3 holiday party appetizers that wow, without breaking the bank


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Hosting a holiday cookie exchange or party where you’ll be serving appetizers? Or did you offer to bring an appetizer to the office Christmas party?

Holiday Entertaining can get expensive fast…as there is so much pressure to impress and show up with the tastiest dish at the party.  Here are some easy ideas that will be a party favorite:

  1. Cream Cheese and Pickapeppa Sauce, served with crackers. Find some zesty Pickapeppa Sauce in the condiment aisle at the grocery store (it’s generally near the steak sauce), and pour it over an 8 ounce block of cream cheese. Serve with your favorite party crackers.
  2. Marinated Olives — when you’re in a total rush, it never hurts to pick up a few dollars of marinated olives from the olive bar at the grocery store. If you have a few extra minutes, use canned olives and marinate those in your favorite store bought or homemade vinaigrette.
  3. Caramelized Onion & Blue Cheese Brushetta (recipe below).

Caramelized Onion & Blue Cheese Brushetta

Two powerful and delicious flavors collide over toasted bread slices.


2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 white onions, chopped
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
16 slices baguette bread, thinly sliced
½ cup blue cheese crumbles


Balsam-melize the onions” — In a large skillet, heat the olive oil, then stir in the chopped onions, sugar and balsamic vinegar. Let cook over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring often. (The onions can be cooked up to 2 days ahead of time and stored in the freezer until ready to assemble and broil.)

Meanwhile, slice the baguette bread, place on a baking sheet and run under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes to toast the pieces some. Then add the “balsam-melized” onions and a few crumbles of blue cheese to each bread slice. Run under the broiler again for 1 to 2 minutes, until cheese softens.

Serve Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Bruschetta as an appetizer.

Makes 16 appetizers.

Now that you’ve got 3 wow-ilicious appetizers to share with your family and friends, you can rest easy…and worry about getting all the gifts purchased and wrapped. Before Christmas Eve! Happy Holidays y’all!

Erin Chase is the founder of $5 Dinners.com and author of The $5 Dinner Mom’s One-Dish Dinners Cookbook.

(Source: Savings.com)

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