Italian Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers

There’s no shortage of spiciness in my recipes.  I usually like my foods to have one heck of a kick, but many of my friends and family members can’t handle the heat as well.  Recipes including jalapeños are a no-go when I know I’ll be having certain people over for dinner, which takes a lot of my favorite appetizers off the table.

Italian Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers. A tasty alternative to jalapeno poppers for people who like less heat.  These vibrant pepper poppers are loaded up with ham, salami, and sharp provolone sauce. YUM! | hostthetoast.com

So what do I do when picante is not a possibility?  Swap out jalapeños for mini sweet peppers and think Italian!

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Meatball Sliders with Pepperoni-Asiago Buns

Good things come in small packages.  Case and point: Juicy meatballs blanketed in tomato sauce and melted mozzarella, all rested between mini pepperoni and asiago sprinkled buns.

Meatball Sliders with Pepperoni-Asiago Buns.  These mini meatball subs are packed with flavor and perfect for parties!  | hostthetoast.com

When you can fit something so mouth-watering in the palm of your hand, you can’t help but crave it for dinner.  Or lunch.  Or post-lunch-pre-dinner snack.  Or in the middle of the night.  Or as part of a party platter.  Meatball Sliders know no bounds.

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Easy Ham and Cheese Pretzel Pinwheels

Here I am with another pretzel recipe, and I have to say that I’m not even the least bit sorry.  Especially because this time we’re not fussing around with making our own dough!  It’s easy to get excited about pretzel pinwheels that don’t take hours to make– simply pop open a can of refrigerated breadstick dough and you’re already ten steps ahead of the game.

Easy Ham and Cheese Pretzel Pinwheels.  These pretzels use refrigerated breadstick dough, so you don't have to worry about the wait required when making dough from scratch.  These come together in a snap and will be a hit at your next party!  | hostthetoast.com

Speaking of “the game”, these cheddar and ham stuffed appetizers would make an absolutely perfect party snack for your Super Bowl celebration this weekend.  Serve them with a little mustard on the side and a lot of beer to wash them down with and people will be begging for more.  You may want to make a double or triple batch.

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Cheesy Chorizo Cornbread Balls with Chipotle Dipping Sauce

If you’re anything like me in the way that your one, truest of all true loves happens to be Mexican food, and your second truest of all true loves happens to be appetizers in their many forms, then do I have a treat for you!  Also, we have a lot in common.  We may be kindred cooking spirits.

Cheesy Chorizo Cornbread Balls with Chipotle Dipping Sauce.  The upgraded version of Sausage Balls-- so good for parties.  Must have for the Super Bowl. | hostthetoast.com… 

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Buffalo Chicken Mozzarella Logs

The Super Bowl is in less than two weeks, which means that I’m going to make as many appetizers as possible to pile into my face hole until the big game arrives.  Sometimes, I’ll even combine appetizers because I just can’t choose between them.  Who doesn’t love a little hybrid hors d’ouevre?  Anyway, I’ll be sharing all of these recipes right here, on the blog, so consider this your one-way ticket to tasty-town.

Buffalo Chicken Mozzarella Logs.  This mash-up of everybody's favorite appetizers (wings, mozzarella sticks, and egg rolls)  is just begging to be made for the Super Bowl. | hostthetoast.com

I’m proud to announce that this year I cracked down on the whole “learn to actually understand football, and not just the ‘field goal’ and ‘touchdown’ parts” thing.  It went well.  In fact, it went really well– I now know things like who belongs in which conference, what a two point conversion is… who got arrested, and… uhm… other extremely relevant things.   Really, there are other things.  I promise there are other things, I just can’t think of them right now.  I’m feeling pressured.

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