You might be thinking that I’m getting a little feeble…
If you’re a regular Café follower, I can just hear it: “Didn’t she just do a post on appetizers”?
“Yup”, she did.
In fact, it was just a week ago that we shared Festive, Fun and Easy Appetizers.
But think about the season.
With two major holidays (Christmas and New Years) tucked into one little seven day stretch, I thought you might need a few more fun and delicious nibbles. There are all kinds of parties, get-togethers and celebrations that the end of the old year and the ringing in of the new one brings.
So here we go: Five Celebration-Worthy Appetizers that will be just the sparkle for your next big celebration. They’re real showstoppers.
California Fig and Pistachio Crisps – these delicious crackers are just like the ones you buy (for a fortune) at the gourmet markets. You can make them at home for pennies and they’re perfect with cheese, spreads and dips. I love to serve them with a log cream cheese in a pretty dish, topped with a big spoonful of my Cranberry Sriracha Pepper Jelly. If you have any fresh herbs, a little sprinkle makes it look so festive. Sometimes I add a handful of pomegranate arils too.
Orange and Avocado Salsa – this beautiful salsa is as fresh and delicious as it is pretty! Perfect with chips or spooned over grilled chicken, pork or seafood. Check out how delightful it looks when you put it all together!
Candied Bacon Wrapped Pineapple – these are crazy good, probably the most delicious, addictive appetizer we’ve ever had! This is what one Café reader wrote after trying them:
I recently made this for my son’s wedding , about 80 people. It was a huge hit! I have people asking for the recipe so I am directing them to your website. Thanks so much for such an awesome dish that was loved, it made me look like a rock star in the kitchen!!!
Southwestern Bacon Jalapeño Cheeseball – an old-fashioned cheeseball, all dressed up in brand new clothes. Oh my word, with bacon, cheese, jalapeños and peppers, it’s loaded with fabulous flavor!
Guacamole Hummus – a delicious combination of guacamole and hummus. You’ll be making this healthy dip over and over per request of family and friends! Everyone seems to love it. And there’s something magical about it as the avocados don’t turn brown – it’s just as pretty and good the next day!
Are you all set to party? I am. See you there! It’s true, I might be a little feeble, but I can be lots of fun too!
P.S. We’ll be back on Wednesday with The Café’s Best of the Best 2014 – a roundup of the most popular and pinned recipes of the year. Don’t you dare miss it!
We’ll also get you off to a good start for 2015 with a Orange and Avocado Salad with Peanut-Hoisin Dressing – it’s fresh, healthy and fabulous. You’ll be wanting to drizzle the flavorful dressing on everything you eat! Here’s a sneak-peak.