Caprese Salad

I make so many dishes like this that I don’t even consider a recipe but it’s occurred to me lately that it’s shockingly difficult to find basics like this on the internet. The key here and with so many great dishes is the ingredients. I only make this when I can get great tomatoes, high…

Parmesan Kale Chips

Y’all should have seen the horrified look on my dad’s face when I told him I was serving kale at my Christmas party! Don’t be fooled: these may be on the healthy side of party appetizers, but they are addictive. There wasn’t a single kale chip left after A Mistletoe and Holly Affair! I don’t…

Antipasto Skewers

It’s hard for me to even call this a recipe because it’s so easy but here we go! You can easily make these the morning of a party. Loosely cover the serving platter with plastic wrap and set on the table when your guests arrive. You can make as few or as many as you…

Mini Muffulettas

I’m not sure it’s fair to call these muffulettas but whatever you call them, they’re delicious. Note:  this recipe is easily doubled. Mini Muffulettas 1 pkg Hawaiian Rolls 1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened 8 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled 24 pimiento-stuffed olives, chopped 4 Tbsp chopped fresh chives 1/4 tsp pepper Combine cream cheese,…

Bacon Spinach Dip

I’ve been making this spinach dip since I was about 15 years old. I’ve perfectly it over the years, quickly swapping mayonnaise out for Greek yogurt, which I find lets the lemon really sing. I highly recommend cherrywood smoked bacon for this recipe. You can easily half this recipe, but I’m not sure you’ll want….

Flank Steak and Gorgonzola Crostini

This hands down stole the show at my Phantom Masquerade party. I wanted something fast and easy that would take little to no time to prep at party time. I grilled flank steak in the morning, sliced it, and had the slices ready to go in the fridge. At party time, I assembled on butter…

Blackcurrant Brie Bites

You may recognize these from my Christmas party, when I made these using homemade cranberry sauce. You could really do so many variations of them using whatever jam you like. They’re so simple, it’s hardly even fair to call it a recipe! You could easily swap out blackberry jam for the blackcurrant. The rosemary adds a…

How to Make a Charcuterie and Cheese Board

The art of making a great charcuterie and cheese board is in variety. I usually select 4-5 cheeses depending on how many guests I’m expecting and 4-5 meats. Picture the boards you order at restaurants. They never just have meat and cheese. They have preserves, nuts, olives, and other goodies that enhance the flavors and textures of…

Tomato and Mozzarella Skewers

Also known as caprese salad on a stick, this is one of the many appetizers I regularly make that hardly requires a recipe. Since I made three different skewers, I only prepared one of these per guest and had a ton of tomatoes and mozzarella balls leftover. Make as many as you want! This is…

Watermelon Feta Skewer Appetizer

I can’t even believe I’m calling this a recipe. It’s so easy! I only used about one slice of watermelon and two slices of Feta for six skewers. You would need about two blocks of Feta cheese for a whole watermelon. Delicious served with sea salts for sprinkling! Photography by Katie Nixon Photography. Watermelon Feta Skewer Appetizers Watermelon,…

Homemade Tzatziki

All of my lovely readers already know how much I adore Greek food. (I’m often heard at cocktail parties saying, “I swear I studied abroad in Greece for the feta!”) Luckily Greek food happens to be some of the healthiest food you can eat so January is a great time to try it if you…

Cranberry Brie Bites with Homemade Cranberry Sauce

In need of a Christmas appetizer that takes a mere five minutes of prep? Make the homemade cranberry sauce up to a week before you want to make these little packets of Christmas cheer. Then all you have to do is plop some with a cube of Brie into a puff pastry and you’re ready to go!…