In addition to wonderful meals you can cook and freeze, you can also prepare and freeze appetizers too.
There are wonderful freezer ready recipes for appetizers out there. Sometimes they are discovered through trial and error and other times, someone else has provided them.
In this case, these recipes have been tried and tested by my family and friends last year at a dinner party we threw just before Thanksgiving. The appetizers turned out excellent and nobody was any the wiser that we had frozen them before serving!
Enjoy these delicious, mouth-watering appetizers. They can be prepared for all occasions and served fresh, or frozen.
Makes about 100 Appetizers
½ pound mild sausage meat, uncooked
½ pound hot sausage meat, uncooked
1 pound sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
3 cups Bisquick Mix
In food processor make 2 batches: Add half the meat and half the cheese to a processor. Blend well. Remove mixture to a large bowl.
Repeat with the rest of the meat and cheese. Add to bowl.
Add Bisquick mix to meat and cheese mixture and blend thoroughly.
Shape mixture into 1-inch balls.
Flash freeze balls and then put them into a freezer bag and return them to the freezer.
When you are ready to serve them:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place the sausage balls onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until nicely browned. Serve warm. They are delicious!
Green Olive Cheese Balls (my favorites!)
Makes about 40 appetizers.
8 oz. (2 cups) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1 (15 oz ) jar small green olives
In a food processor blend the shredded cheese and the butter together.
Mix in the flour and paprika. Remove mixture from processor and put into a bowl for easier handling. Drain the olives.
Wrap the cheese mixture around an olive and roll it smooth in your hands.
Place on a cookie sheet. Continue until all the cheese dough is gone.
Flash freeze the olive balls, then place them in a freezer bag, label and freeze.
To bake: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place olive balls onto a cookie sheet and bake between 15-18 minutes.
Serve warm, but let cool for a few minutes since they will be very hot inside.
Makes about 75 appetizers
1 cup butter ( 2 sticks) – softened
½ pound sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Cream butter, add the cheese, then salt and flour. Blend well. Gently fold in Rice Krispies. Roll the mixture on wax paper into a long rope about 1 inch thick. Roll the paper around the cheese roll and refrigerate until firm. (about 30 minutes)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Slice the cheese roll into ½ inch slices and place onto a cookie sheet.
Bake for 18 – 20 minutes, until nicely browned.
Cool patties and flash freeze.
Place into a freezer bag and remove patties as you need them.