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Olive-Stuffed Roasted Mini-Pepper Crostini with Caramelized Onions

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This roasted mini pepper crostini with olives and caramelized onions is the perfect party appetizer! Make ahead, serve at room temp, easy!

Photography Credit:Elise Bauer

This recipe is brought to you in partnership with The California Olive Committee.

Oh my. You know a recipe hits it out of the park when a certain family octogenarian (my dad) comes over mid-party prep and can’t stop eating it.

That’s the problem with appetizers, right? If they’re good, only half of them make it to your guests! (LOL I’m passing the blame on my father, but let’s be truthful here, I’m just as guilty. Just make more. Problem solved.)

These Roasted Pepper Crostini are made with sweet mini peppers that have been halved, stuffed with salty capers, sweet cherry tomatoes, and buttery California Ripe Olives, and roasted on a bed of balsamic-tossed sliced red onions.

When the peppers are done, you top toasted baguette slices first with the caramelized onions and then with the stuffed roasted peppers.

Every bite yields a crunchy, juicy flavor explosion! California Ripe Olives are perfect for this dish because their mild, buttery, meaty flavor balances the acidity from the tomatoes, capers, and onions. The olives are also like sponges–they absorb flavor from peppers, tomatoes, and capers during the cooking process.

Why California Ripe Olives? Forgive me for being just a little proud of my home state. The answer is quality.

Here in California there are thousands of acres of olive trees planted throughout the state–north, central, and south–that provide the olives for the ripe olive industry. Olives trees are particularly well-suited for the Mediterranean climate of California. The trees are drought resistant, can thrive in less than ideal soils, and love our long, hot summers.

In fact, California produces 95% of the olives grown in the United States.

Most of the ripe olive farms are owned and operated by families who have been farming the olives for generations. To achieve the high standards of quality needed for canned olives, the fruit must be picked by hand with care, never touching the soil. When it comes to processing the olives, every step is regulated by the USDA to ensure quality.

Back to our crostini! You can easily make the peppers and toast the bread ahead of time. You can even assemble the crostini an hour or two ahead. This appetizer works served warm or at room temperature. My one piece of advice? Make extra.

Olive-Stuffed Roasted Mini-Pepper Crostini with Caramelized Onions Recipe

If you want to make ahead, you can assemble the onions and peppers in the baking dish a day ahead. You can roast the peppers and toast the baguette slices a few hours ahead of serving, and assemble the crostini an hour or two before serving.

This appetizer is best served at room temperature.

Ingredients

  • 24 (1/4-inch thick) slices of baguette
  • 2 small red onions, peeled, thinly sliced (2 to 3 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water or stock
  • 12 mini (2- to 3-inch) red, yellow, and orange sweet peppers
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 24 black or green California Ripe Olives, drained and halved
  • Several sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 9x13-inch baking dish

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 450°F. Set one oven rack in the upper third of the oven and another rack in the lower third.

2 Toast the bread: Spread the baguette slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place on the top rack of the oven and toast in the oven for 4 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool to room temp.

3 Line the baking dish with onions: Place the thinly sliced onions in a 9x13-inch baking dish and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Spread the onions out over the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Pour 1 cup of water or stock onto the onions in the baking dish.

4 Prepare the mini peppers: Cut the peppers in half lengthwise through the stem. Pull out and discard the seeds.

Set pepper halves on top of the sliced onions in the baking pan, hollow side facing up.

5 Stuff the peppers: Sprinkle 3 to 4 capers inside each pepper half. Distribute the olive halves and cherry tomato halves among the pepper cavities.

Place a few thyme sprigs among the peppers.

Drizzle the peppers with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

6 Roast the peppers: Cover the pan with aluminum foil. Bake in the oven at 450°F for about 30 minutes on the lower shelf of the oven, or until the peppers are soft.

Remove the foil and return the peppers to the top shelf of the oven for 10 to 15 more minutes, until the peppers have started to brown at the edges.

