November 22, 2017

Quick and Easy Appetizers


TastyTuesday200pix Welcome to my new home   Tasty Tuesday

Tasty Tuesday is thrilled to be a stop on Amy’s Bloggy Progressive Dinner.

It’s very fitting that I host the appetizer portion since we are HUGE quick and easy appetizer consumers in this home. My children have learned to whip them up for snack time, so we probably have our infamous taco dip at least three times a week. I don’t see appetizers just for parties any more.

As I started tying to narrow down our favorite appetizers/dips, I realized there are too many for one post, so I will be adding additional favorites as I make them.

cheese ball with rasberry jam

Easiest and Tastiest Cheese ball EVER!!

(We are not huge mayo fans, but this mixture is so good it will become one of your favorites as well.

  • 1 Pound Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise
  • 1 small onion grated
  • Dash salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Strawberry preserves
  • Combine and refrigerate. May need to add more mayonnaise based on preference. One hour prior to serving form into a ring.

    Place strawberry preserves in middle. This is a MUST! For two years, I was served this cheese ball and refused to dip my cracker into  the strawberry preserves. I had never tried that mix of flavors up North, but wow,  I was missing it. It is an absolute favorite and even has passed the “kid” test. I drizzle the strawberry jam right on the cheeseball for my own family, but serve it separately in the middle for guests. And this photo is strategically up close since the other half of the ring has been devoured. 🙂


    Mini Fillo (phyllo) Shells cold serving ideas

    Phillo Shell Appetizer Ideas

    Using mini Phillo shells are one of my favorite ways to serve  appetizers when I entertain. Creativity knows no bounds when using these. Serve them hot or cold, for desserts or appetizers. We served my son breakfast in bed this morning and my daughters were in charge. Besides the toast with loads of whip cream, these mini phillo cups were served with a little yogurt and sprinkles. 🙂


    It’s simple to buy mini quiche at Sam’s Club,  but they are SO easy and cheap to make by following these directions. You can also make them in mini muffin pans without the Phillo dough.

    HAM AND CHEESE QUICHE in mini Fillo Shell

    Recipe Photo


    1 egg,  1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
    2 tablespoons small diced cooked ham
    2 tablespoons small diced red bell pepper
    1 tablespoon small diced green bell pepper
    15 Athens® Mini Fillo Shells (1 box)
    3 tablespoons shredded pepper jack cheese, for garnish

    In small bowl, wisk together egg and heavy whipping cream. In another small bowl, mix ham and peppers. Spoon 1 teaspoon of ham and pepper filling into each Fillo Shell. Add 1 teaspoon of egg mixture into each shell. Garnish with 1/2 teaspoon of shredded cheese. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 15-20 minutes. Serve warm


    Use your favorite chicken salad recipe for this easy, eye catching appetizer.



    Recipe Photo

    1/2 cup cooked medium-diced chicken
    1 small diced avocado
    1 small seeded and diced tomato
    2 tablespoons chopped green onion
    2 teaspoons minced jalapeño (optional)
    2 tablespoons mayonnaise
    1 tablespoon vinegar
    1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (I omit)
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    15  Mini Fillo Shells (1 box)
    15 cilantro sprigs, for garnish

    In a small bowl combine chicken, avocado, tomato, green onions, jalapeño, mayonnaise, vinegar, cilantro and salt mixing well. Chill for 1 hour. Place 1 rounded tablespoon of mixture into each Fillo Shell. Garnish each with a sprig of cilantro. Serve immediately.

    Makes 15 Appetizers

    Need a few more appetizer ideas? See Southern Caviar and Easy Beer Dip – Delicious Dips for Any Occasion.


    1. Mmmmm… Those look yummy!

      I’ll be back tomorrow to link up, but if anyone can’t wait for a how to on an adorable cheese ball igloo with cream cheese penguins, my post is up here:


    2. Oh Mr. Linky you stinker!

      Spinach Artichoke Dip


    3. Those look great! We definitely need to try some mini quiches around this place. 🙂

      (Would you mind giving a Twitter shout out once Mr. Linky decides to cooperate? I’d appreciate it!)


    4. Mr. Linky should be Mr. Grinch today. 🙂 Your appetizers look delish. The variations in the phyllo cups are beautiful AND sound yummy. Thanks!

      Today I posted my Butterhorn Rolls that are favorites on our holiday tables.


    5. What lovely appetizers! That cheese ball sounds fantastic. I admit I wasn’t sure about the strawberry jam but I promise to use it! It is wonderful how some flavours just taste great together. Hope it is okay to post my recipe by putting a link here – I’m a bit new to the blog parties so hope it is not a no-no. However as Mr Linky is not cooperating it seemed like a good idea 🙂


    6. Mmmm, love cheese! 😀 I haven’t ever used the phyllo shells before. Is it easy to work with?


    7. I LOVE appetizers. Honestly, I’d rather have appetizers than a main course any day. Thanks for these new recipes!

      Hope y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


    8. I love the mini Fillo shells! I use them to put in the filling from my favorite dessert, and they are always such a hit. I’ll have to try to broaden my horizons and add other stuff to them. 😉


    9. That chicken pico de gallo looks phenomenal.


    10. I love a good cheese ball and we normally buys ours but yours sounds really yummy that I think we’ll try that this year instead.


    11. Wow…some great ideas! I won’t have appetizer ideas up on my blog until Friday but will post some things I’ll be demonstrating on our morning new show that day. For today…I linked up some great cookie baking tips. Thanks for sharing Jen!


    12. Great appy ideas! I am stopping by for the first time here and look forward to more recipe inspiration!

      I love to do appetizers for New Years, so I will definitely try some of these!


    13. Oh, I am so going to try out your cheeseball! It kinda reminds me of hot pepper jelly over cream cheese – it sounds like a weird combination but it is sooo good!


    14. Strawberry Preserves – what a concept! I’m not a risky kind of girl, but I’ll have to try it!

      Fabulous pics, btw.

      Thanks for hosting!



    15. I want to try Every. Single. One!


    16. Yum, those sound so good! I love the last two especially because they are mini and bite-sized! Cute and delicious all in one little package. I also posted about appetizers on my blog.


    17. Strawberry preserves go wonderfully with EVERYTHING! Well, maybe not spaghetti, but still. That cheese ball will definitely be one I try this month. And those phyllo quiches look soooooo good! Mmmmmmmm….I’m getting hungry! 😀


    18. Those chicken pico de gallo cups look SO good! I could eat pico by the spoonful!


    19. Next to baking, appetizers are my favorite food to cook! Thanks for hosting!


    20. I love all these appetizer ideas. Fun food is fun to eat! I posted a fun Donut Tree on my blog. It’s a fun dessert, especially where kids are concerned!



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