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Jewelry…jewelry could make it better! This past weekend, I hosted a jewelry party. Several good friends came over to oogle over jewelry and enjoy some yummy snacks!

I love parties like this because it means there are typically appetizers. Truth be told, I could just eat appetizers and no dinner. I guess that's why they have Tapas restaurants!

For the party, I made several dips. My best friend and I were discussing the line-up and she suggested I had one too many dips. What can I say, I'm a dip kinda gal ;) I did add a few other finger foods to make it more balanced (you're welcome, Sue).

I made my yummy Buffalo Chicken Dip, a Taco Dip, Veggies and Dip (you see, lots of dips). I also made cocktail weiners in a tomato-based sauce, a Veggie Pizza, brownies and fruit dipped in chocolate. I was going to make a Fruit Pizza, but we thought that may be one too many pizzas too. Aren't you glad you have friends to discuss these types of things with??!!

As any party, we hung out, ate and looked at some beautiful jewelry. Since Jewelry plus messy dip hands doesn't go together, I ensured there were plenty of paper towels around to clean up! Then, with clean hands, we tried on the jewels. It was a fun night. How can you not have a good time with friends, food and jewelry, right??!!

Oh, and that chocolate dipped fruit (above) may not look all picturesque, but it tasted delicious. That is the hardest stuff to dip. I was a MESS! When I was finished, I *trashed* the rejects in my belly!

The upside to getting chocolate all over your hands doing something like that is using fewer paper towels to clean up! I was full before the party started! Don't worry though, I did actually wipe my hands too – that would just be gross not to! :)

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My BFF is hosting a similar party in a few weeks. And, given our dip dilemma I need to find some other great appetizers to make that aren't dips but are fast and easy. Do you have some faves to share?

Please leave me a comment with your favorite appetizer recipe. Your comment will enter you in for a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card! I'm going to get her to try a few for the party :)

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by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on November 10, 2009


  • Ashley - November 10, 2009 @ 9:43 am

    If you like the buffalo chicken dip you will love the dip wrap in cresent rolls! You can cut the rolls in half or buy it by the sheet and cut into any size you want. Put a small amount in the center, wrap it up and cook with the normal instructions. So tasty!

  • Linda S - November 10, 2009 @ 10:10 am

    I made this for my daughter’s baby shower. I had never tried it before but loved all of the ingredients so I knew it had to taste as good as it sounds. I made it the day before so all of the flavors would have time to blend. I was awesomely surprised. This dip has the best flavor when combined with crackers such as Wheatables or Sociables. It’s relatively inexpensive and a dip that we make often. We don’t wait for a special occasion.

    Caramel Pecan Cheese Dip

    1 8oz package Cream Cheese softened*
    1/4 cup Caramel Ice Cream topping
    1/2 cup chopped pecans – toasted**
    1 cup finely chopped Apples
    1 cup cool-whip
    Crackers for dipping

    In medium bowl stir together cream cheese and caramel. Stir in pecans. Add apples and cool whip.

    Garnish as desired and serve with crackers.

    * – Soften Cream Cheese in microwave for 15-20 seconds
    ** – Spread pecan evenly on baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 5-10 minutes or until lightly golden brown – stir once or twice while baking.

  • Jennifer - November 10, 2009 @ 10:58 am

    Very easy Fiesta rollups (and yummy!)

    1 package of 8 flour tortillas
    1 block of cream cheese
    1 packet of Fiesta ranch dips

    Mix cream cheese with Fiesta ranch seasoning. This can be found near the chips in Kroger. (I usually warm my cream cheese so its easier to stir and spread) Spread the mixture evenly on tortilla. Roll the tortilla up tightly and put in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.

    After they are good and cold….take them out and cut the rolled torilla into smaller sections. Serve with salsa.

  • Frugal Femina - November 10, 2009 @ 11:01 am

    My favorite is:

    Pineapple with Lime and Coconut

    1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
    2 limes, zested and juiced
    1/4 cup water
    1/3 cup sugar
    1 inch ginger root, peeled
    1 pineapple, fresh, cored
    1 kiwi

    Combine coconut flakes with lime zest. Toast in a small skillet or in a toaster oven until coconut is golden brown. Remove from heat to a plate and reserve. Add lime juice, water, sugar and ginger to the pan or a small sauce pot. Bring to a bubble and dissolve the sugar. Remove syrup from heat and let stand.