If the bottom of the pan becomes dry at any time, pour in a little more water. Remove the pan from the oven and remove the thyme sprigs.

7 Assemble the crostini: Move one of the peppers aside in the roasting dish to reveal the caramelized onions below. Place a forkful of onions on a toasted bread slice. Top with the pepper. Repeat until all of the crostini have been topped with peppers.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Garnish the platter with a few sprigs of fresh thyme.

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14 Insanely Addictive Party Crostini

Mini toasts, also known as crostini, are the perfect party appetizer. You can top them with whatever ingredients sound delicious, whether sweet, savory, or spicy. Plus, what's not to love about a little carb-loading at a party? Looking for more appetizers? Check out our list of the 50 best appetizers.

Shredded Brussels sprouts sautéed in a mixture of garlic and crushed red pepper, then topped on toasts with white cheddar will leave you saying "Insane!" in the best way.

Top toasted or fresh baguette slices with cream cheese, thinly sliced smoked salmon, and fresh dill for everything you love about a bagel with lox.

If you haven't gotten on the buff cauliflower train, climb aboard: These pieces of roasted cauliflower are tossed with buffalo sauce and topped on white cheddar toasts.

Mini pizzas topped with mini pepperoni = WIN. Spoon marinara onto bread, top with shredded mozzarella and mini pepperoni, sprinkle with dried parsley, and bake until bubbly.

Mix together a little mayo, chopped pimiento peppers, and shredded cheddar, spoon over toasts, and bake until pimiento cheese is warmed through.

Give it to me now: Caramelizing onion in bacon fat will make all your neighbors want to come to the party. Brush crostini with olive oil, top with caramelized onions and chopped bacon, and bake until warmed through.


Italian Style Red Pepper Antipasto & Crostini

recipe by Christina Conte
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  • 2 or 3 roasted red peppers, peeled and deseeded
  • 1 or 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 or 3 tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp or more sea salt or Kosher salt
  • 2 shakes of dried oregano

Tear the peppers into strips, and place in a bowl.

Add the garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt and oregano, if using and mix well.

I’d recommend making this a few hours before you’d like to serve it so the flavors have time to develop.


Use on an antipasto plate, as a side dish, on crostini, in a sandwich or however you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

If you love red peppers, don’t miss this delicious sweet corn and red pepper soup from my friend Jill, at Mad About Macarons!


Top 20 Uses For Roasted Red Peppers

My refrigerator is never without roasted red peppers. Not only do they add smoky, tangy depth to virtually any dish, they're nutrient blockbusters, boasting 213% of the RDA for vitamin C per 100 grams (3.5 ounces). That's great news because vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage, boosts immunity, helps ward off infection, and reduces inflammation. Vitamin C is also vital for the synthesis of collagen, a structural protein that maintains the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. But that's not all. Bell peppers are loaded with antioxidant-rich carotenoids--over 30 different ones to be exact--including beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.

Now that I've got your attention, let's explore ways to incorporate roasted red peppers into your regular menu!

Note: To roast your own peppers, hold them over the flame of a gas grill or place halves (skin-side-up) under the broiler until the skin is charred and blackened. Once blackened, transfer peppers to a plastic bag to steam for a few minutes. When cool enough the handle, remove the blackened skin and use the peppers as desired.

8. Use in place of tomatoes in Caprese salad (fresh mozzarella, basil, drizzle of good olive oil)

9. Roasted Red Pepper Soup: Simmer chopped peppers with good vegetable or chicken broth puree with a touch of heavy cream season with salt and pepper garnish with fresh basil

19. Add to puttanesca sauce (peppers, tomatoes, olives, capers, oregano, rosemary, basil) serve over chicken, fish and pasta


I'd love to know how it turned out! Please let me know by leaving a review below. Or snap a photo and share it on Instagram be sure to tag me @onceuponachef.

