List of the Best Appetizers to Bring to a Party

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When you bring an appetizer to a big party, you want it to be a hit. You want it to be the first thing people go for, and for it to be nothing left within minutes.

These appetizers have been carefully crafted to impress and dazzle your taste buds.

Prosciutto Brie Appetizer

Arrange a few artisan crackers on a serving plate. Top the specialty crackers with a slice of brie cheese, fresh basil, prosciutto, and arugula.

Once you’re ready to serve your appetizer, top with a drizzle of honey and balsamic reduction for a sweet finish for your brie appetizer.

List of the Best Appetizers to Bring to a Party

Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Roasted cherry tomato bruschetta is one of the most flavorful appetizers you can serve.

Bruschetta is a restaurant style appetizer with a combination of roasted tomatoes, garlic, and homemade crostinis.

Bruschetta is best made right before serving, and is topped with balsamic reduction to give the appetizer a bit of a sweet finish to it.

roasted cherry tomato bruschetta

Peach Flatbread

Flatbread is a delicious crispy, warm peach appetizer. Flatbread can be cut into small pieces so it’s easily eaten.

Peach flatbread is made by simply brushing olive oil on the edges of the flatbread dough.

Add pizza sauce on the dough, and arrange fresh mozzarella on top of the pizza sauce.

Place folded pieces of prosciutto all over the flatbread. Slice peaches and dry off excess water. You don’t want too much leaking into your flatbread or it won’t crisp up.

Bake the flatbread, and add fresh leaves of basil once it comes out of the oven.

Peach Appetizers

Pesto Bread Appetizer

Pesto bread appetizer is twisted bread with fresh parmesan cheese and pesto.

It’s best to use fresh pesto for your pesto bread appetizer. Fresh pesto has much more flavor and is less oily than store bought.

Pesto bread appetizer is a tasty, cheesy bread that can be sliced to serve as an appetizer. It’s unique shape and incredible flavor will be sure to impress your guests.

Pesto Bread Appetizer

Garlic Shrimp and Avocado Crostini Topping

Garlic shrimp and avocado crostini is made by mashing avocado with a bit of lime juice, salt and pepper. Spread a layer of avocado on top of the crostini’s.

Fry the shrimp in a skillet with some garlic, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Top the avocado crostini with a freshly cooked garlic shrimp and serve.

Baked Brie

Baked brie is made by adding toppings to brie cheese, and then baking it in the oven until it’s melted. The toppings melt into the brie, creating a flavorful cheesy appetizer.

There are several baked brie toppings you can try out!

Baked brie can be served with crackers, crostini’s or fresh baguette slices.

Brie Appetizer Recipes

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Crostini Topping

Smoked salmon and cream cheese crostini’s are made by creaming together cream cheese, goat cheese, garlic, dill and pepper.

Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture onto the crostini.

Add thinly sliced layers of radishes and cucumber on top of the cream cheese.

Place a small piece of smoked salmon on top of the crostini.

Garnish the crostini with a few fresh dill sprigs and a bit of freshly ground pepper. 

Raw Apple Appetizer

Slice a baguette, and top the sliced with olive oil. Broil the slices to create your own crostinis.

The baguette has a layer of fig jam, fresh basil, a slice of apple, and prosciutto.

Drizzle with a bit of balsamic reduction for a finished look to your sophisticated appetizer.

raw apple appetizer

Watermelon Mango Salsa

Watermelon mango salsa is a fruit based salsa with a hint of jalapeno in it. It’s a sweet salsa that is best served within the day or the following day.

Watermelon mango salsa is served with tortilla chips for a refreshing appetizer. It’s a bit more unique to bring watermelon salsa as an appetizer for a party than a tomato salsa.

fresh homemade watermelon mango salsa recipe

Guacamole

Guacamole is always a favorite appetizer at a party!

Guacamole should be made within an hour of serving it with tortilla chips.

