Last-Minute Appetizers You Already Have on Hand

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


‘Tis the Season…

Around our house, the holiday season is prime time for guests to stop by without warning. I make sure to always have a few appetizer staples stocked and my fridge well-equipped with must-have ingredients. Here are a few last-minute appetizer ideas you can throw together in a jiffy for those unannounced guests.

Cheese Quesadilla


Pile Hiland Dairy Shredded Cheese between two flour tortillas and grill on both sides until golden brown. Serve with salsa and Hiland Dairy Sour Cream.

Chips or Veggies and Dip


Whether it’s Hiland Dairy Veggie Ranch Dip, Hiland Dairy Southwest Ranch Dip or the ever-popular Hiland Dairy French Onion Dip, simply pop open the lid and serve with chips or vegetables.



Is movie-theater style popcorn your favorite? Toss the popped kernels with plenty of melted Hiland Dairy Butter and salt. Want to spice it up? Toss with seasoned salt, chili powder or chipotle seasoning. Prefer something sweet? Melt caramel candies with a splash of Hiland Dairy Milk and drizzle it on top for a sweet treat.

Hot & Cheesy Taco Dip


I love Hiland Dairy products so much that I always keep ingredients on hand to make this easy baked dip. My family devours this, and so will your guests.




Preheat oven to 375° F.

Strain the salsa of excess liquid while you prepare the dip.


Brown beef in a large skillet or Dutch oven. Drain and discard grease. Add taco seasoning and prepare according to package.


Stir in cream cheese until melted. Mix in sour cream and 1 cup of cheddar cheese until melted.


Spread into an oven-safe casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese and salsa. Bake until bubbly and browned, about 25 minutes. Chop and slice desired toppings.


Add prepared toppings and serve warm with chips.

Print this recipe.

Diva’s Tip

The next time you head to the grocery store, be sure to pick up olives, cream cheese, frozen bread dough, various crackers and a variety of Hiland Dairy Cheese. These are great holiday ingredients to have on hand.

The Dairy Diva

~The Dairy Diva

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4 comments on “Last-Minute Appetizers You Already Have on Hand

  • Cream cheese, sour cream, shredded cheese, and whatever else’s i have on hand such as any combo of green onions, bacon or chicken or crab, black olives etc. I put it in the slow cooker and to with more shredded cheese and green onions. Serve with crackers and/or tortilla chips. Delicious, warm and gooey!

  • Angela Breakfield says:

    I can usually whip up a quick cheese ball, by mixing cream cheese, crumbled bacon, crushed pineapple well drained, finely chopped or minced green onion, parsley, garlic powder and a little salt and pepper. Just mix it well form it into a ball and let it chill until firm. If I don’t have to time to let it firm up I just serve it in a nice decorative bowl as a dip. Either way you choose to present it just serve with an assortment of crackers and or veggies and there you are. It’s delicious!

  • I make the roll ups about 8 soft tortilla shells. 1 softened package cream cheese, add 1 dry packet of hidden valley seasoning. mix the cream cheese and hidden valley until mixed. with back of spoon grab some cream cheese mixture spread thinly over soft tortilla add roast beef slices or other deli meat that you like . then layer across bottom I/4 of sliced cheese roll at end with meat and cheese tightly wrap in saran or foil and put in refrigerator for about an hour. unwrap cut in about 1 inch slices and serve


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