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Appetizer Recipes

Side view of a bowl of sesame cucumber salad, chopsticks picking up one slice of cucumber

Sesame Cucumber Salad

This salad is one of the very first recipes I ever posted on Budget Bytes. Like, way back when I was still taking photos with my pre-smart-phone era phone. Yikes! Because this Sesame Cucumber...

A hand dipping one oven baked steak fry into ranch dressing

Oven Baked Steak Fries

Who needs a little comfort food these days? Yeah, me too. I had some leftover russet potatoes the other day and I knew exactly what I was going to make with them. Thick cut,...

A cracker being dipped into the whipped cottage cheese dip, the platter of vegetables and crackers in the background

Garlic Herb Whipped Cottage Cheese Dip

I’m continuing my new love affair with cottage cheese and experimenting with all the fun things you can do with this inexpensive source of protein. I know a lot of people just can’t stand...

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip platter with crackers and apple slices

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

We are rapidly descending into party season. There are Halloween parties, then Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving, Christmas parties, and then finally New Year’s Eve parties. It’s like boom-boom-boom-boom! So I thought I’d get started with...

Overhead view of a bowl full of candied walnuts

Small Batch Crunchy Candied Walnuts

These crunchy little devils are dangerous. They’re addictively sweet, rich, crunchy, and nutty. I made this “small batch” recipe to not only keep myself from eating two cups of candied walnuts at once, but...

A bowl of Sweet and Spicy Tuna Salad surrounded by crackers and vegetables.

Sweet and Spicy Tuna Salad

Have you ever seen those packets of flavored tuna in the grocery store? They were on sale once and I got curious, so I bought a few. The idea was interesting, but the execution...

Close up of a plate full of creamy white bean and spinach quesadillas with a dish of red salsa

Creamy White Bean and Spinach Quesadillas

This is like, “the week of quesadillas” at my house. LOL. When the concept for these super easy creamy quesadillas first came into my head I couldn’t decide whether to make them with chicken...

A big white bowl of Sriracha Nooch Popcorn next to dice and other game pieces

Sriracha Nooch Popcorn

Salty-crunchy snacks are my vice. But since chips are silly expensive (IMHO), I keep popcorn on hand at all times. Popcorn only takes about 5 minutes to make and the flavor possibilities are endless. Nooch...

A chip being dipped into a skillet full of Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip

Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip

Well, I guess now I *have* to have a party because I’ve got a big vat of Spicy Chorizo Cheese Dip and I definitely can’t be left alone in a room with it. I...

Make your own homemade freezer garlic bread slices, ready to bake on demand. Bake two or ten frozen slices at a time, ready in minutes! Budgetbytes.com

Homemade Freezer Garlic Bread

I’ve made my own garlic bread in the past and it’s to die for, but when do I ever need a whole loaf at once? While I probably could eat a whole loaf, I...

Cowboy Caviar is like a cross between a bean salad and fresh salsa with its colorful mix of beans, vegetables, and a fresh lime infused dressing. BudgetBytes.com

Cowboy Caviar

This super fresh and vibrant Cowboy Caviar combines two types of beans, colorful summer vegetables, and a sweet and tangy lime dressing for a bold and versatile dish that you’ll find yourself making over and...

These Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips are fast, easy, super crunchy, a great way to use up leftover tortillas, and a great alternative to store bought chips. Budgetbytes.com

Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

Am I the only one who always ends up with leftover corn tortillas hanging out in the back of their fridge? I never seem to use a full package when making tacos. Luckily, it...

This tangy, herb-infused Scallion Herb Cream Cheese Spread is perfect for sandwiches, wraps, or even snacking on fresh vegetables. BudgetBytes.com

Scallion Herb Cream Cheese Spread

Three things that I buy almost every week are fresh parsley, cilantro, and green onions. They’re almost always less than a dollar each , but add so much flavor and color to my meals, that...

This Coconut Curry Hummus throws a new twist on the traditional dip with creamy coconut milk, vibrant lime, and warm curry spices. BudgetBytes.com

Coconut Curry Hummus

Every now and then I like splurging on “fun foods” to explore new flavors and get a little inspiration. My last little splurge was some Thai curry hummus that was on sale at Whole...

Double Spinach Artichoke Dip is PACKED with spinach, three types of cheese, and just enough spice to tingle your taste buds. BudgetBytes.com

Double Spinach Artichoke Dip

Yeah, Double Spinach Artichoke Dip because if I’m going to eat something this rich and creamy I’m going to make sure I eat a pound of spinach while I’m at it. 😂 Most people have...

These Pesto Pizza Rolls are a fun way to change up your pizza routine with swirls of cheese, pesto, and pepperoni, plus lots of crispy edges! BudgetBytes.com

Pesto Pizza Rolls

I was taking stock of my fridge the other day and noticed a half jar of pesto that I bought a couple weeks ago at Aldi. I didn’t want that pesto to go to...

Homemade hummus is quick, easy, and inexpensive, and can be made with several different flavor add-ins. Here are four delicious flavors to try. BudgetBytes.com

Homemade Hummus – Four flavors

If you haven’t started making your own homemade hummus, you’re totally missing out. It only takes about five minutes, you can adjust the taste to be juuuuuust the way you like it, and you can...

These crispy Raspberry Balsamic Baked Chicken Wings are baked, not fried, and slathered in a sweet, tangy, and rich homemade sauce. BudgetBytes.com

Raspberry Balsamic Baked Chicken Wings

I’ll admit it, I’m not a wing girl, but slather them in this rich Raspberry Balsamic Sauce and I can’t get enough. These Raspberry Balsamic Baked Chicken Wings are sweet, tangy, and deliciously rich. And...

