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Simple Party Foods: Ideas for Tasty Appetizers

January 10th, 2008

simple-party-food1.jpgIf you wind up having to host a dinner party or plan for some other event where food will need to be prepared for multiple guests, you will probably want something that is relatively easy to prepare and that most people will like. This article by Janna Rock provides three simple party food ideas and explains their ingredients and preparation.

After reading the article, I should probably point out one important caveat: these foods are fairly high in calories and definitely NOT for vegetarians! But if your guests don’t mind some “nutritionally incorrect” cuisine, they might as well dig in…


If you have birthdays, holidays, or other special occasions coming right around the corner, the likelihood of you having to throw a party or attend a party is probably pretty high. Here are three simple but tasty party foods that are easy to prepare, relatively cheap to make, and will be enjoyed by everyone.

Sausage Balls

Sausage balls are an all time favorite party food. They are relatively fattening and most people find it difficult to eat only one! The ingredients you will need are: 1 pound of Jimmy Dean Sausage, 4 cups of your favorite cheese, (Kraft’s Crackle Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar seems to work best), and 3 cups of Bisquick flour.

You will need to preheat your oven to 400 degrees and either grease your cookie sheet or line it with foil because this particular party food will stick to the cookie sheet! In a large bowl mix the sausage with the cheese until well blended. You can use your hands to mix and knead the sausage and cheese together. Next slowly add the flour. If you add the flour too quickly you won’t get the correct consistency. After all of your ingredients have been mixed together, you will want to form small balls, about the size of a boiled egg yolk, and place them on your cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. For best results, serve them while they are still fairly warm.

Chili Dip

This is a great dip that everyone loves to snack on. It is so simple to make that most young children can prepare this dip as long as an adult is available to do the actual oven baking. The ingredients you will need for this party dip are: 1 can of Hormel Chili without beans, 1 package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 2 cups of shredded Kraft’s Crackle Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and a bag of your favorite tortilla chips.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and spread your softened cream cheese into a small casserole dish as evenly as possible. Next spread your Hormel Chili over the cream cheese and sprinkle the 2 cups of cheddar over the chili. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until cheese has started to brown and bubble. Remove your party dip from the oven, stir all your ingredients well, and serve with tortilla chips!

Beef Tongue on a Cracker

If you have never eaten beef tongue before then you have no idea what you are missing. If you are going to serve beef tongue at your party you may not want to tell your guests what they are eating until they have already tried a bite. You would be surprised how many people will not willingly partake in beef tongue!

The ingredients you will need are: 1 beef tongue, your favorite crackers, and your favorite cheeses. As far as cheese is concerned, what seems to complement the beef tongue the most are mild cheeses such as Provolone, Baby Swiss, or Mozzarella.

To cook your beef tongue you will want to boil the entire tongue in a large sauce pot. Fill the pot up with water and add a little salt, pepper, and a few cloves of garlic. Wait until the water is at a rolling boil. Next turn the heat down and add your tongue.

Let the tongue simmer for three full hours. Once your three hours are up, drain the water and allow your beef tongue to cool until it is comfortable enough for you to touch. Once the beef tongue is cool enough, you will need to peel the skin away. Once you have removed all of the skin, let it cool completely in the refrigerator. After the tongue has completely cooled you can slice it and lay it on a cracker and top with a piece of cheese and serve. By the way, if you are curious beef tongue tastes surprisingly like turkey!



One Response to “Simple Party Foods: Ideas for Tasty Appetizers”

  1. comment number 1 by: Lizzygirl

    I am going to be 16 and I want fancy food ideas then my party would be cool.

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