Easy Hors D’oeuvres

If you are attending a bridal or baby shower, or perhaps as a guest at a Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) dinner, you may want to bring an appetizer. Rather than just showing up with a premade veggie container from your local grocery store, there are some easy home made appetizers that are a favorite. The list below will go with any food type or theme and is sure to wow other guests.

Mini Sandwhiches

Mini Sandwiches

This is typically required to be completed the day before the event, as they need to set in the fridge for several hours before you can cut them apart. I have made these recipes so many times for the same people – they request them at every gathering; they have made appearances at the same peoples bridal shower as their baby shower. They are quite filling due to the cream cheese so you should assume 3-4 people per pita.

o   These are my favorite recipes:

  • Beef Horseradish Pinwheels


I note that it is somewhat difficult to mix the cream cheese and the horseradish together so I would heat the cream cheese slightly in the microwave to soften it.

  • Turkey Pinwheels


I love the garden vegetable cream cheese in this recipe. I occasionally buy bagged salad with shredded carrots and cabbage and use that in lieu of the lettuce and shredded carrots option – this is a good time saver!

Cream Cheese and Red Pepper Jelly

Crackers and Cream Cheese

Cream Cheese and Red Pepper Jelly harmonize beautifully. You can pre-make crackers with a swipe of cream cheese and a drop of red pepper jelly on top, or simply place both together in serving glasses next to crackers. This is probably the simplest appetizer but I guarantee there will be no cream cheese for you to take home.



I prefer the option to bake Swedish meatballs and then place them in a large saucepan, add a barbeque sauce (I think the original Diana sauce is probably the best for meatballs) and lightly simmer until the sauce fully engulfs the meatballs. I understand that it is common to use a slow cooker for this as well – which might be a little less hassle in total.

Strawberry Beef Sausages


I recently tried this at a family holiday and it was to die for. I immediately bought a large Chicago 50 Style Beef Sausage to try out myself. Be sure to remove the sausage casing. There are many recipes on the internet on how to do this but it is extremely simple. Cut the sausage straight through in about 1/3” sections. Slather the entire thing in Kraft Strawberry Jam – or your favorite strawberry jam. Place it in aluminum foil and an oven safe dish and cook at 350 degrees for about 40 – 50 minutes. The smell will waft through your house and you will have a hard time not eating all of this before you arrive at your destination. Cut the round pieces diagonally then vertically so you have ¼ circular pieces.


The above recipes are sure to keep you on guests lists for years to come! Do you have any favorite recipes? If so, share below!

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