6 Grape Appetizer Ideas

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Grapes are a refreshing fruit that you can pair with pungent cheeses for a savory appetizer.

Grapes can be roasted in the oven to release their flavorful juices, and then placed on top of crostini’s, or even baked brie for a specialty piping hot grape appetizer.

Try making one of these memorable grape appetizers for your next party!

grape appetizer ideas

Pistachio Grape Cheese Appetizer

Pistachio grape cheese appetizer is served with a toothpick piercing the grapes and cheese. It makes for easy serving and eating with minimal mess.

Each of the grapes are covered in a savory cream cheese (Boursin) layer until they are fully encased.. You could make your own herbed cream cheese if you like. 

The cream cheese grape is pierced with a toothpick, and then rolled in chopped pistachios.

You can make the grape appetizer ahead of time, and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Roasted Grape Crostini

Roasted grape crostini is a warm crostini appetizer bursting with grape flavor.

The grapes are roasted in the oven with a bit of olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper until they burst in the oven and release their juices.

After the grapes come out of the oven, they are drizzled with balsamic vinegar for a bit of an acidic finish.

The crostini is assembled by putting a thin layer of goat cheese on top of the crostini, a layer of roasted grapes, and then topping with chopped up walnuts.

Honey is drizzled on top of the crostini for a sweeter finish.

Rosemary Fontina Grape Skewers

Rosemary fontina grape skewers are made by marinating the cheese with a few herbs the day before.

Fontina cheese is cut into cubes, and then is marinated with olive oil, sundried tomatoes, garlic cloves, red pepper sprigs of rosemary, and Italian seasoning.

The cheese is marinated overnight in the fridge to absorb the herb flavorings.

When you’re ready to assemble the skewers, place a cube of cheese, a grape, and repeat until the skewer is full.

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Baked Brie with Roasted Grapes

Baked brie with roasted grapes is piping hot appetizer served with your favorite bread, crostini’s, or crackers.

Grapes are roasted in the oven with red wine, honey, and black pepper until their skins begin to wilt.

Brie is baked in the oven until it oozes and becomes liquified.

Assemble the baked brie by topping it with the roasted grapes, and a few toasted walnuts.

Serve warm baked brie with slices of baguette or crackers for easy dipping.

Roast Beef, Blue Cheese, and Grape Skewer

You can make this appetizer ahead of time and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.

Assemble the appetizer by placing a slice of roast beef folded in half, a piece of blue cheese, and a grape onto the skewer.

The grape should be on the bottom of the skewer so it can stand upright with the weight on the bottom of the skewer.

Sweet Potato Grape Appetizer

Sweet potato grape appetizer is a crispy, warm appetizer.

Sweet potato rounds are baked in the oven with a bit of olive oil until the edges are crispy.

Grapes are roasted at the same time on a separate pan with olive oil drizzled on top.

The grapes will burst and release their juices with the olive oil.

Assemble the appetizer by placing a sweet potato round on a plate. Top with some goat cheese, roasted grapes, toasted pecans, a sprinkle of dried thyme, and a generous amount of honey.

15 Baked Appetizer Ideas

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Baked appetizers are served warm, right out of the oven for a tasty savory appetizer.

Some baked appetizers can be prepared ahead of time, and then placed in the oven right before your guests arrive.

You can even serve your baked appetizers in the same dish you baked them in, and then place them on a cutting board for serving. It saves you from having to plate the appetizer.

Try making one of these mouthwatering baked appetizers for your next party or get together!

Pesto Sundried Tomato Baked Brie

Baked brie is a classic appetizer your guests will love!

Add more flavor to it by covering the brie in fresh pesto and sundried tomatoes.

Bake it in the oven until the cheese has completely melted through.

Serve with fresh bread for dipping.

Baked Appetizers

Sausage Stuffed Wonton Cups

Sausage stuffed wonton cups are made by creating your own wonton cups for this sausage appetizer.

Place a wonton into each cup of a muffin tin, and bake in the oven for a couple of minutes until it crisps up.

The filling is made by browning Italian sausages in a frying pan. Diced red and green peppers are added to the saucepan, along with cream cheese.

To add a bit of spice to the filling, cumin and cayenne pepper are added to the cream cheese filling.

The filling is spooned into each of the wonton cups, and topped with gouda cheese and cheddar cheese.

The wonton cups can be baked in the oven until the cheese has melted and turned a golden brown.

Serve the wonton cups hot, right out of the oven. Garnish with a bit of chopped up green onions.

Corn Fritters

Corn fritters can be made ahead of time, and warmed up right before serving.

You can serve corn fritters with avocado cilantro dip, spicy mayo, ketchup, or ranch dressing.

Corn fritters are made by combining corn, chickpea flour, rice flour, finely chopped onions together to make the base of the fritter.

Minced garlic, onion garlic salt, cayenne pepper are added to the fritters for a spicy garlic flavoring.

The fritters are formed into flattened balls to make the fritter shape.

The fritters are baked in the oven and garnished with a few fresh chives or parsley.

Baked Appetizer recipe ideas

Pesto Flatbread

Pesto flatbread is made by using pesto as the pizza sauce.

Slices of mozzarella cheese and sundried tomatoes are arranged over the flatbread and then it’s baked in the oven.

After the flatbread comes out of the oven, more fresh pesto is spooned onto the flatbread. This gives the flatbread more of a burst of pesto flavor for this savory appetizer.

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Sausage, Apple and Gruyere Pinwheels

Sausage pinwheels are made using puff pastry, making these sausage appetizers a decent size.