Caramelized onions, sweet caramel-colored ribbons, mixed with sautéed bell peppers are delicious with steak or spicy Italian sausage.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch strips
  • 4 bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, peppers, salt and pepper.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are caramelized and the peppers are tender and slightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes. If a brown coating forms on the bottom of the pan during the cooking process, add a few tablespoons of water and stir repeat as necessary.
  3. Add balsamic vinegar and thyme and turn the heat down to low. Cook for a few more minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Your feta cheese filling

The filling for these peppers was inspired by my favorite salad in the world. A GREEK salad. It is healthy, easy to make and so flavorful. I used red onions, which are a must, oregano, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and of course FETA!! Get the best feta cheese you can find. I love Dodoni feta because they sell their feta in a brine which keeps it super creamy.

You can add other ingredients to your filling like:

  • fresh dill/basil
  • olives
  • capes
  • tomatoes
  • garlic
  • spinach

Bell peppers pretty much go with anything and can handle lots of flavor so have fun experimenting!


Recipe Summary

  • 10 mini sweet peppers, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 (5.5 ounce) package goat cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dried chopped chives
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Place halved peppers in a bowl. Add olive oil and salt toss to combine.

Mix goat cheese, Parmesan cheese, jalapeno, garlic, chives, and black pepper in a separate bowl. Stir until evenly combined. Spoon cheese mixture into pepper halves and place on a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until peppers have softened and cheese is browned, about 15 minutes.


Crostini and bruschetta are two appetizers that are guaranteed to please time and time again. The bread&mdashtypically smaller slices of baguette or loaf bread for crostini and larger slices of rustic bread for bruschetta&mdashacts as a built-in plate, making them the perfect finger food. They're easy to prepare and provide a base for all kinds of seasonal vegetables, fruit jam, smoked fish, briny condiments, and lots and lots of cheese. These quick and easy appetizer recipes make elevating a meal&mdasheven on weeknights&mdasha breeze.

All crostini and bruschetta recipes start with good bread. Slices of baguette, pumpernickel, or a rustic country bread are drizzled with olive oil and baked in the oven or grilled until they're golden brown on the outside but still soft on the inside. From here, some are smeared with cheese&mdashcreamy ricotta, tangy, crumbly goat cheese, or even shreds of Manchego, Parmesan, or sharp cheddar. Add vegetables, whether grilled slices or thin shavings of raw produce, or fruit (figs are fantastic!). Then sprinkle with fresh herbs for color and fragrant flavor and dig in.

During summer, there's nothing like tomato-topped bruschetta. We have recipes that call for both raw tomatoes, where the color and flavor of heirloom varieties shine, as well as grilled tomatoes, which bring a smoky, charred flavor. Pair with garlic and basil, of course, for a quintessential Italian recipe. To ensure that the bread doesn&rsquot get soggy from the juicy tomatoes, toast the bread for a few extra minutes so that it's extra-crispy, a hallmark of bruschetta.

When the cooler months come around, top crostini or bruschetta with seasonal fruit like kumquats or persimmons or a warm caramelized onion jam. Play around with flavors and textures with these fun and simple recipes.


97 of the Best Party Appetizer Ideas

Published: Feb 20, 2020 · Modified: Apr 22, 2021 by Aleka Shunk · This post may contain affiliate links.

Here is an extensive list with 97 of the BEST Party Appetizers that are perfect for Christmas, birthday parties, holidays, dinner parties or even a fancy cocktail hour! All appetizers are easy and simple and many can be made well in advance!

Appetizers are fun to eat and can take a party to another level if done right. Whether served hot, cold or at room temperature, crowds always tend to hang around the spread of appetizers or finger foods at any party.

Below you will find the ultimate list of appetizer ideas from canapes to hors d'oeuvres and everything in between. that you can either bring to a party or make at home for a crowd.

These clam stuffed mushrooms are a delicious party appetizer your guests will go crazy over! They come out crispy on top and juicy in the middle making them the perfect finger food and absolutely irresistible.

