Hostess Snack For Your Party

By: Belindajillie
When you're planning and hosting a party, figuring out what to serve can be a dilemma. Whether it's an all-out dinner or not, snack foods of some kind are usually expected.

It's essential to plan out a range of hostess snack foods to serve in advance, so you'll have an organized list to choose from every time you host a get together. Go ahead, try out some of these and make note of your favorites.

Be sure to keep the master list in the same place with all your other recipes so you won't lose it and find yourself at a loss for ideas.

Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip - Serve this at your party and it will go fast! It goes best with either crackers, tortilla chips, French bread, or even carrot sticks or some other dipping veggies. Please note that although some variations of this snack call for nuts, you'll be safest to avoid nuts; you never know who much have an allergic reaction.

- 2 jars of artichoke hearts (marinated), chopped and drained - 2 cups of mozzarella cheese, shredded (low-fat works OK, but avoid nonfat since it won't melt as good) - 1 cup of parmesan cheese, grated - 1 clove of garlic (minced) - 1 cup of mayonnaise

Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. Mix up all the listed ingredients in an oven-safe dish (decorative baking dish will do fine). Bake for 45 minutes or until the dip is hot and bubbling. Warn your guests, it's hot!

Sandwich Loaf: A hostess snack standard from the seventies, this main dish always impresses people at a luncheon!

-1 large loaf of good white bread -3 sandwich fillings of your choice - popular choices include ham salad, egg salad, etc., but you can also used thinly sliced deli meats and other items like this. -1/4 cup margarine, softened -2 packages cream cheese, softened -1/2 cup half and half

Cut the crusts off the loaf of bread so that they are rectangular shaped. Cut it into four large slices horizontally.

Butter one side of a slice of bread, then lay it face-up on the serving plate. Add the sandwich filling, spreading evenly.

Continue adding layers of buttered bread and sandwich fillings. Now you mix together the half and half and the cream cheese to make a frosting. Thickly frost the loaf.

Garnish with parsley. Slice vertically for individual servings.

Enjoy your gathering, and good luck with the perfect hostess snack!
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