Sometimes it is not that easy to think of new and interesting meals to surprise your guests with. At one point you think that you have served your guests all kinds of dishes you are able to cook. That is why you may want to try some new ones which are not that difficult to cook and the ingredients are not hard to find (this is an important part if you want to cook something in particular). Today we have prepared for you 2 appetizer ideas which you can use also as brunch ideas or simply to treat some unexpected guests. Here are the recipes!
#1 Eggplant pizza
The first appetizer is perfect for those of you who do not want to eat dough, but pizza is their favorite dish. Well, you could try eggplant pizza instead. It is delicious and even faster to cook. Here is what you will need:
1 big eggplant
3 cups of marinara sauce
2 cups of mozzarella
1 cups of cheddar cheese
½ cup of parmesan
¼ cup of basil
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
First you need to get the eggplant and remove the calyx. Then cut the eggplant into big circles, about ½ centimeter wide. Then get a baking tin and line it with baking paper. Put the eggplant pieces on top and season it with salt on each side. Bake it for 20 minutes.
When the time is up, get the tin out of the oven and get some kitchen paper. Use it to absorb any sauce and oil from the eggplant pieces. Then apply olive oil on each piece of eggplant using a cooking brush. Then you need to bake the eggplant for 20-25 more minutes at 175 0C. When the time is up, remove the tin from the oven and leave it aside while you are making the sauce.
Now you need to get a big bowl. Pour in it the marinara sauce, the parmesan, the basil, the garlic powder, the pepper and the salt. Mix them all really well. And you will get a delicious pizza sauce you can use not only in this recipe, but for traditional pizza ones.
When the sauce is ready, get a spoon and apply a spoonful of the sauce on each piece of eggplant. Then sprinkle the mozzarella equally on each piece. Finally, sprinkle the cheddar cheese again equally on each piece. Put the eggplants back in the oven so that the mozzarella and cheddar can melt. It will take about 1-2 minutes at 175 0C.
Serve it while it is still hot and enjoy your appetizer.
Hot dog appetizers
The next recipe is quite easy to follow. You will actually just going to need 3 ingredients to prepare it. That is why it is perfect for unexpected guests because it will not take you too much time and efforts to prepare. Here is what you will need and how to cook these hot dog appetizers.
10 hot dogs
10 cheddar pieces
10 pieces of puffy pastry
You can use less than 10, but it is important the number of the ingredients to be equal.
First you need to get one piece of puffy pastry and put one piece of cheddar on top. Then put one hot dog on top and roll it inwards. Do the same with the rest of the ingredients. Cut each one of the hot dog-pastry pieces into three more equal pieces.
Then get a baking tin and line it with baking paper. Bake them for about 15 minutes at 220 0C. For this time the cheddar would have melted and the white color of the pastry would have turned into a delicious golden-brown color.
The last thing left for you to do when the time is up is to get the tin out of the oven and serve the hot dog appetizers when they are still hot. You can also serve them with some sauce, like salsa sauce, or even garlic sauce, the one you like the most.
And your appetizers are ready. Enjoy your meals!