Small Spreads

Cocktail Spread #1

GARLIC HERB ROASTED SHRIMP WITH HOMEMADE COCKTAIL SAUCE

This is an excellent shrimp appetizer and the spicy cocktail sauce couldn’t be easier; it’s only two ingredients.

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Recipe found here: http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/garlic-herb-roasted-shrimp-homemade-cocktail-sauce/

WARM TURKEY AND PROVOLONE CRESCENTS

Warm crescents with turkey and melted provolone cheese – SO good! and super easy to make. I always make quite a few of these even for a small gathering. They never last very long and I’ve never had leftovers.

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Warm Turkey and Provolone Crescents
Yields 32
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Pkgs Pillsbury Crescent Roll Dough
  2. 8 Slices Oven Roasted Turkey Lunch Meat, thinly sliced
  3. 8 Slices Provolone Cheese, thinly sliced
  4. 4 Teaspoons Silver Spring Dill Mustard
  5. 1-1/2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  6. 1/4-1/2 Teaspoons Dried Parsley
  7. Cooking Spray
Instructions
  1. Slice each piece of cheese & turkey into 4 strips, so you’ll end up with 32 pieces of each. Unroll the crescent dough and cut each crescent in half to form 32 small triangles. Spread each crescent triangle with a thin layer of dill mustard. The strips of cheese & turkey are a little long for the crescents, so instead of cutting them, I just fold each piece in half. Place a piece of turkey & a piece of cheese onto the wider side of the crescent dough and roll up the crescent triangles. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Place crescents on cookie sheet and sprinkle with sesame seeds and dried parsley. Bake @ 375 for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.
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 SPICY FETA DIP WITH ROASTED RED PEPPERS

This is a very quick, easy dip. It has Mediterranean flavors with just a little bit of spice; served with pita chips and Kalamata olives.

Recipe found here: http://www.aspicyperspective.com/feta-dip/

APRICOTS WITH BASIL-CREAM CHEESE AND ALMONDS

I’m always looking for something a little different to make, so when I ran across this appetizer on Pinterest, I was very intrigued by the flavors and just had to try it. Not only are these  lovely to look at, but they are a great, unique combination of sweet and savory flavors. apricots-with-basil-cream-chz2

Recipe found here:  http://lifecurrents.dw2.net/apricots-with-basil-cream-cheese-and-almonds/

CROCK POT HERBED ALMONDS

This recipe goes along with the apricot appetizer above, but they are also a great snack on their own and perfect with any cocktail.

Recipe found here: http://lifecurrents.dw2.net/crock-pot-herbed-almonds/

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SALTED CARAMEL BARK

Because every cocktail party needs a little chocolate.

Recipe found here: http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/desserts/salted-caramel-bark-2/

Shopping List

  • Pita Chips (Two 7-8oz size bags or one party size (18oz) bag)
  • Shrimp (2 lbs) (peeled & deveined) (fresh or frozen)
  • Oven Roasted Turkey Lunch Meat, thinly sliced (8 Slices)
  • Cream Cheese (2 oz)
  • Feta Cheese (1 lb)
  • Provolone Cheese, thinly sliced (8 Slices)
  • Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese (1/2 lb)
  • Crescent Roll Dough (2 packages)
  • Lemon (1)
  • Fresh Basil (1 tablespoon)
  • Fresh Thyme (1 tablespoon)
  • Garlic (6 cloves)
  • Dried Apricots (20)
  • Almonds, Raw (2-1/2 cups)
  • Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Chips (11.5 oz package)
  • Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Chips (11.5 oz package)
  • Kraft Caramel Bits (11 oz package)
  • Honey (1-2 teaspoons)
  • Silver Spring Dill Mustard (4 teaspoons)
  • Ketchup (1/2 cup)
  • Horseradish (2 heaping tablespoons)
  • Olive Oil (about 1/2 cup)
  • Kalamata Olives (7-8 olives for garnish)
  • Roasted Red Peppers (1 large red pepper)
  • Black Pepper (about 1 teaspoon)
  • Salt (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Course Sea Salt (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Red Pepper Flakes (1-1/2 teaspoons)
  • Dried Basil (1 teaspoon)
  • Dried Oregano (1 tablespoon)
  • Dried Rosemary (1 tablespoon)
  • Dried Thyme (1 tablespoon)
  • Dried Parsley (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Sesame Seeds (about 2 tablespoons)

Preparations

A day before the party:

  • If frozen, thaw and wash the shrimp; pat dry with paper towel and store in covered bowl in refrigerator.
  • Make the crockpot almonds; cool and store in airtight container.
  • Cut up the ham and provolone cheese; store covered in refrigerator.
  • Make the cocktail sauce ; place in covered serving bowl; store in refrigerator.
  • Cut up the basil and mix it into the cream cheese; store covered in refrigerator.
  • Make the Salted Caramel Bark; store in airtight container.

 Day of the party:

  • Place the Salted Caramel Bark in a serving bowl or plate.
  • Place the Crockpot Almonds in serving bowl.
  • Roll up the Turkey & Provolone Crescents and bake. When finished, arrange on serving platter.
  • Add spices and olive oil to shrimp and bake. When finished, arrange shrimp on serving platter with bowl of cocktail sauce.
  • Mix up the Spicy Feta Dip. Top with olives and olive oil. Arrange pita chips on platter with the bowl of feta dip.
  • Arrange apricots on platter, top with basil cream cheese and herbed almonds and drizzle with honey.

…And enjoy the spread!

 

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