Prepare These Quick and Easy Appetizers in No Time
Every great party needs tasty appetizers, right? I’m a firm believer in that statement, so skip the potato chips and try one of these four good-for-you appetizer recipes instead.
1. Fig and goat cheese appetizer
Whipping up this appetizer is so incredibly simple, and the taste payoff is huge.
- 6 Made In Nature Calimyrna Figs or Black Mission Figs
- ¼ cup of red onion, thinly sliced
- 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 4 ounces goat cheese (soft Brie cheese also works well)
- 16 crackers
- 16 pieces of fresh arugula or mixed mesclun greens
Add the oil and onion to a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Saute the onions until they begin to soften.
Trim the stems off your figs and slice them into 1/4″ slices (about 4-5 per fig).
Add the figs and balsamic vinegar to your skillet. Saute for 2 – 4 minutes until the figs soften and are nicely coated with oil and vinegar. Remove from heat.
Spread cheese on crackers so that they’re lightly covered.
Add one small piece of arugula or mixed green on top of the cheese. Place fig topping on greens and serve.
2. Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers
Preparing this fresh, healthy appetizer takes basically no time.
2.5 cups cantaloupe or honeydew cubes
½ pound thin sliced prosciutto
1 8 ounce tub of fresh small mozzarella cheese balls
20 (4-inch) wooden skewers
Place 1 melon cube, 1 prosciutto slice, and 1 mozzarella ball onto each wooden skewer. Sprinkle with pepper.
3. Goat cheese and fig “deviled eggs”
This special spin on the traditional deviled egg is incredible. Your guests won’t be able to get enough!
12 large hard boiled eggs, peeled
8 ounces goat cheese, melted
¼ cup Made In Nature Black Mission Figs, diced
½ teaspoon rosemary
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Slice your hard-boiled eggs in half and remove yolks.
Combine yolks, goat cheese, figs, rosemary, and lemon juice in a bowl and mix.
Use a teaspoon to spoon the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites. Serve cold.
4. Warm mixed nuts
The three recipes I’ve shared are all easy to make, but if you’re really short on time, this “recipe” can’t be beat: warm mixed nuts. If you’re feeling extra adventurous throw in some coconut chips.
Made in Nature Nut Blend (try pomegranate ginger fusion, or any of the other varieties)
Preheat your oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
Spread the nut blend onto your baking sheet.
Bake until nice and warm, approximately 5 to 8 minutes.
What are some of your favorite dinner party appetizers — healthy or not so healthy? Let’s get the taste bud party started in the comments!