Avocado tends to brown (oxidize) as it’s exposed to air, therefore it’s best to make it as close to the party as possible!

toppings for quesadilla

Prosciutto Appetizer with Cheese

Prosciutto appetizer with cheese is a spicy, creamy appetizer served on a fresh slice of baguette.

The spice of the appetizer comes from a thin layer of red pepper jelly on top of the baguette.

Prosciutto appetizer can be made with either a slice of gouda or Havarti cheese placed on top of the red pepper jelly.

Add a couple of sprigs of arugula and a folded piece for prosciutto.

Drizzle a small amount of balsamic reduction on top of the prosciutto for an added sweet finish to your appetizer.

Appetizers to Serve Before Pizza

Avocado Cucumber Shrimp Bites

Avocado cucumber shrimp bites are a refreshing, spicy appetizer to serve. The shrimp is Cajun style, adding a hint of spice to the appy.

Avocado is mashed with a little lime juice for citusy flavor, and added on top of a slice of cucumber.

Top with a shrimp, and it’s ready to serve! These little cucumber bites look elaborate and taste delightful!

Focaccia Bread

Focaccia bread is a bread that is infused with herb and garlic olive oil. First you cook the olive oil with herbs and freshly minced garlic to bring out the flavors.

Then you begin making your dough and let it rise.

With the remainder of herb infused olive oil, it’s drizzled on top of the bread prior to baking.

When the focaccia bread bakes in the oven, it absorbs the oil, making it taste warm and savory.

Dip freshly baked focaccia in olive oil and balsamic reduction.

herb focaccia bread

Pesto Flatbread

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

Fresh mozzarella is added sparingly to the flatbread. Add a few sundried tomatoes and bake until the edges are crispy.

The secret to making delicious pesto flatbread is adding more fresh pesto to the flatbread once it has come out of the oven!

List of the Best Appetizers to Bring to a Party

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 cracker to enjoy!

List of Appetizers

7 Brie Appetizer Recipes

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Brie is a mild cheese that can be used as a base to create intricate, savory appetizers.

Brie is a creamy cheese, and works well with certain foods, like prosciutto, apples, pears, honey, and balsamic reduction to make delicious brie appetizers, right at home.

Prosciutto Brie Appetizer

Arrange a few artisan crackers on a serving plate. Top the specialty crackers with a slice of brie cheese, fresh basil, prosciutto, and arugula.

Once you’re ready to serve your appetizer, top with a drizzle of honey and balsamic reduction for a sweet finish for your brie appetizer.

Brie Appetizer Recipes

Baked Brie

Baked brie is made by adding toppings to brie cheese, and then baking it in the oven until it’s melted. The toppings melt into the brie, creating a flavorful cheesy appetizer.

There are several baked brie toppings you can try out!

Baked brie appetizers can be served with crackers, crostini’s or fresh baguette slices.

Brie Appetizer Recipes

Cranberry Brie Bites

Cranberry brie bites are a tart and cheesy appetizer you can make using croissant dough or puff pastry dough.

You only need small squares of dough to create this bite sized appetizer.

Place the squares inside a mini muffin tin, and add a small piece of brie. Top the brie with cranberry sauce and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Bake the cranberry brie bites and serve warm.

Apple and Brie Tartlets

Apple and brie tartlets are a sweet and savory appetizer.

The base of the tartlets is using puff pastry squares inside a mini muffin tin.

Add a small piece of brie cheese inside the puff pastry square.

The apples and walnuts are coated in a cinnamon and sugar coating and then spooned on top of the brie.

The tartlets bake in the oven until the apples are fork-tender, and served warm.

Brie Baguette Slices

Baguette slices work well to use for delicious savory brie appetizers.

Baguette slices can be topped with various sweet and spicy jams like fig jam or red pepper jelly, and then have a fresh slice of brie added to them to create the base of the appetizer.

Add your favorite nuts, fresh berries, and strips of fresh herbs to add flavor to your appetizer.

Drizzle with honey or balsamic reduction to make your brie appetizer look professional and appetizing.

