Sorry, I am a little behind.Â Yesterday was pretty busy and I ran out of time, so here is yesterdays post and the last one of the series.
The biggest part of any party is FOOD.Â Â If you are not hiring a caterer, which most of us do not, food can be the most stressful element of the event!Â I thought I would share some of my go to appetizers that you can make ahead.Â They all freeze really well and you can make them a week or more ahead of time.(source)
* 6 slices of firm white bread
* 1 lb. frozen, uncooked shrimp peeled and deveined
* 2 cloves of garlic, minced
*1 Tbs. butter
* 1 Tbs. olive oil
* 1-1/2 C shredded Gruyere or Havarti cheese
* 1 tsp lemon zest
* 1 tsp dried dill weed
* dash of pepper
* 3/4 c mayo
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Using small cookie cutter, cut out four rounds from each slice of bread. Place on cookie sheet and bake in oven for 10-15 minutes or until bread is crisp and dry, turning bread rounds over once halfway through baking time. Cool on wire rack.
Heat butter and olive oil in heavy skillet and cook garlic and shrimp just until shrimp curl and turn pink. Remove from heat and set aside for 10-15 minutes to cool slightly.
In large bowl, combine cheese, lemon zest, dill, mayonnaise, and pepper. Finely chop shrimp and add to cheese mixture.
Top bread rounds with shrimp mixture, mounding and smoothing the shrimp. Freeze in single layer on baking sheet, then store in freezer container in single layer.
When ready to eat, bake puffs, frozen, in preheated 400 degree oven for 10-13 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Serve immediately. You can also bake the puffs without freezing them, in a 400 degrees F oven for 8-9 minutes. Makes 24 appetizers.Â (From busycooks.about.com)
Sausage Cheese Balls
1 lb. Italian sausage
2 C shredded Colby cheese
*Â 1 egg, beaten
*Â dash of cayenne pepper
*Â 2-3 cups biscuit mix ( I use Bisquick)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.Â Place uncooked sausage, cheese, egg,cayenne pepper, and 2 cups of the biscuit mix in large bowl and mix well until blended.Â If you can, work in an additional 1/2 to 1 cup of biscuit mix (dough should be stiff and slightly dry).Â Form into 1″ balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet
Bake at 375 degrees fro 10-18 min. until deep golden brown and cooked through.Â You may want to turn them over halfway through cooking time so they brown more evenly.Â You can either serve or freeze.Â (Unsure of where I got this one!)
pizza doughÂ (I buy frozen balls at Sam’s Club, but you can make your own)
Italian bread crumbs