Make-Ahead Appetizers


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15 Make Ahead Appetizers

Host the best party ever with these appetizers you can make ahead of time.

From the cookbook: 15 Make Ahead Appetizers


Dear Busy Cook,

Any time is a good time for entertaining. Whether it’s a holiday, a game, a birthday, or a just-because dinner party, there’s always an excuse to invite your friends over and enjoy some time together. We also know life gets busy, and it can seem like there just isn’t enough time to prepare for guests. But don’t cancel your invitations yet! This brand new cookbook is full of recipe inspiration just for you.

Want to know our secret for throwing a stellar party? The answer is make-ahead recipes! You can prep almost everything in 15 Make Ahead Appetizers in less than 15 minutes. Then once you have them in the oven, you can move on to making more food, decorating your home, or relaxing with a drink.

The deceptively simple Cheese Ball Bites feature two types of cheese, tart cranberries and savory bacon. Or try your hand at Bacon Jam! Made with whisky and a touch of paprika — this cracker spread is bound to take your party up a notch. Only have ten mnutes to spare the night before? Whip up some Pepperoni Rollups in a matter of minutes! And if you’ve got some cheese lovers on your guest list (who doesn’t love cheese?) the Buffalo Chicken Dip is packed with just a pinch of spice and plenty of creamy cheeses for a dip that no one can ignore.

15 Make Ahead Appetizers will turn your next party into a celebration. And with such easy and quick appetizers, you’ll have plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the party yourself. Download this full-color cookbook today and along with these winning recipes, you have instant access to a growing library of cookbooks, cooking show episodes, and magazine issues. Join the RecipeLion Gold Club right now to get 15 Make Ahead Appetizers and bask in the glow while everyone sings the praises of your cooking.


Speaking of easy, there isn’t a whole lot that’s easier than Stuffed Mini Peppers. Five ingredients and three steps – that’s it. Oh! They look amazing, too. Red mini peppers, stuffed with cream cheese, then topped with diced green jalapenos makes this a truly colorful appetizer.

I like to make the filling in advance, and stuff the peppers before guests come over, but you can make the entire recipe in advance. Just keep it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.

To make them, combine your cream cheese, cooked bacon, jalapeno, and cheddar in a large bowl. Be sure to chop the jalapeno well, otherwise someone might get a very spicy stuffed pepper!

For the pepper, use a knife to remove the top and cut out the seeds and ribs inside. Use a small spatula or spoon to stuff the cream cheese mixture into the pepper. Top with some additional diced jalapenos and you’re done!

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If you really want to blow your guests away, there’s one recipe that will put the POW! in your party: Bacon Jam. It’s a lot easier to make than it seems and it is soooo delicious. Serve it on almost anything from crackers to small slices of toast.

Start by cooking your bacon in a pot, then remove it with tongs, leaving the bacon fat in the pot. Add your onion into the pot and cook until they are translucent. Put the bacon back in along with the rest of your ingredients, and simmer on low for about an hour.

There you have it! Two appetizers made and ready for whenever you want them.

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The Stuffed Mini Peppers and the Bacon Jam are just two of the recipes in the 15 Make Ahead Appetizers cookbook. Make things ahead of time and you won’t have to do anything but enjoy yourself once your guests arrive. Along with these two recipes, you’ll learn to make:

  • Cheesy Bacon Crescent Bites— Bacon, cheddar, and crescent rolls. Need we say more? This is truly a favorite at parties, and you can make them in just 10 minutes!
  • Pepperoni Roll Ups—You know any appetizer that starts with cream cheese, sour cream, and mozzarella cheese is going to be good. They look gorgeous on a plate, too.
  • Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese Bites—I can’t get enough of these. They’re just spicy enough, and oh so cheesy.
  • Wisconsin Cheese Curds—This is a classic Midwestern dish that you can find everywhere from drive-thrus to fancy restaurants. If you’ve never had Wisconsin cheese curds, you are missing out. Best of all, this comfort food is easy to make.
  • Plus 8 more easy to make and easy to enjoy appetizers that I promise you’ll love…

And don’t forget, every cookbook comes with an accompanying TV show episode, complete written instructions, and full-color pictures—read it all on any device or print it out for easy use in your own kitchen.


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