New Orleans Crab Cakes
Perhaps you ve been gathering your favorite crockpot appetizer recipes in preparation for the holiday season. Or maybe you like to entertain year round. Either way you know your guests love to nibble on tasty treats as they mingle and visit so you want to be prepared. Even when planning a big sit-down meal your dinner guests will always make room for a few bites before dinner. The trick to serving good appetizers is serving an attractive and delicious variety. This may be easier said than done when you have become so accustomed to making certain appetizers year after year. When you entertain guests you make everything special. Shouldn t your appetizers be special too? Go ahead and put your crockpot to work as you improve on your classic appetizers like cheese dips cocktail wienies meatballs and even simple dishes of assorted nuts.
Small things need planning ahead of time if just to ensure that your preparations would go smoothly. It would be of no use if you had a quick easy appetizer recipe but do not have the ingredients on hand. Some make-ahead appetizer recipes need to be prepared a day before to stay in the fridge overnight. Thus to make a dinner even more special plan ahead. Decide now if you want to serve an appetizer that is hot or cold. Are you going to serve canapés cocktails spreads hors d oeuvres relishes dips or nibbles? Now the second tip is to raid your cupboards or refrigerators. This would allow you to monitor the availability of the ingredients you ll need to cook. Sometimes there is no longer any time to go to the grocery store. Adjust your recipes to what ingredients are available.
But instead of just dumping some mixed nuts in a bowl why not cook up a batch to surprise your holiday guests? Because pecans are often associated with sweet snacks and desserts these Cajun Style Pecans will be quite the surprise indeed! Choose the spices that you would normally associate with a good Cajun dish. You ll probably want ground onion and garlic of course and cayenne pepper chili powder oregano basil and thyme. Mix these together then add to some melted butter and pecans in your crockpot. Cover your crockpot and turn it to high for about 10 minutes then uncover and turn to low. Continue cooking on low uncovered for about 2 hours. Stir the contents a few times to keep the pecans coated and toasting evenly. After they re done cooking just cool the pecans by spreading them on a baking sheet rack or paper towels.