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Quick and Easy Appetizer Ideas for Parties

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A lot of moms constantly find themselves in need of creating simple, easy to prepare, frugal yet still delicious appetizers.  For stay-at-home mothers, it’s always important to have a stock of recipes that can be used in order to whip up something delicious at the least amount of time.

If you’re one of those who are in frequent search for inexpensive but tasty appetizers, then consider the following frugal appetizer ideas below:

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Seafood Appetizer Idea: Clam Dip

This is certainly going to be a hit, and even those who don’t particularly like seafood will be enticed with this appetizer.  Best served with pretzels, this easy-to-do appetizer is created with ingredients that you may already have sitting in your pantry.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 packages of cream cheese (8 oz. each)
  • 2 cans of minced clams (6.5 oz. each)
  • Worcestershire sauce (to taste)

What to do:

  • Soften the cream cheese by beating it until smooth.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce plus the minced clams and ¾ of its juice. Mix.
  • Serve as is or slightly chilled.
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

There is nothing better than watching a big game at your own TV set with a big bag of chips plus a bowl of tasty appetizer dip in front of you. So for one hell of a great snack during a Superbowl party, try this dip which goes superbly good with chips, celery and carrot sticks and a wide variety of other veggies.

What you’ll need:

  • Cream cheese ( 2 packs; 8 oz. each)
  • 3 cans of chicken (10 oz. each; drained)
  • Buffalo wing sauce (8 oz.)
  • Dressing (blue cheese or ranch; 8 oz.)
  • Cheddar cheese ( 2 cups)

What to do:

  • Preheat your oven to 3500
  • Make sure that chicken is fully shredded and not in lumps; mix well.
  • Place in a casserole dish then bake for approximately 30 minutes.
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Stacked Tomatoes and Mozarella

Get the chance to impress the pants off your guests by preparing an appetizer that’s straight from gourmet restaurants.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 pcs. Tomatoes (large size, cut into crosswise slices)
  • 2 cups balsamic vinegar
  • Mozzarella ( 6 oz., cut into crosswise slices)
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • 2 tsp. Olive oil

What to do:

  • Place the vinegar in a saucepan and heat until boiling. Once boiling, lower the heat and wait until the vinegar amount is reduced to about a cup. Let it cool and thicken in consistency. Put in a container with cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Get the tomato slices and sprinkle each slice with salt and pepper.
  • Once done, prepare a large plate and layer a slice of mozzarella atop each slice of tomato.
  • Serve with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and oil.
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Meatball Bubble Biscuits

This is a quick and easy appetizer which can be made in just a few minutes using a bunch of ingredients that you probably have already on stock.

What you’ll need:

  • Pillsbury Golden layers refrigerated biscuits ( 12 oz. can)
  • String cheese (2 sticks)
  • Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 10 pcs. cooked meatballs; frozen
  • Italian seasoning
  • Marinara sauce
  • Garlic powder

What to do:

  • Heat the oven up to 3750 Get the biscuits and separate each into half. Cut your meatballs into half too.  The string cheese should be cut into 10 pieces.
  • Get a piece of meatball and place it along with a piece of string cheese into the center of the biscuit. Roll the biscuit dough and turn it into a ball shape so it will completely cover the cheese and the meatball.  Repeat the process with the rest of the meatballs.
  • Once done, arrange the meatballs into a round cake pan.
  • Sprinkle the Italian seasoning, garlic powder and parmesan cheese.
  • Bake the goodies for about 20-25 minutes or until the top portion has turned golden-brown in color. Serve with marinara sauce.