Best Easy Appetizers Recipes

 When you invite friends over for an aperitif, you can just serve crisps, peanuts (but dry roasted!) And cherry tomatoes. But admit that concocting a homemade aperitif with your little hands, it’s still more enjoyable, right? Guests are going to arrive hungry and revel in whatever you have prepared, so don’t go wrong and give it your all.

1-Guacamole Verde

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Ingredients

  • 4 avocados medium

  • 1 cup salsa verde no sugar added

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 lemon juiced

Directions

  • Mash all ingredients together, and serve.

Note: Yield will vary based on size of avocados.

2-Curry Greek-Style Yogurt Dip

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt plain, nonfat

  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • salt to taste

Directions

  • Blend everything together using a whisk, and serve with whole-grain crackers or vegetables.

3-Skinny Salsa Dip

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Ingredients

  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil

  • 12 ounces salsa jarred, no sugar added

  • 1 cup cheese non-fat, shredded (almost any cheese will work)

Directions

  • Cut the chicken into small pieces. Add oil to a medium skillet and saute over medium heat until done. Add salsa and simmer 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat, add cheese, and stir until melted.

4-Pea and Avocado Dip

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups snow peas shelled, steamed and cooled

  • 1 avocado peeled and seed removed

  • 1 garlic clove halved

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  • Place all the ingredients into a food processor and mix to the consistency you prefer.

5-Tex-Mex Salsa

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Ingredients

  • 6 roma tomatoes diced

  • 1 garlic clove minced

  • 1/2 cup red onion diced

  • 2 jalapenos seeded and skinned

  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped

  • 1 lime juiced

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • kosher or sea salt to taste

Directions

  • Method 1:
    Add all the above ingredients to a food processor and pulse 2 to 3 times or until ingredients are a chunky consistency. Store salsa in a glass container with lid and refrigerate for 8 hours allowing the flavors time to marry.
  • Method 2:
    Add all diced ingredients to a slow-cooker, cover and cook on low 3 hours. Allow salsa to cool at room temperature and store in a glass container with lid…refrigerate until ready to use. This method is more like the commercial version or restaurant-style.

6-Skinny Pimento Cheese Spread

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cheddar cheese reduced-fat, shredded

  • 1 green onion diced

  • 1 garlic clove minced

  • 8 ounces cream cheese fat-free

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt plain, fat free

  • 4 ounce diced pimentos jarred, drained

  • 1 small jalapeno pepper seeded and minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • kosher or sea salt to taste

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined. Or, use an electric mixer and beat until creamy. Add spread to a glass-covered container and refrigerate until ready to eat.

  • Pimento cheese spread tastes great as a sandwich spread, dip, on burgers, wheat crackers and even on homemade pizza.

7-Broccoli Tarts

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Ingredients

  • For the Crust:
  • 1/4 cup almond flour

  • 1 teaspoon flax seed meal

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • For the Filling
  • 1/8 cup broccoli florets chopped

  • 1/2 ounce feta cheese I used sheep’s milk feta

  • 1 egg white

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Combine ingredients for dough.
  • Once ingredients are well incorporated knead dough until it holds its shape.
  • Press dough into tart molds.
  • Distribute the egg white evenly between the tart shells.
  • Add broccoli and feta.
  • Bake for 7 minutes.
  • Finish by broiling for 2 minutes.
  • Makes 3 mini tarts.

8-Sweet Potato Hummus

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup sweet potatoes peeled and diced

  • 19 ounces garbanzo beans canned – rinsed and drained

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice fresh squeezed

  • 1/4 cup tahini sesame paste

  • 5 garlic cloves roasted or raw

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • water

Directions

  • Steam or slow cook the sweet potatoes until soft.
  • Transfer cooked sweet potatoes to a food processor. Add garbanzo beans, lemon juice, Tahini, garlic (I used roasted), olive oil, cumin, salt and about 2 tbsp of water to start with.
  • Pulse the mixture until smooth, scraping down the sides of bowl and adding water to thin mixture if it seems too thick.
  • Adjust seasoning and serve with a drizzle of olive oil and don’t forget to sprinkle some paprika. Sweet Potato Hummus makes a perfect dip or spread.

9-Gluten Free, Grain Free Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower Bread Sticks

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Ingredients

  • Bread Stick Ingredients
  • 1 cup cauliflower cooked

  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese

  • 1 egg beaten

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

  • olive oil

  • Topping Ingredients
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced

  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated

  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese grated

  • marinara sauce optional for dipping

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Chop the cauliflower florets into chunks and steam them in a steamer or on the stove until slightly soft for 15 minutes. Place in a ricer or grate until a rice like consistency.
  • One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • To Make the Bread
  • Prepare your baking stone or sheet by spreading a small amount of olive oil on it and top with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg, Parmesan and Mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir.
  • Transfer to the baking stone or sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a large rectangle.
  • Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Spread the minced garlic over baked cauliflower bread and top with Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses.
  • Place back in the 450 degree oven until all cheese is melted.
  • Slice and Serve!

