A Medley of Appetizers for Your Next Backyard Bash!

By August 14, 2017Recipes
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Well, we finally got around to throwing our 2017 graduate a graduation party.  And since my son was gone all summer working on an oil tanker and since we are about to be empty nesters, we decided to throw a really, really big backyard bash!  The party was a smashing success!  We hosted over 100 of our closest friends and family.  With all of the wet weather that we’ve been having, I am thrilled to report that it didn’t even rain during the party.
Thankfully I had lots of help making food and hanging decorations.    We made a variety of appetizers and desserts so I thought I would share a few of the appetizer recipes.
Because maybe you need something for a backyard bash of your own.
Mini Doritos Cheese Balls
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • ½ cup crushed Doritos
  • Pretzels Sticks

Add softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar and taco seasoning to a small bowl and stir until well combined.

Scoop into about teaspoon- sized balls and roll in crushed Doritos.

Add a pretzels sticks to each mini cheese ball for easy serving.

Cheese Tri-color Tortellini
  • Tri-Colored Tortellini (doesn’t have to be tri colored, just looks pretty)
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Fresh Mozzarella balls marinaded in oil and herbs.
  • Wood Skewers
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Fresh chopped parsley, or other fresh herbs
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
Layout all ingredients on the counter for easy assembly.
Start with the tortellini, then the mozzarella cheese and last the tomato.  Repeat, for a total of 6 pieces per kabob.
Season with salt and pepper.
Drizzle some of the mozzarella balls marinade on top of the kabobs.
(If all you can find is mozzarella balls in water then you can make your own marinade by mixing 1/2 cup of olive oil with 5 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste.)
Garnish with fresh parsley or any fresh herbs that you have on hand.
Crab Dip
You can find my favorite crab dip recipe here.

Homemade Boursin Cheese

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 8 ounces butter
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Crush garlic.  Mix cheeses, butter and garlic.  Add remaining ingredients, mix well.  Pack into a container just large enough to hold the boursin and store in refrigerator.  To serve, bring to room temperature.

Spicy Deviled Eggs
  • 6 eggs
  • Salt
  • 2 pieces of bacon, cooked crisp and finely chopped
  • reserved bacon grease from above cooked bacon
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Yellow Mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Pepper Seasoning
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Hot Sauce

Fill a bowl halfway with ice and water.  In a saucepan, combine the eggs with cold water, covering eggs by 1 inch of water.  Add salt and bring to a boil over high heat.  Remove the pan from the heat , cover, and let sit for 9 minutes.  Transfer the eggs to the bowl of ice water and let sit for 5 minutes.

Peel the eggs under cold running water.  Halve the eggs (lengthwise) and carefully pry out the you and transfer to a bowl.

Add the bacon, mayo, mustard, chipotle pepper, salt and pepper to taste to the yolks and mash until smooth.  Stir in a small amount of bacon grease.  Taste and adjust.

Before filling the empty egg whites, squirt a shot of hot sauce inside.  Then spoon the filling into the egg whites.  Top with extra chopped bacon or even add a sliced jalapeño for a kick!

And, because I was so proud of our balloon display……

*To the best of my ability, I have tried to indicate all ingredients, products and equipment that are available at Johnnies in Bold Print.  

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