Supermarket Smarts: Almost-Instant Appetizers

Get the festivities started in a snap with these almost-instant appetizers! We'll show you how to transform freezer and pantry staples into fun (and fancy!) finger foods.
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Get the festivities started in a snap with these almost-instant appetizers! We'll show you how to transform freezer and pantry staples into fun (and fancy!) finger foods.

Shelf Shake-Up

You're in luck, we've sharing six great 5-ingredient (or less!) appetizers. The best part: You're likely to have most of the ingredients in your pantry already!

Shelf shake-up

Meatball Sub Sliders

What You'll Need: 12 frozen meatballs, heated; 12 slider buns, toasted; 3/4 cup marinara; 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella; 12 fresh basil leaves, torn

How to Prepare: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a baking sheet, place meatballs on bun bottoms; top with sauce and cheese. Bake until cheese melts; add basil and bun tops. Makes 12.

Meatball Sub Sliders

Make It With ...

Rao's Homemade Roasted Garlic Sauce ($8.99 for 24 oz.)

Marinara

Chicken 'n' Mini Waffles

What You'll Need: 12 frozen mini waffles, toasted; 12 chicken nuggets, warmed; 6 tbsp. honey; 1 tbsp. hot sauce

How to Prepare: Top waffles with chicken nuggets. In a small bowl, combine honey and hot sauce. Drizzle over waffles. Makes 12.

Chicken ‘n’ Mini Waffles

Make It With ...

Applegate Naturals Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets ($5.99 for 8 oz.)

nuggets

Creamy Pastry Cups

What You'll Need: 1 cup baby arugula; 24 mini phyllo cups, baked and cooled; 6 oz. spreadable cheese; 3 tbsp. balsamic glaze

How to Prepare: Divide the arugula among the phyllo cups, top with the cheese and drizzle with the balsamic glaze. Makes 24.

Creamy Pastry Cups

Make It With ...

Alouette Pumpkin Spice Soft Spreadable Cheese ($5.99 for 6 oz.)

Cream cheese

Nutty Goat Cheese Rounds

What You'll Need: 8 oz. goat cheese log; 4 oz. chopped nuts and dried fruit; 12 thin crackers

How to Prepare: Roll goat cheese log in nuts and fruit, pressing to adhere. Slice into thin rounds and serve on crackers. Makes 12.

Nutty Goat Cheese Rounds

Make It With ...

Sahale Snacks Pomegranate Pistachios ($5.99 for 4 oz.)

nuts

Lemony-Dill Salmon Cakes

What You'll Need: 8 oz. feta, at room temperature; 1/3 cup cream cheese, at room temperature; 1 lemon, zested; 24 mini pancakes; 4 oz. smoked salmon; fresh dill

How to Prepare: In a food processor, whip cheeses with zest, 5 minutes; season. Spread on pancakes; top with salmon and dill. Makes 24.

Lemony-Dill Salmon Cakes

Make It With ...

Aunt Jemima Frozen Lil' Griddles Mini Pancakes ($2.99 for 14.5 oz.)

pancakes

Bacon-Tater Bites

What You'll Need: 24 potato puffs; 12 slices bacon, halved; 1/2 cup sour cream; chopped chives

How to Prepare: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On 2 foil-lined baking sheets, bake puffs and bacon, 12 minutes. Using toothpicks, wrap bacon around puffs; bake until crisp. Serve with sour cream and chive dip.

Bacon-Tater Bites

Make It With ...

Alexia Crispy Seasoned Potato Puffs ($3.89 for 19 oz.)

potatoes

More Finger Foods!

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