Five No-Oven Party Appetizers That Aren’t Chips and Dip
Chips and dip are a party stand-by, but sometimes they’re not enough. That doesn’t mean we want to linger around a hot stove while the party’s going on. Learn how to create a five-star, finger-food feast, without the oven.
Whether it be an engagement party or a holiday soiree, sometimes the occasion calls for food of a higher caliber. Slow cooker cocktail weenies and potato chips fresh out of the bag won’t suffice.
That doesn’t mean things have to get complicated. Beautiful canapes, the kind you expect at a wedding on a silver tray, can be easy. We’ve put together a list of five appetizers that are ornate enough for the fanciest of affairs, but so simple you won’t need to turn on an oven. It doesn’t get better than that. Let’s dive in.
Herb and Goat Cheese Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers
Baby bell peppers are in most grocery stores these days, and we couldn’t be happier about it. These sweet peppers make the perfect vessel for goat cheese, although cream cheese would work too. Add in some fresh herbs and these little guys will disappear faster than a slushie in a heat-wave.
Here’s how we did it:
To make 16 stuffed pepper appetizers, slice eight baby bell peppers in half length-wise. In a bowl, mix a 1/2 cup of goat cheese, one tablespoon of minced basil, and two teaspoons of honey. Stuff the peppers with the cheese mixture and serve!
Crostinis are the ultimate in foods that sound fancy but come together fast. The hardest part about them is the assembly, but we’ve found that even small children can put these together. Of course, you don’t have to use Mediterranean inspired toppings (as we list below). Use your favorite toast toppers to create an inspired party snack.
Here’s how we did it:
To make 24 crostinis, slice a store-bought baguette into 24 – 1/4″ rounds. Some stores sell bruschetta rounds already sliced. Look for those to save yourself even more time. Toast the rounds using a non-stick skillet (or in a toaster oven if desired). Toasting baguette rounds will go quickly, we promise, but if that’s too much for you, pick out a hearty cracker to serve this on instead.