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Hosting parties usually means you need to make a lot of food choices! When hosting, I love making appetizers. It makes it easier to prepare simple appetizer recipes that do not require a lot of time away from the party to prepare the food.
My requirement for an appetizer recipe is that it is simple, delicious, and can be made ahead of time. There are many choices available to make, but that does not mean they taste good. I tested all these recipes many times. They are always a hit at potlucks and parties. I love recipes that can be put in the crock pot and then forget about them.
So here they are, 4 simple appetizer recipes…
1. The tried and true, Little Smokies
There are many ways to make these. Many people love them at a party and usually, they get eaten up! Little Smokies are such a simple appetizer to make. What I love, is that you can dump for the most part and it still turns out delicious! The recipe is used more as a guideline, so here it is:
- 28 ounces little smokie sausages
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce (any kind)
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup brown sugar
Begin by either greasing the inside of a slow cooker or using the slow cooker liners. (I find the slow cooker liners work best for the 6+ quart crock pots and the Reynolds Oven bags for the smaller crock pots).
Combine all the ingredients in the crock pot and stir around.
Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours, until little smokies are warm throughout.
2. Copycat Chili’s queso dip (slow cooker)
This recipe is posted on multiple websites as a copycat recipe. But it is a delicious one and it is a simple appetizer to whip together!
- 16 oz Velveeta Cheese
- 1 cup half and half (or can use milk)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 15-oz can of no-bean chili
- 3 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- Juice of 1 lime (about 1 tablespoon)
Stir the cheese around every once and awhile to ensure all the cheese has melted.
Serve with tortilla chips or veggies!
3. Brown Sugar Kielbasa
This is probably the simplest appetizer of them all! It requires just 2 ingredients and it’s so so good!
- 3 Kielbasa rings
- 1 package (16 ounces) brown sugar (light or dark…I’ve tried it both ways and it’s still delicious)
Cut the kielbasa rings into small bite-sized pieces. Put in a large crock pot (use a slow cooker liner or grease the pot. You don’t want the brown sugar to be sticky on the sides after you’re done with it and if you let it sit before soaking!) put all the kielbasa bits. Pour the brown sugar on top of the kielbasa. Stir around a little to mix it. Cook on low for 5 hours or high for 2.5 hours!
4. Buffalo Chicken Dip
This dip is very flexible! Eat it hot or cold…it works both ways. I’ve prepared it by pouring everything into a bowl and serving it. Also, I’ve prepared it in a slow cooker! This is a dump sort of recipe. You don’t need to measure and you change it up depending on your liking!
- 1 can of chicken (or you can use fresh shredded chicken)
- Franks Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Begin with shredding the chicken in a bowl. Once shredded, add ranch and Franks Red Hot Buffalo Sauce. Usually, add 1:1 equal parts ranch and buffalo sauce (about a cup). You can add extra buffalo sauce or less depending on how spicy you want it. Stir in about a cup of shredded cheese.
It is now ready to serve if you would like it cold. Or you can put it all in a slow cooker with a package of cream cheese to make it thicker. Don’t add cream cheese if you serve it cold, otherwise, it won’t melt.
Dip veggies or chips in this dip! It truly is delicious like all the other recipes!
All of these recipes are amazingly simple appetizers that will be a crowd pleaser! These don’t require any special cooking skills!
For additional simple, delicious cookies you can serve at your parties, see my 5 variations of the classic chocolate chip cookie! I’m actually on my way to make one of the chocolate chip cookie recipes now!