6 Quick & Easy Appetizers

Are you in for some unexpected entertaining? There's no need to stress, or dash to the deli for pricy prepared food. Here are six easy, quick, and inexpensive starters.

From: Penny Pincher's Almanac, Reader's Digest Canada

1. Canapés

Cut circles of bread. Spread with mayonnaise, mustard, or cream cheese. Add thin slices of cucumber, ham, or smoked salmon, and top with a sprig of dill, pimento, or a few capers.

2. Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Slice red cherry tomatoes in half and scoop out the pulp. Fill each with guacamole, tuna salad, whipped cream cheese blended with fresh chopped cilantro or parsley, or finely shredded mozzarella with fresh chopped basil.

3. Bruschetta

Slice a loaf of Italian bread. Brush a little olive oil over each slice, top with a slice of Italian tomato, some chopped fresh basil, and dot with a little mozzarella cheese. Bake the slices in a single layer at 180ºC for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

4. Melon and Prosciutto

Wrap a thin slice of prosciutto or smoked ham around a piece of cantaloupe or honeydew melon. Secure with a toothpick.

5. Asparagus Wraps

Wrap prosciutto or ham around asparagus stalks and secure with a toothpick.

6. Seasoned Nuts

Sauté a variety of nuts, such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, or cashews in a few tablespoons of butter or margarine until golden brown. Toss with seasoned salt, chili powder, curry powder, or any seasoning blend.


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