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Delicious & Easy Appetizers

Make something tasty to go along with your happy hour sips. These easy appetizers can be made in advance and reheated (if needed) when you’re ready to snack.

Did you make one of these easy appetizer recipes? I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment on the recipe or message me.

Recipe: Avocado Corn Salsa

Fresh sweet corn and creamy avocado combine for a fun twist on the standard salsa recipe. This Avocado Corn Salsa is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.

Ingredients

3 ears of corn (or 1 ½ cups frozen corn, thawed)
½ cup red or sweet onion, diced
2 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
1 avocado, chopped 
1 large tomato, chopped
1 Tbsp lime juice
2 large cloves roasted garlic (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
1 tsp salt

Cut the corn kernels off of the cobs. Place the corn kernels in a large bowl. Fill the bowl with enough water to cover the corn and microwave on high for five minutes.

Drain corn in a colander. Rinse under cold water. 

In a large bowl, combine corn, chopped tomato, diced onion, diced cilantro, lime juice, and salt. 

Mash roasted garlic cloves and add to the corn mixture. 

Fold in diced avocado. 

Chill until ready to serve. 

Note: Do not make more than a couple hours ahead of serving. 

Avocado Corn Salsa

Recipe: Three Cheese Artichoke Dip

This creamy, garlicky three cheese artichoke dip is a delicious alternative to the usual appetizers and sure to be a hit at your next party.

Ingredients

1 – 14 oz can artichoke hearts 
8 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup sour cream
1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (divided)
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. 

Rinse, drain, and finely chop the artichoke hearts. 

Place the softened cream cheese in a medium bowl. Stir in the sour cream and chopped artichoke hearts. 

Add 1 cup mozzarella cheese along with the Parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper to the cream cheese mixture. 

Mix well to combine. 

Spoon mixture into a greased pie plate. 

Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup mozzarella cheese. 

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese on top is golden brown and edges of drip are bubbling. 

Serve warm with crackers, crostini, or raw veggies. 

Enjoy your three cheese artichoke dip!

Notes:

  • Low fat cream cheese and low fat sour cream work well in this recipe.
  • This dip is best served hot or warm.

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Three Cheese Artichoke Dip

Cocktail Pairing

This salty, creamy artichoke dip goes well with a tart, crisp Blackberry Vanilla Martini (below).

Blackberry Vanilla Martini

Recipe: Crab Rangoon Dip

This easy, creamy crab rangoon dip will upgrade your appetizer game. It comes together quickly and feels fancy enough for any holiday gathering or celebration.

Ingredients

8 oz crab meat*
8 oz of cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 small onion, very finely diced (about 1/4 cup)
2-3 green onions, thinly sliced (including tops)
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice 
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
8-10 dashes Tabasco sauce

Combine everything in a large bowl.

Mix until well incorporated.

Scoop into a serving dish and serve immediately with crackers, or raw veggies.

You can also place the dip in the fridge for up to 24 hours before serving.

Enjoy your crab rangoon dip!  


*Make it your own:

Swap the crab for a package of finely diced imitation crab/seafood or smoked salmon. 

Crab Rangoon Dip
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