Finger food. Hors d'Oeuvres. Tapas. Cocktail Appetizers. No matter what you prefer to call these handy and easy-to-devour food items, there’s no denying that they are just perfect for a fun celebration.
But it’s simply no fun if you just serve them up to your guests in regular plates or disposables. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, presentation is still key even for these appetizers that don’t even call for the help of utensils for consumption. That’s exactly why we have the California Home Goods Condiment Server Set.
Here are 2 examples of great-tasting and visually-tempting appetizer sets you can serve in this lovely condiment serving tray with 4 bowls/parts.
SET 1: Gooey Cheezy Goodness Tray
Dip for Bowl 1: Bacon Cheese Ball
2- 8 Oz packages of cream cheese, semi-softened
8 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
1 cup of Colby Jack Cheese
1 tablespoon of chopped green onion
1 cup of chopped pecans
Combine cream cheese, bacon, cheese and onion using an electric mixer until it is well incorporated. Form the cream cheese into a ball. If combining the ingredients my hand, you might want to make sure the cream cheese is completely softened and then refrigerate the mixture covered for a couple of hours before forming it into a ball. Or if you prefer it to take the shape of the square bowl, then go right ahead and do what makes you happy.
Dippers for Bowl 2: Bread Sticks, Crackers and Pretzels
Dip for Bowl 3: Cream Cheese Buffalo Chicken
2 medium chicken breasts cooked and shredded
4 ounces of cream cheese room temp
½ cup Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing
½ cup buffalo sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar
In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, ranch, and buffalo sauce. (I used a hand mixer and beat on medium until creamy). Mix in the shredded chicken. Then the cheddar cheese. Transfer to one part of the condiment server tray.
Dippers for Bowl 4: Fresh Veggie Sticks - carrots, celery, etc.
SET 2: Guilt-Free Seafood Delight
Dip for Bowl 1: Garlicky Shrimp Ooze
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. medium shrimp, thawed if frozen, peeled and deveined
3 cloves garlic, minced
Freshly ground black pepper
1 oz. (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. mayonnaise
3/4 c. shredded mozzarella
1/4 c. grated Parmesan
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add shrimp and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook until shrimp is pink and no longer opaque, 3 to 4 minutes. Let cool slightly, then coarsely chop.
In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, mayonnaise, mozzarella, Parmesan, lemon juice and zest, parsley, and chopped shrimp and season with salt and pepper.
Transfer dip to a small baking dish and bake until golden and bubbly, 25 minutes. If yield is greater than the size of one bowl in the condiment tray, don’t worry, that’s a good thing - you can just refill if it runs out. (We’re guessing that won’t take long).
Dippers for Bowl 2: Pita & Tortilla Chips
Dip for Bowl 3: Crab Artichoke Dip
1 oz. (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened
1 c. mayonnaise
1 1/2 c. shredded Monterey Jack, divided
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
1 oz. (14-oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
12 oz. lump crabmeat
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt & Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, mayonnaise, 1 cup of Monterey jack cheese, Parmesan, artichoke hearts, garlic, crabmeat, green onions, and Worcestershire and season with salt and pepper.
Transfer mixture to a 10- or 12-inch oven-safe skillet and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Monterey jack cheese. Bake until golden and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to your condiment server tray as needed.
Dippers for Bowl 4: Garlic Crostinis
On a large baking sheet, drizzle a sliced baguette with olive oil and season with salt. Bake at 350° until golden and toasted, 10 minutes. Immediately rub with a whole garlic clove (the flavor will soak into the bread!).
So if you still haven’t moved on from the holiday party scene just yet, then invite your best friends over! Besides, having a gathering or mini-celebration doesn’t have to be difficult.
Don’t be hard on yourself by deciding which one you like better-- because both sets are just divine, just serve both! Your guests will truly be delighted to have spent a post-New Year’s get-together at your place. So while you’re taking down notes for the recipes, don’t forget to grab the elegant and reliable California Home Goods Condiment Server Tray if you still haven’t gotten one for yourself.
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