So hosting a dinner party can be a lot of fun, but it can also be very stressful.
I always want to make something that is delicious, everyone will enjoy, impressive yet quick and easy to make.
That sounds like a tall order, but it can be done!
Here are two fabulous appetizer ideas that are quick and easy to make and won’t break the bank :)
The saucy asian meatballs are a crowd favorite for sure! They are tangy and very flavorful, a little spicy and the honey gives it a nice sweetness that balances the Hoisin sauce very well. You can also make them a head of time and keep them warm in the crockpot!
The quick antipasto skewers are super easy and well how could you not love them? I used tortellini, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and black and green olives, but you could choose whatever meats and cheese you prefer! Very versatile :) I also assembled them the night before to make things easier Yum!!!
Saucy Asian Meatballs
For the meatballs:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions
For the sauce:
- 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/8 cup rice vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- Optional: green onions and toasted sesame seeds
Directions: Preheat oven to 400F.
In a bowl combine all the ingredients for the meatballs. Shape the meatballs into 1 1/2 in balls and place on a cooking spray sprayed baking sheet. Bake for 10-15mins or until cooked through.
In a bowl combine all the ingredients for the sauce. Pour over the cooked meatballs. Sprinkle with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds before serving!
You can keep the meatballs and sauce warm in the crockpot on low setting until ready to serve!
Very slightly adapted from: Gimme Some Oven
Comments: Easy appetizer that you can keep warm in the crockpot!
Negatives: I personally didn’t really care for these everyone else enjoyed them but I thought they were too salty from the hoisin. Next time I will reduce the hoisin and add more honey!
Will I make these again? Maybe but will play around with it some more.
Quick Antipasto Skewers
- 1/2 small can whole pitted black olives
- 1/2 small can whole pitted green olives
- 1/2 9oz bag fresh cheese tortellini, cooked according to package directions
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
- cubed mozzarella about 4 oz
- 1/2 cup balsamic salad dressing
- at least 15 skewers
Directions: Marinate the tortellini in the balsamic dressing for 1 hr.
Assemble the skewers with all the ingredients!