3 Easiest Appetizers Ever

If you are anything like me, you often end up having impromptu gatherings with only hours to spare. While a bag of tortilla chips and jar of salsa works to moderately appease the appetites of your guests, you can do better without much more work. These three appetizers are guaranteed to satisfy hungry bellies and make you look like the true haute homemaker you really are. Each recipe uses no more than four ingredients (ones I always make sure I have on hand). A total prep time of 15 minutes for a night of food and fun – do you think you can handle it?

Harry and David’s Onion and Pepper Relish

In our Under $25 Holiday Gift Guide, one of my top picks was Harry and David’s Onion and Pepper Relish. This dip is my husband’s favorite. All you do is use half a jar of the relish and mix with one package of cream cheese (I use 1/3 less fat Philadelphia). Mix together and serve with tortilla chips.

Mustard Ranch Pretzel Dip

This dip involves only four simple ingredients and isn’t too harsh on the waistline.

Mix together and serve with pretzels:
1/2 C. low-fat mayo
1/2 C. low-fat sour cream
1/2 package dry Ranch dressing mix
1/4 C. yellow mustard

Some people aren’t real mustard lovers. If you are one of them, simply add the mustard slowly and taste to your liking.

Easy Chili Cheese Dip

I’ve been making this dip since the days of my college dorm room. With a glass pie plate, a few ingredients and a microwave, you can make this anywhere.

1 package cream cheese
1 can Hormel Chili, no beans
1 package shredded cheddar or mexican-style cheese

Spread the cream cheese at the bottom of a pie pan. Spread Hormel Chili across the top of the cream cheese. Top with a few handfuls of cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees, or microwave for 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve with tortilla chips.

Anyone can conquer one or all of these to create a great party atmosphere without all the fuss.

Feel free to share your five minute appetizers with us! I’d love to add more to the arsenal.



Filed under Appetizers, Cook, Quick & Easy

4 responses to “3 Easiest Appetizers Ever

  1. Kelly Bach

    makes 48 servings

    If you’ve got canned artichoke hearts in your pantry, then you’ve got to make these lovely Cheesy Artichoke Appetizers. They’re great for simple entertaining or just a casual game-day in front of the TV. This appetizer is great for whenever you need a few tasty bites!


    4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA 1/3 Less Fat than Cream Cheese, softened
    1/2 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
    1/2 cup chopped, drained canned artichoke hearts
    1 Tbsp. lemon juice
    48 TRISCUIT Cracked Pepper & Olive Oil Crackers


    MIX all ingredients except crackers until well blended; spread onto crackers.

    PAIRS well with a glass of Chardonnay.

    PLEASE drink responsibly.

  2. Nicole (& Issac)

    Stef, we had a good laugh about your mustard/ranch dip recipe.. the recipe for this sat on Issac’s desk for like 2 years.. there were clearly fans of this at 2017! 🙂

  3. I like the Harry & David idea! My favorite throw together app is the Red Onion Confit from the girl & the fig poured over Laura Chenel Chevre (red onion confit http://www.thegirlandthefig.com/store/product.php?productid=16142&cat=293&page=1.) You can serve it with an oakey Chard or a earthy Pinot Noir. Always a big crowd pleaser.

  4. Laura

    In a real pinch I always turn to Boursin garlic and herb cheese and mini-Breton crackers. Mmmm. For casual gatherings I make warm blue cheese and bacon dip and serve with warm pitas or baguettes.
    Mix 1 pkg cream cheese, 1/4 cup half-and-half, 4 oz crumbled blue cheese, a dash of garlic powder or minced garlic, and 7 slices cooked and crumbled bacon. Bake at 350 degrees until warm and browned (20-30 min). Sprinkle the top with chopped chives.

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