  • brie cheese, almonds, drizzle of honey
  • brie cheese, sliced strawberries, balsamic reduction
  • brie cheese, pomegranate arils, dried cranberries, strips of fresh basil
  • fig jam, brie cheese, pecans, drizzle of honey
Brie Appetizer Recipe ideas

Cranberry Brie Pinwheels

Cranberry brie pinwheels are a beautiful spiral appetizer that is served warm, right out of the oven.

Pinwheels are made by rolling out the dough into a large rectangle, and brushing it with melted butter.

Arrange sliced pieces of brie all along the puff pastry. Sprinkle dried cranberries and walnuts around the dough.

Drizzle a little honey over the dough.

Starting with the narrow end of the dough, roll the dough tightly until you reach the end of the dough.

Place the seam down on the counter. Brush the dough with more melted butter.

The butter will create a golden brown crust for the pinwheels. Slice the dough into 1″ thick sections.

Place the pinwheels lying flat on a baking sheet. Bake until they are golden brown and the cheese is bubbling.

When you’re ready to serve the pinwheels, dust the tops of them with powdered sugar.

Apple Brie Crescents

Apple brie crescents are made by using either puff pastry, or croissant dough and cutting it into large triangles.

Slice up granny smith apples into thin slices so you can easily use them in your dough triange.

Place a slice of brie cheese, and a slice of apple on the large end of the triangle.

Drizzle a little honey over the cheese and apple.

Begin rolling by folding the dough starting at the cheese end, and roll it until the pointed end is seam down.

Brush the crescent with beaten egg for a nice golden sheen on the dough.

Bake the crescents until the apples are tender.

Serve the brie appetizer warm, right out of the oven.

7 Peach Appetizers

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Peaches are a refreshing fruit that can be used to create salsa, flatbread, cheesy dips, or skewers for appetizers.

Peaches can be baked, cooked on the grill, or served fresh to create intricate appetizers for your next summer BBQ.

Peach Appetizer ideas

Peach Pecan Baked Brie

Peach pecan baked brie is a warm appetizer you can serve with crackers, crostini’s or fresh slices of baguette.

Baked brie is made by adding chopped peaches, and pecans on top of a brie wheel and baking it in the oven until the brie has melted.

After it comes out of the oven, drizzle honey and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.

Use a knife to dip into the baked brie and serve on top of your baguette or crackers for this cheesy peach appetizer.

Prosciutto Peach Skewer

Prosciutto peach skewer uses fresh peaches wrapped in prosciutto to create this peach appetizer skewer. Fresh mozzarella is added to the skewer for a creamy, cheesy addition to the juicy peaches.

Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and honey to finish off this delicious tangy appetizer.

Peach Caprese Appetizer

Peach caprese appetizer uses slices of peaches to create a sandwich.

In between the layers of peaches is a slice of mozzarella.

On the top layer of peach, add a single leaf of basil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

Place a toothpick through the sandwich so it can easily be eaten without it falling apart.

It makes the peach appetizer look chef-worthy as well.

Peach Flatbread

Flatbread is a delicious crispy, warm peach appetizer. Flatbread can be cut into small pieces so it’s easily eaten.

Peach flatbread is made by simply brushing olive oil on the edges of the flatbread dough.

Add pizza sauce on the dough, and arrange fresh mozzarella on top of the pizza sauce.

Place folded pieces of prosciutto all over the flatbread. Slice peaches and dry off excess water. You don’t want too much leaking into your flatbread or it won’t crisp up.

Bake the flatbread, and add fresh leaves of basil once it comes out of the oven.

Peach Appetizers

Cucumber Peach Salsa

Cucumber peach salsa is a refreshing salsa you serve with tortilla chips for a fruity peach appetizer.

Cucumber peach salsa has red peppers and jalapenos in it, so it has a little bit of a bite to it.

Peach jam, lemon juice bring together this sweet and savory salsa.

Peach Appetizers

Prosciutto Wrapped Grilled Peaches

Prosciutto wrapped peaches are a crispy and juicy peach appetizer. The wrapped peaches are served warm, right off the grill.