These shrimp tempura boats are a delicious Asian appetizer that is unique and will quickly be the talk of the party!

These empanadas are made vegetarian style using pie crust. They remind me of mini burritos! They are a quick and easy finger food that can be made in advance!

These roll ups are a deliciously easy appetizer that you can throw together with just a few simple ingredients. I love making these days in advance so I can pull them out last minute.

These cucumber appetizers with sardine spread are very easy to prepare, are gluten-free and dairy-free and absolutely healthy.

Greek feta cheese fries smothered in a creamy tzatziki sauce! This appetizer is super quick and will be a hit with everyone!

Skip the buffalo wings this party and kick it up a notch by serving these crispy buffalo shrimp. They are sweet and spicy and ready in less than 20 minutes!

These EASY Beer Battered Onion Rings are a classic appetizer! The beer batter helps to create a SUPER crispy and light exterior while adding another layer of flavor. Serve your onion rings with this tasty roasted red pepper aioli dipping sauce and of course, a cold beer.

These biscuit bombs are stuffed with mozzarella cheese and smothered with a delicious garlic butter. Baked in the oven, they are the ultimate finger food that friends and family will go crazy for!

Tangy goats cheese, caramelised charred apricots and a sweet honey drizzle make these easy crostini delicious and sophisticated!

Mini bell pepper strips layered with seasoned ground turkey, beans, corn, and topped with cheese, jalapeños and onions. Customize these loaded mini bell pepper nachos anyway you want. This is the ultimate “healthier” nacho!

These sausage balls are the perfect bite sized appetizer for holidays, breakfast or brunch parties! Sweet and spicy and full of flavor!

Crispy buttery phyllo dough stuffed with spinach, feta and ricotta cheese. A delicious make-ahead Greek appetizer people will love paired with tzatziki sauce!

This bite-sized, crowd pleasing cold appetizer is totally irresistible, and made with just THREE ingredients! You can whip these up in less than 10 minutes but your guests will think it took you hours!

Celery sticks stuffed with pimento peppers, cheddar cheese and cream cheese. A delicious and easy cold appetizer that can be made ahead of time.

These no bake crispy phyllo cups are filled with a creamed spinach and feta cheese mixture. They are a delicious vegetarian appetizer that is quick to prepare!

Chicken Tikkas. the most classic of Indian appetizers. These chicken skewers are anything but lacking flavor! Made with 8 difference spices, your guests will going back to more. Serve with naan or just by themselves as a delicious appetizer!

Cherry Bocconcini Balls with Chilli - smooth, milky mouthfuls of cherry bocconcini that have been marinated in chilli, lemon and fresh herbs. Serve with mini toothpicks for a fun appetizer!

Serve this straight out of the oven and your guests mouths will be watering. A traditional Greek appetizer made with baked shrimp, feta cheese, tomatoes and ouzo. Serve with crusty bread for a delicious finger food!

These cheesy bread sticks are made using store-bought pizza dough so they are super easy to make and require little to no time to in the oven! Get ready for cheese pull heaven.

This appetizer is a deliciously easy finger food and is made to be served COLD. Roasted in the oven, cooled, then stuffed with feta cheese, onions, and oregano. Great for making ahead or the day before.

Hawaiian Pizza Muffins are an easy savory appetizer best made with crescent roll dough and baked in a muffin tin. These pizza muffins topped with ham, cheese and pineapple, are great for a quick dinner for the whole family or as an appetizer for a party or game day.

Chicken meatballs baked and coated in a brown sugar hot sauce. There is a reason this is the most liked recipe on my site.

These delicious & easy to make choux pastry Cheese Puffs or French Gougères are light, cheesy and super moreish. Perfect party nibbles to accompany drinks, impressive appetizer or just something little to snack on – you decide!

