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Party planning doesn’t have to be stressful with these party planning printables and this easy Crab Ball Appetizer Recipe.
The holidays are in full swing and this is a busy week for me. I have 20 guests coming over for a sit down dinner on Saturday and I’m making my lists and checking them twice. Since I have party planning on my mind I wanted to share a few tips and trick I use to keep costs down and things running smoothly.
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Planning out the food is the biggest job for a dinner party, not only choosing a menu that everyone will enjoy but choosing a menu that has items that can be made ahead of time, served at room temperature (or cold) and don’t cost an arm and a leg. With 20 people on the guest list costs add up fast. I try to choose meats that are less expensive but can be elevated in the way you cook them. For example this year I’m going to make lemon braised chicken. The ingredients are simple, lemon, chicken broth, herbs, and since I’m braising I will be using chicken thighs which are much less expensive than chicken breast. I’ll serve it over mashed potatoes (also inexpensive) and the presentation will be beautiful and the taste amazing.
I wanted to share a few of the lists I use to help me organized when I’m planning a party. I’ve included my guest list, menu and serveware (you have to put all of that food on something!) list and my grocery list (CLICK HERE to download).
I also wanted to share a quick and easy-to-make appetizer recipe. Serving a few inexpensive appetizers before dinner means that your dinner portions don’t need to be as large. This year I’ll be serving crab balls.
I was able to get all of the ingredients for my appetizer at Walmart which also saved me money. They have some great sales going on this time of year. The recipe is simple, just crush up 1 cup of Kraft Stove Top Stuffing and mix it in a bowl with an egg, Kraft Mayo, parsley, Old Bay seasoning, and lemon juice. Then place them on a greased cookie sheet and broil them for 7-10 minutes.
The Kraft Savory Herbs Stove Top Stuffing adds the seasoning along with the Old Bay and they are pretty darn delicious. Guests love them and I’m able to make them ahead of time and cook them just before people begin to arrive.
- 16oz Lump Crab Meat
- 1 Cup Stove Top Stuffing, crushed
- 1 Egg
- 2 Tablespoons Kraft Mayo
- 1 Tablespoon Parsley, chopped
- 3 Teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
- 1 lemon, juiced
- In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients except the crab.
- Gently add crab meat to the mixture trying not to break up any lumps of crab.
- Roll mixture into bite size balls.
- Lay on a greased cookie sheet.
- Broil for 7-10 mins until golden brown. Keep a close eye on them, they can burn easily.
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