Each of the peaches are cut into quarters, and wrapped in prosciutto. The peaches are placed onto the BBQ cook on all sides for about 10 minutes to crisp up the prosciutto.

Remove the grilled peaches from the grill and place on a plate.

Add a couple of strips of basil and drizzled balsamic vinegar to serve.

Peach and Prosciutto Crostini

Peach and prosciutto crostini appetizer is made by first creating an herbed ricotta mixture.

Ricotta cheese is placed in a food processor until smooth. To make it extra rich, heavy cream is added to the ricotta cheese.

Fresh basil and parsley is added to the ricotta mixture for the first layer of the crostini appetizer.

Next, the prosciutto is crisped in a frying pan for a couple of minutes.

This will give the prosciutto a crunchy texture for the appetizer.

To assemble, add a layer of the ricotta mixture on the crostini.

Add a slice of peach on top of the ricotta cheese.

Place a few small pieces of the crisped prosciutto on top of the peaches.

Add a fresh basil leaf, a drizzle of balsamic glaze, and olive oil to top off the crostini appetizer.

Shortbread Cookies with Rice Flour

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Shortbread cookies are a classic cookie to serve around the holidays.

Shortbread can be cut into beautiful holiday shapes for this special time of year.

Shortbread cookies made with rice flour give the cookies their signature crunchy texture on the outside, and delicate cookie on the inside.

Shortbread Cookies with Rice Flour

Shortbread cookies need to have a couple of holes poked into the cookie.

The holes allow heat to escape the cookie, giving you an evenly baked cookie.

If you forget to poke holes in your shortbread, the cookies can have uneven baking and may look a little discolored.

Shortbread Cookies with Rice Flour

Berry sugar is a finer sugar that will dissolve more quickly into butter than regular sugar.

Berry sugar is used for shortbread cookies because it gives the shortbread a finer texture than granulated sugar.

Shortbread Cookies with Rice Flour

How to make shortbread cookies using rice flour
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cookies
Yield: 36 cookies

Materials

  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup berry sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

Instructions

  • Using a stand mixer, cream butter until fluffy.
  • Add sugar and cream together.
  • Add vanilla extract and cream together on low.
  • Slowly add rice flour and all purpose flour to the butter mixture. Mix together until almost fully combined. Remove dough from stand mixer and turn onto the countertop.
  • Form the dough into a ball as best as you can. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  • Roll the dough out, be patient as this takes a bit of time. Roll the dough until it's 1/4" in thickness.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut the dough into shapes.
  • Place the shortbread cookies on a baking pan (ungreased). Prick the cookies with a fork. Bake shortbread cookies for 15-18 minutes at 300 degrees F. When the cookies are finished, they should be light, white colored. If the edges have begun to turn brown, they are overbaked.
  • Cool on the baking pan for 5 minutes, then gently place them on a cooling rack.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.

6 Steak Taco Toppings

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Steak tacos are the perfect summertime dinner.

You can serve lots of different toppings with steak tacos, but some foods go better with steak than others.

Acidic foods like pineapple help to tenderize steak, making them one of the best foods to serve with steak tacos.

Pineapple Watermelon Mango Salsa

Pineapple watermelon mango salsa is a fruit based salsa that pairs well with steak tacos.

Steak tacos go well with pineapple, as it adds a refreshing acidic flavor to the tacos.

Watermelon mango salsa is made by hand, by chopping up watermelon, mango, and pineapple into small cubed pieces.

Finely chopped jalapeno gives this salsa a hint of spice. Red pepper and red onion finish off this acidic, mild salsa.

Cilantro Lime Coleslaw

Cilantro Lime Coleslaw is an acidic coleslaw made with lime juice, and rice vinegar to give its tangy, citrusy flavor.

The coleslaw with cilantro lime vinaigrette goes nicely with the steak giving it a hint of lime flavor.

It’s not too overpowering and leaves you with a fresh taste in your mouth.

Steak Taco Toppings

Avocado Cream Sauce

Avocado cream sauce is a sauce made out of avocados that is blended with yogurt and herbs to make a tangy, citrusy sauce for tacos.

