Three Easy Appetizers

Whether you’re throwing a fancy soiree or having some friends over to get drunk and watch Lifetime movies*, rest assured that you guests are bound to get the munchies sooner or later. And when this moment comes, do not fret gentle reader about what to serve for I have given you not 1, but 3, easy and simple appetizers that will please the most sophisticated palate (or your drunk friends). All of these appetizers feature no more than three ingredients, no more than 5 steps, and can be prepped ahead of time. You’re Welcome.

*Drunk Lifetime movie parties happen frequently and without remorse in the Kruse house.

Whipped Feta, serves 6-8

  • 5-6 Oz. Feta cheese crumbles (whole feta works too)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt or Cream Cheese (I used Fage 2% yogurt)
  • Honey
  • Black Pepper to taste

Equipment:

  • A food Processor
  • Spoon or rubber Spatula
  • The Process:

1) Place the feta, pepper, and 3 tablespoons of yogurt  (or cream cheese) in the food processor. Blitz all of it until its fluffy, smooth, and thoroughly blended. If its too thick (it should be the texture of hummus, only its better because its cheese), add one more tablespoon of yogurt and blitz again.

2) Pour the the whipped feta onto your favorite serving plate and drizzle the top with honey.

3) Serve with good toasted bread, pita, or crackers.

Hostess Note: You can prep step 1 up to 24 hours in advance. Just give the dip a good stir before topping with honey and serving.

Bacon Wrapped Dates, serves about 6

  • 12 Oz. Package of Dried Pitted Dates (this was about 21 Dates)*
  • 1 Package of Bacon (I had a 10 oz. package)
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded, de-ribbed, and cut into long skinny strips about the same size as the Dates
Put a thin sliver of jalapeño into the pitted date

Equipment:

  • Roasting Pan lined with foil and fitted with a metal wrack
  • Toothpicks

The Process:

1) Preheat your oven to 425 degrees

2) If using pitted dates, there will already be a whole in the dates. If they’re not pitted, simply cut a slit in the date using a sharp pairing knife and remove the pit leaving the perfect cavity for your jalapeño. Place your piece of Jalapeño in the date.

Secure the bacon around the date with a toothpick

3) Wrap the date in a strip of bacon. I used about 1/3 of a strip of bacon to completely wrap the date. Secure the bacon using a toothpick

4) Place the bacon wrapped date on the roasting pan and roast for about 25 to 30 minutes, flipping the dates over half through cooking to insure the bacon cooks evenly.

5) Let the dates cool for 10 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

Hostess Note: You can assemble these bad boys up to 24 hours in advance and bake them off before your guests arrive.

 


Stuffed Mushrooms
, serves 12

  • 12 mushrooms, cleaned and with the stems removed (I used Baby Bellas, but White mushrooms work too)
  • 4 oz. Herbed Goat cheese or Boursin (basically soft herbed cheese of your choosing)
  • Parmesan cheese or bread crumbs for the topping

Equipment:

  • 9”x13” baking sheet lined with foil or a non-stick cooking spray
  • spoon

The Process:

1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Take a spoonful of your herbed cheese of choice and generously fill the mushroom cap. The cheese should come up even with the lid of the cap. If you’re too generous, the cheese will just melt all over your mushrooms. It will still be very tasty, but not as pretty.

2) Place the mushroom filled mushroom caps cheese side up on a baking sheet and top with a healthy pinch of bread crumbs or parmesan cheese.

3) Bake the mushrooms for about 10 minutes or until the mushrooms have softened a bit and the cheese is bubbly and golden. If you’d like your mushrooms to be a little more golden, then place them under the broiler for 30 seconds to a minute or until they have reached your desired level of golden deliciousness.

4) Let cool for 1 minute or two and serve warm.

*Hostess Note: you can assemble the mushrooms up to 8 hours in advance and bake them off right before your guests arrive.

Disclaimer: I received nothing for these recipes except for your undying gratitude

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