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.