According to a recent Ranker.com list, ranked by “food lovers and party enthusiasts,” pizza, chips, and cupcakes are the top three favorites party foods. If you want to go beyond the easy and obvious while still satisfying your guests, try one of these recipes that are sure to please.
Deviled Eggs with a Twist
Add a spicy kick to your typical deviled eggs with homemade pepper jelly (available for purchase) along with dried and fresh herbs for extra flavor.
*1/3 cup mayonnaise
*3 T Homemade Pepper Jelly
*2 T milk (2% is best)
*1 tsp parsley flakes, dried
*1/2 tsp dill weed
*1/2 tsp chives, minced
*1/2 tsp ground mustard
*1/4 tsp sea salt
*1/4 tsp paprika + additional for garnish
*1/8 tsp garlic powder
*1/8 tsp pepper, freshly ground
*12 hard-boiled large eggs
*Fresh parsley, minced
Cut eggs lengthwise in half, remove the yolks, and set the whites aside. In a small bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. In another bowl, mash the yolks and then add them to the mayonnaise/pepper jelly mixture, mixing well. Spoon the filling into the egg whites and sprinkle with additional paprika and parsley. Refrigerate until served.
Crostini, AKA mini toasts, are the perfect party appetizer. You can top them with many different ingredients to make them spicy, sweet, or savory, but one of our favorite ways to use them is to make mini pizzas, always a hit at any party. All you have to do is spoon some marinara on top of the cheese, sprinkle on shredded mozzarella, mini pepperoni, and dried parsley. Then bake them in a 400-degree F oven until bubbly.
Sun-Dried Tomato and Brie Stuffed Mushrooms
You only need five ingredients for this tasty appetizer that’s super easy to whip up just before your guests arrive.
*24 portabella mushrooms
*2 T salted butter
*1 medium package brie
*1 jar sun-dried tomatoes
*Thyme, for garnish
Melt the butter in a pan and saute mushroom caps for one minute on each side. Move the mushrooms into a glass pie dish and then add a spoonful of brie onto each one. Bake in a 350-degree F oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling. After removing from the oven, top them with the sun-dried tomatoes and thyme; serve warm.
Gorgonzola Cheese Balls – No Baking Required
It takes very little effort to make this delicious appetizer made with cream cheese and smoked gorgonzola, with no baking needed.
*4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
*4 oz smoked gorgonzola (room temperature)
*1 T fresh rosemary, chopped
*1 T white wine
*Dash of Worcester sauce
*1 cup walnuts, chopped
*Rosemary sprigs, to garnish
*Salt and pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients except the walnuts and rosemary; blend until creamy and refrigerate until firm. Scoop out the mixture and roll it into balls and then refrigerate again for about 15 minutes to set. Roll them in the crushed walnuts, garnish with rosemary and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.