    Cut pineapple into bite-size chunks and arrange on a plate. Peel and slice the kiwi into thin disks and arrange on pineapple. Scatter lime-scented toasted coconut over the fruit and drizzle the syrup down over the fruit in a slow, even stream.

  • Jenny R. - November 10, 2009 @ 11:04 am

    I’m in Texas so I’m all about the queso!

    1 brick (large) of Velveeta cheese or generic
    1/3 lb sausage, cooked
    1/2 cup diced tomatoes
    1/2 cup diced onions
    1 can Rotel

    Melt the cheese in your crockpot and then add all the other ingredients. When I’m in a hurry I don’t put in the diced tomatoes or onion. Tortilla chips are sooo yummy dipped in this!

  • Shannon - November 10, 2009 @ 11:34 am

    This is always a big hit!

    Texas Caviar

    2 cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
    2 cans of white corn
    1 bunch parsley, chopped
    1 large bell pepper (any color), chopped
    1 tsp. minced garlic
    2 -3 tomatoes, chopped
    1 large bottle zesty Italian salad dressing
    1 small can chopped green chilies
    Tortilla chips

    Mix all ingredients and let sit in your fridge for 4 hours or more. Drain off the dressing and serve with the chips.

    Do you know the red pepper jelly and cream cheese appetizer? You just put a block of cream cheese on a platter (or you can shape it by hand into a ball or some other shape, if you want to be fancy) and pour a jar of red pepper jelly (either hot or mild, red or green) over the top. Serve with crackers (I like Ritz with it). It’s sooooo good and looks very festive for the holidays. It’s also sort of dip-like without actually being a dip (I love dips, too!).

  • Sue Glew - November 10, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

    This is the one that I always get asked to bring to parties. Great for this time of year and good for kids and adults!

    Peanut Butter Apple Dip

    1 pk (8oz) Cream cheese – softened
    1 cup peanut butter
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    1/4 cup milk

    3-4 Apples cut into wedges
    * I also bring Graham Cracker sticks for dipping


    Combine first four ingredients in a mixing bowl.
    Mix well, chill and serve!!

  • lauren - November 10, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

    My family and I love empandas! This is just ONE recipe I found:

    They’re easy and delicious- you can also make them with cheese or veggies if you have vegetarians in the group!

  • Janet - November 10, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

    Corn Dip

    2 cans corn (Mexican or fiesta style good)
    1 cup real mayo (or miracle whip)
    1 small container sour cream
    1 tsp garlic salt
    2 cups shredded cheese (Mexican blend good)
    1 bunch green onions, chopped

    Mix together and serve with tortilla chips. Yum!

  • angie - November 10, 2009 @ 12:45 pm

    Well there are a few.
    1. Sausage balls- Paula Dean
    1 lb sausage
    3 cups bisquik
    4 cups cheese
    1/8 t pepper
    Mix together make balls bake at 375 for 18-20 min.
    There is a dip which I think is needed but you can do without it too it is 1 cup mayo mixed with 1T mustard.

    2. parmasean nots
    1 pkg pillsbury biscuits
    Parmasean cheese
    Cut biscuits into thirds and knot them bake till brown lightly butter toss in bag with parmesean cheese..

  • Kisha Floren - November 10, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

    The only appetizer I make, and make well, is 7-layer dip but it sounds like you already had that, aka taco dip. So I would say my favorite appetizer recipe is something from the Costco deli, ha!

  • Gina - November 10, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

    There are a million things you can do with crescent rolls! For pizza rolls, just cut each roll in half long-ways, put a slice or two of pepperoni and some shredded mozzarella, roll them up and bake as directed. Or unroll one can of rolls in a 9×13 pan, spread 8 oz cream cheese over it, sprinkle 1/2 to 1 lb browned sausage over the cream cheese, unroll a 2nd can of rolls on top and bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Then cut into squares.

  • Beth - November 10, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

    My favorite party food recepie is my moms Bagel Dip. I know another dip. It is so hard to avoid when it comes to party food.

    1 Package Cream Cheese
    1 Jar Old English Cheese
    Garlic Salt


    It is so easy, just blend the cream cheese and Old English Cheese until smooth. Add garlic salt to taste. (my mom says 4-5 shakes)
    Break the bagels into pieces, or you can get mini bagels and enjoy.

  • Nicole N - November 10, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

    I always make meatballs

    large bag of frozen meatballs
    jar of chili sauce
    jar of grape jelly

    in a sauce pan heat chili sauce and jelly until combined

    put everything in the crock pot and let it simmer for several hours on low.

