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Quick and Easy Appetizers to Become the Ultimate Party Host

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Hosting a party doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive.  It only takes preparing a few appetizers to keep your guests full and happy, making you the ultimate party host!

Featured below are some recipes for appetizers.  These recipes are simple and tasty.  Not to mention, it looks like you put in a lot more effort than you will need to!

Kale and White Bean Crostini

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Ingredients:

  • 1 small baguette sliced
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • about 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • a few teaspoons fresh, chopped rosemary (reserve some for garnish)
  • a few pinches of red pepper flakes (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves (reserve 1/2 of one for rubbing on toasted bread)
  • 1/2 bunch kale (approx. 3-4 leaves), stems removed
  • splash of white wine
  • salt & pepper
  • big shaving of fresh parmesan, for each toast

Find the full recipe and directions here.

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese

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Ingredients:

  • 20 medjool dates (or any large date), pitted
  • 1 small log of fresh chevre
  • 10 strips of bacon (cut in half crosswise)
  • Toothpicks

Find the full recipe and directions here.

Caramelized Onion and Shallot Dip

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 pounds large yellow or white onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced (about 6 ounces total)
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

Find the full recipe and directions here.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pear and Gorgonzola

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Ingredients: 

  • 15 or so fresh Brussels sprouts, cut in half
  • 2 red pears, skin-on sliced
  • Small chunk Gorgonzola cheese (about 2 oz or 60 grams), or other cheese of choice, sliced
  • 30 or so dried cranberries
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt & coarse black pepper

Find the full recipe and directions here.

Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms

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Ingredients:

  • 6 portobello mushroom caps, washed and dried with stems removed
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce (you can use your favorite jarred pasta sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup sliced mini sweet peppers
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • Cherry tomatoes, sliced (use what you feel is a desirable amount for each pizza)
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced (package sizes vary from 5-8 ounces, just use what you feel is necessary for each pizza)
  • Fresh basil for garnish (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian seasonings, divided

Find the full recipe and directions here.

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