Friday, December 27, 2013

5 Simple One Bite Appetizers




I don't know about you, but I am tired of cranberries, and sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. I am tired of turkey and maple anything and if I ate ham, probably ham. Add sugar to this list. I am so sugared out and I never thought I would admit that! I am almost ready for healthy food but I still have one more event to get through! Yeah. I know you know what I'm talking about.



The New Year is upon us. We best start preparing now. It's time to strut the stuff and have some fun. No religion, but a lot of praying...you know the kind of praying that you mumble deep inside, about keeping all those resolutions. Yeah. I know. We all do it. Right? This is the year I 'm going to officially lose weight and pay off my bills and believe in myself more. I'm going to have more strength because I'm going to exercise more. Yeah. I'm just sayin'...let's do it after we eat some of these!


My goal is to keep simplifying. That means food, too. I have a tendency to overdo when I have company over and sometimes I get worn out before they even arrive. This has got to change. So I came up with some new simple appetizer bites to get the party rolling. These are a bit more sophisticated than a dip, which means I have to be a bit more polite when I chow. I love dips-but it seems I gorge on dips. Give me one of these bites and I feel I can restrain myself. After all, they are a bit more substantial. 


They are quick to prepare and no cooking involved. They are easy on your waistline as long as you don't overdue, which I guess is true of most food! Figure 6-8 per person if it's a cocktail party, and 4-6, if it's a dinner party.  If you are making all 5 of these for a cocktail party of 8; make 12 of each and you will have a few extra. Though I doubt it! That's enough math for now!  With food like this it's not hard to be the host or hostess with the mostest! And if you don't feel like assembling all of them, just place one on a platter with all of the components and have folks make their own.

Whole Foods has lots of good things to make this easy. Take a look and see what you can come up with. I'm telling you that I could have come up with lots of flavor combinations but Manservant kept eyeing my plates and asking if this was lunch. He's not one to let a good thing escape. Yeah. I know. He did catch me!


Plan ahead and have a great new year!


Caesar Salad Crostini

12 crostinis (Whole Foods are really good!)
Parmesan Cheese Crisps (Buy or make your own)
Romaine Lettuce (A few leaves cut into a chiffonade or thin ribbons.)
Anchovies (If desired)

Caesar Dollop
2 minced garlic cloves
1T lemon juice or 1/2 a lemon squuezed
1/2 t worcestershire sauce
1/4 t dijon mustard
3/4 t anchovy paste
2 T mayonnaise
3 grinds of black pepper

Combine until smooth. Use a tiny spoonful on top of lettuce. Or feel free to use your favorite Caesar dressing!

Parmesan Fricos or Cheese Crisps

Preheat oven to 325. Spread 2 c of grated parmesan cheese in a 10" parchment lined square pan. Bake about 15-20 minutes until golden. Let cool and break into random pieces.

Assembly:
Take 1 crostini. Place a few ribbons of romaine on top. Put a small dollop of Caesar dressing. Top with a piece of parmesan frico. Add an anchovy of you'd like.


Apricot, Blue Cheese and Chorizo Bites 
(Gluten  Free)

12 Apricot halves
12 small pieces of Blue Cheese (I use a Rogue River blue)
12 thinly sliced dried rounds of chorizo
Honey for drizzling
Pistachios for garnish

Layer in the order above.



Potato Chip/Bacon/Goat Cheese/ Red Chile Bites
(Gluten Free)

12 Sturdy Potato Chips
3 Slices of Cooked Thick Peppered Bacon cut into 4 pieces each (I used my candied bacon cooked in strips on a rack)
12 dollops of goat cheese
12 dollops of red chile jam
Green Onion for Garnish

Layer in the order listed. 


 Blue Corn Chips with Salmon and Chile Sauce
(Gluten Free)

12 Spicy Blue Corn Chips
12 pieces of peppered salmon
Chili Sauce
Cilantro for garnish

Chili Sauce
2 T mayonnaise
1 T sour cream
1 1/2 t chopped chipotle pepper
1 T sweet red chile sauce

Mix together and use for dollop.

Assemble in order listed!


Smoked Salmon on a Potato Chip with a Caper Sauce
(Gluten Free)

12 Sturdy potato chips
12 pieces of peppered smoked salmon or lox
Caper Sauce (Mix together 2 T sour cream, 1 1/2 t drained capers, 1/4 t Dijon mustard)
Sprig of dill for garnish and taste!

Assemble in order listed.

Other Fun Appetizers:




Get My Latest Recipes & More Via E-Mail

170 comments:

  1. I think my favorite would be the Smoked Salmon on a Potato Chip with a Caper Sauce. Sounds like a winner!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love to make little Sausage Pizza Baguettes for appetizers.

