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Easy and Affordable Appetizer Recipes


Are caviar and goose liver a little beyond your budget? Do you need some crowd-pleasing appetizer ideas that will not break the bank? Then take a look at these party friendly recipes that don't require a lot of cash, or culinary skill.

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe

Photo (c) Closet Cooking
The great thing about spinach and artichoke dip, besides the fact it's a party favorite, is just how easy it is to make. Mix it up, bake to a bubbly golden-brown, and serve with your favorite breads and crackers.


Photo (c) John Mitzewich
Salami-pops are simply breadsticks wrapped with cheese, spinach and salami. This creative salami appetizer recipe is perfect for any occasion where you need an easy and inexpensive bite.

Baked Reuben Dip

Photo © noblepig.com
This delicious baked Rueben dip recipe is a real crowd-pleaser. If you like Reuben sandwiches (and who doesn't?), you will love this creative deli dip! Whether it's for a quiet holiday party, or a rowdy football game, this easy appetizer shines.

"Oven-Fried" Ginger Garlic Chicken Wings

Photo © John Mitzewich
Most "crispy" chicken wing recipes call for a deep fryer, but this great "oven-fried" method works beautifully, and is much easier. This sticky ginger garlic chicken wing recipe is a delicious twist on the venerable Buffalo chicken wing.

Wild Salmon Cakes

Photo © John Mitzewich
This salmon cake recipe was inspired by Midwestern recipes that used canned salmon before fresh fish from the coasts was as available. If you've never used canned salmon before, you are in for a huge surprise. Canned salmon is always wild caught, and superior nutritionally than farmed fresh salmon. The capers give this salmon cake recipe a slight brininess that brings out the great flavor of the wild fish. This can be used as an entree or appetizer with equally delicious results.

Spicy Chicken Lettuce Cups

Photo © John Mitzewich
This healthy and delicious chicken recipe is a snap using a cooked rotisserie chicken from the market, and a jarred salsa. The contrast between the crisp, cold lettuce cups, and the spicy, stewed chicken is wonderful.

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Photo © Big Red Kitchen
This creative jalapeno popper dip recipe has the great spicy taste of fried jalapeno poppers without all the extra work. Make sure you have plenty of crackers, chips, or bread around for enjoying this "hot" appetizer.

Wine-Poached Dried Fig and Sausage Skewers

Photo © John Mitzewich
This skewered fig and pork sausage appetizer is delicious with almost any type of pork, chicken, or turkey sausage. If you really want to get fancy, you can poach the dried figs in some of the same wine that the skewers are going to be served with.
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