Disco fries are a delicious snack or finger food that kids and adults LOVE. Crispy french fries topped with a flavorful gravy and lots of cheese! It is your basic poutine recipe with minor tweaks.

These are a fun way to serve your classic wings. They are 'frenched' and made into mini lollipops. They take some time to cut but are an impressively fancy appetizer that your guests will absolutely rave over!

Delicious & sticky party sausages wrapped in bacon & glazed with mixture of honey & mustard for added sweetness & gentle heat. Easy party food loved by all! Perfect little nibble for any occasion!

This cracker bacon appetizer is so simple to put together, can be frozen for later, and tastes AMAZING! Salty, sweet, and a little spice will be perfect for your next party!!

Jalapeno Popper Pigs in a Blanket

mini smoked sausages wrapped in warm, flaky, golden crescent dough filled with two kinds of cheese, spicy jalapenos and crispy bacon bits.

Tender pieces of pork wrapped in bacon, brushed with maple syrup and then baked until brown. Serve with toothpick skewers and a maple dijon sauce for dipping!

Serve this Whipped Feta with Truffled Mushrooms Appetizer at your next holiday party! The creamy, tangy whipped feta spread pairs perfectly with savory quickly sautéed mushrooms that have a dash of truffle oil added for a touch of decadence.

An easy salami appetizer is perfect for snacking and entertaining: Salami and cheese wrapped around an olive. These are always the first to disappear at any party! They can be made a day in advance and travel well, perfect for parties and potlucks.

These puff pastry palmiers are made with bacon and a spicy cheddar cheese. They are finished with maple syrup to give them a sweet and spicy bite! Simple to make and delicious!

Frozen cocktail meatballs made with an easy sweet and sour glaze, your guests will pop multiples of these! Plus, the fact that they're slow cooker friendly, makes them great for making ahead of time!

This cheesy Shrimp Rangoon Mini Bell Pepper appetizer is a party favorite! Stuffed with sweet shrimp and tasty Gouda, your guests will gobble these up.

This two-bite appetizer is bursting with fresh flavors from homemade pesto and roasted tomatoes. Definitely make your own pesto instead of using jarred stuff, if you have an extra few minutes and can get fresh basil. And DEFINITELY don't skip the balsamic glaze.

Have you ever roasted grapes? They are so tasty, juicy, and sweet when roasted. Pair them with a creamy whipped blue cheese spread, a crispy cracker or baguette, and a drizzle of honey or balsamic glaze for an amazing combination of sweet and savory flavors in every bite.

A quick skewered appetizer that is made with sauteed onions, dill and sliced apple sausage. It is one of my favorite appetizers to make when I have little time to prepare!

These vegan cucumber hummus bites are an easy appetizer that’s perfect for get togethers. They can be made ahead and served cold!

These vegan cucumber hummus bites are an easy appetizer that’s perfect for get-togethers. They can be made ahead and served cold!

These fries are such a fun appetizer! Strips of eggplant cut and dipped in a panko, parmesan egg mixture. They are baked so they are healthier and easier to make in batches for a crowd!

Mini baby potatoes are baked until crispy and filled with a cheesy sour cream filling. Topped with chives, they are the ultimate finger food appetizer for parties!

Made with a few easy to find ingredients, these keto zucchini pizza bites are amazing. Plus, they're made in only 30 minutes!

Parmesan Cheese Cookies made with freshly grated parmesan cheese, fennel seeds and red pepper flakes for a little kick. These savoury shortbread biscuits are whipped up using a food processor so are super easy! Serve as part of an antipasto platter, cheese board or simple snack!

These Fried Gnocchi, Prosciutto and Pecorino Appetizers are simple and elegant, perfect for parties and entertaining! The perfect combination of flavors all in one bite!

These biscuit bombs are made with sausage, jalapenos and cream cheese and stuffed into mini biscuit cups. They are one of my most raved over finger foods.

