Posts Tagged ‘party food’

Cheesy Chicken Fried Ravioli

Cheesy chicken fried ravioli are perfect treats for game day parties or get togethers! 

Win MVP at your next party with these Cheesy Chicken Fried Ravioli! An easy party appetizer recipe with amazing flavor! Get the recipe on GoodieGodmother.comThis shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KickUpTheFlavor #CollectiveBias

The first words out of my husband’s mouth when he tried these cheesy chicken fried ravioli were “These aren’t leaving the house, are they?” I believe this is what we term a “win” in easy party appetizer recipes.  (more…)

Turkey Feta Spinach Meatballs {Gluten Free}

Gluten free turkey spinach feta meatballs with an easy lemon dipping sauce. Lower in fat than a classic meatball and loaded with natural protein. Includes a secret ingredient to keep the meatballs from drying out. ;)

You know that feeling when you need an appetizer dish for a potluck, you have less than two hours until you need to be there, you aren’t ready yet so a trip to the store is out of the question, and you don’t want to buy something because of course you signed up to bring something hot and not chips and salsa? That’s how this recipe came to exist in our lives about seven years ago, because I am the perpetual over-committer. But we have really juicy, delicious meatballs that taste amazing, and are just a little different than your “usual” meatball recipe, so maybe in this situation a little over-commitment turned out for the best. (more…)

Easy Croque Monsieur Roll Ups

I had a few friends over one afternoon not too long ago for tea, and I was looking to make a few easy snacks for us to enjoy with the tea. I had two sweet options, my Honey Scones and a Salted Caramel Ice Cream Macaron (coming soon), fresh strawberries, and these, which ended up being the hit of the afternoon! I was asked for the recipe and promised it shortly, but I didn’t get it up that week, or the week after… or the one after that. But it’s up now. 😉Perfectly poppable and EASY Croque Monsieur Roll Up recipe. Perfect for parties and easy to make in advance! (more…)

3 Easy Appetizers in Under 30 Minutes

Wonton Appetizer Header

When I’m planning a party and I need a variety of different appetizers, I want to keep things simple and one of the best ways I’ve found to do that is to create a few easy variations based on one common ingredient. Back when we lived in Georgia, I learned one could bake wonton wrappers to make healthier “chips”. They weren’t very satisfying as chips, but I adored how perfect they were to as a base for toppings to make perfect little appetizers. They immediately became one of my secrets for easy entertaining.

Brie bites for baking

I made all three of the appetizers I’m going to share with you today: turkey banh mi cups, baked brie bites, and cream cheese chive wontons, in just under 30 minutes start to finish. Bam! Party entertaining made simple.

wrapping cream cheese chive wontons

If you don’t have 30 minutes or don’t need to make three different options, the Brie Bites are ready in 12 minutes – 2 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to bake. So easy, but they look so pretty and are the perfect size for munching while mingling.

Banh mi bites recipe

And if you’re really in a bind, or you don’t like Brie, bake the cups just like I do for the banh mi bites and fill with your favorite filling. Some of my favorite alternatives:

  • Hummus with a shred of roasted red pepper or sprinkle of paprika
  • Spinach dip – bake with the cups if you want to serve hot or spoon in later to serve cold
  • Taco bites – layer your favorite taco seasonings in each cup
  • Antipasti
  • Fresh strawberries with a drizzle of chocolate or condensed milk

Find what makes you happy and go with it! I’ve separated the recipes so you can see them more easily. The do chua (pickled vegetables) for the banh mi can be made ahead, and you can wrap the cream cheese chive bites up to a day ahead and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to bake.

Easy brie bites recipe

Cream Cheese Chive  Wontons

Wishing you happy and stress-free holiday entertaining!

Beautiful Appetizer Display

Banh Mi Bites
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Easy appetizer based on the popular Vietnamese sandwich, the banh mi, using wonton wrappers as cups
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 24
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • ½ lb ground turkey
  • 1 tsp fish sauce**
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • ⅔ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup quick pickled vegetables/do chua (recipe at Viet World Kitchen)*
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and sliced into 24 pieces
  • ¼ c mayonnaise
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F.
  2. Spray a nonstick mini-muffin tin with nonstick spray. Gently place the wonton wrappers in the wells and spray again. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the cups are golden brown.
  3. While the cups are baking, mix the turkey and soy sauce in a skillet over medium heat and cook thoroughly, stirring to break up the meat well.
  4. When the cups are done baking, remove from the oven and allow to set for two minutes.
  5. To fill the cups, layer with the turkey, vegetables, cilantro, a drizzle of mayo, and top with a sliver of jalapeno.
*I made the pickled vegetables in advance for use in sandwiches. I decreased the amount of sugar in the Viet World recipe by ¼. You may be able to find some pickled vegetables locally as well. If you don't, you can just replace this with shredded carrots for the appetizers.
**You may replace the fish sauce with an additional tsp of soy sauce.

Baked Brie Bites
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A classic party favorite in a bite sized form
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 24
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • ½ lb brie cheese
  • ¼ cup jam*
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F
  2. Spray a mini-muffin pan with nonstick spray, place the wonton wrappers in the nonstick pan, and spray again.
  3. Cut the brie into 24 cubes (about ⅓") and place one in each cup.
  4. Bake the cups for 9-10 minutes until the edges are a crisp golden brown.
  5. Place the jam in a piping bag or zip top bag, snip the tip or a corner, pipe the jam into each cup.
  6. Serve warm
*I used a pepper berry jam to give a slight kick. You may use whatever jam you prefer adding to baked brie, or substitute your favorite baked brie topping.

Cream Cheese Chive Wontons
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 24
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1 8 ounce block of cream cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh chives
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the chives with the softened cream cheese.
  3. Take a wonton wrapper, place about 1.5 tsp of the filling in the center. wet the edges and fold two opposing corners together to make a triangle. Leave as is or bring the two corners at the base of the triangle together. Place on the baking sheet. Repeat until you've made all the wontons. Spray the finished wontons with nonstick spray (canola oil) or lightly brush with avocado or vegetable oil.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the wontons are lightly golden and crispy.



Croquetas de Jamon (Ham Croquettes)

This post for Cuban croquetas de jamon updated with new photos March 2016 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project, where I add new photos to already delicious recipes. Enjoy!

Travel to Miami not required. Make Cuban croquetas de jamon at home with this easy to follow recipe. You can even make them in advance and cook from frozen! Croquetas are a perfect afternoon snack paired with Cuban coffee, light lunch, appetizer, or party food idea. *

We went to visit my baby sister in Lynchburg this weekend. Her husband is the associate pastor at a local church, so we went to their congregation this Sunday, and the messages left me thinking. My brother-in-law led the Sunday School class and the topic for the week was anger, how God views anger, and how we as Christians should not let ourselves fall into un-productive anger. It’s okay to be angry about certain things, it’s a human emotion, but it should inspire us to positive action and then it’s over. If we let anger into our hearts and into our lives we become angry people and our anger removes our focus from living the life God has planned for us. (more…)

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