Quick and Inexpensive Party Platters

Create mouth-watering party platters and hors d’ouvres trays without spending extra cash. A few tips will help you assemble the right tray of snacks for your next big event.

Whether it’s the Super Bowl or a graduation celebration, party platters are a must for large crowds and hungry guests. Create easy and affordable snack platters that everyone will love using the tips below.

Veggies and Dip

The classic platter combo for any cocktail party or summer barbecue, buying a pre-packaged tray from the deli may cost extra. Create the same attractive platters with only a little time and effort by purchasing favorites like baby carrots and cauliflower; slice up inexpensive choices like cucumbers, celery, green onions, and red peppers. For the dip, just mix a teaspoon of dried Italian salad dressing into a cup of sour cream.

Bacon Cheddar Ball

Create a cheese ball that packs a hearty flavor every bit as good as the pre-packaged cheddar logs rolled in crunchy pecans. Mix two packages of cream cheese with a cup of shredded sharp cheddar, one-half cup of dried onions or fresh-chopped green ones, one cup of real bacon bits, and two teaspoons of ranch dressing mix. Mold into a round ball, top with dried tomatoes or a sprinkle of cheese, and serve surrounded with crackers.

Italian Bread Bites

These seasoned, savory bites are filled with Italian flavors and a creamy cheese spread that your guests will love. Freeze cottage cheese, then thaw and mix with dried Italian herbs, a little garlic, and grated Parmesan cheese. Slice French or Italian bread into bite-sized pieces, then spread with the cheese mixture and bake for ten minutes. Sprinkle with a little mozzarella cheese and fresh tomato or serve plain with a marinara dipping sauce.

Southwest Taco Bites

Cut egg roll wraps into quarters, then drape each square into a muffin tin. Fill with seasoned rice, grated cheese, refried beans, and a little fried ground beef, then bake for five to seven minutes. Dab off any excess grease with a paper towel and top with a little spicy picante sauce. Leftover ingredients are perfect for this recipe, saving you time and a little extra money, too.

Try these snacks at a party or barbecue for a new sensation and feed your hungry guests with a few new recipes that won’t break your party budget.

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