Easy Peasy Appetizers

Premade items help you get the apps out fast, and these recipes are super simple!

Mini Zucchini “Pizzas”

A great way to get your veg: Cut 3 large zucchini into ¼-inch rounds. Arrange rounds on a baking sheet, brush with EVOO and bake at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes. Spoon a thin layer of marinara or pizza sauce on top of each round; then add shredded mozzarella and a slice of pepperoni. Sprinkle with dried oregano and bake about 10 more minutes, until zucchini is tender.

Sweet+Sour Meatballs

Start with 24 purchased, cooked meatballs and combine with this terrific sauce, made with canned cranberry. Brown meatballs (about 1½ inches in size) in a skillet
with oil. Drain excess and add two 14-oz cans whole-berry cranberry sauce, ½ cup water, 2 Tbsp cider vinegar, 3 Tbsp brown sugar, and 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce. Stir gently, cover and simmer on medium-low until meatballs are heated through. Spoon out enough sauce to serve on the side.

Fig & Ham Flatbread

Begin with a ready-to-use flatbread. Spread with fig jam and place thin slices of premium ham or prosciutto. Dot with bits of goat cheese, grind on some fresh black pepper, and broil until the ham or prosciutto is slightly crisp around the edges. If you like, scatter several leaves of arugula on top before cutting horizontally into strips for serving.

Grilled bread plus garlic equals bruschetta, and almost anything goes on top, from seasonal ingredients like tomatoes and basil to cured meats, cheeses and purchased spreads.