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Quick and Easy Party Appetizers:
Great Easy to Make Appetizer Recipes

Simple foods make the best quick and easy party appetizers! Why? Because elegance is often all about simplicity-- which means simple foods can be sophisticated as well as easy to make together.

Good party foods are those that can be eaten in one or two bites and offer a good variety of flavors and textures... just enough to keep your guests marveling at your skills.

Creating great appetizers means using the very best ingredients you can find, and keeping each individual bite simple and balanced. Each morsel will hold only a little bit of food-- so the quality of the cheese, breads and other ingredients will show through quickly. Appetizers with too many ingredients tend to get lost because there is too much going on with the flavors. Keep the ingredient list small and a balance between salty, savory and sweet to give your guests a great experience.

A bonus for you? When crafting quick and easy party appetizers, this minimalist elegance means less work for you, too!


Herbed Bruschetta with Goat Cheese Appetizers

Classic Italian Bruschetta with Goat Cheese on Bread Appetizer Party RecipeGoat cheese, also known by its French name, chevre, is a slightly tangy soft cheese that goes well with the sweetness of tomatoes and fresh herbs. These bite size portions are intentionally rustic in their appearance and will always benefit from the use of local ingredients.

This is an easy to make appetizer recipe, yes. But it definitely requires good ingredients... be sure to use ripe tomatoes and good quality goat's cheese.

Serves about 8.

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Ingredients:
2 C. Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
4 tbsp. chopped fresh herbs (oregano, parsley, basil)
4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 clove garlic, minced or pressed
8 ounces fresh goat cheese
Country bread or French bread
Freshly ground black pepper, to garnish

Directions: 1. Toss the tomatoes, herbs, vinegar and olive oil in a bowl to combine and set aside.

2. Cut bread on the diagonal to create oval pieces and lightly drizzle the juices from the tomato mixture on each slice. Toast these slices at 350 degrees F for 5-7 minutes or until just barely brown.

3. While the bread is still warm place small amounts of goat cheese on each slice. Thin rounds of cheese can be cut and simply laid on top of the bread.

4. Use a slotted spoon to place a small amount of tomato mixture on each slice. Drizzle with a bit of extra olive oil and a sprinkling of black pepper and serve immediately.


Simple Stuffed Mushrooms with Sherry

Stuffed Appetizer Mushrooms Easy to Make Appetizer Idea for a PartyWhen searching for recipes for quick and easy party appetizers that are also impressive, here's a trick: Sometimes the addition of just one unusual ingredient can elevate a standard dish to something memorable.

In this case, standard stuffed mushrooms are made unusual and elegant with the addition of a nice-quality sherry. You can mix up and assemble the mushrooms ahead of time to turn these into really easy to make appetizers for your party. Just bake them up right before serving so they stay warm.

Serves about 6.

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Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds medium mushrooms, whole
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup shallots, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1/3 cup sherry
1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Clean mushrooms and remove stems. Remove the cut end and finely chop the stems.

3. In a heavy sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Sauté the chopped stems, garlic and shallots until tender.

4. Remove from heat and add sherry, breadcrumbs and parmesan until well combined.

5. Spoon a small amount of mixture into each mushroom cap and place in a lightly oiled baking pan. Bake 10-15 minutes and serve warm.

Serving Suggestion: Mushrooms make wonderfully quick and easy party appetizers, and will be easiest for guests to grab and eat if you skewer them from the side-- this way, all they have to do is grab and go.


Asparagus Wrapped in Serrano Ham: A Spanish Classic

Asparagus with Serrano Ham Appetizer Recipe for a PartyThe classic pairing of fresh asparagus and salty jamon (or Serrano ham, the Spanish equivalent of Italian prosciutto) in this recipe gives complex flavors and wonderful contrasts to an otherwise very simple appetizer.

The basic preparation of this quick and easy party appetizer also means that you can have it ready at a moment's notice to share with your guests. There is no salt in this dish because the prosciutto is salty enough.

Hint: For an extra special touch try using a hollandaise sauce for dipping the asparagus.

Serves about 6.

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Ingredients:
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and washed
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar syrup
Fresh cracked pepper
9 ounces Spanish Serrano ham or Italian prosciutto, thinly sliced

Directions: 1. In a shallow baking pan toss the asparagus with olive oil, lemon juice and pepper.

2. Cut the jamon or prosciutto slices in half and wrap each half around two spears of asparagus. (You may want to divide the spears evenly among the prosciutto pieces or cut smaller pieces.)

3. Lay these bundles seam side down on a baking sheet covered in foil.

4. Roast at 425° F for 10-15 minutes or until asparagus is done. Serve these quick and easy party appetizers warm or cold on a pretty design of balsamic syrup.

Cheeses, mushrooms and fresh vegetables can provide a sense of balanced cooking with a protein, starches and a vegetable. Quick and easy party appetizers only need simplicity, balance and freshness to really impress your guests. So have fun with it!


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