These Air Fryer Pretzel Bites are so easy to make and taste amazing! Chewy, soft, and perfectly salty, you’ll love this pretzel bites recipe for an afterschool snack, game day treat, or anytime you need the perfect party appetizer.

These pinwheels are made with fresh herbs, butter and minced garlic. They are baked until golden brown and crispy. A fun and easy finger food to serve at any party.

Elegant and easy, these smoked salmon potato skewers are always a hit at parties. Sour cream and dill sauce perfectly pairs this tasty appetizer.

These crab bites are an inexpensive party appetizer that is easy to make using imitation crab and uses only three ingredients. Lightly fried and seasoned with Old Bay seasoning, they are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

These waffle fries are everything you want from nachos. Crispy, crunchy and loaded with bacon, tomatoes and cheese. The thing that makes these 'Irish' are the waffle fries and the horseradish sour cream. People will go crazy for them!

These mini shrimp tostadas are packed with flavor and always a crowd favorite! Served on a crispy tortilla round and topped with refried beans, guacamole, sour cream and a chipotle shrimp!

This is not your typical bruschetta. Made with sundried tomatoes and melted mozzarella cheese, this is made to serve warm! A filling party appetizer that people can't get enough of!

Polenta fries are the new french fry! They are hearty, so tasty and look very impressive! This recipe is easy to make and because they're baked, easy to do in large batches for a party!

Deviled eggs are a classic party appetizer that I feel are losing their popularity. This version is simple to make and made with sweet relish which adds a delicious flavor everyone will love!

These fried red tomatoes are a fun twist on those green tomatoes! Lightly fried and served with a yummy basil red pepper aioli, they are the perfect appetizer for any party!

Delicious & sticky party sausages wrapped in bacon & glazed with mixture of honey & mustard for added sweetness & gentle heat. An easy party appetizer loved by all!

58. Italian Marinated Antipasto Skewers

These skewers are the perfect COLD make ahead party appetizer because the longer they marinate, the tastier they become! Made with two types of cheese, two peppers and salami, your guests will love these!

These Antipasto Skewers are a little different but still delicious! They are a quick keto appetizer recipe that is perfect for weekday snacking or parties!

Flatbread is one of the most popular party appetizers around. It is fun to eat, so versatile and fills you up! This version has caramelized onions, sherry wine, mushrooms, thyme, and cheese! An upscale but easy recipe!

This party appetizer reminds me of those oils served at Italian restaurants before dinner. Serve with warm, crusty bread for dipping and I promise, everyone will be happy!

Easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese, walnuts, honey and sage recipe. This party appetizer makes for an easy finger food your guests will love!

These adorable canape toasts appetizer are elegant and so tasty! They are made to be served at room temperature so you don't need to worry about keeping these warm!

Bacon Deviled Eggs are a crowd-favorite appetizer and finger food for your next party. These deviled eggs have just a pinch of cayenne pepper for flavor, and are topped with plenty of crumbled bacon.

Herbed Vegetable Potato Pancakes are perfect appetizers. Top them with Smoked Salmon and Lemon Chive Cream for an elegant nibble.

These kabobs are grilled and smothered in a deliciously fresh chimichurri sauce! They are the perfect grilling appetizer for the summer time!

This Prosciutto-Wrapped Caprese Salad Bites Appetizer makes party food easy and effortless.Just four ingredients and a few minutes of prep and you’re all set to impress.

If you love perogies, you'll love these! They are quick and easy to make with instant mashed potatoes and can be made vegetarian by simply leaving out the bacon bits. Only 1 Weight Watchers Freestyle Smart Point per serving!

These chicken bacon ranch sandwich sliders are SO tasty and filling! They come together so quickly and are perfect for a crowd. Everyone is sure to love them at your next party!

Cajun Butter Steak Bites are the best 10 minute appetizer recipe you’ll ever try! They’re tender, flavorful, easy, and perfect served with toothpicks for a delicious party snack!