Ground pork sausage is cooked in a frying pan with a few diced onions. The pork needs to be broken up into small pieces while it’s cooking.

Diced apples and sage are added to the pan, and cooked until the apples are fork tender.

The puff pastry is rolled out, and the sausage mixture sprinkled throughout the puff pastry. The layer of sausage should be fairly thin.

Grated gruyere cheese is sprinkled on top of the sausage, and the puff pastry is rolled into a log.

The log is cut into sections to make the sausage pinwheels.

The puff pastry will have a nice sheen to it with an egg wash. Brush beaten egg over every surface of the puff pastry.

Bake the pinwheels in the oven until the pastry has turned a golden brown, and serve warm, right out of the oven.

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Flatbread

Hawaiian BBQ chicken flatbread is a savory appetizer that is tasty hot out of the oven, or chilled and made ahead of time. You can always warm it up in the oven a couple of minutes before your guests come over.

Flatbread dough takes only an hour to make, and most of it is rising time. You can take the time when it’s rising to prepare your flatbread toppings.

Hawaiian BBQ chicken is made by using BBQ sauce in place of the pizza sauce. I know, it’s a bit weird, but trust me… It’s incredible.

The chicken has a Cajun spice mixture rubbed on it, and grilled. The chicken is cut into bite sized pieces, and arranged on top of the flatbread.

Shredded mozzarella cheese, red onions, and pieces of pineapple are added as toppings, and the flatbread is baked in the oven.

Once it comes out of the oven, fresh cilantro leaves are sprinkled on top.

Baked Appetizers

Pesto Pinwheels

Pesto pinwheels are made using puff pastry.

The puff pastry dough is rolled out, and then covered in pesto and parmesan cheese.

The dough is rolled up, and then cut into small round pieces and baked in the oven.

You can serve the pinwheels warm for a tasty pesto appetizer your guests will love!

Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

Sausage stuffed jalapenos are a spicy sausage appetizer that looks intriguing for your guests!

Ground sausage is cooked and broken up into small pieces. Place the drained sausage into a bowl with cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Mix them together, and this will be your filling for your jalapenos.

Wear gloves when cutting the jalapenos, then you won’t risk getting it in your eye!

Cut the jalapenos lengthwise, removing the seeds and membrane from the jalapeno.

Stuff the jalapenos by spooning the filling into each of the hollowed out jalapenos.

Bake them in the oven until the cheese is bubbling and brown.

Serve immediately.

Pineapple Pecan Baked Brie

Pineapple pecan baked brie is a savory appetizer you can serve with fresh bread or crackers for dipping.

The pineapple and pecans are caramelized by heating them in a frying pan with brown sugar, pineapple juice, ginger, and salt.

The brie is baked in the oven, and then topped with the candied pineapple and pecans.

Serve immediately.

Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Italian sausage stuffed mushrooms are cheesy hot appetizers that you can serve right out of the oven.

Large white mushrooms need to have their stems removed, and hollowed out. Once you have them all arranged and ready to be stuffed, you can start making the filling.

The filling is made with cooked Italian sausage pieces, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, onion powder, minced garlic, and chives.

The mushrooms are stuffed with the filling, and topped with a more mozzarella cheese.

The stuffed mushrooms can bake in the oven until the cheese is bubbling and brown. Serve immediately.

Mexican Street Corn Flatbread

Mexican street corn flatbread is a filling corn appetizer you can cut into small pieces for your guests.

Corn flatbread is made by making a sour cream sauce with lime zest, lime juice, and minced garlic.

The sauce is spread over the flatbread, and then topped with pepper jack cheese.

Corn is sprinkled on top of the flatbread, with some cotija cheese.

Garnish with chili pepper and bake the flatbread in the oven until the edges are crispy.

Serve immediately.

Spinach Dip

Spinach dip is a hot, creamy dip you can serve with fresh pieces of bread.

Spinach dip is made by combing cooked spinach, cream cheese, minced garlic, salt and pepper, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese together.

The cheese mixture is placed into a heat proof bowl, and topped with more mozzarella cheese, so it’s extra cheesy!!

Spinach dip is baked in the oven, and served hot right out of the oven with fresh pieces of bread for dipping.

Bacon Cream Cheese Pickles

Bacon cream cheese pickles are creamy, crispy, and melt in your mouth!

You can make them at home by cutting a pickle into bite sized pieces, with the center seeds removed.

This acts as the hollowed out portion of the pickle.

Cream cheese is lumped into the hollowed out part of the pickle, and then it’s wrapped in bacon.

You can make these ahead of time, and then bake them for 10 minutes in the oven right before serving.

Spicy Italian Sausage Dip

Spicy Italian sausage dip is a hot, creamy sausage dip served with crackers or crostini’s.

Spicy Italian sausage is cooked and broken up into smaller pieces.

The sausage is mixed with cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese to create the base of the dip.

Sausage dip is spiced with red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.

Diced tomatoes and banana peppers are added to the dip, and then it can be placed in a heat proof dish.

The sausage dip is topped with more mozzarella cheese and baked in the oven until the cheese has started to brown.

Spinach and Sausage Phyllo Cups

Spinach and sausage phyllo cups are a tasty sausage appetizer you can serve warm or chilled.

Italian sausage is cooked with diced onions and minced garlic.

Once the sausage has cooled, it’s mixed together with mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, and parmesan cheese to make the base of the filling.

Cooked and drained spinach is added to the filling mixture with a bit of cumin.

The filling is added to prepared phyllo cups and baked in the oven until the phyllo pastry turns a golden brown.

You can serve them right away, or place in the fridge and you can serve them chilled.

