With the holiday season upon us, I either have to bring a dish to a party or I am hosting an impromptu get-together. When I am short on time, I use a few grocery store staples to pull together easy apps. I thought I would share them with you!
Also, when hosting a party, I like to put food and drinks in stations around the house. That way people aren’t “in line” to get what they want. For example, I will put the drinks and ice in the kitchen on the counter. I might put the desserts on another buffet table. And, a lot of times, I use the dining table as a station. And, that is what I have done here.
First, I pull out the chairs and place them around the house for extra seating.
I like to start with a centerpiece in the center of the table. Here I have used fresh greenery adorned with ornaments and silver and gold twigs. I tied a green ribbon around it to hold the two pieces together. And, then added the sparkly reindeer. I like to place tea candles around the table for a soft glow.
I then like to place serving pieces in each corner of the table. This way guests can use the whole table to serve themselves and not be forced to wait in a line.
I then place the food on both sides of the table.
Now for those easy hors d’oeuvres……
If you are using this whole menu for a party, to save time, I would do them in the order listed.
Asian Sticky Meatballs
Combine a jar of pepper jelly and bottle of teriyaki sauce in a Crockpot. Add 1 bag of frozen meatballs. Turn on high and heat through. To save time, you defrost the meatballs first.
I serve these with cocktail toothpicks right out of the Crockpot to keep them warm.
Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
I used baby portabella mushrooms and spinach-artichoke dip. This one is made with Greek yogurt, so it’s not as fattening as most.
Using a papertowel, rub the mushrooms clean. Do not rinse them in water.
Pull stems out.
Spoon dip into mushrooms. Bake for twenty minutes. Easy and delicious!
Pimento Cheese Bites
Leave oven at 350 degrees.
Spoon pimento cheese into the “Scoops.”
Bake for 5-7 minutes, depending on how cold your pimento spread is. You’ve got to watch this carefully.
I garnish with finely chopped parsley.
Sausage Cheese Stacks
I have used deer sausage with this, too. It is just as good. You can also use any kind of cheese you would like. I like the small kick you get with the pepper jack.
Microwave the sausage whole in a covered dish for 3 minutes. While cooking, cut your cheese into squares.
Slice the sausage into circles. Stack a cheese slice on top of the sausage slice. Place a cocktail toothpick through the middle. You can add slices of jalapeno for even more bite and color.
The cheese gets kind of soft when its placed on the warm sausage. Yummy!
Crab Cucumber Rounds
I used two cucumbers and crab salad found in the seafood department.
Cut ends off of cucumbers.
Using a peeler, peel stripes down the cucumber.
Cut the cucumber into rounds.
Scoop salad on top of cucumber slices.
I garnish with a pinch of chive.
So the next time you are hosting or need to bring something to an event, hopefully this can save you a lot of time!
Table details: dishes are heirloom Depression glass//tablecloth old//similar one here//fresh greenery from Sam’s Club floral department//reindeer I won in a raffle//similar reindeer here//flatware//white cotton napkins//clear plates