Saturday, June 15, 2024



I love to serve appetizers. 

These are easy to make afternoon snacks, hors d'oeuvres, amuse bouche, little bites, noshes - whatever you want to call them!!

  Here are a few of my favorites:

Corn Salsa

15 ounce can Del Monte Southwest corn 

1 lime, juice only

2T chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 medium red onion, diced

1-2 Roma tomato, diced

1/2 jalapeno, diced

2 T hot tomato oil (or salsa, or italian dressing)

Mix all together and refrigerate for an hour.  Serve with Tortilla Chips

Spicy Sausage Balls

  • 1 lb hot sausage, uncooked
  • 1 (8-oz) cream cheesesoftened
  • 1 (10-oz) can mild Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
  • 1½ cups Bisquick
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined.   Chill dough for an hour.
  • Scoop sausage mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a parchment paper-lined  baking sheet.
  • Bake for 18 – 20 minutes, or until brown.

Baked Cheddar

What can you do with leftover cheddar cheese slices?  

Sprinkle with a little seasoning and bake it on parchment paper for 20 minutes at 275° :


Cranberry, Apple and Onion Crostini

Spread Peppered Cranberry Jelly on crostini. Top each with a thin slice of apple, onion and some cheddar cheese.  Broil to melt cheese  


Cheesy Bruschetta :

Chop a few small tomatoes and drain juices.    Add a minced garlic clove, a dash of EVOO, chopped basil parsley leaves, a dash of Italian seasoning and salt and pepper.  Spread on crostini and top with grated cheddar cheese.  Broil until cheese melts.


I hope you found something to try here today!

Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. All of these sound so yummy. I am having an up coming girlfriend party and I might try a few of these. Thanks for always sharing your great recipes. Hugs and Happy Weekend. Kris

  2. So yummy and attractively presented. You’re an amazing host