A healthy zucchini pizza bite with spicy buffalo chicken added to the mix! It's the perfect healthier game day appetizer that's low carb and only 1 Weight Watchers points (blue plan) each!

These low carb potstickers are made with turnip wrappers! With golden, crispy skin outside, and a soft juicy filling inside, they are the perfect appetizer everyone will love!

Sriracha Deviled Eggs with jalapeño juice made in your pressure cooker! A tasty spicy twist to your average deviled eggs that everyone at your party will love!

These Cheddar Cups with Avocado Feta Mousse are the best ever party appetizer. The cheese cups require one ingredient and the entire appetizer is so easy to put together!

These garlic & herb savory profiteroles are just what your next party (or tea party) needs. They’re impressive, herbaceous, and packed with rich flavor. Get ready for them to be flying off the table faster than you can imagine!

These cheeseburger skewers are always a hit at family parties especially in the summer time! The sauce is what takes these over the top! They can be made in advance! Tip* skewer the lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles hours or the day before!

These Everything Bagel Cheese Ball Bites are the perfect bite sized appetizers for holiday gatherings, game days, baby showers or a girls night! These mini cheese balls are great with crackers, bagel chips or with pretzels

These stuffed mushrooms are a great vegetarian appetizer option. Made with cream cheese and topped with a crispy panko crust, this recipe is always a hit at my house!

These Air Fryer Loaded Nachos are hands down, the quickest party appetizers I have on my blog thanks to the speediness of my air fryer. Ready in just 5 minutes, nothing could be easier or more delicious!

Handheld cones made from pizza dough and stuffed with a ricotta cheese filling! These are a HUGE hit always at our parties! Kids love them as well as adults! Use refrigerated pizza dough to save time!

Looking for a fast and simple party appetizer? Here it is! These cracker bites are ready in about 10 minutes and require no cooking so you can make them hours ahead of time and forget about them!

These Baked Chipotle Barbecue Wings are tossed in an easy BBQ Sauce and baked to perfection! This appetizer is such a winner and always has people licking their fingers clean!

Delicious and savory roast beef crostini with a creamy horseradish sauce – served two ways! These simple roast beef crostini with horseradish cream appetizer is perfect for holiday entertaining or your next dinner party.

A delicious party appetizer perfect for football games or with some beer! These take no time to fry up and are super crispy and flavorful!

Easy and delicious, this goat cheese, blackberry, and mint crostini makes the perfect party appetizer all year round!

Cheesesteaks made into fun mini appetizers! These wonton bites are easy and require little prep! Made with store-bought wonton wrappers, the shell gives them a super crunchy texture that everyone will love!

These bacon-wrapped scallops are a true crowd-pleaser. They are marinated to perfection and so delicious that you will watch them fly off the plate at your next party.

Banh mi is a scrumptious Vietnamese sandwich that hits ALL flavors of the palate. This slider piles grilled chicken, fresh veggies, and quick-pickled veggies on slider rolls. They are the perfect handheld appetizer people will love!

Fun to eat and easy to make – these loaded tater tot skewers are the ultimate appetizer! Crispy little tater tots are topped with gooey cheese and bacon and served on skewers to make for easy eating.

This chicken crostini recipe is fun for easy entertaining. These will go fast at your next party! If you think about it, the chicken Caesar salad is basically sitting on a large crouton (the crunchy toasted baguette slice). Adults and kids alike will love this classic salad in bite-size form.

The classic tuna melt goes tiny. Use ritz crackers to make this simple appetizer in just a few minutes that everyone will love!

Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Asparagus baked in the oven is an ideal dinner party snack. This recipe is so delicious you will want to upgrade it from appetizer to the main dish!

Such an easy hand held appetizer that looks elegant as well! Features fresh ham, sliced pear and cranberry crusted goat cheese on top of fluffy puff pastry rectangles!