It has a strong lime flavor to the avocado crema that finishes the sauce off well. You can also cover coleslaw with avocado cream sauce to make a creamy avocado coleslaw for tacos.

Steak Taco Toppings

Salsa Verde

Salsa verde is a spicy green salsa that goes well as a steak taco topping.

Salsa verde is made with roasted tomatillos. Tomatillos are green tomatoes that come in a paper husk which needs to be removed prior to roasting them.

Roasting tomatillos neutralizes the acidity of the tomatoes, making it a savory base as a salsa.

After the tomatillos are cooked, they are placed in a food processor with finely chopped onions, serrano pepper, fresh lime juice, cilantro and cumin.

Once the salsa has been “pulsed” until the tomatoes are broken up, it’s ready to serve.

Salsa verge is a tangy, spicy salsa for steak tacos.

Tomato Salsa

Tomato salsa is a juicy, chunky salsa that has a little bite to it.

Salsa adds a ton of flavor and compliments tacos well as a topping.

Salsa can be paired with guacamole well for serving on top of steak tacos.

Tomato salsa is made by adding whole canned tomatoes, and a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel tomatoes work well) as the base of the salsa.

Finely chopped jalapeno with the seeds removed are added to the salsa, as well as some diced onions.

A few herbs like garlic and cumin are added, and then the salsa can be “pulsed” only in a food processor. Don’t overmix the salsa until it becomes a mush.

Pulse the salsa 7-10 times to get it just perfectly chunky.

Steak Taco Toppings

Guacamole

Guacamole is a chunky sauce made with mashed avocados.

Guacamole is made by adding diced tomatoes, tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and a pinch of garlic salt to mashed avocado.

Guacamole pairs well with salsa for steak tacos.

Chicken Pesto Quesadilla with Cilantro Lime Sauce

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Chicken pesto quesadillas are filled with dried cranberries and served with a side of tangy cilantro lime sauce.

The chicken is coated with a southwest rub, and cooked until it’s juicy for your quesadilla.

It’s best to make fresh pesto for your quesadilla, instead of using store bought pesto.

Homemade pesto has much for flavor and earthy notes. Store bought tends to be more bland and very oily.

Serve your chicken pesto quesadilla with a yogurt cilantro lime sauce.

Cilantro lime sauce has a light, refreshing citrus taste to it which goes well with chicken pesto quesadillas.

Chicken Pesto Cranberry Quesadilla

Chicken Pesto Cranberry Quesadilla with Cilantro Lime Sauce

How to make a chicken pesto cranberry quesadilla
Prep Time1 hr
Active Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: dinner
Yield: 3 quesadillas

Materials

Chicken

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/3 tsp paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt

Pesto

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • To taste Salt and Pepper

Quesadilla Fillings

  • 1.5 cups mozzarella grated
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tortillas

Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (5%)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice fresh
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • To taste Salt and Pepper
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves fresh

Instructions

Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Taste test and adjust as necessary. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

Pesto

  • Place basil leaves and walnuts in a food processor. Beat on low speed until walnuts are in small pieces.
  • Add garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
  • Stream the olive oil through the top of the food processor while beating on low speed.
  • Beat until the olive oil has completely gone through the food processor. Scrape down the sides and beat again until smooth.

Chicken

  • Combine olive oil and spices in a small bowl.
  • Coat chicken in the spices.
  • Cook chicken in a medium frying pan over medium heat.
  • Dice chicken and set aside.

Quesadilla Assembly

  • In a a large frying pan over medium heat place half of the tortilla on the frying pan with the other half draping over the edge of the pan.
  • Sprinkle a layer of mozzarella cheese.
  • Add pieces of chicken, and sprinkle a few dried cranberries.
  • Add spoonful's of pesto around the tortilla. You don't have to full cover the tortilla in pesto, just spoon is an inch or 2 away from the last spoonful.
  • Add another layer of mozzarella cheese.
  • Close the tortilla by folding the draped half of the tortilla over the filled quesadilla. Press the tortilla down into the fillings.
  • Let the quesadilla cook until the bottom cheese has melted, and the bottom tortilla has browned.
  • Flip the quesadilla and cook until the other side has the cheese melted, and the tortilla browned.
  • Serve the tortilla with a side of cilantro lime sauce.
Chicken Pesto Cranberry Quesadilla

How to Make Glaze for Scones

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Glaze for scones is easy to make using a simple base glaze scone recipe.