6 Corn Appetizer Ideas

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You can serve corn appetizers at a summer BBQ, birthday party, or family get together.

Savory corn appetizers include cheesy corn dip, corn satay with peanut sauce, corn fritters, corn salsa, flatbread, and deviled eggs.

Try making one of these tasty appetizers for your next summer patio party!

Corn Salsa

Corn salsa is a sweet and spicy salsa. You can serve corn salsa with warmed tortilla chips. Just toss a few on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Corn salsa is made with corn, finely chopped jalapenos, red onions, and bell pepper.

A little bit of freshly minced garlic, lime juice, cumin, chili pepper and fresh cilantro leaves are the spices that are added to the savory corn salsa appetizer to create the tangy flavoring.

Corn Appetizer ideas

Baby Corn Satay

Baby corn satay can be served with creamy peanut sauce for a delicious savory corn appetizer.

Baby corn is marinated in a yogurt, mixed with corn flour, turmeric powder, garam masala, chili powder, and minced garlic.

The baby corn is cooked over the stovetop, and then skewered for easy serving and dipping.

Serve warm with peanut sauce.

Corn Deviled Eggs

Corn deviled eggs are a vibrantly colored corn appetizer that can be prepared ahead of time.

Corn deviled eggs are made by making boiled eggs, cutting them in half, and removing the cooked egg yolks into the small bowl.

The eggs yolks are mashed and combined with mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and feta cheese.

The egg mixture is piped back into the halved white of the egg.

Garnish with chopped up red onions, corn, chili powder, and fresh cilantro leaves.

Jalapeno Corn Dip

Jalapeno corn dip is a cream cheese based dip that’s cooked in the slow cooker, and served with tortilla chips or corn chips for dipping.

Jalapeno corn dip is made by combining cream cheese, sour cream, finely chopped jalapeno, jack cheese, and corn in the slow cooker and cooking on low for 2 hours.

Remove from the slow cooker and mixed with bacon bits. Top the corn appetizer with more bacon bits, fresh cilantro leaves, queso fresco, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Serve jalapeno corn dip with tortilla chips, pita chips, celery sticks or carrots for dipping.

Corn Appetizers

Corn Fritters

Corn fritters can be made ahead of time, and warmed up right before serving.

You can serve corn fritters with avocado cilantro dip, spicy mayo, ketchup, or ranch dressing.

Corn fritters are made by combining corn, chickpea flour, rice flour, finely chopped onions together to make the base of the fritter.

Minced garlic, onion garlic salt, cayenne pepper are added to the fritters for a spicy garlic flavoring.

The fritters are formed into flattened balls to make the fritter shape.

The fritters are baked in the oven and garnished with a few fresh chives or parsley.

Corn Appetizers recipes

Mexican Street Corn Flatbread

Mexican street corn flatbread is a filling corn appetizer you can cut into small pieces for your guests.

Corn flatbread is made by making a sour cream sauce with lime zest, lime juice, and minced garlic.

The sauce is spread over the flatbread, and then topped with pepper jack cheese.

Corn is sprinkled on top of the flatbread, with some cotija cheese.

Garnish with chili pepper and bake the flatbread in the oven until the edges are crispy.

Serve immediately.

11 Pineapple Appetizer Ideas

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Pineapple appetizers have the juicy, tangy, refreshing flavor of pineapple.

Pineapple appetizers can be grilled on the BBQ, making the pineapple have a crispy texture to it.

You can make lots of different appetizers using pineapple as the base, like flatbread, sweet pineapple coconut dip, cheese ball, salsa, and baked brie.

Try making your own pineapple appetizers at home for your next summer BBQ!

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Flatbread

Hawaiian BBQ chicken flatbread is a savory appetizer that is tasty hot out of the oven, or chilled and made ahead of time. You can always warm it up in the oven a couple of minutes before your guests come over.

Flatbread dough takes only an hour to make, and most of it is rising time. You can take the time when it’s rising to prepare your flatbread toppings.

Hawaiian BBQ chicken is made by using BBQ sauce in place of the pizza sauce. I know, it’s a bit weird, but trust me… It’s incredible.

The chicken has a Cajun spice mixture rubbed on it, and grilled. The chicken is cut into bite sized pieces, and arranged on top of the flatbread.

Shredded mozzarella cheese, red onions, and pieces of pineapple are added as toppings, and the flatbread is baked in the oven.

Once it comes out of the oven, fresh cilantro leaves are sprinkled on top.

Pineapple Appetizers

Pineapple and Watermelon Salsa

Pineapple and Watermelon salsa is a refreshing salsa you can serve with tortilla chips on a hot summer day for a delicious pineapple appetizer.

Pineapple salsa is filled with pieces of mango, red onions, and cilantro which makes it have a ton of vibrant colors. It’s best if you make it the same day as when you plan to serve it. Fresh is best!

Pineapple Appetizer ideas

Sausage Pineapple Appetizer

Sausage pineapple appetizer is an appetizer you can grill on the BBQ.

Place your favorite cooked sausage pieces, and pineapple on a skewer, and then grilled them until the edges of the sausage have crisped up.

Drizzle teriyaki sauce over the skewers and serve immediately.

Rosemary Pineapple Bocconcini Bites

Rosemary pineapple bocconcini bites have a cheesy, earthy flavor to them.

Rosemary is cooked in olive oil, and then the pineapple is grilled and placed into the herbed olive.

The rosemary gives the pineapple a savory flavor.

Bocconcini is rubbed with chili flakes, and then it’s ready for assembly.

Using a toothpick or skewer, place one piece of pineapple, then one bocconcini ball.

