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 I do make some appetizers for the holidays.I make pepperoni bread, I serve pizza sauce on the side for dipping,deviled eggs, chicken liver pate and veggies and dip.Roasted garlic which is great
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Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/10/2012 7:59 AM EST
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A block of cream cheese topped with hot pepper jelly  or salsa and served with crackers is quick, easy and good.

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/10/2012 8:29 AM EST
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Renee -- how do you serve these.... is a fork needed?   Do you have any sort of dip with them?
Posted by Nancy G


Hey Nancy ~  I serve them warm, on a pretty platter with a colored toothpick stuck in each one!  Dipping sauce is not necessary but warmed maple syrup is an excellent dipping "sauce" for sausage balls!

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/10/2012 8:30 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas??? : These sounds really good Thanks for the recipe.
Posted by Sara S


You are most welcome as always!!  Enjoy!

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posted at 12/10/2012 8:31 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas??? : Thanks Renee! I think I'll make these for New Years Eve sticking with our tradition for eating pork.
Posted by gale g


You are most welcome as always Gale!  Enjoy!!

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posted at 12/10/2012 8:33 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas??? : my coworkers love these Sausage balls!!!
Posted by Lori F


Yeah!! 

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/10/2012 9:21 AM EST
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Thanks Renee ....... Next Sunday night I'll be taking cookies and candy to the kids' Christmas play.  We'll have cookies and hot cocoa after the play.   The following Sunday night we'll have a candle light service, then tiny sandwiches and finger foods.  Your meatballs sound wonderful.

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/10/2012 1:28 PM EST
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A block of cream cheese topped with hot pepper jelly  or salsa and served with crackers is quick, easy and good.
Posted by Mary Ann S


I love this and so easy to do when you need something quick.I made my own hot pepper jelly a couple of years ago and used that.It was a big hit everywhere I took this.Thanks everyone for all these great recipes and suggestions.

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posted at 12/10/2012 1:42 PM EST
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I make a hot taco dip also.No recipe. I press an eight oz.brick of cream cheese into a 9" pie plate pour nacho cheese over that ( I have used 1 can of chedder cheese soup as is not prepared), 1 # ground meat ( beef,chicken or turkey ) prepared with taco seasoning,Salsa of your choice over that then top with shredded cheddar cheese over that and bake in a 350* over until hot and bubbly 25-30 minutes or until done. This can be topped with a few dollops of sour cream if desired.Serve this along with tortilla chips.It always disappears.I put this out with small plates and a spoon in the dip.Oh Yummy.I usually put raw chopped onions out and hot sauce to be added to the dip.not everyone can do onions and handle hot spicy food when I make this dip for us I include the onions before baking.

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/10/2012 2:18 PM EST
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Pepper Jelly is such a treat .........Maybe 15 or so years ago I grew some plain green peppers and common hot peppers so I could try making my own.   I bought jalapenos (sp?) to go along with them.  I followed the canning recipe exactly - worked so long and hard.  The stuff tasted good  but had all the "set"  and body of  decaf coffee.

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/10/2012 2:31 PM EST
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I've been using the following recipe for many, many years, and it is always a hit.  Hope you like it!
Hot Appetizer Pie
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
2 Tbsp. Milk
2 1/2 oz. jar dried beef - cut fine
2 Tbsp. green pepper - cut fine
2 Tbsp. onion - cut fine
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. chopped green chilies
1/2 Cup sour cream
1/4 Cup chopped walnuts
Soften cream cheese and blend in milk.  Add other ingredients and spread into 8 inch pie plate.  Top with the nuts.  (nuts can be left out if you wish)  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Serve hot with corn chips, triscuits or other sturdy crackers.  Enjoy!

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posted at 12/10/2012 2:39 PM EST
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I haven't tried this recipe yet, just cut it out of the paper.  It sound good, and you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it!! Fontina and Herb Gougeres ( makes about 4 dozen) 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup whole milk 1 cup all-purpose flour  Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste 1 cup grated fontina cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano  5 eggs Bring the butter, milk and 1/2 cup water to boil in a medium saucepan.  Turn heat down to medium; add the flour and a pinch of salt and pepper all at once.  Stir vigorously to combine and continue to cook about 1 minute more, stirring constantly, until dough has formed a ball and leaves a thin film on the bottom and around the sides of the pot.  Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Transfer dough to a stand mixer fitted with a pappdle attachment.  Add cheeses and oregano and beat on low speed to combine.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition just to incorporate, and scraping down the sides of the bowl, if necessary. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you have a pastry bag, transfer the dough to a bag fitted with a large round tip;  pipe the dough in rounds about 1 1/2 inches in diameter onto the baking sheet.  You can pipe them close together.  If you don't have a pastry bag, use an ice cream scoop to creaste the rounds. If you are baking these right away space them about 2 inches apart.  Use a wet fingertip to push down the peaks and smooth out any peaks on the rounds.  Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least 1 hour, until the balls are hard and easy to handle.  Peel the gougeres off the baking sheet and place in a zippered freezer bag to store up to 1 month.  To bake: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Place the gougeres ( straight from the freezer, if you have frozen them) on a parchment-or silpat-lined baking sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 5 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature toe 375 degrees.  Bake another 15-18 minutes until golden turning the tray about half-way through to ensure even cooking.  Remove from oven and serve warm Note: if baking right after making, be sure gougeres are at least 2 inches apart on the baking sheet, and bake for a slightly shorter time. These sound like they are like a cream puff dough to me with cheese added.  In any case if the main part can be done ahead and then baked that's a plus in my book!!
Posted by Barbara B

I have made these.  They taste wonderful and are very easy to make.
You are correct in that the dough is the same used to make cream puffs.
Play with different types of cheese for other flavors.  I was thinking of making these and I have some horseradish flavored cheese that I think would be great with this.

