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Appetizer Roundup: 6 Party Appetizers Revisted “Ugh, I have to bring appetizers again! Any ideas on what I should make for the party next week?” grumbled my daughter. “Why don’t you check out the appetizer recipes on my blog?” I replied, trying not to smile. “You could make “Bloomin’ Onion Bread, Pepperoni Pizza Puffs, or Kate’s Cheese Squares. They’re always crowd-pleasers. You could make something healthy like a Trio of Dips served with crudités. Or, if you’d rather bring something more exotic, make Sushi Casserole or Banh Mi Bruschetta,” I suggested to her. “Oh, I don’t know . . . . I’ve got to think about this,” sighed my daughter.

That conversation reminded me of some of the great appetizers that I’ve prepared in the past, so I thought I would revisit them – just in time for holiday and New Year’s entertaining!

Banh Mi Brushetta (Top left)
Bruschetta with a twist or Banh Mi simplified? Either way, this appetizer brings together some incredible flavor combinations.

Bloomin’ Onion Bread (Left center)
Sourdough bread, Monterey Jack cheese, butter, green onions, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese . . . need I say more?

Sushi Casserole (Bottom left)
This recipe serves a crowd and can be easily adapted. What ingredients you layer and the order you layer them is part of the fun in making this appetizer. Sushi rice will always be the base layer, but be creative with everything else!

Kate’s Cheese Squares (Top right)
A tried and true recipe that’s been around for decades is the best way to describe these cheese delights. They are light in texture, yet sinfully rich.

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs With Homemade Pizza Sauce (Middle right)
The smell of these small puffs of pizza will drive you crazy while they are baking, but they will be even more irresistible fresh out of the oven. They are best eaten hot, but they’re never around long enough to cool down!

Trio of Dips for Crudités (Bottom right)
Healthy does not mean blah. These three dips paired with fresh vegetables creates an explosion of flavors and colors!

ENJOY!

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Rereading these words on the recipe “Serve warm or cold,” made me laugh. There’s zero chance that this fantastic appetizer could be served cold. Go ahead and try taking a crispy loaf of Bloomin’ Onion Bread out of the oven and see how long it lasts. Chances are good that it will be devoured before the green onions can finish their descent on the oozing cheese. It’s so good that it disappears right before your eyes – a sure sign of a winning recipe!

Bloomin’ Onion Bread
Recipe adapted from Buns In My Oven

Ingredients:
1 round loaf of sourdough bread, unsliced
12-16 ounces thinly sliced Monterey Jack Cheese
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup finely diced green onions
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cut the bread lengthwise in rows about one-inch apart without cutting through the bottom. Turn the bread and repeat to create a grid-like pattern. This can be challenging, but just hold the bread together with your other hand as you slice across your first cuts. You should end up with little cubes of bread still attached to the bottom.

3. Place loaf on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

4. Insert cheese slices between the cuts of bread. Fill in the spaces as much as possible.

4. Combine melted butter, green onions, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese.

5. Pour evenly over bread.

6. Cover the bread with foil and bake for 15 minutes first. Uncover the bread and bake 10 minutes longer.

7. Serve warm or cold.

Linnell’s Notes:
1. For best results use a good quality, rustic, sourdough round.

2. I used at least 16 ounces of sliced cheese. I stacked the slices and then cut them into 6ths. I put two slices in between each cut, starting at one end and working to the opposite end. I then turned the loaf around and put 2 slices in each cut going crosswise.

3. Instead of pouring the butter-onion-cheese mixture over the loaf, I spooned it into the crevices around each cube for better distribution.

4. I sprinkled a light dusting of Parmesan cheese over the loaf before putting it in the oven.

5. This recipe is very versatile. Experiment with cheeses or toppings. What about sprinkling bacon bits over it? What about using brie? Have fun and let your imagination go wild!

ENJOY!!

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