Creamy Black Bean Taquitos are an easy and tasty party treat for football games or just for fun! BudgetBytes.com

Creamy Black Bean Taquitos

So apparently the Super Bowl is coming up soon? I dunno. I don’t follow football, but I know a lot of you do, so I wanted to give you some budget-y options for football eats!...

Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish is a thick, jam-like condiment whose uses go far beyond the Thanksgiving table. BudgetBytes.com

Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish

My favorite thing about “holiday food” is cranberries. I love cranberry sauce, cranberry relish, cranberry muffins, cranberry everything. I think they’re incredibly beautiful and I love their super tart-tangy flavor. So, when I saw this...

Cheesy Scallion Stuffed Jalapeños are a quick and impressive appetizer for any party or game night. BudgetBytes.com

Cheesy Scallion Stuffed Jalapeños

Sometimes recipes just speak to you. Yesterday I came across this recipe for Stuffed Jalapeños from The New York Times and was just like, “I need that in my life.” So, I ran out...

Pesto Hummus - BudgetBytes.com

Pesto Hummus

I love hummus for so many reasons, but one reason is that it can be flavored with so many different things. Adding a dollop of pesto to your hummus is an easy way to change...

Thick Cut Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries - BudgetBytes.com

Thick Cut Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries

It’s kind of amazing how serendipitous grocery sales are sometimes. This week I had a really strong craving for oven baked French Fries and then I get to the store and find russet potatoes...

5 Minute Nacho Cheese Sauce - BudgetBytes.com

5 Minute Nacho Cheese Sauce

I know, it seems kind of weird that I’m posting this 5 Minute Nacho Cheese Sauce recipe the day after the super bowl. But, the reason I made this nacho cheese sauce has nothing to do...

Dilly Vegetable Dip - BudgetBytes.com

Dilly Vegetable Dip

It’s kind of silly how excited I get when I come up with ways to use my leftover ingredients. This week when I peeked into my fridge I noticed that I still had a lot...

Smoky Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower - BudgetBytes.com

Smoky Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

You know you’re on to something good when you’re cooking vegetables, but it smells like there’s a pizza in the oven. And for some reason, this Smoky Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower smelled exactly like pizza. I guess...

Chili Lime Cantaloupe - BudgetBytes.com

Chili Lime Cantaloupe

Shopping for produce can be a bit tricky in the United States. Some items are priced by the pound while others are priced per item, and if you happen to confuse the two, you can wind...

Mini Garden Turkey Loaves - BudgetBytes.com

Mini Garden Turkey Loaves

For the past year or so I’ve been working on the side making step by step photo tutorials for Food.com. Ever since I made this basic meatloaf tutorial, I’ve wanted to make it again and...

Smoky Garlic Oven Fries - BudgetBytes.com

Smoky Garlic Oven Fries

I really  wanted to call these “OMG! They’re Crunchy!” Fries, but that doesn’t work very well for SEO purposes. My point is, I’m happy to have finally made some oven fries that are crispy and crunchy....

Sriracha Deviled Eggs - BudgetBytes.com

Sriracha Deviled Eggs

I have this sneaking suspicion that a week from now a lot of people will have a ton of hard boiled eggs on their hands and no idea what to do with them. While...

Caramelized Onion and Artichoke Flat Bread - BudgetBytes.com

Caramelized Onion and Artichoke Flatbread

Y’all know I’m obsessed with pizza right? Well I’ve actually really been into flatbreads lately. They’re a little less heavy than pizza because they tend to have a thinner crust and they don’t have a lot...

Nacho Taters - BudgetBytes.com

Nacho Taters

I’ve been craving nachos ever since the Super Bowl. Seeing every single blog and food website feature nachos during the weeks leading up to the big game made them impossible to resist, so I finally gave in...

Green Chile Breakfast Quesadillas - BudgetBytes.com

Green Chile Breakfast Quesadillas

I’ve had a couple cans of green chiles in my pantry that need to be used up, so I decided to toss them into my favorite breakfast—a tortilla, egg, and cheese quesadilla. I also...

Parmesan Garlic Pretzel Bites - BudgetBytes.com

Parmesan Garlic Pretzel Bites

So many of you asked about the pretzels pictured in my How To Start a Food Blog post, that I decided to do a spin off for you (the original pretzel tutorial is for...

This unique blend of sweet pineapple, spicy sriracha, zesty red onion, creamy avocado, and rich hard boiled eggs makes this the Best Ever Avocado Dip. You'll never eat plain guacamole again. BudgetBytes.com

Best Ever Avocado Dip

I’m a little avocado obsessed, so when I went to a little Latin American Restaurant last year, La Macarena Pupuseria,  and the waiter claimed they had the best guacamole ever, I took the bait—hook, line,...

Sriracha Hummus

Sriracha Hummus

I never really understood why people say that chocolate is better than sex. Chocolate? Chocolate?! No ma’am. If any food is even going to come close, it’s gonna be this sriracha hummus. Okay, so...

Easy Pineapple Salsa

Okay, so this little gem really deserves a post of its own, rather than being hidden in the Chili Lime Shrimp Bowls recipe post. This easy pineapple salsa is SO good that I could...

Vegetable Egg Rolls

vegetable egg rolls

Okay, I might just have to make egg rolls all the time. They were so much easier than expected! And, because I decided to bake mine, they’re pretty freakin’ healthy. And, wow, super inexepensive!...