You can make this glaze for scones into any flavor you like.

Start by adding 90 ml of liquid in a medium sized bowl. You can use milk (vanilla glaze, tea glaze, spiced glaze), lemon juice (lemon glaze), orange juice (orange glaze), etc.

Add 1 tsp of flavoring like vanilla extract, lemon zest, orange zest or tea leaves.

If you’re wanting a spiced glaze, add only 1/2 tsp of spices to the glaze for flavoring. Mix the flavoring into your liquid ingredient.

Slowly begin to add 3 cups of powdered to your liquid ingredients. It’s easiest to remove the clumps of powdered sugar with a whisk.

Whisk vigorously until your scone glaze is smooth.

Check its consistency, if you’re wanting the scone glaze a bit thicker, add 1 tbsp of powdered sugar.

If you’re wanting the scone glaze thinner, add a small amount 1-2 tsps of liquid (milk, lemon juice, orange juice).

Once the scones have cooled to room temperature, use a spoon to place the scone glaze on top of the scones.

You can drizzle the scone glaze, or cover the scone fully. This scone glaze recipe is enough to fully covery 12 scones with glaze.

How to Make Glaze for Scones

Another option is to make a vanilla scone glaze and drizzle it on the top of your scones.

Add a sprinkle of lavender, chocolate chips, sliced almonds, or walnuts for a beautiful finish to your scones.

The scone glaze will harden onto the scones, making it easy to stack them when you’re ready to store them.

How to Make Glaze for Scones

8 Hot Chocolate Toppings

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Hot chocolate is a creamy, rich, warm beverage you can serve on a cold winter’s night. Hot chocolate can be brought to new levels of flavor using a few of your favorite toppings.

The classic toppings for hot chocolate are whipped cream and marshmallows.

You can use sweet decadent sauces, chocolates, or sprinkles to make your hot chocolate look gourmet with a few of these delicious hot chocolate toppings.

Caramel Sauce

Caramel sauce is a sweet, decadent topping you can put directly on top of your hot chocolate.

Salted caramel sauce is another option, which adds a sweet and salty flavor to the hot chocolate.

Salted caramel is a specialty sauce for more of a gourmet hot chocolate.

You can add whipped cream on top of your hot chocolate, and then top with your caramel sauce.

Whipped cream adds more of a full-flavored, creamy texture to your hot chocolate.

hot chocolate toppings

Cocoa Powder

Cocoa powder looks beautiful on top of hot chocolate. You can simply use a sifter to “dust” a bit of cocoa powder on top of your hot chocolate.

Another option would be to put whipped cream on top of the hot chocolate, and then dust a bit of cocoa powder on top of the whipped cream.

Hot chocolate is made using cocoa powder, therefore adding it as a topping will just add a bit more chocolatey flavor to your hot chocolate.

toppings for hot chocolate

Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is a classic topping for hot chocolate. Whipped cream has a softy, pillow texture that melts into the hot chocolate, making it extra creamy.

Whipped cream adds a rich flavor to your hot chocolate.

You can add caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, cocoa powder, marshmallows, or sprinkles on top of your whipped cream for a beautiful look to your hot chocolate.

Marshmallows

Marshmallows are a favorite topping for hot chocolate. Marshmallows have a soft, rubbery texture, but they melt and become soft in hot chocolate.

Marshmallows float on the top of the hot chocolate, making it look intriguing.

It’s best to use the small marshmallows so they can easily be drank in the hot chocolate.

Marshmallows have a hint of vanilla flavor to them, making them a delicious complimenting flavor to your hot chocolate.