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/10/2012 2:54 PM EST
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 I do make some appetizers for the holidays.I make pepperoni bread, I serve pizza sauce on the side for dipping,deviled eggs, chicken liver pate and veggies and dip.Roasted garlic which is great on crackers.I'm always looking for new things to serve please share any ideas.
Posted by gale g

Please share more info on your pepperoni bread, Gale. Easy to make? What is your recipe?? Sounds tasty!

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/10/2012 2:59 PM EST
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Pepper Jelly is such a treat .........Maybe 15 or so years ago I grew some plain green peppers and common hot peppers so I could try making my own.   I bought jalapenos (sp?) to go along with them.  I followed the canning recipe exactly - worked so long and hard.  The stuff tasted good  but had all the "set"  and body of  decaf coffee.
Posted by Nancy G


I've had this happen too Nancy.I was making apple core and peel jelly I didn't have enough apple peels and cores the one time and froze them and added them at a later date to fresh ones and the jelly was like syrup so that's what I used it as and My brother used it to glaze pork roasts.I could have done it over again adding more pectin but I was tired and left it as is.My brother keeps asking for all my mistakes lol !.

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/10/2012 11:00 PM EST
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In Response to Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas??? : Please share more info on your pepperoni bread, Gale. Easy to make? What is your recipe?? Sounds tasty!
Posted by angie h


Here it is Angie,if you have any more questions please ask



Pepperoni bread

1/4 Cup Melted Butter
2 1/4 Cup very warm tap water
2 Pkgs.Active Dry Yeast
1 Tablespoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Sugar
6 Cups Bread Flour
1 # sliced pizza pepperoni


In a large bowl place melted butter and warm water,stir well.Add yeast,salt and sugar.Let sit for 5 minutes,Add 3 cups of flour and mix well.Add the other 3 cups of flour mix well,when it is all incorporated.Knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.I use my big Kitchen aide mixed to mix the flour in and when it is smooth and clinging to the dough hook,I put it on low and let the mixer do the kneading for me.When the dough is is ready place in a large bowl that you have greased,turn the dough so all sides are greased cover and place in a warm place and let it rise until double about 1 Hour.Punch the dough down and transfer to a floured board,Divide in half or you can make 4 smaller loaves.I make 2 large loaves,they fit perfectly on my half sheet baking trays.I roll it out to fit length wise in the pan roll out to about 1/4 inch thick,this will make 2 large loaves.After it is rolled out place sliced pepperoni on the dough I over lap them and use about 1/2 # of pepperoni on each loaf.Leave about a 1/2 inch not covered with the pepperoni so when it's rolled you can seal it fold the ends under and pinch the dough to seal the ends and the seam.Place the loaves on a greased cookie sheet seam side down,grease a piece of waxed paper or foil place over the loaves put it in a warm place for about a hour to rise.This is optional beat an egg and brush the beaten egg on the loaves it just makes them look even better..Bake in a preheated 350* oven for about 35 minutes or until the loaves are a nice golden brown.Allow them to cool on a cooling rack,slice and serve with marinara sauce or pizza sauce on the side for dipping.Enjoy!

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/11/2012 7:04 AM EST
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Gale - that sounds SO good.  I wish I could use yeast

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/11/2012 7:55 AM EST
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Thanks Renee ....... Next Sunday night I'll be taking cookies and candy to the kids' Christmas play.  We'll have cookies and hot cocoa after the play.   The following Sunday night we'll have a candle light service, then tiny sandwiches and finger foods.  Your meatballs sound wonderful.
Posted by Nancy G


You are most welcome as always Nancy!! Enjoy!

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/11/2012 10:25 PM EST
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Gale - that sounds SO good.  I wish I could use yeast
Posted by Nancy G


This could be done with frozen bread dough.Thaw it out,roll it out to fit on the cookie sheet (12x14).cover it with a piece of foil or waxed paper that has been greased let it rest for about 15 minutes.Lay out the pepperoni,I really load it up I use about 1/2 #  per loaf.Roll the loaf up carefully pinch the two ends shut and fold under.Place the roll on a greased cookie sheet seam side down,cover with a greased sheet of waxed paper or tin foil and put into a warm place to raise for about 1 hr.This is optional brush the top and sides of the loaf with a beaten egg and bake in a pre-heated 350^ oven for about 35 minutes or until a golden brown remove from the cookie sheet and cook on a cooling rack,When the loaf cools down slice and eat.Marinara sauce or pizza sauce can be served on the side for dipping

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/11/2012 11:23 PM EST
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Next week I will need an especially good finger food ...... I've looked at so many but haven't decided yet.
Would the pepperoni bread be good when served cold?

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/11/2012 11:43 PM EST
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Next week I will need an especially good finger food ...... I've looked at so many but haven't decided yet. Would the pepperoni bread be good when served cold?
Posted by Nancy G


Yes room temperature the day it is baked is always best.:)

Re: Appetizers for the holidays? Ideas???

posted at 12/12/2012 7:25 AM EST
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I usually go with simple cheese and a few crackers.  Not very original.  But a break from sweets and you can fix it ahead of time (cutting the cheese, etc) and enjoy yourself more.  But as a boon to people who love hot foods, you can add some firey sauces or even cheeses with peppers.
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