These favorites are perfect for small and large crowds. Each recipe can be customized to taste, and serving size.
The list of favorite appetizers with my family is large, but here are our top five.
Barney Connie’s BLT Deviled Eggs
These are a crowd favorite at every function. They are simple to make and packed with flavor.
- 12 eggs
- 6 pieces butcher bacon
- 12 cherry tomatoes
- Dijon mustard
- Lettuce (as garnish)
Fry bacon and break into pieces. Set aside. Boil eggs, peel and slice in half. Scoop out yolk and place into mixing bowl. Place halved eggs on tray garnished with lettuce. In bowl, gently mash up yolks and add mayonnaise, mustard, and relish. Use preferred amounts to your desired taste. Mix in crumbled bacon pieces. Spoon egg yolk mixture into individual egg halves and garnish each egg with half of a cherry tomato.
Nick’s Slider Burger
This is the favorite of my 8-year old. It is a “play” on his favorite cheeseburger from In-N-Out Burger. The secret is the special space. My secret is the substitution of mayonnaise and ketchup for Mexican crema and salsa.
- ¼ pound ground beef
- 12 slider buns
- 2 T. Mexican Crema
- 2 T. Salsa (You can choose texture and spiciness!)
Form twelve, 1 inch burgers and place on barbecue. Barbecue to preferred wellness. Mix together crema and salsa. To build burgers, spread crema and ketchup on buns, add beef patty and serve.
Optional: Season ground beef with salt, pepper, garlic or other family favorites
The salsa acts as condiments but slice tomato, onion and lettuce to add more veggies
Teresa’s 3-Ingredient Tomato Salsa
My friend taught me this recipe and we make it all the time. It’s so simple. You can add or subtract tomatoes and jalapenos to change the amount and the spice level.
- 10 Roma tomatoes
- 2 Jalapenos
- 1 Clove of Garlic
Boil all ingredients for 30 minutes. Let cool. Peel skin off tomato and garlic. Add all to blender and mix. Serve with chips or use as condiment. This is a perfect partner for Nick’s Slider Burger.
Tyler’s Cream Cheese and Crackers
This is as easy as it gets. The recipe is a favorite of my eighteen-year old.
- 8 ounce package cream cheese
- Jar of jalapeno jelly
Unwrap cream cheese. Pour jalapeno jelly over the top. Serve as spread for variety of crackers.
Tim’s Bean Dip
This recipe is all about flavor and with fresh veggies, it is refreshing and goes great with any BBQ.
- Can of refried beans
- Package taco seasoning
- 8 ounce container sour cream
- 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 1 cup shredded lettuce
- ½ cup diced tomatoes
- Can of diced green chilies
- Can of chopped olives