Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Trio of Addictive Appetizers

New Year's Eve is movie night at the Bonham house. Traditionally, a full meal is not served. Instead, a selection of appetizers and finger foods are set out buffet style. About 6:00 P.M., a pot of dark roast coffee is brewed and sparkling water is available in an assortment of flavors. Cherry Limeade is a family favorite. Try this trio of addictive appetizers at your next special occasion. Your family, friends, and acquaintances will love them.

  • Cocktail Mini-Sausages
These bite sized gems are addictive. Bill loves the sauce and has me make it for chicken wings and baby back ribs.
The recipe.
Dinner rolls were on the table, too. Anyone desiring a mini-sausage roll had that option.
  • Shrimp Stuffed Baby Portobello Mushrooms
I doubled the original recipe and did not use the shredded mozzarella. The end result was great. Another addictive appetizer for my recipe box.
The recipe.
  • Garlic Shrimp Spread
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 10 medium, peeled and deveined frozen shrimp
  • Melt 1/4 cup of butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium to low heat.
  • Add garlic powder and shrimp to skillet.
  • Saute until the shrimp are thawed.
  • Put the shrimp and butter in a food processor or mini food chopper.
  • Cube the cream cheese and add it to the food processor.
  • Blend until the mixture is smooth.
  • Place the mixture in a bowl
  • Cover with plastic wrap
  • Chill in the refrigerator until firm.
Makes about 1-1 1/2 cups of spread.
Serve with round, all-purpose crackers