Appetizers for Easy Home Entertaining

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Appetizer Recipe Food and Home Entertaining VERGE Magazine

Make hosting easier and more enjoyable with these recipes 
by VERGE Staff | Food and Home | Friday, January 26, 2018 

When it comes time to entertain family and friends, it’s important to have a few simple, warm appetizers and small plates at the ready. Plan your menu with recipes that can be prepped ahead of time and popped in the oven when guests arrive. It can make hosting easier and more enjoyable. 

One versatile ingredient that can enhance your favorite sweet and savory recipes is Musselman’s Apple Butter spread. It’s made the old-fashioned way for perfect texture and a rich apple-cinnamon flavor, giving parties and get-togethers a unique taste in recipes like these Apple Brie Bites and Apple Butter Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp:


Apple Brie Bites
Servings: 24

Appetizer Recipe Apple Brie Bites Food and Home VERGE Lifestyle Magazine

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
ounces Brie cheese
cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
cup pecans, chopped

Cooking Directions: Heat oven to 400 F. Grease mini-muffin pan.

Press seams of puff pastry sheet together. Cut sheet into quarters then each quarter into six pieces.  

Use rolling pin to flatten each piece of pastry into square shape. Place one square into each muffin cup.

Put 1/2 teaspoon brie, 1 teaspoon apple butter and 1/2 teaspoon chopped pecans into each muffin cup.

Bake 13-15 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm.


Apple Butter Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
Servings: 10

Shrimp Appetizer Recipe food and home entertaining ideas VERGE Magazine

cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
cup maple syrup
teaspoon red pepper flakes
teaspoon salt
teaspoon smoked paprika
pieces bacon
extra-large shrimp, cleaned and deveined
chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Cooking Directions: Heat oven to 400 F. 

Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In medium-sized skillet over medium heat, add apple butter, maple syrup, red pepper flakes, salt and paprika. Whisk until mixture is thick and cooked down by half, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

In large skillet over medium heat, add bacon slices and cook until browned but still flexible.  Remove from pan and drain on paper towel-lined plate.

Wrap one bacon slice around each shrimp, secure with toothpick and place onto prepared baking sheet.

Once all shrimp have been wrapped, baste tops with apple butter mixture.

Bake 5 minutes then flip and baste other side of shrimp. Bake another 5 minutes. Continue to flip and baste shrimp (2 minutes each time) until shrimp is fully cooked. Do not overcook as glaze can burn. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.


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Source and photos courtesy of Musselman’s.


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