If you like spicy food, this is going to be your new favorite! Baby Potatoes cooked with aromatic spices, as a one-pot dish, are perfect to serve as an appetizer with skewers. They take just 20 minutes to make in the Instant Pot or on stovetop.

An easy recipe for savory rosemary spiced nuts you can prep & bake in less than 30 minutes. Each bite has an addicting blend of salty, herbaceous, and slightly spicy + sweet flavors.

These Pan Fried Zucchini Squash Chips are made without flour or breading so they are gluten free! They are so simple to make requiring less than 4 ingredients! Paired with a good tzatziki sauce they are a deliciously light party appetizer!

These Avocado Cream Cheese Wontons are an Asian twist on the classic cream cheese appetizer. Simply adding some toasted sesame oil and avocado makes these fun but keeps them super easy!


Pasta with Caramelized Onions, Roasted Tomatoes and Herbs

This dish came in a burst of pasta inspiration one day, years back, and it’s been a staple of our pasta repertoire ever since. It’s rich, savory, sweet and herbaceous — and it’s a bit unusual, too. It makes use of our beloved caramelized onion puree, aka caramelized onion magic, adding extra olive oil and starchy pasta cooking water to transform the puree into a silky, supple sauce. If you have some peppery arugula on hand, feel free to toss a few handfuls of that into the final mix, too a solid black pepper bite is one of the key elements here (along with sweet-tart-garlicky roasted tomatoes and sweet-savory caramelized onions). We love this with bucatini, but any twirl-friendly pasta will do.

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  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups small tomatoes, halved through the waist*
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • Sea salt and Black pepper
  • ¾ pound dried spaghetti, bucatini, papardelle or tagliatelle
  • ¾ cup caramelized onion magic
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon minced rosemary leaves

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil to a roasting pan or an oven-safe sauté pan big enough to hold all the tomatoes, snugly. Place the tomatoes in the pan, cut-side-up, sprinkle the garlic over top, and season thoroughly with salt and pepper. Roast for 20-30 minutes, until the tomatoes have collapsed and the pan is filled with garlic-tomato-olive oil juices. (Yum.)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta to al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water. Toss the pasta with the roasted tomatoes and all their pan juices. In a blender, thin the caramelized onion magic with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a good bit of the pasta water (at least 2-3 tablespoons). Once silky and saucy, toss it with the pasta and tomatoes, add the herbs, and finish things off with a final sprinkle of sea salt and a load of black pepper.

*don’t bother halving any super tiny ones just roast ‘em whole and they’ll burst


A Delicious Dish that’s quick and easy!

So you guys know that I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy recipes that are super delicious! Well, give this roasted potatoes, onions, and red peppers recipe a try and you won’t be sorry!

I’m actually baking more right now for dinner and the aroma that is filling my house is delectable. My mouth is literally watering right now! I think it’s the Pompeian Arbequina olive oil that’s releasing this intense smell that has tones of pepper and grassyness (yep, that’s my own word to describe this oil– it’s a nice earthy smell that makes you think about being outside in the Spring)….my house smells AH-MAZING right now.

The Arbequina Olive Oil is a mild bodied olive oil– perfect for fish and vegetables…I’m pairing it with potatoes, red peppers, and onions for a dish that is a true hit in our home….Hubs loves coming in to smelling the intense aroma because he knows he’s getting his new favorite potatoes. This oil is part of the new Pompeian Varietals Collection that is part of the ever growing Pompeian line of oils, vinegars, and cooking wines….I already use Pompeian Olive Oil for my every day cooking so I knew I could trust the new Varietals collection to be just as delicious!

The new Pompeian Varietals Collection ranges from mild to full bodied…each oil pairs perfectly with different foods. Like I said, the Arbequina oil pairs perfectly with vegetables….it’s intense yet mild flavor helps bring out all of the other flavors….I didn’t even need any seasoning….that’s the great thing about these new oils….they pair so perfectly that the natural flavors are enhanced and you can have a delicious meal ready in no time!