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Menu Selection :: Cocktail Hour

August 19, 2010


Mini appetizers are a wonderful idea for a cocktail hour!  Mini Appetizers are ecstatically pleasing, easy for your guests to eat and they can enjoy a variety of scrumptious foods while mingling with others.  Here below are some delicious mini appetizer recipes for  your cocktail hour!

Mini Beef Tacos





• 24 wonton wrappers
• 1 lb. lean ground beef
• 1 pkg. (1.25 ounces) taco seasoning mix
• 2 tbsp. Pace Picante Sauce
• 1/2 cup Pace Chunky Salsa
• 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend, about 4 oz.
• Sour cream (optional)
• Sliced pitted ripe olive (optional)


Heat the oven to 425°F. 

Press the wonton wrappers into 24 (1 1/2-inch) mini muffin-pan cups.

Cook the beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until it’s well browned, stirring often to separate meat.

Pour off any fat. Stir in the taco seasoning mix and picante sauce.

Spoon the beef mixture into the wonton cups. Top with the salsa and cheese.

Bake for 5 minutes or until the wontons are golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Garnish with sour cream and olives, if desired.  Serve immediately with additional salsa.

Recipe for Mini Beef Tacos provided by The Food Referance Website.


Mini Crab Cakes


  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs (available in the ethnic foods section of large supermarkets)
  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, shell pieces removed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more as needed
  • Lemon wedges


  • Mix the bell pepper, parsley, scallions, mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper in a large bowl. Add the bread crumbs and crabmeat, and toss gently to mix.
  • Divide the crab mixture into 12 equal portions (about 1/4 cup each) and shape each into a 1-inch-thick patty.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the crab cakes to the skillet and cook until they’re golden on both sides, adding more oil as needed. Cook about 3 minutes per side. Serve warm with lemon wedges. Makes 12
  • Mini Crab Cakes provided by Disney Family Fun.


    Mini Lamb Burgers With Feta and Mint



    1 pound ground lamb
    1/3 cup crumbled feta
    12 fresh mint leaves, snipped in ribbons
    ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon ras al hanout
    1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
    1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    ½ teaspoon seasoned salt, like Tony Cachere’s or Lawry’s
    4 prepared soft rolls, like pan de sal, split cross wise
    Small jar roasted red peppers


    In a glass mixing bowl, combine lamb, feta, mint, olive oil, ras al hanout, cumin, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Using your hands, mix well to incorporate the spices and cheese into the lamb. Form into 4-ounce patties; Using a ½ cup measure as a guide, divide the meat into four 4-ounce patties. Pat until flattened into a nice round patty about 1/3 inch thick.

    Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. When the water dropped on its surface crackles, add the patties. Cook for 4 minutes on each side until done.

    Remove burgers from pan and drain on paper towels.

    Serve on rolls, garnished with a few pieces of roasted red pepper. Serves 4

    Recipe provided by The Bubbly Bar: Champagne & Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion

     {Merci :: Lizzie}

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