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2 Unique Appetizers Every Dinner Party Needs

Never tried cream cheese and pickles before? Today’s your day.

2 Unique Appetizers Every Dinner Party Needs

Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Even if you’re throwing a casual get-together with friends, appetizers are a nice touch. They say “I thought about this event and how I could make my guests happy” without bragging about it. Fun finger food will do it. Every. Single. Time.

CHEESE’N’SAUSAGE BALLS WITH DIP

Easy

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 32 appetizers

Ingredients:
BALLS:
1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1 pound ground pork sausage
2 ½ cups Bisquick
Pepper, to taste
Splash of olive oil, vegetable oil or cooking spray (for the cookie sheets)

Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Photo by Elizabeth Layman

DIP:
½ cup Miracle Whip or mayonnaise
1 tablespoon mustard (I used French Spicy Brown)
Pepper, to taste

Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Directions:
BALLS:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease cookie sheets or coat them with cooking spray. Any size cookie sheets will work.

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Photo by Elizabeth Layman

2. Remove casing (outer membrane) and cut up sausage or break up with your fingers. Set aside.

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Photo by Elizabeth Layman

3. In a large bowl, mix cheese with Bisquick, adding cheese slowly as to not clump the mixture.

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Photo by Elizabeth Layman

4. Add sausage and a dash of pepper to bowl and mix with hands until it holds together.

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Photo by Elizabeth Layman

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Photo by Elizabeth Layman

5. Using your palms, roll mixture into spheres the size of golf balls and place onto greased cookie sheets.

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Photo by Elizabeth Layman

6. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool briefly and serve with dip.

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Photo by Elizabeth Layman

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DIP:
1. Mix Miracle Whip/mayonnaise and mustard together. Add a dash of pepper to taste.

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PICKLE & HAM PINWHEELS

Easy

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 32 appetizers

Ingredients:
¼ pound thinly sliced ham
8 ounce tub cream cheese
4 kosher baby dill pickles
32 toothpicks

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Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Directions:
1. Pat all 4 pickles dry with a paper towel and slice each into fourths.

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Photo by Elizabeth Layman

2. Lay one piece of ham on a cutting board and spread a generous layer of cream cheese on top. Slice ham in half.

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4. Place ¼ of a pickle on top of ½ of the ham slice.

5. Roll ham around pickle, trim off any excess pickle and cut roll in half.

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Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Photo by Elizabeth Layman

6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 until you run out of pickles. Spear each with a toothpick and serve.

Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Photo by Elizabeth Layman

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