Sprinkles

Sprinkles give hot chocolate a pop of color. Sprinkles are made of sugar, therefore they will melt in your hot chocolate.

You can use sprinkles on top of whipped cream on your hot chocolate so you can see them much better than if you added them right to the hot chocolate.

Sprinkles look beautiful on top of whipped cream when you use a variety of shapes and sizes, like large circular, and thin rectangular sprinkles.

You can also use specific colored sprinkles to go with the theme of your hot chocolate.

For example, you can use red or green for Christmas day hot chocolate.

Decorative Chocolate

You can make shaped decorative chocolate right at home using a melted chocolate and parchment paper.

When you melt you chocolate, you can use a piping bag with a small round tip to create words or shapes for the top of your hot chocolate.

If you don’t have a piping bag, you can use a spoon to guide the chocolate into your specific shape.

Pipe the melted shaped chocolate onto parchment paper, then place it in the fridge for about 30 minutes until it hardens.

Gently remove the parchment paper by peeling it from the bottom of the chocolate.

It’s best if you put the chocolate on top of whipped cream so the shape of the chocolate will stay solidified for as long as possible. Eventually, the shaped chocolate will melt into the hot chocolate.

hot chocolate toppings

Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate sauce is a sweet sauce that will add even more chocolate flavor to your hot chocolate.

You can use chocolate sauce on top of whipped cream for a beautiful look to your hot chocolate.

You can even make a crisscross design with your chocolate sauce on top of the whipped cream.

Chocolate Shavings

Chocolate shavings can be made using a chocolate bar, and a potato peeler. Gently “peel” the chocolate from the chocolate bar for small chocolate shavings that will make your hot chocolate look eye-catching.

It’s best if you put the chocolate shavings on top of whipped cream on your hot chocolate. The chocolate shavings will melt into your hot chocolate if you put them directly on the hot chocolate.

6 Quesadilla Fillings Ideas

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Quesadillas can be filled your monterey jack cheese, pesto, black beans, and vegetables to create mouth watering flavor combinations.

Quesadilla fillings can be paired with a complimentary accompaniment such as guacamole, salsa, sour cream or pico de gallo.

Make you own quesadillas at home using some these quesadilla filling ideas!

Black Bean Quesadilla

Black bean quesadillas are made by warming black beans, chopped jalapeno, corn, and tomatoes with a few spices to make the taco seasoning.

The quesadilla is made by layering shredded cheddar cheese, black bean filling, and another layer of shredded cheddar, creating a filling, spicy and savory quesadilla.

Serve black bean quesadillas with salsa, sour cream, avocado and freshly chopped cilantro.

Chicken and Pepper Quesadilla

Chicken and pepper quesadilla is made by cooking the chicken in a southwest mixture.

After the chicken is cooked it’s removed from the pan to sauté peppers and onions.

To assemble the chicken and pepper quesadilla, place a layer of shredded cheddar cheese and monterey jack, a few pieces of chicken, sprinkle the peppers and onions mixture, and then another layer of shredded cheddar cheese and monterey jack.

Serve chicken and pepper quesadilla with guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo or salsa.

Quesadilla Fillings Ideas

Chicken Pesto Quesadilla

Chicken pesto quesadilla is made by cooking chicken in a a southwest spice mixture.

Make your own pesto for your quesadilla, as it will give you a much powerful flavor than store bought pesto.

Fill the quesadilla with a layer on the top and bottom of shredded mozzarella or white cheddar, a few chicken pieces, a couple of spoonful’s of pesto placed around the quesadilla, and few sprinkles of dried cranberries.

Chicken pesto quesadilla can be served with cilantro lime yogurt sauce, or honey lime dip.

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Beef and Cheese Quesadilla

Beef and cheese quesadilla is made cooking ground beef with homemade taco seasoning, tomato paste, and beef broth.

The quesadilla has 3 different cheeses combined to make this cheese quesadilla including monterey jack, cheddar cheese, and mozzarella cheese.

To assemble the quesadilla, place a layer of cheese, a layer of beef, and a layer of cheese.