  • Amy @ Finer Things - November 10, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

    Tortilla roll-ups are a fave around here.

  • Jeaneane McCandless - November 10, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

    Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts are the bomb!!! Here is the recipe:
    1 cup ketchup
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    16 ounces sliced bacon
    2 (8 ounce) cans water chestnuts, drained

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. In a saucepan, combine ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce; heat just to boiling. 3. Cut bacon slices into thirds. Cut some of the bigger water chestnuts in half. Wrap chestnuts in bacon and secure with toothpicks; place in a 9×13 pan. Pour sauce over bacon and water chestnuts.
    4. Bake in preheated oven until bacon is completely cooked, about 45 to 50 minutes.

  • Melissa - November 10, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

    Phyllo Sausage Cups are one of my FAVE appetizers to make around the holidays. So easy, and so yummy!

  • Labeth - November 10, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

    We love Brickle dip.
    8 oz of softened cream cheese and mix in 1/4-1/2 cup of brown sugar. (I usually use 1/4 c.) Add 1 t. of vanilla. Spread into a pretty pie plate. Top with 1/2-1 small jar of caramel ice cream topping. Sprinkle with 1 bag of Heath bar chips. We like this with apples and vanilla wafers.
    It’s quick, easy and yummy!!

  • Amy - November 10, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

    This is a huge hit every time I make them and there is never any left. It is also super easy to make. If I could I would be like Cher in Mermaids and make every dinner appetizers! :) BTW- our hubbies are in Men’s Fraternity together. Hope you find some yummy appetizers!

    Brown Sugar Pigs in a Blanket
    1/2 cup butter
    3 tbsp honey
    3 tbsp brown sugar
    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    1-2 cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
    1 pkg. small (cocktail-size) sausages

    Mix together butter honey, and brown sugar, and heat until melted. Stir in pecans.

    Pour into a 9×13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of chopped nuts in the pan.

    Make pigs in a blanket by wrapping each link with a piece of the crescent roll dough (cut each triangle into thirds).

    Follow directions on the crescent rolls for oven temperature and bake for 15-20 minutes.

    Transfer to serving dish and pour remaining sauce over crescent rolls.

  • Michelle L. - November 10, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

    Here’s a NON-dip recipe for Mini Crescent Dogs:

    Serve with ketchup and mustard!

    I’ve also heard that water chestnuts wrapped in bacon are very good. Although I’ve not tried them yet. Recipes for that can be found by searching

    And here’s a dip recipe for Pumpkin Fluff Dip:

    Pumpkin Fluff Dip

    1 container (16 ounce size) frozen whipped topping, thawed
    1 box (5 ounce size) instant vanilla pudding mix
    1 can (15 ounce size) solid pack pumpkin
    1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

    In a large bowl, mix together instant vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Fold in the thawed frozen whipped topping.

    Chill in the refrigerator until serving. Serve with regular or cinnamon graham crackers.

    Please let us know which recipes your friend chooses to use and how people liked them. Thanks!!

  • Julianne - November 10, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

    Bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers. It’s really easy to make. Just halve the jalapenos, scoop out the seeds and discard. Put a spoonful of cream cheese inside the jalapeno and wrap it with a piece of bacon. Then bake until the bacon is crispy. Stufffed mushrooms are another deliciously easy appetizer.

  • Michelle - November 10, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

    Baconwrapped smokies with brown sugar sprinkled over the top! It is really that easy! Bake at 350 for about 30min and you are done! Better yet, my hubby makes them! :)

  • Dina - November 10, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

    Simple and Easy finger food.
    Pecan Caramel Candies

    63 mini pretzles
    1 pkg Rolos
    63 pecan halves

    Place pretzles on baking sheet lined with foil. Top with piece of candy. Bake at 250 for 4 minutes. Immediately place pecan half on each candy and press down. Refrigerate until cool and set.

  • Leslie - November 10, 2009 @ 6:16 pm

    My favorite dip is:

    1 can fat-free refried beans
    1 package cream cheese
    shredded Cheese

    mash beans and cream cheese together until smooth and spread out in a cake pan. Sprinkle to cover with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted and serve with chips.

  • Lori - November 10, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

    I love almost any kind of dip as well! This is probably my most recent favorite. It is from Guy Fieri on Food Network. This sounds like a lot of work but believe me it is worth it!

