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Entertaining Appetizers: Prepare Ahead of Time with Foil Wraps

Easy Entertaining with make-ahead appetizers.

Maria Long: Easy Entertaining

Maria Long

The idea of having friends or family over for a party or even dinner may feel overwhelming. Maybe you are afraid you can’t find the time to prepare everything in one day or you will spend the entire evening in the kitchen instead of with your guests. I have had my fair share of entertaining at my home, both intimate and larger scale. Trust me, once you do it a few times, it becomes easier. One of the most important things to remember is not to save everything for the last minute. Once you make a menu of food items you want to prepare, start making them earlier in the week or month depending on your time frame. This is where Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil comes in handy.

Prepare Ahead of Time

If you are preparing a dip that requires cooked chicken like our favorite Buffalo Chicken Dip, make sure to roast your chicken on Reynolds Wrap® a day or two ahead of time.

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Then simply wrap the cooled chicken in the aluminum wrap and store in the fridge until you are ready to shred it. This dip will keep, unbaked, in the fridge for a day or two covered tightly with Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil as well. Just sit it out on the countertop while you preheat the oven.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

This dip will make your guests coming back for more. It is strangely addicting and you can alter the spiciness based on your guest list. Grab a spoon - it is that good!

  • 1 jar of Buffalo Wing sauce (be sure and check the heat level and buy what your friends can handle)
  • 4-6 chicken breasts, shredded
  • 1 brick of cream cheese
  • 1 small bottle of blue cheese
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella
  • Corn chips in scoop form (for serving)
  • Carrots and celery sticks (a staple with wings)
  1. Combine first 5 ingredients and bake in a greased serving dish at 350 until bubbly. (25min)
  2. Serve w/ Fritos or Scoops.



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Pizza Pinwheel Appetizers

Don’t have much time to prepare an appetizer or have unexpected guests? No worries, these Pizza Pinwheel Appetizers are easy to prepare and ready in minutes.

If you don’t have the time to work with homemade dough, just grab a canister of pizza dough in the refrigerated section at the grocery store. You know what I am talking about. Roll it out into a rectangle and cover with your cheeses, spices and optional toppings. Place pinwheel slices; swirl side up, on a greased sheet of Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil. (If you are not ready to serve these right away, just wrap them in the foil and wait until guests are about 15 minutes away from arriving.)

Bake and serve with some heated marinara or pizza sauce. They look elegant but take no time and who doesn’t love pizza? Best of all, your clean up is simply throwing away the foil. Maybe throw some flour on the counter to make people think you were slaving all day. Good luck planning your next event and don’t be afraid to take offers to help; even a salad prepared from a friend will take some burden off entertaining at home.

Ingredients

  • 1 (13.8 ounce) can refrigerated classic pizza crust or recipe for thin crust pizza dough
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni, chopped
  • 1 cup marinara or pizza sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Press pizza dough into a large rectangle.
  2. Sprinkle dough with garlic salt, basil, cheeses and pepperoni. Starting at the short end, roll dough up tightly to form a log. Slice into 1-inch pieces.
  3. Place rolls on lightly greased baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until browned on top.
  5. Serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping.
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