No dinner party is complete without delicious appetizers to kick things off. Whether you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing dip, bite-sized treats, or a healthy vegetable dish, there’s an appetizer out there that is guaranteed to delight your guests. Here are three easy-to-make appetizer recipes that will get your dinner party started right.
1. Cheesy Garlic Bread Bites
If you’re a fan of both cheese and garlic (and who isn’t?!), this appetizer will be right up your alley. These cheesy garlic bread bites are easy to make, sumptuous, and very addictive.
– 1 French baguette
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 3 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
– 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
– Salt to taste
Cut the baguette into slices. Combine the olive oil, garlic, and salt together, and brush this mixture onto each slice. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and then sprinkle some parsley. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve warm.
2. Honey Mustard Chicken Skewers
Sweet, savory, and a little bit tangy, these skewers are always a hit. They’re also very easy to prepare, and the skewers make them easy to serve and eat.
– 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– 1/4 cup honey
– 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– Wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Season with salt and pepper, then thread onto the soaked skewers. Combine the honey and mustard together and brush this mixture onto the chicken skewers. Grill on high heat for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is cooked through and slightly charred. Serve right away.
3. Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze
These aren’t your average Brussel sprouts. Roasting brings out a wonderful, caramelized flavor in the sprouts, and the balsamic glaze provides an irresistible sweetness.
– 1 lb Brussel sprouts, halved
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
– 1 tbsp honey
Toss the Brussel sprouts in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes, or until crispy and caramelized. While the sprouts are roasting, simmer the balsamic vinegar and honey together in a small saucepan until it thickens to a glaze consistency. Drizzle this glaze over the roasted sprouts before serving.
These easy-to-make appetizers will surely impress your guests without having you spend hours in the kitchen. The key to these recipes is the balance between simple, flavorful ingredients and quick cooking techniques, assuring that the host or hostess can also enjoy the party. So, go ahead and try these recipes for your next get-together and get ready to receive some rave reviews.