You appetizer is ready to be chilled, and then served to your guests when they arrive.

Pineapple Guacamole

Pineapple Guacamole has a tart, acidic flavor to it.

Pineapple guacamole is made with mashed avocados, pineapple pieces, jalapenos, red onions, and a bit of cilantro.

Add a bit of lime juice and pepper and mix together.

You can serve pineapple guacamole with tacos, or tortilla chips.

Grilled Pineapple Shrimp Bites

Grilled pineapple shrimp bites are an easy appetizer to make for a backyard BBQ.

Simply place pieces of pineapple and shrimp alternating on skewers. Brush with BBQ sauce and grill until the shrimp have turned pink.

Serve them hot off the BBQ for a delicious grilled pineapple appetizer!

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Pineapple cheese ball has a tart, creamy flavor to it.

Pineapple cheese ball is flavored with a bit of seasoning salt (paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, etc.), and freshly chopped peppers.

The peppers give the cheese ball a vibrant pop of color when you cut into it.

The cheese ball is covered in sliced almonds, making it have a toasty almond pineapple flavor to the cheese ball.

Serve pineapple cheese ball with crackers, bread, or fresh veggies for dipping.

Pina Colada Dip

Pina colada dip is a sweet coconut and pineapple dip. You can dip vanilla wafers, or fruit into it.

Pina colada dip is made by combining cream cheese, powdered sugar, and coconut cream together to create the base of the dip.

Pina colada dip is flavored with coconut extract and vanilla extract.

Crushed pineapple pieces are mixed into the dip to finish it off.

Garnish with toasted coconut flakes just before you’re ready to serve it.

Grilled pineapple with Jalapeno Honey Glaze

Grilled pineapple with jalapeno honey glaze is a BBQ’d appetizer you can make in just a couple of minutes.

Pineapple is first cut and put onto skewers.

Jalapeno honey glaze is made by dicing a jalapeno into very tiny pieces. Honey, cinnamon, lime juice and salt are added to the jalapeno pieces for the glaze.

The glaze is brushed onto the pineapple right before grilling, and right after to make it have as much sweet and spicy flavor as possible!

Pineapple Pecan Baked Brie

Pineapple pecan baked brie is a savory appetizer you can serve with fresh bread or crackers for dipping.

The pineapple and pecans are caramelized by heating them in a frying pan with brown sugar, pineapple juice, ginger, and salt.

The brie is baked in the oven, and then topped with the candied pineapple and pecans.

Serve immediately.

Pork Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Pork tacos with pineapple salsa are small tacos that can easily be eaten in about 3 bites.

The pork tacos are made with ground pork, spiced with chili powder, cumin, oregano, and a bit of garlic powder.

The pineapple salsa is made with pineapple pieces, red onions, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro, all mixed in lime juice.

Make the tacos by putting a bit of pork on, then cover the tacos in pineapple salsa.

Garnish with cotija cheese or cilantro leaves.

Pineapple Appetizers

9 Sausage Appetizer Ideas

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Sausage appetizers can be made with a few different types of sausages including Italian sausage or Andouille sausage.

You can make sausage appetizers like stuffed mushrooms, stuffed jalapenos, spicy Italian sausage dip, spinach and sausage dip, phyllo cups, or wonton cups.

Try making one of these savory sausage appetizers for your next BBQ or party.

Sausage Appetizer ideas

Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Italian sausage stuffed mushrooms are cheesy hot appetizers that you can serve right out of the oven.

Large white mushrooms need to have their stems removed, and hollowed out. Once you have them all arranged and ready to be stuffed, you can start making the filling.

The filling is made with cooked Italian sausage pieces, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, onion powder, minced garlic, and chives.

The mushrooms are stuffed with the filling, and topped with a more mozzarella cheese.

The stuffed mushrooms can bake in the oven until the cheese is bubbling and brown. Serve immediately.

Sausage Bites with Mustard Sauce

Sausage bites with mustard sauce is a savory dipping appetizer.

Hot or mild Italian sausages are cooked in white wine, and then broiled in the oven to give them a crispy brown edge.

Mustard sauce is simply mixing together minced garlic, Dijon mustard, sour cream, and a bit of hot sauce.

You can serve the sausages hot or cold with the mustard sauce.

Place a toothpick into each sausage piece for easy dipping!

Sausage Appetizers

Sausage Stuffed Wonton Cups

Sausage stuffed wonton cups are made by creating your own wonton cups for this sausage appetizer.

Place a wonton into each cup of a muffin tin, and bake in the oven for a couple of minutes until it crisps up.

The filling is made by browning Italian sausages in a frying pan. Diced red and green peppers are added to the saucepan, along with cream cheese.

To add a bit of spice to the filling, cumin and cayenne pepper are added to the cream cheese filling.

The filling is spooned into each of the wonton cups, and topped with gouda cheese and cheddar cheese.

The wonton cups can be baked in the oven until the cheese has melted and turned a golden brown.

Serve the wonton cups hot, right out of the oven. Garnish with a bit of chopped up green onions.

Shrimp and Sausage Skewers

Shrimp and sausage skewers are served with a spicy mayo for dipping sauce.

Shrimp are marinated in olive oil and Cajun seasoning.

Andouille sausage pieces are cut into bite sized pieces, and placed on a skewer, alternating with the marinated shrimp.

The skewers are BBQ’d until the sausage has crisped on the edges, and the shrimp have turned pink.

The spicy mayo sauce is made by combining mayo, Cajun seasoning, and a little lemon juice.

Sausage, Apple and Gruyere Pinwheels

Sausage pinwheels are made using puff pastry, making these sausage appetizers a decent size.

