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   Posted 2/27/2010 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok everyone...get out those favorite recipes and let's go for broke on this one. How about appetizers? Anyone have a knock-em-dead recipe that will not only wow everyone who tries it but is easy to make. We're all about easy in the kitchen... smilewinkgrin

We have a family tradition at Christmas time for an appetizer and it was my dad who started it. We call it the Hot Oreydourvie things. OK, I'm going to digress here...what in the world is that goofy word anyway??? ... Hors d'oeuvres. No one can spell it and it means different things to different people. So, goofy me had to go look it up.
horsĀ· d'oeuvre (pronounced or-DURV) is a noun. A small portion of a tasty food served as an appetizer before a meal or as at a cocktail party. From the French, and literally means "outside of work".Hors d'oeuvres is a French term for an appetizer. They can be olives, canapes, or pigs in a blanket. They are served before the beginning of a meal. They are a cold item of finger food (served on a platter), that could typically be consumed in one to three bites. (Canapes are hot items of finger food.)

OK, enough of being in that cul-de-sac. There's another silly word! tongue So, back to our family recipe. This is so easy you won't believe it. Can be done in a large saucepan or a crockpot on low. The ingredients are....

1 package of little smokies sausages, a pound or two of meatballs (homemade or store bought), a jar of green olives of your choice(drained), a can or 2 of ripe olives(drained), a can or two of mushrooms (drained) and a bottle of Italian salad dressing(I think dad always used Kraft but I've used others with the same results). If you go heavy on the other ingredients you may need more than one bottle of the salad dressing. Add enough to almost cover the 'goodies'.

Put it all in your chosen vessel and warm thoroughly. That's it. You won't believe how good it is. Sometimes I can find the little smokies that have cheese in them...yummm. You could add artichoke hearts if you want or anything else that sounds good but we just stick with the basics.

What is your best appetizer recipe?

"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, but Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad."

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   Posted 2/27/2010 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
This is a favorite appetizer that I do at Christmas and any time my nephew is coming because he always asks for this. 
Hot Artichoke Dip
1 jar of marinated artichoke hearts
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
Drain artichoke hearts and chop up fine.  Combine with the other ingredients and put in oven-proof dish.  Bake at 350 degrees approximately 20 minutes.  Serve with crackers.
With my oven, I bake it for a half an hour.  Sooo easy and sooo good!  (We just won't talk about the fat.  Hehehe.  After all, we don't eat this every day.)
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   Posted 2/27/2010 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine is Chicken Parmesan Bundles.

The ingredients are:

4 oz of softened cream cheese
1 pkg of (10 oz) frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
1-1/4 cups of shredded mozzerella cheese, divided
8 TBS of grated parmesan cheese, divided
6 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves, pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
1 egg
10 club crackers crushed (1/4 cup)
1-1/2 spaghetti sauce heated

Heat oven to 375F. Mix cream cheese, spinach, 1 cup mozzerella and 3 TBS parmesan until well blended. Spread onto chicken breasts. Starting at one short end of each breast, roll up chicken tightly.
Secure with wooden toothpicks if desired. Set aside. Beat egg in a shallow dish. Mix remaining parmsan and cracker crumbs in separate shallow pan. Dip chicken bundles in egg and then roll in crumb mixture. Place, seam sides down in 13x9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake 30 min. or until chicken is done. Serve topped with spaghetti sauce and remaining mozzerella cheese. Oh yes, remove the tooth picks when done.

You can also serve with pasta as a meal. But I find that it makes a good appetizer.

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