    ReplyDelete
  3. You have a ton of good ideas here! I'm always looking for appetizer ideas - I tend to like these much more than main courses (main courses have too much of the same flavor, whereas with appetizers you get to change flavors with every bite - bliss!). Does it count for anything in the giveaway if I already subscribe? ;-) Getting simple (you know what I mean!) is a great New Year's resolution. One I should make. Fun eats - thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  4. One of my favorite appetizers is dates wrapped with prosciutto and stuffed with goat cheese. Yum!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I follow you on pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/amkj2002/) and facebook (username april scott)

    email is amkj2002 at Hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  6. I subscribe by email with the address amkj2002 at Hotmail dot com.

    ReplyDelete
  7. A wonderful collection of appetizers, Abbe.
    Happy happy New Year!
    Angie

    ReplyDelete
  8. The Potato Chip/Bacon/Goat Cheese/ Red Chile Bites look delicious! I love most anything with goat cheese

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love appetisers but never make appetisers, people I have over always want food! But I sure do like your selection of apps. I like spinach and artichoke dips and wings, and polenta circles with stuff on top and so on. I think I follow you on everything :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. I follow via twitter @chestnutyouth

    ReplyDelete
  11. *sigh* ..you make potato chips look so elegant and heavenly ♥ Happy Holidays, Abbe! ^.^

    ReplyDelete
  12. I like polenta squares with mushroom ragout.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I follow you on Pinterest
    http://www.pinterest.com/clc408/

    ReplyDelete
  14. Favorite hmm?? SO hard to choose. I would say for casual it's a bacon wrapped pretzel that is dipped into a mixture of brown sugar and cayenne before baking. SO good.

    For something nicer I sure do love brie that's been topped with fruit and brown sugar and wrapped in phyllo dough before baking. I could eat the whole thing!

    I love some of your simple bites because you really shouldn't overdo it so much so that you can't enjoy company...it's he chatting I love even more than the food! :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi Abbe! I live just down the road in Castle Pines. I hope we can meet up sometime! Your appetizer ideas look great!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love the potato chip...candied bacon.

    ReplyDelete
  17. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Smoked Salmon with the capers sauce and dill and following you on pinterest, twitter and facebook and subscribed

    ReplyDelete
  19. My favorite appetizer is smoked salmon canapes with pumpernickel rounds.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I'm tired of ham. :) I really playing favorite to that potato chip/candied bacon thing. Great line up, they all look good. And I agree, I tend to overdo when company has been invited. Simplify is my new mantra also. Happy New Year Abbe. Let's make a NY Resolution that we should meet in person ... I mean really, we live so close.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Holy shizz Abbe - those all look amazing!! My favorite appetizer was at a restaurant I worked at as an Assistant Manager - I could eat whatever I wanted - including filet mignon, but I always got the baked goat cheese appetizer over proscuitto and a balsamic glaze - so good!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I like bite size crab cakes

    ReplyDelete
  23. follow you on Facebook
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  24. My favorite appetizer is fresh mozzarella and tomato
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

    ReplyDelete
  25. I Follow you on pinterest(Kelly Saver)
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

    ReplyDelete
  26. I think my favorite would be the DRIED FRUIT SALAMI

    manifestmiracles@live.com

    ReplyDelete
  27. I follow you on PInterest as Yvonne Woodstock at
    http://www.pinterest.com/earthangel2b/

    manifestmiracles@live.com

    ReplyDelete
  28. I follow you on Twitter as @EARTHANGEL2B

    manifestmiracles@live.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. I follow you on Facebook as Yvonne Marie W

    manifestmiracles@live.com

    ReplyDelete
  30. I follow your blog by GFC as Yvonne Woodstock

    manifestmiracles@live.com

    ReplyDelete
  31. I follow you in Google+ circles AND I google 1 +ed the giveway twice as Yvonne Woodstock

    manifestmiralces@live.com

    ReplyDelete
  32. Abbe, these dishes are so inspiring. I know what you mean by sugared out and I am on the same boat. I like all five bites but my vote will to go the bacon and goat cheese with chips!

    ReplyDelete
  33. My favorite appetizer if veggies & curry dip, but that Caesar salad crostini looks amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Pinterest follower denise leb!
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  35. Email subscriber
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  36. Email subscriber (#2)
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  37. Fantastic little appetizer round up! I would love to try one of each as they sound simple but yet so delicious and perfect way to salute off 2013. Happy New Years to you. BAM

    ReplyDelete
  38. I love homemade cream cheese won tons!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  39. I like to make potato skins for appetizers.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  40. The apricots are calling my name! I don't live in the US but good luck to those who do!

    ReplyDelete
  41. I would like to try the potato chip, bacon and goat cheese appetizer. My favorite is spinach artichoke dip with wheat crackers.

