Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holiday Appetizers

I don't do much in the way of appetizers for holidays, however, there are few appetizers that make an appearance during the holidays.

First one is the good ol' fresh veggie tray!  I don't purchase the ones that are already made up waiting for you in the produce section of the grocery store. I go to Aldi or Save A Lot and get a variety of fresh veggies and cut them up onto a tray. Then for dip, since I get TWO huge bottles of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing from Sam's on a regular basis, I pour some of the dressing into a bowl to go along with the veggies.

Second one is a fruit tray.  Whenever I do up a fruit tray it seems that my picky eater kids will find it quite amusing to see how much fruit they can eat off the tray!  Now don't think I am complaining but why do kids do that??  Why will they not eat the fruit at any other time other than if I make a pretty tray of various fruits!?!

Third one is bbq smokies. I love stocking up on these little smokies when they are on sale around the holidays!  They make for a quick(or oh crap I totally forgot about the party!) appetizer!

I put two packages of the lil' smokies in my crockpot along with a bottle of Baby Ray's Honey BBQ sauce(there isn't a better tasting sauce!) and let them simmer for 4-5 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.   I have also done this with the rope type sausage....cut up into "coins" and dump them in with the BBQ sauce in the crockpot!

All three of these are easy and quick to do and you don't have to stress over whether they will get eaten or not!

For other kitchen tips, head over to Tammy's Recipes

For other tempting tummy recipes and more; head over to Blessed with Grace! Today they are also doing a giveaway because it is their birthday!!

Also for other holiday appetizers, head over to A Simple Walk where she is hosting today's bloggy progressive dinner.


BarbaraLee said...

The simple things are the best. We just did our family gathering on my side and we did app. I made chicken wings. Baked them w/seasoning salt. Popped them in a crock pot to stay warm & done.

Live.Love.Eat said...

I'm a big appetizer person so I have about 3 planned for my Christmas dinner. Love the little smokies! Happy TMTT!!!!!

mub said...

I love little smokies, I wish I could find something like them here! I might need to give it a go with the rope sausages, I think I could find those somewhere *L*

Beverly said...

I always make fruit and veggie trays for holidays, too. The children will munch on that before and after the main meal.

A simple fruit dip, which you may already use, is to combine a small (8 oz?) jar of marshmallow cream, a block of softened cream cheese (not the ff stuff -- it won't work), and a tbsp or so of lemon or lime juice. I blend it all together with a mixer until the lumps are gone. It's so yummy we are tempted to eat it with a spoon (not that I ever do that when no one is looking...).



The Happy Housewife said...

Those veggie trays are so overpriced if you buy them pre-made. I love those little smokies! They are probably terrible for you, but so good!

Amy @ Finer Things said...

Veggie tray, fruit tray, and little smokies. What a perfect MEAL for kids! My daughter would hug you!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Yum. Thanks for participating in TMTT.

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

I love lil smokies!

shopannies said...

we make lots of these for new years eve