Appetizers for Any Occasion

Appetizers for Any Occasion
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Whether you are entertaining a crowd or simply looking for some fun recipes to please your family on Game Day, these recipes will do the trick. They can also be put into containers and taken with you for potlucks or visiting.

Chinese Chicken Wings

1 1/2 pounds chicken wings

1/2 cup red plum jam

3 tablespoons soy sauce

3-4 drops hot pepper sauce

2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

Disjoint the wings and discard the wingtips (save for soup stock). Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place wings in a single layer on a baking sheet. Combine remaining ingredients and brush over the wings. Bake 15-20 minutes, basting frequently. Serve with Chinese hot mustard.

Herbed Potato Skins

3 medium baking potatoes, scrubbed


4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

1 1/2 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. basil

1/4 tsp. rosemary

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

Preheat over to 400 degrees. Prick potatoes and rub with oil. Bake 1 hour or until done. Cool slightly. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Leaving a 1/4 inch shell, scoop out pulp,(save for another use). Cut skins in half lengthwise again, then cut in half crosswise. Place skins on baking sheet and brush with oil. Bake 5 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients. Remove skins from oven and top with cheese mixture. Drizzle with more oil. Broil 2-3 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Makes 24 skins.

Black-eyed Pea Dip

1 can (16 ounces) black-eyed peas,drained

3 green onions, chopped with tops

1/2 cup sour cream

1 tsp. garlic salt

1/2 cup salsa

4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Reserving 1/3 cup, place peas in a blender. Process until smooth. Blend in onions, sour cream and garlic salt. Transfer to a bowl and stir in reserved peas and bacon. Serve with tortilla chips, bagel chips or corn chips.

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

24-32 large mushrooms,wiped clean

1 pound Italian sausage, hot or mild

1 small onion, minced

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1 tsp. minced fresh garlic

1 tsp. fresh chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a tsp. hollow out mushrooms, carefully scraping out the inside. Be careful not to break the mushrooms. Reserve scrapings. In a medium skillet, brown sausage,onion and mushroom scrapings. Drain, and return to skillet. Add cheese, crumbs, garlic and parsley to pan and mix well. Remove from heat. Stuff mushrooms with mixture, mounding slightly. Place on sheet pan and bake about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with extra parmesan cheese.


About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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