Serve beef and cheese quesadillas with watermelon and pineapple salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.

Quesadilla Fillings Ideas

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Quesadilla

Spinach and artichoke chicken quesadilla is made by cooking spinach and artichokes in a frying pan over medium heat.

Remove the a water from the pan, and add sour cream, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese.

Add in cooked rotisseries chicken to the pan to create a cheesy, chicken filling for your quesadilla.

Assemble the quesadilla by adding mozzarella cheese to each side of the tortilla, and the spinach filling mixture in the middle.

Serve spinach and artichoke chicken quesadilla with sour cream.

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadilla

Spinach and mushroom quesadilla is made by slicing and cooking your mushrooms, and sautéing spinach until it’s wilted.

Assemble the quesadilla by putting a layer of shredded cheddar cheese and mozzarella, spinach, mushrooms, and another layer of cheese.

Serve spinach and mushroom quesadilla with sour cream or pico de gallo.

9 Dipping Sauces for Roasted Cauliflower

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Cauliflower bites can be coated with buffalo sauce, BBQ sauce, which makes them have a spicy or sweet flavor.

Roasted cauliflower as an appetizer needs to have a complimenting dipping sauce that is creamy and tangy.

The most popular dipping sauces for roasted cauliflower is ranch dip, and blue cheese dressing.

There are a few other tasty dipping sauces to try out including savory garlic aioli, or creamy avocado cilantro lime sauce.

Try making your own dipping sauce for roasted cauliflower bites using your own combination of spice and citrus flavors.

Garlic Aioli

Garlic aioli is the most classic flavor of aioli you can make. Garlic aioli is made by adding fresh minced garlic, lemon, pepper, and salt to your aioli base.

Dipping Sauces for Roasted Cauliflower

Vegan Ranch Dip

Vegan ranch dip is made with a coconut yogurt base, with apple cider vinegar, dill, onion powder, and paprika. It has a hint of coconut flavor, and finishes with a bit of spice from the paprika.

Vegan ranch dip is a thick, tangy sauce for cauliflower bites. 

Avocado Cilantro Lime Sauce

Avocado cilantro lime sauce is made by blending avocado, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh lime juice, minced garlic, sea salt, and olive oil together. 

It’s a thick, creamy, tangy sauce that goes well with roasted cauliflower bites.

Curry Lime Aioli

Curry lime aioli is made by adding fresh lime juice, minced garlic, and curry powder to an aioli base.

Curry Lime Aioli has an earthy, citrusy flavor that is one of the most flavorful sauces for dipping cauliflower bites into.

Garlic Herb Sauce

Garlic herb sauce is made with a yogurt base. 

Fresh parsley, rosemary, and oregano are added to the yogurt to add an earthy taste to it. 

Add a splash of fresh lemon juice and minced garlic to finish off this creamy garlic sauce for your cauliflower bites.

Dipping Sauces for Roasted Cauliflower bite appetizer

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade ranch dressing is made with a mayonnaise and buttermilk base.

Dill, honey, and dijon are added to the mayonnaise mixture to give it the tangy, creamy ranch flavoring

Honey Mustard Sauce

Honey mustard sauce is a sweet and tangy sauce for dipping roasted cauliflower into. 

Honey mustard sauce is made by adding honey, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, and garlic powder to mayonnaise. 

Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Jalapeño Aioli

Jalapeño aioli is made by adding minced garlic, pickled jalapeños, and a freshly chopped jalapeño to an aioli base.

You can also flavor your jalapeño aioli with fresh cilantro leaves and fresh lime juice if desired.

Garlic Blue Cheese Dip

Garlic blue cheese dip is made by adding crumbled blue cheese to a mayonnaise and sour cream base. 

Fresh chives, parsley, and minced garlic are added to create the earthy garlic tones to the dip. 

Garlic blue cheese dip is thinned out with a bit of milk, until it’s creamy and smooth. 

Garlic blue cheese dip is a unique flavor for dipping roasted cauliflower into.