Ground pork sausage is cooked in a frying pan with a few diced onions. The pork needs to be broken up into small pieces while it’s cooking.

Diced apples and sage are added to the pan, and cooked until the apples are fork tender.

The puff pastry is rolled out, and the sausage mixture sprinkled throughout the puff pastry. The layer of sausage should be fairly thin.

Grated gruyere cheese is sprinkled on top of the sausage, and the puff pastry is rolled into a log.

The log is cut into sections to make the sausage pinwheels.

The puff pastry will have a nice sheen to it with an egg wash. Brush beaten egg over every surface of the puff pastry.

Bake the pinwheels in the oven until the pastry has turned a golden brown, and serve warm, right out of the oven.

Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

Sausage stuffed jalapenos are a spicy sausage appetizer that looks intriguing for your guests!

Ground sausage is cooked and broken up into small pieces. Place the drained sausage into a bowl with cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Mix them together, and this will be your filling for your jalapenos.

Wear gloves when cutting the jalapenos, then you won’t risk getting it in your eye!

Cut the jalapenos lengthwise, removing the seeds and membrane from the jalapeno.

Stuff the jalapenos by spooning the filling into each of the hollowed out jalapenos.

Bake them in the oven until the cheese is bubbling and brown.

Serve immediately.

Smoked Sausage Cranberry Bites

Smoked sausage cranberry bites are a cheesy, tart, sausage appetizer.

Smoked sausage is cut into bite sized round pieces, and arranged on a baking sheet.

The sausage pieces are cooked until the edges have a delicious crispy edge to them.

Each sausage has a small piece of white cheddar placed on top of it.

The cranberries are used from cranberry sauce, you must separate them out when you’re ready to place them on top of the cheese.

Put a toothpick through the cranberry-cheese-sausage and serve immediately.

Spicy Italian Sausage Dip

Spicy Italian sausage dip is a hot, creamy sausage dip served with crackers or crostini’s.

Spicy Italian sausage is cooked and broken up into smaller pieces.

The sausage is mixed with cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese to create the base of the dip.

Sausage dip is spiced with red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.

Diced tomatoes and banana peppers are added to the dip, and then it can be placed in a heat proof dish.

The sausage dip is topped with more mozzarella cheese and baked in the oven until the cheese has started to brown.

Garnish with strips of fresh basil leaves and serve immediately.

Spinach and Sausage Phyllo Cups

Spinach and sausage phyllo cups are a tasty sausage appetizer you can serve warm or chilled.

Italian sausage is cooked with diced onions and minced garlic.

Once the sausage has cooled, it’s mixed together with mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, and parmesan cheese to make the base of the filling.

Cooked and drained spinach is added to the filling mixture with a bit of cumin.

The filling is added to prepared phyllo cups and baked in the oven until the phyllo pastry turns a golden brown.

You can serve them right away, or place in the fridge and you can serve them chilled.

8 Bread Appetizer Ideas

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Appetizers are a favorite for birthday parties, baby showers, and family BBQ’s.

You can use fresh French bread, focaccia bread, or baguettes to create chef worthy appetizers right at home.

Try making one of these tasty savory appetizers for your next party!

Olive Oil and Balsamic Reduction

Drizzle extra virgin olive oil on a plate. It should be a decent size, depending on how many people you’ll be serving for.

Pour balsamic reduction over the olive oil in a zig zag design.

It’s best to serve this bread appetizer with focaccia bread, but any fresh bread will work well

Prosciutto and Cheese

Prosciutto and cheese baguette topping is made by topping your baguette slices with your favorite piece of gouda or Havarti cheese.

A few sprigs of arugula are added on top of the baguette along with a folded piece of prosciutto.

The baguette is garnished with a bit of balsamic reduction.

Bread Appetizers

Pesto Sundried Tomato Baked Brie

Baked brie is a classic appetizer your guests will love!

Add more flavor to it by covering the brie in fresh pesto and sundried tomatoes.

Bake it in the oven until the cheese has completely melted through.

Serve with fresh bread for dipping.

Bread Appetizer recipes

Raw Apple and Prosciutto

Raw apple and prosciutto appetizer is made by putting a bit of fig jam onto each of the bread slices.

Next, a basil leaf in placed on top of the fig jam.

Thinly sliced apples are layered on top of the basil.

Prosciutto is folded on top of the apple slices. To garnish the bread appetizer, top with a bit of balsamic reduction.

Bread Appetizer ideas

Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Roast cherry tomatoes in a bit of olive oil in the oven for 20 minutes.

Remove them from the oven and mix with fresh basil leaves. Toast the bread slices for 2 minutes.

Rub the toasted bread slices with a half cut garlic to put a hint on garlic on the toasted bread. Top the bread with the roasted tomatoes and basil.

Grate fresh parmesan cheese for the top of the bruschetta and serve.

Bread Appetizers

Cheese Ball

Make your own easy cheese ball with cream cheese for a delicious savory appetizer.

The cheese ball is made by simply using a hand mixer to whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy.

Add a couple of herbs, spices and cheddar cheese to create the base of the cheese ball.

The next part is very messy!!

Shape the cream cheese into a ball shape, and roll into a plate of chopped up walnuts.

Chill for half an hour to make it firm up again.

Serve your cheese ball by slicing off a bit of it and put it onto a piece of bread to enjoy!

Bread Appetizers

Spinach Dip

Spinach dip is a hot, creamy dip you can serve with fresh pieces of bread.

Spinach dip is made by combing cooked spinach, cream cheese, minced garlic, salt and pepper, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese together.

