Party Starters Appetizer Dips Sauces

Party Starters Appetizer Dips Sauces

The countdown to Christmas has begun and one of the many joys of the seasons entertaining is surely the food!  We almost always start with little nibbles of goodness .From simple to fancy they are all a delicious way to tease the taste buds before we dive into the main meal. Starters,horsd’oeuvres or appetizers, no matter what you call them. They are terrific for the holiday seasons get togethers and family gatherings. Some of my favorite starters have yummy dips and sauces. Most of us serve Crudités ( fresh raw veggies with some type of dipping sauce) as starters. I am sharing some yummy dipping sauces with you today.

dipping saucesCucumber sauce

you can get my cucumber dip recipe HERE

 Creamy Hummus

1 (15 oz.) Can garbanzo beans (drained and reserve liquid)

1/4 Cup sesame seed paste

3 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 Clove garlic (crushed)

1 tsp. Ground chili powder

1/4 tsp Sea salt

1/4  tsp. White pepper

Food processor

Combine all ingredients and about 1/3 of the garbanzo bean liquid in the food processor and pulse until smooth, and then slowly add the remaining garbanzo beans liquid pulsing intermittently until you reach your preferred consistency.

Makes about 2 cups

Honey Mustard

1/2 Cup olive oil mayonnaise

1/4 Cup yellow mustard ( not dry)

1/4 Cup honey

¼ tsp Sea salt

¼ tsp wasabi powder

Whisk together all ingredients.

Makes about 1 cup

I know it is not a Crudité recipe but, one of my favorite starters is shrimp cocktail!  One of our granddaughters loves it too. I always make it for our family get togethers.

Cocktail sauce

1 Cup tomato ketchup

1 -2 tsp. tabasco sauce (more or less as you like it)

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp. Sea salt

1 tsp. White pepper

Stir together all ingredients to combine well and refrigerate. Serve cold with cooked ,cooled and peeled shrimp.

I created an appetizers board on pinterest :-) I hope you will find some inspiration there too.

Countdown is also happening for the giveaways, apron swap and gingerbread house tour, I hope you will enter, join, and share. :-)

What is your favorite Dipping Sauce?

I bet you are going to say ranch! :-) May I suggest this delicious homemade ranch dip by the Foodess! (recipe and image source) It’s one of our favorites.

homemade ranch dressing

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  1. Yummy!! The honey mustard and cocktail sauce are my favourites, these look yummy!! Well done doll. I hope you have a marvellous new week xx

  2. Thanks for sharing! Will definitely try some of these!

  3. Leo@cottageatthecrossroads says:

    Hi Katherine, Our entire family is coming Christmas Eve. You can never have too many dips. Thanks. I’m a new fan of Izzy, the blog dog. We have Lucy. Merry Christmas.

  4. I love honey mustard and am totally pinning this one to try and make now. Thank Katie and indeed the Christmas countdown is on!! :)

  5. I always wondered about the ingredients of honey mustard. Now I know!

  6. Yum for the hummus! I like all you featured though!

  7. may have to make that hummus dip sometime. Sounds good.

  8. I’m going to have to try that cocktail sauce one day. When I was growing up Mom served shrimp as a starter with a store-bought sauce that was heaven. I’ve never been able to find it since (she’s been gone now over 20 years) and here in Britain they like some pink stuff called ‘sauce marie rose’ which doesn’t suit me at all. Sounds like this recipe might be what I’ve been looking for! Thanks!


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