Three Quick 3-Ingredient Appetizers (vlog)

Often the best bites at a party are the simplest ones. Ones in which each ingredient can be easily identified at a glance, (an important quality, unless you eat everything and don’t mind an occasional surprise) the canapé isn’t overly complicated and is easy to eat.

Tidy, bite-sized, and fresh are other qualities of a perfect little appetizer. I’m also partial to cheese, and nuts, apparently, as this post demonstrates. OK, I’ll admit it, I love nibbling my way through the holidays! Canapés are a must at events whether the occasion is an open house, a church reception or a rocking Christmas party.

Making appetizers isn’t work, as far as I’m concerned, but perhaps that is because I avoid the really finicky ones. Yes, it can be  repetitious to reproduce the same little item over and over, but it’s rewarding to see them all lined up.

And I’ll tell you a trick…I’ll often have all the ingredients prepped and a platter on standby for when the first guests walk in the door. As soon as they are settled, have a drink in hand, and offer “Can I do anything for you?”, well, I just steer them towards the ready-t0-be assembled canapés and put them to work!

Guests love to feel included, and since the party always happens in the kitchen, why not capitalize on that and speed up the work? Helping hands are another reason to keep your starters simple. Anyone can prepare the appetizers in this post, and with just three ingredients each, the shopping and prep are easy too!

Endive with Blue Cheese and Toasted Almonds

Here is a vegetarian simple bite that packs a punch. Choose a more mild, creamy blue cheese such as Saint Agur rather then the stronger Gorgonzola and these will disappear faster than you can make them.
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Course: Appetizer
Keyword: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 15kcal
Author: Aimee


  • 2 heads purple endive
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 50 grams creamy blue cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and toast almonds until lightly golden. Cool. Note: this can be done up to a week in advance and the nuts stored in an airtight container.
  • Cube blue cheese (this works best when the cheese is cold), making the portions as generous or small as you like. Allow to come to room temperature before serving to ensure the maximum flavour can be appreciated.
  • Remove the outer leaf from the endive and trim about 3/4 of an inch off of the base. Discard. Pull apart endive, layer by layer, and arrange leaves on a platter or tray.
  • Place a cube of cheese at the base of the endive and top with a few toasted almonds. Serve at room temperature.


Calories: 15kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg


Almond & Cream Cheese-Stuffed Olives

Here's a fun appetizer that can be assembled with ingredients most of us have on hand over the holidays: olives, almonds and cream cheese. The recipe comes from one of my new favourite cookbooks Perfect One-Dish Dinners by Pam Anderson. Watch out though, the perfect combination of brininess, creaminess, and crunchiness makes these stuffed olives highly addicting!
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Course: Appetizer
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 24kcal
Author: Aimee


  • 24 large green olives
  • 24 roasted salted almonds
  • 3 oz cream cheese


  • Remove pimento (or in my case, a nut) from each olive and trim the bottoms so that they stand upright.
  • Scrape an almond tip over cream cheese to pick up 1/4 teaspoon or so.
  • Stuff almond into olive and set onto a serving tray. Repeat with remaining olives.


Makes approximately 24, minus the ones you eat during prep.
Do ahead: Covered and refrigerated, these hors d'oeuvres can be made several hours in advance.


Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg



Cheddar & Hazelnut Stuffed Apricots

This one-bite appy comes together quickly with no mess. Choose dried apricots that are soft, buy the oldest cheddar you can afford and be sure to toast the hazelnuts; your guests will be talking about these stuffed apricots until the New Year.
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Course: Appetizer, Method
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 48kcal
Author: Aimee


  • Dried apricots
  • Aged cheddar
  • Hazelnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and toast hazelnuts for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
  • Slice cheddar into 1/2 inch pieces and reserve.
  • Using a sharp paring knife, slit the apricot half open to reveal where the pit once was. Place a piece of cheddar and a toasted hazelnut inside the dried apricot and place on a platter. Repeat as necessary. Serve at room temperature.


Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 288IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg


Look for more ideas for simple and fresh finger food on Monday!

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Do you serve finger food over the holidays?



About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. These look lovely and so simple. Very different from anything I’ve made before. Interested to try these.

  2. Gorgeous!! Great job!

  3. They look so pretty! We’re appetizer people too; nothing fancy of course, but we enjoy them.

  4. Cookbook Queen says

    These are almost too pretty to eat!!

    But I would eat them. Because they also look yummy.

    I love how easy they are to make.

  5. I always like your vlogs, but it’d be better if I could also see your pretty face. 😉

    I love how simple these are. Perfect for adding on to more elaborate and time-consuming appetizers or for getting something out quick for last-minute guests as well. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love this! I like your thinking too – putting the guests to work. Most of them truly do want to be helpful and this is fun and simple – setting them up for success 🙂

  7. Beautiful! LOVING the vibrant festive color combos!

  8. What beauty! Those endives are terrific!

  9. The easiest hot appetizer- buy sheets of philo dough, stuff with feta cheese ans seal into triangles YUM

  10. Oh, these look fabulous! This is the sort of appetizer that tastes so much richer and more decadent too, and it’s all natural.

    We went to a gourmet restaurant in Duluth last year as a family and ordered a fancy appetizer on the recommendation of the waiter. It sounded bizarre but we took his word for it and LOVED it. We practically licked the plate. It was brie, maple syrup, figs and walnuts, with simple organic crackers to scoop it all up. Ever since then, I’ve had fun experimenting with cheese with flavors like maple and odd combinations. I’m adding these to the list! 🙂

  11. The apricots sound so good! I really like your tip for including guests in appetizer preparation – I never know what to get people doing when they ask to help, but I know they want to contribute – that’ a great way to get them in the kitchen with something simple and easy.

  12. love love love! simplicity is key in the kitchen, esp at this time of the year. this was immediately saved to my online cookbook (

  13. Love the first picture. I’m definitely going to have to try the endive recipe.

  14. Catarina says

    I would love to try to apricot appetizers, however, I don’t like hazelnut, can you recommend something else? Thanks!

  15. Healthy Snacking-the best kind! Thanks for such a delicious recipe. Pictures are amazing!

  16. Annabel Gotthardt says

    I was looking for something new fo my party on saturday, I guess this post is good shot, thanks 🙂

  17. Original!

  18. Dragana @abouthealthyfood says

    5 stars
    Great recipe! The photos are amazing. This is a pretty nice blog, well done!

  19. yummy appetizer with beautiful design

  20. Food Recipe says

    Interesting recipe. Simple and looks delicious. Good Job Aimee

  21. 5 stars
    There is no skipping it now. Thanks for these!

  22. Its Looking Yummy. Great Job!

  23. 5 stars
    This is simple and perfectly done. Thank you for Three Quick 3-Ingredient Appetizers.

  24. 5 stars
    Friends over small get together this past weekend. Used the endive w/bleu cheese as one of the treats.

    A hit !


  25. John | BrainSharp says

    5 stars
    This is a great read, thank you for posting.I love almonds, not only for their taste but also the fact they can boost brain health as well as maintain healthy bone structure. I will be certainly trying this out over the weekend. Thanks, John

  26. 5 stars
    OMG, this looks really yum yum. Will certainly try this coming weekend.

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