The cheese mixture is placed into a heat proof bowl, and topped with more mozzarella cheese, so it’s extra cheesy!!

Spinach dip is baked in the oven, and served hot right out of the oven with fresh pieces of bread for dipping.

Fresh Pesto Bruschetta

Make a fresh batch of pesto, the flavor is much more powerful and fragrant than store bought.

Dice a tomato with a little bit of onion. Mix the pesto together with the tomatoes and onions.

Spoon the tomato pesto mixture on top of fresh pieces of bread and grate parmesan cheese on top.

Toast for a couple of minutes for the cheese to warm up.

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9 Pickle Appetizer Ideas

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Pickles are a tangy food you can make delicious savory appetizers with.

You can make pickle dips, bacon wrapped pickles, pickle “boats”, pickle bites, or Cuban fries for your next pickle appetizer.

Dill Pickle Hummus

Dill pickle hummus has a hint of pickle undertone in hummus. You can serve hummus with pita bread, raw vegetables, bread, or crackers.

Dill pickle hummus is made by combining chick peas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic powder, diced dill pickles, diced onions, and dill weed in a food processor.

You can thin out the hummus with a bit of water. Garish by drizzling some olive oil on top, with a bit of paprika, and parsley.

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Bacon Cream Cheese Pickles

Bacon cream cheese pickles are creamy, crispy, and melt in your mouth!

You can make them at home by cutting a pickle into bite sized pieces, with the center seeds removed.

This acts as the hollowed out portion of the pickle.

Cream cheese is lumped into the hollowed out part of the pickle, and then it’s wrapped in bacon.

You can make these ahead of time, and then bake them for 10 minutes in the oven right before serving.

Dill Pickle Cheese Ball

Dill pickle cheese ball is a delicious cheese ball for any dill pickle lovers!

Dill pickle cheese ball is flavored with lemon juice, fresh dill weed, and garlic powder for a tangy flavor to the cheese ball.

Finely chopped dill pickles, and freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese are added to the cheese ball to make this cheesy dill flavored cheese ball.

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Dill Pickle Dip

Dill pickle dip is a creamy, tangy dip you can dip chips, raw vegetables or crackers into.

Dill pickle dip is made by having a sour cream and cream cheese base. Onion powder, dill pickles, and parsley add earthy and tangy flavors for a delicious savory pickle appetizer.

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Dill Pickle Deviled Eggs

Dill pickle deviled eggs have a burst of pickle flavor.

Deviled eggs look eye catching and are quite filling as an appetizer.

They are made by cooking eggs, and the cutting them in half.

The center portion of the egg is mixed with mayo, diced dill pickles, mustard, pepper and paprika.

The filling is piped back into the white portion of the egg, and garnished with a bit more paprika.

Pickle and Ham Pinwheels

Pickle and ham pinwheels are rolled up circular appetizers.

Pickles and ham are placed in a food processor and combined together.

The ham and pickle mixture is combined with cream cheese, and a bit of garlic powder.

The cream cheese mixture is spread onto a tortilla.

The tortilla is rolled up, and then carefully cut into sections to create the pinwheel.

Tuna Pickle Boats

Tuna pickle boats are a pickle appetizer you can make ahead of time, and place them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them.

Tuna pickle boats are made by slicing a pickle lengthwise, and then hollowing out the insides of the pickle.

The insides are diced, and placed in bowl with mayo, diced red onions, tuna, and a bit of honey. The mixture is combined, and then spooned back into the pickle “boat”.

Reuben Pickle Bites

Reuben pickle bites are a stacked pickle appetizer that’s held together with a toothpick.

Reuben pickle bites are made by placing using a toothpick to hold together:

  • pickle slice (round slice)
  • corned beef
  • square toasted piece of the bread
  • swiss cheese
  • spoonful of spiced mayo
  • pickle sliced (round slice)

Serve immediately, as the toast can become hard from sitting, or too soggy from the sauce drenching it.

Cuban Fries

Cuban fries taste like you’re eating a Cuban sandwich, in fry form!

Cuban fries are made by adding diced ham, and chopped up pickles on top of the fries.

Cuban fries are drizzled with homemade creamy swiss cheese sauce.

To top off the fries, and a little yellow mustard, and serve!

10 Pesto Appetizer Ideas

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Fresh pesto can be used to create mesmerizing appetizers to wow your guests!

Pesto is a savory sauce that works well to create chef worthy appetizers like bruschetta, twisted cheese bread, flatbread, baked brie and more!

Pesto Bread Appetizer

Pesto bread appetizer is a cheese bread that you can pull apart, or cut and serve in sections.

Pesto bread appetizer is a twisted bread in the shape of a circle. It’s an appetizer that catches your eye because it looks quite unique, yet it’s easy to make.

Pesto bread made by creating a dough, and then filling it with fresh pesto and parmesan cheese.

It’s best served warm right out of the oven.

Pesto Appetizers

Pesto Sundried Tomato Baked Brie

Baked brie is a classic appetizer your guests will love!

Add more flavor to it by covering the brie in fresh pesto and sundried tomatoes.

Bake it in the oven until the cheese has completely melted through.

Serve with fresh bread or crackers for dipping.

Pesto Appetizers

Pesto Flatbread

Pesto flatbread is made by using pesto as the pizza sauce.

Slices of mozzarella cheese and sundried tomatoes are arranged over the flatbread and then it’s baked in the oven.

After the flatbread comes out of the oven, more fresh pesto is spooned onto the flatbread. This gives the flatbread more of a burst of pesto flavor for this savory appetizer.