    French Onion Dip

    2 tablespoons canola oil
    1 tablespoon butter
    2 Vidalia onions, sliced into 1/4-inch rings (about 4 cups)
    2 large shallots, sliced into 1/8-inch rings (about 1/2 cup)
    2 cups sour cream
    1 cup mayonnaise
    1 teaspoon celery salt
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire
    1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon salt
    In a large saute pan over medium high heat, add oil and butter. When butter is melted, add onions and saute stirring occasionally until golden brown and caramelized, about 35 minutes. Add shallots and saute for 15 minutes more until onions and shallots are dark brown. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 to 6 minutes, then chop into 1/4-inch pieces. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

    Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, celery salt, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Fold in onion mixture. Chill at least 1 hour or overnight, prior to serving.

  • Veronica - November 10, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

    Savory-Black Bean Salsa with Chips
    2 cans of Black Beans
    1 cans of mexi-corn
    Salsa or 2 cans of Rotel
    Cilantro to taste/or use as garnish
    Chips for scooping or fried green plantains (tostones)

    Sweet -Chex Mix with Nuts
    2 sticks butter
    1 Cup brown sugar
    mix over medium heat until it starts to boil.
    9 cups Chex mix
    1.5 cups pecans (or any nuts)
    In large container mix it all up and coat it evenly
    Spread over a cookie sheet and bake it @ 375 for 7 minutes.
    Remove it and stir again, then bake it for another 7 mins
    Spread over wax paper to cool

  • Robin D - November 10, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

    Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms

    1 pkg.Stuffing Mix for Chicken
    1-1/2 cups hot water
    40 fresh mushrooms (2 lb.)
    2 Tbsp. butter
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained
    1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
    1 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

    !HEAT oven to 400ºF.

    MIX stuffing mix and water in large bowl; set aside. Remove stems from mushrooms; chop stems. Melt butter in skillet on medium heat. Add chopped stems and garlic; cook and stir until tender. Add to prepared stuffing with spinach and cheeses; mix well.

    SPOON into mushroom caps. Place, filled-sides up, in shallow pan.

    BAKE 20 min. or until mushrooms are tender and filling is heated through.

  • Stephanie - November 10, 2009 @ 9:50 pm

    My sausage dip recipe is always a huge hit and is super simple to make.

    1 roll of Jimmy Dean Sausage
    1 brick of cream cheese
    1 can of Rotel

    Mash up the sausage into little pieces and cook thoroughly. Add the cream cheese and stir until completely melted & mixed with the sausage. Then add the can of Rotel (drained) and stir until well mixed. That’s it! Eat with any sort of tortilla chip. We like it with Tostitos Scoops.

  • Amanda - November 10, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

    One very easy recipe that is not a dip and gets rave revues are Caprese Kabobs:

    -Skewer cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and a fresh basil leaf onto toothpicks.
    -Drizzle with olive oil
    -Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

    So easy and so tasty. Also, I feel like they are a little lighter alternative to some of the heavier items usually on the menu. They look very sophisticated too.

  • Jennifer - November 11, 2009 @ 12:34 am

    Okay mine is very simple. You take a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dip and mix it with a 16 oz container of sour cream. After cutting up some cucumbers and peppers I put them in a serving container with baby tomatoes and carrots. It’s not fancy but everyone seems to enjoy it!

  • Lisa - November 11, 2009 @ 1:54 am

    My favorite is an extremely easy but flavorful dip!

    3 packages of cream cheese
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    2- 10 oz. cans of chicken
    some sliced jalapenos in the jar

    Drain 1 can of chicken and use the juice from the other can. Use as many or as little jalapenos as you wish. Mix above ingredients into crockpot, melt and serve with tortilla chips.

  • Angel S. - November 11, 2009 @ 5:13 am

    Recipe idea: on the veggie pizza here is a twist: use similar veggies cut up, add pea pods and water chestnuts. Omit ranch from cream cheese spread and add a pack of oriental seasoning from top ramen. Layer cream cheese on base, veggies and drizzle with sweet and sour sauce. Add shrimp if you like!

  • Jen V - November 11, 2009 @ 6:04 am

    One of my favorite appetizers is a cheeseball. Cream 2 blocks of cream cheese, 1 packet of Ranch dressing mix, and 1 small can of chunk chicken (drained). Roll into a ball and then roll in 1/2 cup of pecan pieces. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving. Serve with crackers. Quick and yummy!