    ReplyDelete
  42. I subscribed for your emails. thanks for the inspiration with the recipes.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Love to try sausage pizza baguettes,

    ReplyDelete
  44. email subscriber as tracietrump40@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  45. Follow you via twitter as @tmtsweeps

    ReplyDelete
  46. The Caesar Salad Crostini is definitely my favorite!
    I'd eat it any time - looks perfect for my :)

    ReplyDelete
  47. Beautiful appetizers, would impress any party guest!

    ReplyDelete
  48. i like apps like chips n dip-keeping it simple
    Dana
    flyergal82 AT (yahoo) /dot/ %com

    ReplyDelete
  49. pinterest follower ladydanaj
    flyergal82 AT (yahoo) /dot/ $com

    ReplyDelete
  50. I love hummus and veggies!
    freefragmentsfresh at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  51. I hear you on simplifying! What great ideas for easy appetizers. I'm going to file these away for the next time we have company :)

    ReplyDelete
  52. I have to say I'm a big fan of cheese platters! Ddebra33 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  53. Following on Twitter @Distracteddebra

    ReplyDelete
  54. All these recipes look delicious. I especially love the Potato Chip/Bacon/Goat Cheese/ Red Chile Bites.
    Stephanie
    steph 0828 at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  55. My favorite appetizer is my mom's Spinach Artichoke dip. It uses a bottle of alfredo sauce which I think makes it taste better than any other recipe!

    ReplyDelete
  56. I follow your pinterest as sbshortie

    ReplyDelete
  57. These are a great set of appetizers, Abbe, offering a nice variety of flavors. None are that difficult to prepare, which is really important for me when it's party time. I'm drawn to appetizers that mix salty and sweet, gorgonzola and honey being a favorite combo.

    ReplyDelete
  58. I love artichoke dip!
    BeccaMFerguson@aim.com

    ReplyDelete
  59. Potato Chip/Bacon/Goat Cheese/ Red Chile Bites are my favorite from this post!! Yum!!

    rachelmarietravis at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  60. I follow on twitter - @stephanienola

    ReplyDelete
  61. I subscribe by email: steph 0828 at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  62. I follow on Pinterest. http://www.pinterest.com/lovinnola/following/

    ReplyDelete
  63. Yum! These are great appetizers...love them all...
    Happy New Year Abbe :D

    ReplyDelete
  64. I love spinach and artichoke dip with home made pita chips

    Thank you for the nice giveaway! And happy new year!

    lola_violets_2010{at}yahoo{dot}com

    ReplyDelete
  65. I love spinach and artichoke dip with home made pita chips

    Thank you for the nice giveaway! And happy new year!

    lola_violets_2010{at}yahoo{dot}com

    ReplyDelete
  66. Following you on Facebook as Allison Swain Downes

    lola_violets_2010{at}yahoo{dot}com

    ReplyDelete
  67. Following you on Pinterest as Allison Downes

    lola_violets_2010{at}yahoo{dot}com

    ReplyDelete
  68. 1- Email Subscribed

    lola_violets_2010{at}yahoo{dot}com

    ReplyDelete
  69. 2- Email Subscribed

    lola_violets_2010{at}yahoo{dot}com

    ReplyDelete
  70. I like your idea with salmon. I usually end up making stuffed mushrooms.
    taffanylooney@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  71. I love making fresh salsa and pouring over cream cheese with some tortilla chips

    ReplyDelete
  72. I want to try the Smoked Salmon on a Potato Chip with a Caper Sauce. I normally do not like cooked salmon so I would try it with raw salmon!
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  73. Just a new bloom spreads fragrance and freshness around...
    May the new year add a new beauty and freshness into our lives.
    Happy New Year.

    ReplyDelete
  74. Happiest of New Years to you!
    I'm totally using that caesars salad on crostini.

    ReplyDelete
  75. Great appetizers! I make mushroom puffs and sweet and salty cheese spread.

    ReplyDelete
  76. A VERY VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2014 !!! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  77. these all look amazing and so professional! i think the Blue Corn Chip with Salmon and a Sweet Chili Dollop is my favorite!

    ReplyDelete
  78. My go to app is a great cheese plate. I love your Potato Chip/Bacon/Goat Cheese/ Red Chile Bites app though! Looks delicious.

    acartwrightmorell at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  79. Follow you on Pinterest - http://www.pinterest.com/alyciamorell/

    acartwrightmorell at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  80. I love spinach and artichoke dip!

    ReplyDelete
  81. Yum! These appetizers all look so good! I think I have a new favorite appetizer–the Caesar Salad Crostini–I can tell I would love it just by looking at the photo! :)

    ReplyDelete
  82. I like bite size crab cakes.
    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  83. That is some light appetizers, sounds awesome.
    HAPPY NEW YEARS!!

    ReplyDelete
  84. Apricot, Blue Cheese and Chorizo Bites would be my choice.

