In honor of football Saturday I want to share two appetizer recipes perfect for tailgating or taking to a pot-luck party. Football food has the reputation of being heavy and unhealthy, but this does not have to be the case! There are plenty of appetizer recipes that are portable, delicious, and healthy! Of course we all love the fried, cheesy, meaty tailgate options…but its also nice to balance those out with fruit and vegetables. Somehow in my mind I don’t feel as guilty the next day; like the vegetables cancel out the junk foods. (Please don’t burst my bubble)
Let’s talk about recipe number one. Yogurt dips seem to be gaining popularity in the grocery stores these days. I have taken yogurt dips to more than one happy hour meeting with my girlfriends. After a couple purchases I snuck a peek at the ingredient list and was incredibly disappointed. I thought the brand had some elusive, behind-closed-doors secret on how to make delicious dip made of healthy greek yogurt….boy was I wrong! The ingredients showcased yogurt, herbs, salt, pepper, and sometimes vegetables. I felt embarrassed that I was purchasing a dip that I could very easily make on my own. In the end making my own yogurt dip was easy, and I could personalize it to include my favorite flavors!
If you have leftovers they would be great to take to work as a snack with veggies or pita bread.
- 1 (17.6 oz) container low-fat plain greek yogurt
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 c. herbs; finely chopped (I used a combination of dill, parsley, and chives)
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- veggies to serve
- pita chips to serve (optional)
I mix the dip in the yogurt container because it has a handy resealable lid.
Add lemon zest, juice, herbs, garlic and salt and pepper to yogurt. Stir well to combine (don’t forget the bottom of the container). That’s it!
Serve with veggies such as bell pepper, cucumber, celery, carrots, and snap peas. My husband’s Aunt Debbie brought snap peas with veggie dip to our house last year and I have been addicted to eating them raw ever since! They were a natural addition to this veggie platter. Greek yogurt dip is also a perfect pairing with pita chips!
The second recipe I cannot take credit for. I was inspired by Ina Garten for this quick and easy appetizer; I originally viewed it on her Food Network show. This is a two ingredient appetizer that looks and tastes impressive. What I have learned is that the quality of the ingredients really matter! Purchase the best quality salami you can afford; I like Boar’s Head with black pepper. I also use organic hot house cucumbers.
- 1 organic hot house cucumber
- 1 Boar’s Head Italian Dry Salami
Slice cucumber and salami into thin slices. Arrange on a platter and serve. I place a slice of salami on top of a slice of cucumber and eat together. There is a chewy texture from the salami contrasting the fresh crunch of the cucumber; great combination! Enjoy!