  • Kathleen W. - November 11, 2009 @ 9:41 am

    One of my favorites is White Pizza Dip.
    1 envelope of Lipton Savory Herb soup mix
    1 container of Sour Cream (16oz)
    1 cup of ricotta cheese
    1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    1 loaf Italian or French bread sliced
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 1 qt. casserole dish combine all of the above ingredients and bake uncovered for 30 min or until heated through. Serve with bread. It always goes fast at our craft nights!

  • april - November 11, 2009 @ 10:34 am

    not sure what to call this :)

    2 packs cream cheese, softened
    shredded cheddar cheese

    optional toppings, olive, jalapenos

    take a serving dish, i usually just use a regular plate, and kind of smash the cream cheese all over the bottom. cover the cream cheese with the salsa, then top with cheese. can add black olive, jalapenos, or what ever you like on the top of that. Scoop up with your favorite cracker or chip!

  • Cathy @ Chief Family Officer - November 11, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

    Can I offer one more dip recipe? It’s been a go-to recipe for me for nearly 10 years, because it’s kind of a “healthy” option for parties.

    Hawaiian Fruit Dip

    1 1/4 cups cold milk
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1 small box vanilla instant pudding (note: I’ve never tried it with sugar free)
    1 small can crushed pineapple in juice (don’t drain)

    In a medium bowl, combine the milk and sour cream and stir with a whisk until smooth. Add the instant pudding and whisk until smooth. Stir in the pineapple. Cover and refrigerate for one hour until set. Serve with fruit skewers, wedges, strawberries, etc.

    Also, I was looking for a different fish recipe at and found this one that sounds amazing: Smoked Salmon and Cheese Mini Twice-Baked Potatoes. I’ve added it to my “to try” list since it won a prize from CL and gets good reviews.

  • JLW - November 11, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

    My favorite quickie is Taco dip with chips:
    Mix together a can of refried beans and 1 pkg taco seasoning and spread in the bottom of a pie pan.
    top with sour cream
    shredded lettuce
    shredded cheddar cheese
    chopped tomatoes
    sliced black olives
    guacamole if you like
    That’s it! And you can save lots of calories by using fat free refried beans and fat free sour cream and cheese!

  • Whitney - November 11, 2009 @ 7:22 pm

    I love the buffalo chicken dip recipes at here:

    I also like to make cocktail weenie in BBQ sauce and a sausage velveeta dip.

  • Sherri Holland - November 11, 2009 @ 8:33 pm

    BLT dip
    1 cup sour cream
    1 cup mayo
    the bacon that you put in microwave crumbled usually use half package
    cut up tomatoes

    serve with slices of toast

  • Renski - November 12, 2009 @ 9:08 am

    My favorite dip to go with tortilla chips is:
    My favorite dip is:

    1 can fat-free refried beans
    1 package cream cheese
    shredded Cheese

    mash beans and cream cheese together until smooth and spread out in a cake pan. Sprinkle to cover with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted and serve with chips. Yum!

  • Renski - November 12, 2009 @ 9:10 am

    My favorite appetizer recipe is to purchase some mini corn dogs. State Fair make some and you can purchase them at Walmart. Just cook and serve. That’s my favorite “recipe”. GLTA

  • Joy - November 12, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

    Always a hit are Potato Skins! Slice potatos thin, dip in oil and place on cookie sheet. Top with cheese, bacon bits, green onions, etc. Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes. If you prefer the potatos thicker, bake them first and then top with cheese, etc. and bake again until cheese melts. Thanks!

  • Teresa - November 12, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

    everyone always loves the chocolate fountain
    then I have pretzels, marshmallows, fruit, rice krispies….anything fun to dip in it

  • Jessie C. - November 12, 2009 @ 4:16 pm

    I brought this to potluck and parties, it was always a success. I’d bringing this again this weekend.

    Tortilla Roll-Ups


    * 12 (14-ounce package) flour tortillas
    * 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    * 1 cup sour cream
    * 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles
    * 3 tablespoons chopped green onion
    * 2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
    * 12 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
    * 1 cup salsa or picante sauce

    Directions for tortilla roll-ups.
    In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, chilies, onion, red bell pepper, and Cheddar cheese. Mix thoroughly. Spread onto tortillas and roll up. Cover tightly and chill for 2 hours or overnight. When ready to serve, cut each roll into 1/2-inch slices. Serve with salsa or picante sauce. Makes about 8 dozen pieces of tortilla roll-ups.

