It's not even December 1st but I'm already thinking about ways to make this season a little less stressful. I've been writing an article on appetizers and looking at ways to make them ahead or for very easy recipes.
Here are some ideas for "fast and easy".
Make spiced nuts or snack mixes to have on hand.
Red pepper jelly keeps well in the refrigerator and is delicious on top of a black of cream cheese surrounded by crackers.
For last minute guests, pop a batch of popcorn and season it with some chili powder and ground cumin or create your own herb combination. This is perfect with drinks.
Here's an old favorite that is served warm with crackers or rye bread.
Chipped Beef Dip
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (2-3 ounces) package dried beef, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Crackers or cocktail rye bread
Beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl until it's smooth. Stir in the sour cream, milk and salt until smooth and creamy. Add the chopped beef and onions and mix. Spoon into an ovenproof baking dish (pie plate). Sprinkle with the walnuts.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through and walnuts are toasted. Serve with crackers or rye bread.