10-Baked Onion Rings

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Ingredients

  • 1 sweet onion or red onion, large, thinly sliced into rings

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free panko or whole grain bread crumbs (bread crumb recipe)

  • 1/2 cup flour optional gluten free flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking power

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • kosher or sea salt to taste

  • 1 egg white

  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk or low-fat buttermilk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a medium mixing, combine panko or whole wheat bread crumbs, flour, salt, pepper and baking powder. Separate the onion slices into individual rings and add to the flour mixture, gently toss and make sure all the rings are coated. Remove onions and set aside.
  • Whisk together milk and egg white, add to the leftover flour mixture and stir to combine. Dip onion rings into batter, allow excess to drip off and place on a non-stick cookie sheet. Lightly spray or drizzle extra-virgin olive oil on the onion rings. Flip onion rings after 10 minutes. Continue baking until golden and crispy, 10 to 15 additional minutes.

Notes

If using this recipe for Green Bean Casserole, reduce cooking time by 5 minutes as the onion rings will continue to brown while on top of the casserole

11-Stuffed Dates with Goat Cheese

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Ingredients

  • 15 dates large, pitted

  • 6 ounces chevre goat cheese lavender flavored, optional, available online

  • 2 tablespoons honey

Directions

  • Make a lengthwise slice half way through each date so that it opens a bit, but remains in one piece.
  • Put approximately one teaspoon of soft, room temperature chevre goat cheese in each date “pocket”.
  • Lay stuffed dates out on a plate and drizzle with honey before serving.

12-Crispy Kale and Pumpkin Croquettes

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups pumpkin diced

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

  • 1/2 cup kale torn into bite sized pieces

  • 1/2 cup almond meal

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • pinch of salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes optional

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 200ºC.
  • Heat coconut oil in a large pan, and cook kale until crispy; about 5 minutes.
  • Bake pumpkin for 45-60 minutes or until tender.
  • When cool, process or blend pumpkin until smooth then gently mix in almond meal, chia seeds and sesame seeds.
  • Stir in salt, pepper, chili flakes, cumin and turmeric.
  • Cradle a tablespoon-sized amount of pumpkin mix in your palm, then press in a few pieces of kale.
  • Use a little bit more mix to cover the kale, and continue to make croquettes until finished.
  • Bake for 15 minutes on an oven tray until firm.
  • Serve with green salad and dip.

13-Grilled Calamari

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds cleaned squid tentacles and bodies

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 lemons

  • 2 garlic cloves minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground

  • 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 tablespoon parsley fresh, chopped

Directions

  • Cut the squid bodies along the sides so they lay flat.
  • In a bowl combine the olive oil, juice of one of the lemons and the rest of the ingredients, except the parsley.
  • Add the squid, toss to coat and refrigerate for 2 hours, tossing every 30 minutes or so, to make sure the marinade gets evenly distributed.
  • Preheat the grill to high. Place a piece of foil on the grill and brush it with a light coating of vegetable oil to keep the squid from slipping through the grill grates and sticking to the foil.
  • Grill the squid, about 3 – 4 minutes per side, until it turns opaque. Remove from the grill, garnish with the fresh parsley and the remaining lemon, cut into wedges.

14-Zucchini Hummus Paleo Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini medium, peeled and chopped

  • 1/2 cup tahini

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin

  • sea salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in the base of a food processor, and process until smooth. Serve with crisp raw veggies, such as carrots, celery sticks, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, or cucumber slices, for dipping.

15-Skinny Ms. Ranch Dip

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt plain, fat-free

  • 1/2 cup sour cream reduced fat

  • 1 tablespoons Skinny Ms. Ranch Seasoning

Directions

  • Combine ingredients in a medium bowl, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Allow dip to set overnight in the refrigerator before serving,

16-Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil

  • 1/2 pound ground chicken breast

  • 2 shallots diced

  • 1/4 red onion diced

  • 1 clove garlic very finely minced

  • fresh chiles
    or jalapeño, minced, amount up to you

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 1/2 lime juiced

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce low sodium

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce leaves separated into “cups”

  • 1 handful of cilantro and/or mint cut into chiffonade

Directions

  • Heat a wok or large sauté pan over high heat. When hot, swirl in 1 tablespoon of the oil and add the chicken. Use your spatula to break up the meat and spread out over the surface of the pan. Cook until browned, about 3 minutes.
  • Push the ground chicken to one side of the pan and swirl in the remaining ½ tablespoon of oil. To the oil, add the shallots, red onion, garlic, and fresh chiles and sauté the aromatics until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the fish sauce, lime juice, and soy sauce.
  • Serve with lettuce cups and herbs.

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Best Easy Appetizers Recipes |  When you invite friends over for an aperitif, you can just serve crisps, peanuts (but dry roasted!) And cherry tomatoes. But admit that concocting a homemade aperitif with your little hands, it's still more enjoyable, right? Guests are going to arrive hungry and revel in whatever you have prepared, so don't go wrong and give it your all.

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