When you’re in a pinch but. have guests to entertain, your best bet is to throw together a few easy-to-nosh-on appetizers you’re sure the whole group will love. Elegant yet oh so easy, these tasty starters come together in a flash — and they’re guaranteed to disappear just as fast. The best part? They only require a few ingredients!
Crab Cucumber Cups
Ranch dressing and Old Bay seasoning are the secret ingredients that make these bites irresistible.
To Make: Cut 2 mini cucumbers into 1-inch-thick rounds; scoop out centers, leaving ¼″-thick cups. Mix 8 oz. pasteurized lump crab meat (drained), 2 Tbs. ranch salad dressing and 1 Tbs. minced fresh chives; spoon into cucumber cups. Sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning. Serves 6
A splash of red wine elevates jarred pasta sauce and deepens the flavor of these pre-made meatball appetizers.
To make: Coat skillet with cooking spray; add 1 chopped red pepper. Cook over medium heat 5 min. Add ½ cup red wine; cook 2 min. Stir in 1 (24 oz.) jar tomato basil pasta sauce, ½ tsp. paprika and 12 (1 oz.) frozen fully cooked turkey meatballs (thawed). Simmer 15 min. Serves 6
Coating phyllo with butter ensures it bakes up extra flaky!
To make: Mix 1 cup frozen spinach (thawed, squeezed dry), 1 Tbs. minced onion and 1 cup crumbled feta. Stack 4 sheets phyllo on baking pan, brushing each layer with melted butter. Top with spinach mixture and 4 more phyllo sheets, buttering each. Bake at 375°F, 20 min.; cut into squares. Serves 8
There you have it. These super simple appetizers are sure to wow your guests or family members. Decadent, rich tastes and less time spent in the kitchen are always what we strive for!
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.