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I hosted a little get together at my house last week.

It was a finger-food kind of gathering and I decided amidst the butter and sugar and cream, we needed something that resembled a vegetable.

These little cucumber appetizers were so easy to make and pretty tasty if the empty tray was an indication of how well they were received.

Ingredients... plan on two to three of these per person and use ingredients accordingly.

Slice the cucs into 1/2-3/4 inch slices. Uniformity is not my specialty.

Layer, plate and enjoy!

Easy Cucumber Appetizers




Italian Dressing


Wash the cucumbers and slice into about 1/2 slices. I used mini cucumbers and they were bite-sized perfection. Lightly salt and set aside while you get everything else ready.

I cheated and purchased pre-sliced Mozz cheese and then cut each slice into four little pieces. I layered it on the cucumber followed by just a tiny bite of proscuitto then drizzled with a bit of Caesar Italian dressing. Top it off with a sprig of dill and you are ready to serve.

I made these several hours ahead of time, covered in plastic wrap and left in the fridge until party time. This gave the dressing time to work its magic on the meat and cheese.


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Tortilla Roll-Up Appetizers

If you want a simple appetizer that people absolutely can’t stay away from, try this easy recipe. I’ve made it countless times over the years and never have any leftovers.

Warning – we absolutely will not talk about the caloric content of this recipe! And don’t go all healthy-substitute crazy on me here. You have to follow the recipe or it just doesn’t taste right!


Mix up your filling. I know it looks a little... um... interesting.

Please don't be like me and absentmindedly put the meat on first then try to spread filling over the top. Put the filling on the shell, then layer on the meat!

Filling spread out on the shell, then add the meat.

Roll it up tightly.

Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and let set in the fridge for several hours or overnight. The longer it rests, the better the flavor!

Unwrap, slice and enjoy!

Tortilla and Ham Roll-Ups

4 large flour tortilla (or 6-8 smaller ones)

1 large package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup grated cheddar-jack cheese

1 small can chopped olives

1/4 cup ranch dressing

1 package of ham lunch meat, thinly sliced

In a bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar-jack cheese, ranch dressing and olives. Mix well then spread over tortilla, going almost to the edges.

Layer on ham then tightly roll up tortillas. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. When you are ready to serve, unwrap, slice into about 1/2-inch wide slices and stand back. You don’t want to get trampled by the crowd as they hurry to devour these. (Unless Captain Cavedweller is there, in which case, linger all you want, he ain’t eating these!).

Happy Entertaining!

From She who Loves Roll-Ups way too much!

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I first made these easy appetizers for a party last summer. I made a huge tray of them, really I did. There were witnesses. I’d barely put them down on the buffet before they were literally inhaled and there was nothing left. Nothing!

So my BFF helped me whip together another batch that was consumed almost as quickly as the first. There are no fancy ingredients or involved steps to making these, but they are so, so good!

Taco Appetizers

Tostitos Scoops!  tortilla chips

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1 can chili

1/2 cup shredded colby-jack or cheddar cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1 avocado, peeled and diced

2-3 tomatoes, diced

1 small can sliced olives

All-purpose seasoning

Salt and Pepper

Brown the ground beef, add all-purpose seasoning and salt and pepper. While it is cooking, dice the tomato and avocado. Line up chips on your serving tray. Cook chili according to can directions. When everything is cooked, layer in each chip the beef, chili, tomatoes, avocado, olives, sour cream and cheese.

These will disappear almost as fast as you can make them. Go ahead, try to eat just one. I dare you!

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If you are looking for something that is fast and easy to make for an appetizer, or serve as a main course, these sandwiches are the ticket.

You can use mini-croissants for appetizers or use full-size croissants for a quick and simple meal. The blend of crunchy, nutty flavors is awesome!

Chicken Croissants

1 package of fresh croissants (mini or large)

3 cups cubed cooked chicken

2/3 cup thinly sliced celery

1/2 cup cashew pieces

1/2 cup green seedless grapes, sliced in half

1/3 cup mayonaisse

2 tbsp. ranch dressing

Mix chicken with celery, cashews, grapes, mayo and ranch dressing. Slice croissants in half lengthwise, but do not completely separate. Create a “hinge” by not slicing all the way through one edge of the croissant. Spoon in filling and chill until ready to serve. If you are in a big hurry, buy pre-cooked, grilled chicken pieces.


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