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Caprese Pesto Crostini

Caprese pesto crostini’s are made by marianting cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella with dried basil leaves and olive oil.

Once you’ve made your crostini’s and they have cooled, fresh pesto is spread on the crostini.

Mozzarella slices and cherry tomatoes are placed on top of the layer of pesto.

Finally, the pesto appetizer is topped with freshly chopped basil leaves, parmesan cheese, and balsamic glaze.

Tomato Pesto Bruschetta

Make a fresh batch of pesto, the flavor is much more powerful and fragrant than store bought.

Dice a tomato with a little bit of onion. Mix the pesto together with the tomatoes and onions.

Spoon the tomato pesto mixture on top of fresh baguette rounds and grate parmesan cheese on top. Toast for a couple of minutes for the cheese to warm up.

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Pesto Pinwheels

Pesto pinwheels are made using puff pastry.

The puff pastry dough is rolled out, and then covered in pesto and parmesan cheese.

The dough is rolled up, and then cut into small round pieces and baked in the oven.

You can serve the pinwheels warm for a tasty pesto appetizer your guests will love!

Pesto Tortellini Skewers

Pesto tortellini skewers are made by cooking tortellini, and covering it pesto.

The tortellini is cooled, and then put onto skewers, alternating with sundried tomatoes.

Pesto tortellini skewers work well as a cold appetizer for a summer BBQ.

You can make this pesto appetizer ahead of time, and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Beef Tenderloin Crostini with Pesto

Beef tenderloin crostini with pesto is made by cooking beef tenderloin and slicing it into thin pieces for your crostini.

The crostini has a layer of whipped goat cheese and cream cheese mixed together, along with red pepper flakes and olive oil.

The goat cheese layer is spread on the crostini, and then the beef tenderloin can be folded on top.

Pesto is spooned on top of the crostini, and can be served right away.

Pesto Hummus

Pesto hummus is a great dipping appetizer.

You can dip pita bread, tortilla chips, or raw vegetables into it for an easy pesto appetizer.

Pesto hummus is made by blending together chick peas, tahini sesame paste, olive oil, pesto, minced garlic, lemon juice and salt.

Pesto hummus can be made ahead of time, and refrigerated until you’re ready to serve it.

Seared Scallops with Pesto

Seared scallops with pesto is made by searing scallops with a bit of olive oil.

Heavy cream is warmed, and then is added to pesto and whisked together. The creamy pesto sauce is poured over the freshly seared scallops.

Garnish with lemon zest and parsley. Serve immediately.

6 Fun Cupcake Flavors

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Biting in a soft, airy cupcake flavored with your favorite sweet icing is one of the most satisfying desserts you can eat.

You can make your own fun cupcake flavors by combining different extracts, fruits, or jam to make them customized to your own favorite tastes.

Check out some of the top fun cupcake flavors you can serve at your next get together.

Fun Cupcake Flavor Ideas

Fun Cupcake Flavor Ideas

Pina Colada Cupcakes

Pina colada cupcakes are made with a canned coconut milk, pineapple juice, coconut extract, and crushed pineapple pieces.

Pina colada cupcakes are topped with coconut buttercream frosting.

The creamy coconut buttercream is made by adding canned coconut milk and coconut extract to flavor the frosting.

To give the cupcakes a bit of an eye catching glow, shredded coconut is added to the edges of the coconut buttercream frosting.

The pina colada cupcakes are garnished with a piece of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.

Champagne Cupcakes

Champagne cupcakes are made with the sweetest possible bottle of champagne.

Champagne is infused in the cupcakes themselves to give them a hint of bubbly flavor.

The champagne cupcakes are topped with champagne buttercream frosting.

The frosting is made by infusing champagne into a vanilla buttercream frosting.

Champagne cupcakes would be delightfully decorated by adding a little bit of gold dust to the tops of the frosting.

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

Mint chocolate cupcakes are made by adding cocoa powder to a vanilla buttermilk cupcake base.

Mint buttercream frosting is added to the tops of the chocolate cupcakes.

Mint buttercream frosting is made by adding mint extract and green food coloring to a buttercream base icing.

The buttercream is extra creamy because it is thinned out using whipping cream.

The mint chocolate cupcakes are garnished with mint chocolate chips decorated over the mint buttercream frosting.

Chai Cupcakes

Chai cupcakes are made by infusing chai spices (ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves) into a vanilla cupcake base.

The chai spice mixture makes the cupcakes have a speckled look to them.

The chai cupcakes have a vanilla buttercream icing added to the tops of them.

The spiced cupcake and sweet frosting balance out the flavors of this cupcake, making it taste absolutely decadent.

If you wanted to add a little bit of chai spices to your frosting to make it have more of a chai flavor, add about a 1/2-1 tsp in total of (ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves). Make sure to use ground cloves for your recipe.

Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon cupcakes are sweet, tart, and will make your mouth water!

Lemon cupcakes are made by adding lemon zest and lemon juice to the cupcake batter.

Lemon cupcakes are incredibly tasty because they are topped with lemon cream cheese icing.

The cream cheese icing is infused with lemon juice and lemon zest, giving you a tangy sweet icing.

The sharpened sweet icing compliments the flavor of the lemon cupcakes making them taste irresistible.

Lemon cupcakes can be garnished with a small piece of lemon.

Blackberry Lavender Chocolate Cupcakes

Blackberry lavender chocolate cupcakes are one of the most flavorful, satisfying cupcakes you will ever try!

The chocolate cupcakes are made with cocoa powder and coffee making them more of a mocha cupcake flavor.

