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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Last Minute Appetizers

Halloween is just around the corner and you may (or may not, like hubby and I) be going to a Halloween party.  If you want to cook something cute and Halloween themed, then you’re in the wrong place, unfortunately.  I have zero creative skills in making dishes cute.  (Cute and themed dishes can be found here.)  BUT, if you want to bring something delicious and easy, then I have a few recipes you will appreciate.

When I’m invited to a party or a potluck, I like to bring dips.  Usually the host of a potluck has the main dish and possibly some sides under control, but they tend to leave appetizers and desserts to their guests.  These dip recipes are sure to please at your next Halloween party or any holiday party.

Pepperoni Dip 

I know what you’re thinking, these ingredients don’t go together at all.  I felt the same way when I first heard the ingredients of this dip.  But once combined, this is definitely one of the best dips I’ve ever tasted.  Make it a day ahead and heat up in the microwave when it’s time to serve.  That way, all the flavors can meld in the fridge overnight.  Also, I use turkey pepperoni for this recipe because it isn’t as greasy, but feel free to use whatever pepperoni you prefer.

1 8oz. Package cream cheese, softened
1 small can cream of celery soup
1 cup turkey pepperoni, quartered

Combine all ingredients in large saucepan.  Melt and stir to combine over medium heat.  Serve hot with crackers, tortilla chips, or veggies.

Loaded Baked Potato Dip
When you combine all the ingredients of this dip and eat it with a crinkle cut potato chip, it tastes very much like a cold baked potato with all the fixin’s.  One of my favorites.

1 16 oz. Sour Cream
1 envelope Hidden Valley Ranch dry powder mix
1 ½ cup shredded cheddar
½ cup bacon bits
¼ cup fresh green onions

Combine all ingredients and serve cold with Ruffles or other thick potato chip. 

Shrimp Dip
This dip makes people think you went to a whole lot of trouble.  Only you have to know how simple and easy it really is!!!

2 8oz. Package cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ - 1 cup cocktail sauce (depending on how much you like)
1 can tiny shrimp, drained

Combine the cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder.   Spread cheese mixture in a layer on serving plate.  Pour cocktail sauce evenly over cheese mixture.  Spoon shrimp over cocktail sauce.  Serve chilled with buttery crackers.  (Allow to warm up a few degrees from the fridge for easy dipping)

Hot Pepper Relish Dip
You’ve tried this every time you’ve been in the Harry and David store.  Easy and always a hit at the party.

1 8oz. Package of cream cheese
½ jar of Harry & David Pepper and Onion Relish

Combine cream cheese and relish.  Serve with crackers and/or fresh veggies.

Don’t forget the Party Cheese Ball

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