  • April Vereb - November 12, 2009 @ 4:59 pm

    My favorite appetizer (which is very, very simple) is a block of cream cheese with raspberry chipoltle sauce poured over the top, served with wheat thins. Simple, but delish!!

  • Julie Cutshaw - November 12, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

    main entry: one of my very favorites that are so simple yet so yummy ae the hillshire little smokie links in a sweet & sour sauce that is made from grey poupon mustard & smuckers grape jelly. You simply take as many packs of the little links and place them in a pot on the stove top then mix equal parts of both the mustard & the jelly. If I do two packs I usually do 1/2 cup of each the jelly & the mustard and put that into the pot with the links then let it simmer until the sauce blends and is a thin sauce in its self. The links are already cooked so your basically just blending the 2 items to get the sauce as one. Then when its time to serve them just take them out and put in a decorative bowl or dish for anyone to get themselves or to serve as single bit size I like to take two of them and criss cross them using a decorative tooth pick to put thru the center. And save your sauce from them and you can use that as a sauce for dipping them if your guest want to or you will find it is a yummy sauce its self to use for dipping any item into because the smokie flavor from the sausages mixes in with the jelly & mustard and makes a unique flavor of its own. You can also just keep the whole mixture with the links in a small crock pot on low and let guest reach for them with tongs. They are very yummy and will not be as left overs , I assure you. Enjoy!
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  • Kelly - November 12, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

    This is a Tastefully Simple Recipe

    Garlic Garlic Spread

    1 Tbsp. Garlic Garlic (from Tastefully Simple)
    5 oz. jar Old English cheese
    4 oz. softened cream cheese

    Combine first 3 ingredients; chill 2 hours. Serve with crackers of your choice.

    You can make it with onion onion also.

  • Denise - November 12, 2009 @ 8:18 pm

    This is a family and church favorite. It goes a long way and even the men will eat this appetizer. It’s also great because you fix it and forget it.

    28 oz. ketchup
    10 oz. apple jelly
    4-5 lbs. frozen meatballs

    Put frozen meatballs into large crock pot (with crock pot liner to aid in cleanup). Mix 1st two ingredients together and pour over meatballs. Cook on high for about 3 hours stirring once or twice.

  • Mommy Daisy - November 12, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

    Oh, we love my family’s crab puff recipe.

    1 can crab meat
    1 1/2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
    1 jar Kraft Old English cheese
    1 stick butter, melted
    1/4 tsp. garlic salt
    1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
    6-8 English muffins

    Mix all ingredients except muffins. Split muffins and cut each into quarters. Spread on crab mixture. Put on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

    These can also be made ahead and frozen on a baking sheet. Then you just pop them in the oven when you need them. So easy! And delicious! Even people who “don’t like” seafood love these.

  • jennifer - November 13, 2009 @ 12:30 am

    This is my husband’s recipe for fried ravioli… (don’t tell him I shared with you, mkay?!)

    what you need-
    olive oil
    parmesan cheese
    1 box ravioli cheese (these are store bought)
    bread crumbs
    marinara sauce (we like classico spinach and cheese)

    Heat olive oil in skillet until ready to fry. (I always flick some water from my hands to see if it is ready.)
    While you wait, grab 2 bowls.
    Put bread crumbs in one, and buttermilk in the other.
    Dip in buttermilk, then in bread crumbs.
    repeat with all ravioli, turning occasionally, until golden brown.
    Transfer to paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
    Dip in marinara sauce.

    Super easy, and these always go over really well!
    Good luck!

  • Lora - November 13, 2009 @ 4:14 pm

    TouchDown Taco Dip

    I always get great comliments on this recipe! Take it everywhere.

    1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
    1 8 ounce cream cheese
    1 cup sour cream
    2 T. taco seasoning mix
    2 garlic gloves minced
    1/2 cup cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup black ripe olives
    1 tomato
    1/4 cup sliced green onions

    Preheat oven to 350. Spread refried beans over bottom of dish. Combine cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning. Finely chop garlic and add to mixture. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over beans. Add cheese on top and Bake 15-18 minutes or until hot. Mix rest of ingredients and spread over top after baking.
    Serve with chips

  • Chrissy - November 14, 2009 @ 7:20 am

    An EASY appetizer that I get so many compliments on is meatballs. I put them in a crockpot and pour the Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce on it and let it cook for about 4 hours. People are always asking me if I am making meatballs.