12 Really Simple Appetizers ...

If you are planning a dinner party and have got everything organized perfectly for the evening, then realize the nibbles you thought would go down well, just aren’t good enough, why not consider making something extra special for your guests to enjoy with their pre-dinner drinks. Here is a list of 12 really simple appetizers:

1. Stuffed Mushrooms

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Really easy to prepare and absolutely delicious, choose small open mushrooms, add some garlic, butter and parsley and then bake for a few minutes. Sit back and watch your guests devour them; just make sure you have made enough of them.

2. Prosciutto E Melone

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With no cooking involved, these delicious appetizers are refreshing and refined. People love the flavour of the sweet melon and the slightly salty paper thin prosciutto and they go so well with any pre-dinner drink.

3. Devilled Eggs

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One of the all-time favourite appetizers, they make a great addition to a plate of fresh tomatoes or vegetables all beautifully cut to look as good as they taste. They are refreshing and healthy and people will always love devilled eggs with their drinks.

4. Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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This fun appetizer will be a hit every time. The great thing is you can prepare well in advance of the party and then freeze them until you need to use them for the event. Just defrost them and then cook them up served with a really rich sauce. A really delicious warm appetizer that goes down well on a cool evening.

5. Jalapenos Stuffed with Sausage

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This is a wonderful appetizer that needs a little preparation, but the end result will get guests begging for more. The slightly Mexican flavour will get your guests’ palates well prepared for the meal ahead.

6. Mini Crab Cakes

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Another great appetizer that can be prepared ahead of a dinner party, frozen then defrosted and cooked for the special occasion. Everyone loves the flavour of the crab meat mixed with the parmesan and crispy bread crumbs.

7. Cranberry Pinwheels

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Another starter that does not need any cooking, these are great to serve at Christmas or Thanksgiving parties. The feta and cream cheeses mixed with the taste of the cranberries and all wrapped up in flour tortillas look gorgeous and taste even better.

8. Caprese Antipasto

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Serve a platter of appetizers that good as they are too eat. Tomatoes, mozzarella and basil with olive oil and balsamic vinegar drizzled delicately over the whole platter they make refreshing appetizers that gets every guest in the mood for a wonderful you have especially prepared for them.

9. Garlic Bread

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This is always a firm favourite with guests as they have their aperitifs, but make sure they don’t overdo it and spoil their appetites for the wonderful meal you plan to serve up a little later on in the evening.

10. Crostini Macheesmo

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Crispy bread toasted in olive oil and topped with delicious things like Guacamole or Summer Salsa, these appetizers are fun and very easy to prepare and always go down a treat.

11. Corn Fritters

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Probably one of the favourite appetizers, you cannot go wrong with these as a pre-dinner nibbles to keep your guests happy while you finish preparing your well planned dinner for them. The wonderful thing is you don’t have to fry them, for a much healthier option, you can bake them too.

12. Fried Ravioli

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You would not think you could fry ravioli but you can and it makes a delicious crispy appetizer that your guests will really enjoy, just make sure you make plenty of them because they will vanish fast.

Whatever you choose to prepare, whether a mixture of delicious nibbles or just one very special appetizer that will get your guests in the mood for a very pleasant evening. The list above will give you food for thought when it comes to planning your next dinner party.

If you’ve got a quick but winning recipe for really simple appetizers we’d love to hear them.

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