The blackberry lavender buttercream is made by adding culinary lavender and blackberry jam to buttercream frosting.

Blackberry jam is much more concentrated in flavor, therefore using jam to flavor buttercream icing will enhance the blackberry flavor over using the juice from blackberries.

Culinary lavender is also much more potent than lavender that comes your garden.

To garnish your cupcakes, add a couple sprigs of lavender and a blackberry to the tops of the icing.

11 Homemade Birthday Cake Ideas

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Homemade birthday cakes can be detailed, impressive, and pack a ton of flavor. You can make your own homemade birthday cake using your favorite flavors to customize especially for you. Our homemade birthday cake ideas include puff pastry, mousse, ganache, and tarts to give you a variety of selection.

Homemade Birthday Cake Ideas

1. Mille Feuille Cake

Mille Feuille cake is made by baking puff pastry into sheets.

The sheets are stacked in layers. In between the layers are vanilla pastry cream.

The vanilla pastry is made by adding vanilla beans, and infusing the pod into the pastry cream.

Mille Feuille cake is topped with royal icing and melted bittersweet dark chocolate.

Mille Feuille has specific lines of chocolate that are made with a sharp knife, creating beautiful lines on the top of the cake.

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2. Chocolate mousse cake

Chocolate cake is made by adding instant coffee and cocoa powder to a buttermilk cake base.

The next layer is the chocolate mousse, which is made by adding gelatin to warm heavy cream and chocolate.

The gelatin helps to stabilize the chocolate mousse for using it in a cake.

The chocolate mousse cake is topped with chocolate ganache to give it a rich chocolatey flavor.

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3. Lavender lemon cake with white chocolate buttercream

Lavender cake is made by adding culinary lavender to a vanilla buttermilk cake base.

Lemon curd fills the layers of the cake.

The white chocolate buttercream is made by adding melted vanilla chocolate to a buttercream base.

This frosting covers the lavender lemon cake, making it very flavorful and light.

4. Banana cream cake

Banana cream cake is made by adding bananas to a vanilla cake base.

Banana cream cake is filled with vanilla pastry cream. Banana cream cake is frosted with banana buttercream icing.

Banana buttercream icing is made with banana extract to buttercream frosting.

You could add food coloring to the icing if you wanted it to have a hint of yellow in it.

The sides of the cake have crushed graham crackers, and the top of the cake has banana chips for added decoration.

5. Coconut cream cake

Coconut cream cake is made by adding coconut emulsion and coconut milk to a vanilla cake base.

Coconut cream cake is filled and covered with coconut buttercream frosting.

The coconut buttercream icing is made by adding cream of coconut and coconut emulsion to buttercream icing.

6. Champagne cake with strawberry buttercream

Champagne cake is made by adding champagne, strawberry extract, and chopped strawberries to a vanilla cake base.

The cake layers have a thin layer of champagne infused syrup.

The cake has small holes poked in it to have the champagne syrup seep into the cake, making it a little sweeter with more champagne flavor.

The cake is filled with layers of cream cheese icing, made with whipped cream, strawberry extract and strawberry purée.

The cake is covered top to bottom in champagne buttercream frosting, with added strawberry extract and strawberry purée.

The cake has a light pink color to the frosting from the strawberries.

When the cake is cut, it has the chopped strawberries popping with color throughout the layered pink cake.

7. Mocha cake with toffee bits

Mocha cake is made by adding coffee and cocoa powder to a vanilla cake base.

Toasted pecans and toffee bits are added to the cake to be baked into the cake only on the top of the batter.

The cake is covered in mocha buttercream icing, which is made by adding coffee and cocoa powder to a vanilla buttercream icing.

The cake is topped with a few more toasted pecans and toffee bits for added decoration and flavor.

8. Irish cream cake

Irish cream cake is made by adding Irish cream and cocoa powder to a buttermilk vanilla cake base.

In between the layers of cake is Irish cream infused whipped cream.

The cake is covered in Irish cream flavored buttercream icing.

Using the drip method, chocolate ganache is dripped from the top of the cake down the sides of the Irish cream cake.

9. Birthday Cake

Classic birthday cake is a vanilla cake base made with rainbow sprinkles folded.

Birthday cake can also be made with a hint of almond flavor to give it a smooth and memorable finish.

The icing for birthday cake is classic vanilla buttercream icing piped on the top of the cake and around the edges of the birthday cake.

10. No Bake Lemon Tart

No bake lemon tart is made by first creating a pie crust tart shell.

The tart shell is baked, and then brushed with white chocolate.

The white chocolate acts as a barrier to prevent the tart shell from going soggy. Lemon cream is the filling inside the lemon tart.

Lemon cream is creamier than lemon curd, since it has butter melted into the custard at the end.

No bake lemon tart has a sharp lemon flavor, complimented with the white chocolate sweetened pie crust.

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11. Salted Caramel and Hazelnut Cake

Salted caramel and hazelnut cake is make with puff pastry layers.

The puff pastry is baked, and then cut into strips for individual servings. You could also make it in a regular rectangular shaped birthday cake.

Place one layer of puff pastry as the bottom layer, then pipe a strip of salted caramel cream filling. It will look more eye catching if you do 1 circle, and then pipe the next circle beside it.

Next, pipe a layer of hazelnut sauce beside the salted caramel cream filling. Repeat until the edge of the puff pastry. Hazelnut sauce is made by creating praline paste, and then combining it with hot cream.

Add another layer of puff pastry and repeat piping the salted caramel cream filling and hazelnut sauce.

Top with a final layer of puff pastry.

Dust the top with cocoa powder or icing sugar.

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