Appetizers made with Pantry Staples seems like a good place to begin. In the Patty Cake’s Pantry household, we love appetizers and have been known to prepare appetizers for dinner. Having an appetizer before dinner, can make the homemade meal seem more special. Plus, it’s still important to celebrate accomplishments, even if it’s just with the people in your house. A party thrown at home can still be a good way to celebrate.
Each of the following appetizers makes use of some pantry staples. None of them are made entirely from shelf stable items, but each of them utilizes some shelf stable, or canned, items. I have included suggestions for substitutions that can be made for some of the fresh, or frozen, ingredients.
This Faux Homemade Salsa recipe begins with a jar of picante sauce to which a few fresh ingredients are added. The good thing about this recipe is that you can add all, or only some, of the recommended ingredients. If nothing else, a squeeze of lime from that plastic lime in your fridge will help boost the flavor.
Hot Shrimp and Artichoke Dip is a simple and delicious dip. It is made from canned artichoke hearts, and canned shrimp can be used in place of the frozen if you have them available. Other shellfish can also be used in this recipe, too. Consider adding drained cans of crab meat or a combination of crab and shrimp.
This version of Spinach Artichoke dip is made from canned artichoke hearts and frozen spinach. A can of spinach, drained and squeezed dry could easily be substituted for the frozen spinach. It is simple to make in the slow cooker and is a definite crowd pleaser here at Patty Cake’s Pantry.
My favorite way to prepare Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip is to use canned chicken breast. When I prepare it this way, there’s no need to cook or shred the chicken. All I have to do is open a couple cans and put everything into the slow cooker. This dip is amazing. If you’ve never had it, you need to put it on your list of things to try.
Several years ago, I was served this Shrimp Dip at a pot luck. It was delicious, and I asked for the recipe. I was surprised to learn that it was made with canned shrimp. I make it with whatever I have on hand. Sometimes, that’s frozen salad shrimp, and sometimes, it’s canned shrimp. This dip requires cream cheese and sour cream, but shrimp is a pantry staple for some.
Of course, if you happen to have onion soup or ranch dressing mixes in your pantry, you can prepare a simple dip from these by mixing them with either sour cream, cream cheese, or yogurt, or even a combination of any of them. This makes a great dip for potato chips as well as for vegetables.
What do you think of this list of appetizers made with pantry staples? Do you have any of these items in your pantry on a routine basis? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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