Cuisine: appetizers

Nigella’s Cocktail Sausages

Nigella's Cocktail Sausages have sesame oil, honey, and soy sauce which give them a sweet-savory stickiness that makes this hors d'oeuvres not last long. It's a very easy appetizer or snack to make for any party.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 8 - 10 Servings

Cheddar Cheese Coins

These Cheddar Cheese Coins are really addictive and great to serve with drinks. They are made in a food processor and rolled into logs, which can be stored in the fridge or freezer to slice a bake later.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins

Toasted Ravioli with Marinara Sauce

This Toasted Ravioli with Marinara Sauce was created in St. Louis. The ravioli is breaded, fried and served with marinara sauce. It makes a great hors-d'oeuvre for any party.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 4 - 6 Servings

Artichoke Dip with Pimentos & Chiles

I love any kind of artichoke dip. I usually make this basic recipe, but I found this recipe that incorporates pimentos and green chiles. It's really good.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins

Brie with Roasted Balsamic Cranberries

This Brie with Roasted Balsamic Cranberries is an easy and elegant holiday appetizer. A wedge of baked Brie cheese is topped with sweetened tangy roasted cranberries.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins

Spiced Almonds

These Spiced Almonds are bursting with flavor. They are great to take to a drinks party or pack in a beautiful jar as a gift.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 20 Servings

Curried Shrimp Croustades

I have a lot of catering “secrets” and won’t divulge many, but these Curried Shrimp Croustades I will part with.  It’s a wonderful recipe, that is incredibly easy, a huge crowd pleaser and you can make them in advance and freeze them.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: Makes 48 pieces

Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Cheese Ball

I am not a big fan of serving a boring cheese platter at a party. It usually doesn't get eaten. I guarantee this cheese ball will be the hit of your next party. Cheese balls were all the rage in the 1970s, but this Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Cheese ball is an updated version of an old classic. So easy to make and the best part is that it has to be made ahead, so you can enjoy your party.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins

Bacon Wrapped Pickles

I know it sounds crazy, but if you love pickles, you will love these Bacon Wrapped Pickles. They are quick and easy to make and will surprise your guests! You can experiment with different dipping sauces. This one has a spicy ranch sauce, but I think some sort of spicy hot cheese sauce would also be good.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 6 Servings

Shrimp Toast

Shrimp toast or prawn toast is a Chinese dim sum dish. It’s simple finger food that makes a great hors d’oeurves for parties.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yields: 6 - 8 Servings