the platter, and it is super easy! Everyone loves it!
These savory almonds are easy to make and take almost no time at all. They are delicious while still warm, but taste just as good cold. Goes well with Kalamata olives and feta cheese as a small appetizer tray. If you are using raw almonds, increase the baking time.
Hot Crabmeat Dip
This is a wonderfully creamy and tasty dip, made rich with crabmeat and topped with toasted almonds. Serve it with slices of your favorite bread.
Cream Cheese Penguins
Just imagine a cute display of penguins, made with black olives, carrots and cream cheese! You can add scarves and hats by using fresh red pepper strips, or canned pimentos cut into different shapes. Use frilly toothpicks if you can.
Cold Cocoa Smoothie
Hot cocoa that freezes your taste buds! A terrific snack for hot days, with a wintry twist. For variety, use chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla, and use chocolate chips as a garnish after blending.
Heather's Cilantro, Black Bean, and Corn Salsa
A summer salad of corn, black beans, tomato, onion, pepper, and avocado.
Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Bruschetta
This recipe is the definition of versatility - if the weather's mild, use the grill outside to prepare this appetizer. In colder months, use your oven instead. The amount of ingredients for this recipe can be scaled back or multiplied to accommodate any range of party guests. You can also alter the amount of most of the ingredients according to your personal preference. You'll enjoy this variation on regular old bruschetta appetizers!
Gloomy Day Smoothie
This smoothie is so bright, cheerful, and delicious, it is like a blast of sunshine on even the most rainy, windy days!
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