10 Money-Saving Appetizers
Stuffed Cheese Puffs
These savory little cheese puffs are great alone, or you can fill them with crabmeat, mushroom filling, or chicken salad. The cost of the filling is not included, but at $0.23 per serving, you've got room to splurge.
Cheese and Guinness Spread
Think of this appetizer as a dip version of the ever-popular beer cheese soup. It's best to use Guinness or another type of stout so that you'll get the maximum beer flavor.
White Bean Dip
Turn to a bean dip when you need a budget-friendly appetizer. All you need is a can of cannellini beans, some fresh herbs, lemon juice and olive oil, plus your choice of dippers. Fresh veggies or pita chips are great options.
These hearty sausage-filled puff pasty rolls are sure to be a hit at your next cocktail buffet or when you have folks over to watch the big game.
Vidalia Onion Tarts
If Vidalia onions aren't in season, or if you can't find them in your area, use another type of sweet onion to top these biscuit-like tarts.
Lemon-and-Black-Pepper Cheese Straws
Make shortcut cheese straws by adding Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and black pepper to frozen puff pasty dough. They're not only great for snacking, but also as an accompaniment for soup or salad.
Tangy Marinated Cheese
Ideal for entertaining, this cheese appetizer is about as easy as they come. Make the entire recipe the night before your party, then all you have to do is pull it out of the fridge and serve with French bread or crackers.
If you've got cream cheese on hand, you can use it instead of goat cheese for these easy toasts. The goat cheese will be slightly tangier, but because of the tomato, garlic and olive, the flavor's great either way.
Potato Nests with Sour Cream and Smoked Salmon
Using just a small amount of smoked salmon, along with inexpensive ingredients like potatoes and sour cream, is a great way to make an impressive appetizer without spending a fortune.
Creamy Dill Dip with Pita Chips
Thick and creamy Greek yogurt is the star of this easy dip. Save money by making your own pita chips rather than buying bagged chips or crackers; make your own Greek yogurt to save even more.