If you are looking for something fast, something quick, something for few people, something for a lot of people or a new range of ideas for Memorial Day, you will find some great ideas as well as some tips here.
Discover five Memorial Day appetizers that take no time at all. Here is what we will cover today:
1. Mini Pizza’s For Memorial Day
2. Potato Wedges As A Memorial Day Appetizer
3. Shrimp Cocktails Makes An Interesting Memorial Day Appetizer
4. Remembering The Dips & Sauces!
5. Make It Sweet!
1. Mini Pizza’s For Memorial Day:
Pizza is a convenient food. It can either be made or purchased ready with just the need to heat up. Once done, they can be cut into small pieces.
If you have the time, there are many routes you can go with creating mini pizzas. The main ingredient you need is the pizza base, which can be purchased as dough and made or purchase a ready made one and add the toppings.
It all depends on how much time you have. They could be meaty or they can be more vegetarian. In any case, be sure to know what your guests like and always have a variety where possible so you cater for different needs people may have.
If going with the pizza dough and making the base your self, then be sure to follow the instructions on the box then add tomato sauce, as well as the toppings. Be sure to add a touch of olive oil into the base for a nice Italian taste.
2. Potato Wedges As A Memorial Day Appetizer:
Potato wedges are very easy to make and makes a great memorial day appetizer.
It all begins with the potato’s and the flavoring. There are many choices here, such as BBQ flavor, spicy, and many others to include in your recipe.
It is suggested to find the flavoring at the local grocery store and use that to save time and have the right blend.
Generally you can find instructions on the packets as well as often finding recipes for sauces and dips, however a simple route for a recipe is to cut the potatoes into 4 sections and dip in the flavoring. From there to cook as instructed.
3. Shrimp Cocktails Makes An Interesting Memorial Day Appetizer:
Shrimps offer a unique taste to your list of memorial day appetizers. You can add sauces on top. We will look at that in the next section, for now, let us look at the preparation!
First in the recipe you will need prawns or shrimps. Generally they will come frozen though you can find them fresh also. If frozen, be sure to defrost by placing in cold or cool water and placing in the fridge if the day before or if doing on same day you can speed up the process by replacing the water every so often till they defrost.
Once defrosted, it is time to get the shrimps or prawns ready.
Preparing the base ingredients such as 2 medium carrots, 2 stalks of celery, 1 large onion, 1 garlic, half a lemon, parsley, thyme and bay leaves heated with 10 cups of water then adding the shrimps with a touch of salt is the start to a good memorial day shrimp cocktail!
Though the ingredients can be changed to taste, these can serve as an idea.
Once ready, add the shrimps and let them cook. You want to cook the shrimps until they curl and have that pink color to them.
Generally medium shrimps take 2 to 2 and a half minutes, whereas the large shrimps require approximately 3 minutes.
When ready to serve, garnish with lemon.
If buying shrimps ready to eat then this process is easier. If they have the tails still, then you will need to remove before following this process, unless you want to serve shrimps with the tail on still.
Tip: “If you have large prawns consider to BBQ them if having a BBQ once they prepared. In which case marinating in salt and lemon juice can help”.
4. Remembering The Dips & Sauces!
Dips and sauces are everything for the memorial day appetizer. Here are some ideas to consider.
For pizza’s and potato wedges, you can find similar dips and sauces that match. With potato wedges and prawn cocktails, you can often find similar dips and sauces that match.
For pizza’s and potato wedges, the biggest sauce on the list should be ketchup! This also works with a BBQ, so keep on the list!
Salsas another one of the ideas to dips and sauces that go with a variety of appetizers.
With dips and sauces you can make your own or you can buy them ready. Most stores today sell a selection of dips and sauces in a variety of flavors that can help save you time on preparations on memorial day.
Hummus is becoming more and more popular and is a great addition. It can be purchased through many food outlets today.
Guacamole is another must have dip on the list of ideas for memorial day! With avocado being the main ingredient, you can also be sure that it is good for you.
For the prawn cocktail sauce, ketchup can come in handy again! Mixing ketchup with lemon zest and the lemon juice as well as adding horseradish and Worcestershire source is a proven quick recipe to making a prawn cocktail sauce fast! If you want it more hot, consider adding a hot sauce into the mix!
Depending on how many people will be at the memorial day celebrations, you may want to consider either buying sauces and dips which generally come in many varieties. The problem with this route is generally only being able to get smaller quantities.
If looking to have a lot of guests, then making at home may be more economical. Overall it depends on how much time you have and your cooking skills!
5. Make It Sweet!
There are some other memorial day appetizer ideas that you can work with that add a bit of sweetness to the mix.
I want to give you a recipe for – get this – grilled figs with goat cheese for a sublime result!
To make, all you need is figs cut into pockets. So you cut into 4’s but leave a bit so they are open. Then add the goat cheese in the middle and add on the grill or cook indoors. Once done, add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar which adds a nice flavor to the mix, finishing off by sprinkling some rosemary.
There you have it! Some great memorial day appetizer ideas. There are many ways you can go with memorial day appetizer ideas. The best thing to do is look at what time you have available. As you can see from the pizzas – it can be very quick or more added to it, such as making pizza base and the whole pizza.
Have a great memorial day in honoring those who have served us.