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Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce #SundaySupper

Greek Chicken Gyro meatballsMy new favorite appetizer. Yep. This one is a winner.

Tzatziki is a sauce made from yogurt, garlic, lemon, cucumber and spices. It can get changed up by leaving out the cucumber, like for my Cheese & Sprout samis- yum! Or you can add lots of lemon and use it for a salad dressing. This version is a basic one that you can work with as a dip and go from there- I am a huge fan of Tzatziki sauce in all variations, so finding some way to have it as an appetizer just makes sense.Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs

Gyros are such an awesome sandwich that converts well to an appetizer. The chicken just makes the traditional gyro that much healthier, and I prefer the taste. Adding in feta keeps them soft and adds a lot of flavor. I hope you try this- I know it’s a repeater in my house!

Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. fresh mint, minced
1 tsp. dried dill
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and pressed (or minced)
1 small container full or 2% plain greek yogurt (8oz)
1/2 of a small cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced

Directions: Mix all in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the Greek Chicken Gyro Mini Meatballs:

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. fresh mint, minced
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
2 ounces crumbled feta
2 Tbsp. minced onion
1 lb. of ground chicken

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350*. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet.
  • In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients first. Add the egg, feta, onion and chicken and mix thoroughly until combined. Form into tiny meatballs, 1-inch apart on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake in a 350* oven for 18-20 minutes until cooked through. Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat before serving. Serve with fresh tomatoes and cucumber and the Tzatziki sauce on the side.

Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs

Sunday Supper Small Bites Recipes for Entertaining

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Greek Chicken Gyro meatballs

Blue Cheese Asparagus Bites #SundaySupper

Blue Cheese Asparagus BitesI have been making these for years and I just keep going back to this recipe because people just love it. If you love asparagus and cheese separately, you will love this great combo of the two. I chose to include it this week as the Sunday Supper bloggers are all creating “fancy” appetizer recipes (and you can read them all at the end of this post!) but honestly, this may look fancy, but it is not hard to make at all!

In picture form, this is all you do:

Blue Cheese Asparagus Bites

See? Doesn’t this seem easy? It is!

The best part is that they freeze beautifully, so if you ever just want to pull out an appetizer and heat it up for the last minute- this is your guy! I got the original recipe from a St. James cookbook, that my friend’s mom gave me circa 2002, and this is from Laura Hill. I made a couple of changes, namely using low-fat cream cheese, low fat mayo and less butter. But all in all, it stayed quite the same, since that turned out so well! Here it is:

Blue Cheese Asparagus Bites

Blue Cheese Asparagus Bites

From a short list of ingredients, this makes a nice appetizer to bring to parties, or to make ahead and have on-hand.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf sliced white bread (yes, white!)
  • 1 can (15oz) asparagus spears or pieces
  • 8 oz. crumbled blue cheese
  • 8 oz. low-fat cream cheese, room temp.
  • 1 Tbsp. mayo
  • 1 egg white beaten
  • 1 stick butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  3. Cut the crusts of the bread and roll each slice under a rolling pin, until flat. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the blue cheese, cream cheese, mayo and egg with a fork until soft.
  5. Spread a thin layer of the cheese on a slice of bread. Place an asparagus spear on one end. Roll it up, and cut into thirds.
  6. Roll in butter, and place on baking sheet.
  7. Continue this way, until all the bread is used.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Notes

If you aren't going to bake right away, follow the directions for all except baking. Freeze flat on a baking sheet and then transfer to a ziplock bag. To bake, just remove and bake for 20 minutes at 350*.

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I hope that you’ll try it- or Pin it for later! For loads of other appetizer ideas that are NOT chips and dip…read on and enjoy!

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Blue Cheese Asparagus Bites


Also linking up with my friends at Meatless Monday!

 

What Should I Bring? 3 Tips & Go-to Appetizers for Your Next Party

3 Tips and go-to appetizersI have posted about this before but there are really just 3 tips for bringing an appetizer to a party. And without further ado, here they are!

3 tips for bringing an app to a party:

#1: Bring your own serving platter. Or serving pieces. Mark them with a piece of tape and your name on the bottom, so your host can return to you.

#2: Have it already warmed/heated or make something that doesn’t require heating. I like to either do room-temp heated apps, or something I can keep warm in a mini-crockpot. A third option is a dip- perfect to bring with healthy cut veggies, or some fresh fruit.

#3. Make or bring it, only if asked. Keep in mind that your host might want to leave the guests wanting more…like the nice meal she has planned the night for. If someone brings an appetizer that is too filling, then no one wants the dinner your host has made! Ask.


Now, with that said, I have 3 tried and true recipes to enjoy and impress at your next party!

Cranberry Salsacranberry salsa with cream cheese

I just love this dip. It is always so pretty and the flavors are unexpected- people always are surprised at this dip and how good it is! And if you are bringing somewhere, you don’t have to reheat anything- this is a no-cook recipe. Which is key, if your host has an oven full of other food, or you feel weird about asking to heat your dish. It’s always good to bring an easy to serve appetizer like this one. I recommend serving it with a sturdy cracker.

Teriaki Bitesteriaki kielbasa bites

These are great if you have a mini-crockpot server that you can bring to the party. Bring some toothpicks too, so guests can serve themselves. These still taste good when they cool to room temperature, so they get eaten throughout the party every time!

Manchego & Chorizo Tapas with Saffron Aliolimanchego and chorizo with saffron aioli

Meat and cheese bites with a kick of garlic. So delicious! This is a great appetizer to bring already assembled or with the toothpicks on the side, and let guests dip themselves. The alioli is so good, so don’t leave that part out!


What do you think? What is your favorite appetizer to bring to a party? Is it always a dip? Or a hot app?