I wanted to write a blog post that highlighted one of my favorite courses, appetizers. I rounded up 5 of my favorite party favorites to make or even just to have at home for a date night in. I do have to issue a warning, these recipes may make you too popular at parties and you will find yourself overwhelmed with invitations! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
I get asked to attend a lot of parties. I have a big family and I feel like there is always some event that I am invited to that I need a dip or appetizer for. Therefore I am always on the look out for new things to make that are easy, inexpensive and have a wow factor. People expect me to bring something special and I hate to disappoint them. I was in the store the other day, Aldi to be exact, let’s face it I am at Aldi pretty much every day, and I saw these dried apricots. I knew I wanted to do something savory with them but I wasn’t sure what.
I took a look around the store and spotted my favorite goat cheese and in the sauce section some Thai Sweet Chili Sauce. BINGO, a light bulb went off. I wanted to test out a recipe for a whipped goat cheese. I rushed home with my ingredients, which cost $7 by the way, and went to work.
This recipe came out so good. It was the perfect balance of savory and sweet. I definitely knew it was going to be a hit at parties. If you would like to see this recipe you can click this link → Whipped Goat Cheese with Thai Chili Sauce and Apricots
Another discovery I made at Aldi was that they had Shishito Peppers. Shishito Peppers are a pretty popular produce item in the Midwest during July and August, but this was the first time I had seen them available at Aldi. If you aren’t familiar, Shishito Peppers are sweet and slightly smokey. 1 out of every 10 peppers are spicy. The fun of eating them is to see who gets a spicy one. This recipe is also a great one for anyone doing a low carb or Keto diet. The peppers take only minutes to prepare and go so well with your favorite cold crisp Summer Wines. You can also make the aioli with ingredients you probably have on hand. If you would like this recipe you can click this link → Blistered Shishito Peppers with Sweet Paprika Aioli
Believe it or not I am not a huge chip person. I know there are people who can sit down with a bag of chips and devour the whole thing in one sitting, I am not one of them. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I have purchased a bag of chips that weren’t for a party. I do love one kind of chip though and those are Doritos. I wanted to come up with a dip that would pair well with classic nacho cheese doritos. I perused Pinterest for ideas and was inspired by many recipes. I came up with this dip that is sure to be a classic. Again, this dip cost me about $10 to make and yielded a large serving size. If you would like this recipe, click the link here → Dorito Chip Dip
Everyone has that relative that makes the same thing for every party. This is a blessing if it is something you love. I have an Aunt who actually makes three or four things for every party that we all absolutely love. One of my favorite recipes of hers, is her veggie pizza appetizer. It is so easy to make, costs about $10 to buy the ingredients and is just absolutely delicious. If you would like this recipe you can click this link → Veggie Pizza Party Appetizer
The last recipe I am going to share is another favorite from the Aunt who makes the veggie pizza. It is my all time favorite and my whole family looks forward to it every party. She even goes as far to make half with tomatoes and half without so she can please even the picky people in my family. This recipe is for our family favorite layered taco dip. This recipe can be a little more expensive to make but it is worth it. If you would like to see our version of this recipe, you can click the link here → Taco Dip
I hope you love these recipes as much as my family , friends and I do. I think that they are all easy to make and inexpensive. They definitely will make you more popular at parties, but remember dips are a fun way to have a date night in or a family game night. If you happen to make any of these recipes, post it on social media and tag me! If you have any other dip ideas or would like me to share a recipe for one, leave a comment below!
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