Time again to break out the appetizers for a heavy hors d’oeuvre menu! The Super Bowl comes at dinner time this year, a perfect time for finger foods. Even if you aren’t going to watch the game from Tampa, you still might enjoy a finger food meal for the Puppy Bowl, or perhaps a Sunday Movie night. I like some hot appetizers for cold days, and an addition of some chilled items make a great appetizer meal, and grazing during a sporting event. I have a new recipe for you today, along with a round up of some previous posts. You can see the linked posts for step by step photos and recipes.
Chicken wings are a favorite football food, and I did quite a bit of experimenting with them. I wanted to get a crunchy crush without frying, trying to make these with less fat. My recipe uses Panko and Parmesan cheese, baked in the oven to get that crunch with lots of flavor.
My Baked Spinach Spread is essentially the same recipe I use as a side dish for meals. It works nicely for spreading on crackers for a hot appetizer. Certainly having some hot veggies on the buffet is a good thing.
I also wanted to make a lower fat version of sausage balls, and found a way to reduce it with low fat versions of the ingredients. See my Sausage Balls recipe, along with the wings and spinach dip on my post Appetizer Meals.
Ham roll ups are a great finger food. These can be made up in advance, even a whole day before, and kept in the refrigerator until ready to eat. You can also add whatever you like to the basic recipe. I’ve seen them made with pickles in the center, or shredded veggies in the cream cheese spread. Ham Roll Ups.
I love Homemade Guacamole, but I don’t like raw onions. I make mine with milder green onions, fresh tomatoes, and a bit of sour cream to keep the color bright.
While we are on the subject of Mexican appetizers, try this one the next time you have some leftover Chicken Chili. Heat a cup of chili in a flat skillet on medium high heat, stirring often, until most of the liquid evaporates, and bean base is thick. Doing this will keep the chips from becoming soggy.
Dollop onto tortilla chips, top with cheddar jack cheese, and microwave for 30 seconds to one minute, until cheese is melted. Garnish with fresh chopped tomatoes and green onions. Yum! Chicken Nachos!!
I think you can put just about anything between chips and melted cheese and it would be good, LOL!! I’ve made them with Leftover Pork roast too.
And one last idea, just about anything is good on a small slice of toast. After all, just top a slice with tomatoes, basil and cheese and you have a quick bruschetta, great served hot or cold.
But if you want one more hot idea, here’s my new recipe for this year. I was inspired by the Slow Roasted Ham I made earlier in the week. Toast thin slices of artisan bread. Mix a tablespoon of horseradish sauce into 2 ounces of cream cheese.
Spread the horseradish cream cheese on the toast, and top with a thin slice of warm ham. Garnish with green onions. Yum!
Do you have a favorite dish for an appetizer or finger food?