3 Of The Best Quick and Easy Appetizers To Wow Your Book Club!

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When hosting a Book Club meeting or any gathering, delicious quick and easy appetizers are a must! Nothing jumpstarts a party better than good food and lots of spirits!

Today I’m talking food, but check out this earlier post for some stellar drink ideas!

When leading a busy lifestyle, it’s imperative to have a few go-to recipes you can make in a pinch. It reduces your stress level and makes entertaining so much more enjoyable. Below are three crowd-pleasing recipes to add to your repertoire.

“Keep it simple in the kitchen. If you use quality ingredients, you don’t need anything fancy to make food delicious: just a knife, a cutting board, and some good nonstick cookware, and you’re set.”

~ Curtis Stone ~

The Best Chunky Guacamole

(With a Secret Ingredient!)

The Best Guacamole Recipe
Read on for the secret ingredient!

Guacamole is always a group favorite! The recipe below uses a little celery salt; it’s my secret ingredient. It gives it a depth of flavor people will notice.

The Best Guacamole Recipe
Always start with fresh ingredients.
The Best Guacamole Recipe
Pat the tomatoes dry to absorb any excess liquid.
The Best Guacamole Recipe
Give the avocados a rough chop to get that chunky texture.
The Best Guacamole Recipe
I love cilantro and feel you can never have enough. However, I know not everyone feels the same, so know your crowd.
The Best Guacamole Recipe.
Fresh limes a must!

You can jazz it up with some gourmet chips or grab a bag from your local convenience store. It’s always good.

Heather’s Cilantro, Black Bean, and Corn Salsa

Black Bean Corn Salsa
Always fresh ingredients!

Everyone I know is trying to eat well and maintain a healthy diet. I always make an effort to have something low calorie and nutritious to serve. Guests are so appreciative when there’s an option that won’t derail their eating plans.

Black Bean Corn Salsa
It’s so easy. Throw it all together in one big bowl!

Heather’s Cilantro Black Bean and Corn Salsa is the perfect dish. It’s tastes fantastic, and it’s addictive. Best of all you can throw it together quickly and most of the ingredients you’ll find in your pantry.

Black Bean Salsa
A Crowd Pleaser for sure!

It makes a ton, but that’s ok because it’s a great leftover for the next couple of days on wraps, chicken, fish – you name it!

Cheesy and Delicious Spinach Dip

Spinach Dip
Spinach Dip: It couldn’t be easier or more delicious!

This spinach dip is my kids absolute favorite! It’s not exactly a healthy option, but it is delicious, and it reheats well the next day.
Whatever the occasion, they ALWAYS request spinach dip.

Spinach Dip
All it takes is four ingredients!
Spinach Dip
Mix it together in one bowl and heat 10 minutes in the microwave.  I’m not lying.

It’s a simple dish to serve, and guests always ask for the recipe. It so easy, it’s almost embarrassing. My friend gave me the recipe several years ago, and I’m forever thankful!

The Best Chunky Guacamole

Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author PrincetonBookReview.com


  • 2 Ripe Avocados
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Tomato
  • 1/4 Cup Red Onion
  • 1/2 Clove Garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Celery Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper


  1. Roughly chop avocados and place in a medium-size bowl.   

  2. Dice tomato, removing seeds and pat dry with a paper towel removing excess liquid.

  3. Finely chop red onion and garlic.  

  4. Add diced tomato, chopped onion, chopped garlic, lime juice, celery salt and pepper to the avocados.

  5. Gently combine all ingredients.

  6. Serve in a decorative bowl with your favorite chips.

Cheesy Spinach Dip

Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 package Frozen Creamed Spinach
  • 1 16 oz. Container Sour Cream
  • 1 8 oz. package Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 package Vegetable Soup Mix


  1. Place frozen spinach in large microwave-safe bowl and heat for about 1 minute to soften.  

  2. Add the remaining ingredients and combine

  3. Heat in microwave on high for 10 minutes.  Halfway through cooking time stir the mixture two or three times then continue cooking for the remaining time.  

  4. Serve with your favorite chips.  

Recipe Notes

** I've used sharp cheddar and mild cheddar and no one can tell the difference. You can adjust the amount of cheddar you use too.  If you prefer a cheesier dish, go for the 12 oz bag of cheese! 

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