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Lazy Girl’s Guide: 5 Time-Saving Appetizers

With only three ingredients and major flavor, blogger Bree Hester's easy recipes are sure to have your guests raving.

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The holidays are a time to enjoy friends and family, not sweat over a hot oven. This year look like Ina Garten, but prep like a lazy girl with recipes from the blogger behind Baked Bree. Your guests won't be able to tell that these recipes are as simple as one-two-three. Shhh, it'll be our little secret!

1. Marinated Olives and Feta on Toasted Lavash

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Ingredients:
1 cup marinated olives
Feta block
Whole wheat lavash

Directions:
Buy pitted olives that have been marinated in oil as this will flavor your feta. Finely chop the olives and toss into a bowl. Cut the feta into small cubes, and add to the olives. Mix well. Cover and chill until ready to use. Cut lavash into triangles and toast before serving.

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2. Prosciutto and Garlic-Herb Cheese Crackers

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Ingredients:
1 box sea salt crackers
1 container garlic and herb cheese spread
1 package prosciutto 

Directions:
Spread garlic-herb cheese on the surface of a cracker. Top with a half of a slice of prosciutto. Bask in your culinary prowess.

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3. Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

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Ingredients:
1 package bacon
2 cans whole water chestnuts
1/2 cup brown sugar

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the package of bacon in half, easily cutting all the bacon at once. Roll a piece of bacon around a water chestnut, and secure with a toothpick. Sprinkle brown sugar liberally over the bacon. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the bacon is cooked thoroughly and the sugar has caramelized.

Tip! Purchase a disposable foil pans for easy clean up, because you'll definitely want to make two batches of these. Umm, bacon!  

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4. Cream Cheese Pepper Jelly Puffs

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Ingredients:
1 box puff pastry, thawed
1/2 block cream cheese
1/4 cup red pepper jelly

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Unroll the puff pastry and cut into squares, approximately 2 inches wide. Put about a teaspoon of cream cheese in the center. Top with 1/2 teaspoon pepper jelly. Fold sides up to touch the center. Bake for 15 to 20 minute, or until golden and puffed.

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5. Sun-Dried Tomato Pizzettes

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Ingredients:
Crostini crackers
Marinated sun-dried tomatoes
Small mozzarella balls (also called bocconcini)
Basil (optional fourth ingredient)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut tomatoes into strips. Cut bocconcini in half. Top a crostini with tomatoes and a piece of cheese. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle with chopped basil to up your classy points by about a million.

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