    ReplyDelete
  85. Love the Cesar salad bite! Good luck with all your goals this year - I know you'll accomplish them all!

    ReplyDelete
  86. My favorite appetizer is Buffalo Wings

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
  87. My favorite appetizer is easily shrimp cocktail!
    mannasweeps (at) gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  88. I follow you on pinterest
    pinterest.com/mannasweeps

    ReplyDelete
  89. My favorite is the Buffalo wings. sammylily@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  90. We make a layered nacho dip for our own apps. Usually beans, meat chili, salsa, cheese

    ReplyDelete
  91. also, my email is neyabenz(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  92. I like buffalo chicken dip on Triscuits.

    ReplyDelete
  93. Spinach & Artichoke dip is yummy.

    ReplyDelete
  94. I like shrimp salad on cucumbers as an appetizer!

    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  95. I follow on Pinterest.
    Annemarie Zito (annemariez56)

    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  96. I would love to try the Potato Chip with Candied Bacon, Goat Cheese and Red Chile Jelly

    rtrexel@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  97. My favorite bite is a mini caprese bite. A cherry tomato, mozerella slice with a basil leaf on top.

    krazekatlady at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  98. Following on pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/fridgedfingers)

    krazekatlady at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  99. #1 I subscribed (fridgedfingers at gmail.com)

    krazekatlady at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  100. #2 I subscribed (fridgedfingers at gmail.com)

    krazekatlady at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  101. I like the Potato Chip/Bacon/Goat Cheese/ Red Chile Bites

    fmd518 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  102. I love Cheese and Crackers.
    skysparkle11@gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  103. I follow This is How I Cook on pinterest as skysparkle1.

    skysparkle11@gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  104. I like Abbe Odenwalder on facebook.

    skysparkle11@gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  105. My favorite appetizer is bruschetta toasts! :)

    ReplyDelete
  106. I subscribed (annalana25@gmail.com)!

    ReplyDelete
  107. My favorite is Devils on Horseback, oysters wrapped in bacon and broiled.

    ReplyDelete
  108. These look great - thanks for sharing (and letting me enter) LOL - saving this page - but my fav is a treat - we make a mini chocolate banana cream pie in our mini muffin pans - yum!

    ReplyDelete
  109. I love mini hot dogs!

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  110. pinterest follower http://www.pinterest.com/mandy375/

    thank you!

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  111. My favorite appetizer is spinach dip with sourdough bread
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  112. im a fb follower under sarah cool
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  113. im a twitter follower under @sarahbeara6

    ReplyDelete
  114. i like spinach dip and french bread!

    ReplyDelete
  115. im a pinterest follower under carnationlover
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  116. my favorite appetizer is lil smokies wrapped in bacon, sprinkled with brown sugar and baked. YUM

    ReplyDelete
  117. I follow you on facebook (denise lewandowski)

    ReplyDelete
  118. I love jalepeno poppers wrapper in bacon KMillheim609@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  119. I like the Caesar Salad Crostini. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  120. My favorite appetizer is Cheddar Ale Spread with celery and pretzels.

    ReplyDelete
  121. My favorite appetizer is spinach dip stuffed mushrooms!

    marison459 (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  122. My favorite is chicken livers wrapped in bacon.

    ReplyDelete
  123. Email subscriber.
    ladyt64@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  124. Email subscriber. Entry #2
    ladyt64@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  125. I love stuffed Jalapenos wrapped with Bacon

    ReplyDelete
  126. I love the Blue Corn Chips with Salmon and Chile Sauce.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

    ReplyDelete
  127. I forgot to say I follow on Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/bettycurr/)

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

    ReplyDelete
  128. The smoked salmon on a potato chip look interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  129. I am following you are twitter as njhhb.

    ReplyDelete
  130. my favorite appetizer is loaded baked potatoes

    ReplyDelete
  131. I think my favorite would be the Sausage Pizza Baguettes. :)

    tiffany-hoyt@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  132. I think my favorite would be the Sausage Pizza Baguettes. :)

    tiffany-hoyt@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  133. Out of these appetizers my favorite is the Cranberry Chipotle Wonton Cups, I might have to try that one soon, it looks yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  134. My favorite appetizer is mini spanikopitas.
    timothy j 228 AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  135. I am an email subscriber
    timothy j 228 AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  136. Spinach artichoke dip with chips.

    Ktgonyea at Gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  137. I like buffalo wings.

    rounder9834@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  138. I follow you on pinterest as rounder9834

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  139. 1 I subscribe to your email as rounder9834 @yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  140. 2 I subscribe to your email as rounder9834 @yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  141. I love guac and chips

    winz135 at gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  142. I love spinach artichoke dip with bread
    Annettekz2 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  143. New email subscriber
    annettekz2 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  144. love Potato Chip/Bacon/Goat Cheese/ Red Chile Bites

    ReplyDelete