As we wind down the holiday season, I offer you all what I consider to be the 5 best appetizers to ring in the New Year. These morsels of savory goodness are perfect for casual celebration. They’re easy, tried and true delights that are a standard for gatherings here at The Log Home Kitchen.
Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day with these easy chicken wings baked in a hot sticky sauce that will keep you licking your fingers and wanting more. Leave the complicated work behind with this simplified method for perfect wings.
Do you have herbs growing galore in your garden and are looking for something new to do with them? With a bumper crop this summer, I’ve started to incorporate them into just about everything I cook and bake. Come inside and take a peek at this Garden Herb Cheesecake.
With Super Bowl XLIX just a few days away, I had to make one more attempt at providing you with an appetizer that is sure to score a touchdown at your party. Whether it’s going to be just you, a couple, or a crowd, these Mini Corn Dogs pack alot of flavor in a small package.
Let’s call these properly inflated corn dogs, shall we? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Plump little beef smokies with small nuggets of cheese on the inside are skewered, then dipped and fried in a sweet cornmeal batter similar to what you’d find at the ball park or county fair.
Easy to make, these delectable little nibbles are nice bundles of cream-cheesy, fruity bites in a premade pastry dough. Bake up some Chutney Cheese Tartlets to highlight your next gathering.
Before you run away thinking this is a complicated recipe, I promise this one isn’t! In fact, it’s only three…count them 3…ingredients. Simple, bite-sized tartlets topped with a delicious off-the-shelf prepared chutney.
All of this Sunday football activity lately has made me hungry. Hungry for foods I don’t usually eat on a normal day. What’s up with that? Like, I wanted a cheeseburger, but not a whole cheeseburger. So I put two-and-two together and came up with a game plan of my own.
As in these Easy Cheeseburger Bites. Perfect little appetizers that are a real gamechanger.
With ready-to-use crescent dough sheets, frozen meatballs, and cheddar cheese, you’ll be on your way to mini cheeseburger heaven in no time, right from your own oven! Hot, cheesy, meaty goodness in each bite. Dipping sauce on the side makes these little mouth poppers taste extra special. As in really, really good.
I’m not certain if there is such a thing as French Country Meatball Appetizers, yet it’s the only string of words I could come up with to best describe these mouth-sized teasers drenched in a savory cream sauce infused with my favorite herb blend. These will definitely be landing on my New Year’s Eve buffet table.
Maybe they’ll be landing on your table as well.
Since many of us have spent a whole lot of time baking and cooking this holiday season, I wanted to come up with a tasty dish that only takes a small amount of time to prepare. 15 minutes max on this one if the truth be told. And it is yumm…my.
It’s last minute. Christmas is upon us. We’ve checked our lists twice. Surely we’ve got everyone covered. Ah, but have we really? I always seem to come up short. This is where I put together several jars of a snack medley worth gifting, just in case.
These jars of sweet and salty munchiness won’t break the bank. Plus they’re fast to put together.
Invariably, I’m always in need of a last minute gift to give as a friendly gesture of rememberance. With a few large mason jars, several bags of snicky snacks, and some scrap tissue and ribbon, I’m off and running creating a delightful gift that should be enjoyed by everyone. We all nibble on snacks at one time or another. Put together a jar of happiness that, when once emptied, can serve as a storage container. It’s a gift in a gift.
With a little bit of time and planning, you can stockpile up to 4 dozen mini quiche appetizers that can be ready for unexpected guests by the time cocktails are served. If you have a party on the horizon, or just want some little nibbles before the main dish at your holiday get-together, your guests will love popping these cheesy, bacon-y tarts in their mouths. The best perk is they’re all done ahead of time!
Don’t these look tasty?
The idea came from my new BFF Martha Holmberg. Well, we’ve never actually met, but I’ve enjoyed her celebrated cookbooks and taking part in her online cooking classes over at Craftsy. Martha is so real, as in down-to-earth. I recently took one of her classes where I learned some simple techniques to work with different types of pastry doughs that I thought once to be intimidating. But no more. Yippee!
Okay everyone, it’s time to get serious. Thanksgiving is a week away! If you’re like me, you’re just now trying to figure out the holiday menu. For starts, as in the nibbles before the big meal, I offer you a make-ahead Crab & Swiss cheesecake appetizer that is divine. The combination of succulant crab, cream and swiss cheeses, and herbs is a real winner that your company will enjoy.
Impress your guests with this easy peasy elegance-on-a-dish prelude to the main event.
Remember, I’m all about easy. I also like to serve things up that are appetizing, as in appealing to the eye and make one’s mouth water. Are you with me yet?
When a major holiday rolls around, I like to make the gathering before the meal a little extra special by offering tidbits of deliciousness. Invariably, the turkey is never done at the time appointed for dinner to be ready. There always seems to be a hiccup in the day’s schedule. Then everyone ends up standing around starving to death! Sound familiar?
As the mercury starts to rise in our neck of the woods, it’s always a welcome change to open up the doors and windows, freshen things up, and get the chores and yard work done, because we look oh so forward to patio time! We power wash the tables, chairs, barbeque, and the entire patio area. For some reason that’s the type of cleaning I don’t seem to mind because we spend so much time out there.
The creek that wraps around the house sounds like a jacuzzi tub bubbling away. As the water rages, birds of various varieties flock in the trees and take their turns at the feeders. The grass is starting to green up and flowers are starting to bloom. At the end of the day, there’s not a better place to be than on our backyard patio enjoying the plethora of nature, sipping on wine and martinis, and cooking out on the grill.
Our patio has become a wonderful gathering place for families and friends. Memories are made here. So I always try to make things extra special by feeding everyone well. Yes, I love to cook. Of course you know that by now.
I thought it would be helpful if I started to share with you some of my favorite dishes to serve “al fresco” style. One of the best ways to perk the tastebuds of my guests is to serve up appetizers.
Like these. Oh yeah, baby!
I love these things so much that visions of them dance in my head in the winter months when I wish I was sitting out on the patio biting into one of these savory little morsels. And sipping a Cosmo, of course. Here’s the link to these delicious artichoke stuffed mushrooms.
Winters are sometimes just too darn long.
So with the cold, blistery days behind us, it’s time to start building up the arsenal of go-to dishes to prepare for all of the wonderful patio times ahead. As always, I turn to my trusty resource, Allrecipes.com. We’re totally BFF’s.
What will you be adding to your summer menus? I’d love for you to share some of your favorites. I can always use a few new ideas.
Happy weekend everyone!