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Posted on: December 9th, 2013

Tony’s Homemade Heat-n-Serve Appetizers

Everybody loves eating appetizers, but nobody likes making them; that’s why we make them for you at Tony’s. Hand-crafted and flash frozen, they go from your freezer to table in about 15 minutes.

You’ll never have to make your own appetizers again, and because we make them by hand with great ingredients, you don’t have to sacrifice quality. Keep a few packages in your freezer and you can mix and match just the number you need for a tasty treat in minutes. For the best browning use a low-sided pan or cookie sheet, and for no clean up convenience, line the pan with parchment or foil.  Our selection follows.

Our menu has changed so this blog is updated from December of 2012.

Fresh Stuffed Shrimp from our Seafood Department

Homemade Crispy Coconut Chicken Bites

Big 2+ bite chunks of natural chicken breast in a crisp crust made with panko breadcrumbs and shredded coconut.  They’re delicious as is and particularly tasty with Asian sauces such as Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce, Sweet and Sour or Lemon Sauce, or plain yogurt flavored with a little Curry paste.


Tony’s Homemade Coconut Chicken Breast Appetizer

Homemade Mini Twice Baked Potatoes

Small red potato halves are first scooped out, seasoned and roasted. Then filled with homemade whipped potatoes – I love the shells as much as the filling! They’re a delicious choice as an appetizer, with brunch, or an elegant side dish with your meal. No sauces needed.

Tony’s Homemade Mini Twice Baked Potato Appetizer

Homemade Mini Combo Pizza

Homemade Italian sausage, mushrooms, pepperoni, olives, parmesan and bell peppers are cooked and blended with homemade pizza sauce! Then scooped onto a mini pizza crust and topped with creamy fontina cheese. An excellent choice at Happy Hour, when watching the big game, or as a mid afternoon snack for kids of all ages. No sauces needed.

Tony’s Homemade Mini Combination Pizza Appetizer

Homemade Spicy Mexican Chorizo Pizza

Mini tortilla rounds topped with a homemade filling of homemade chorizo sausage, onion, peppers, salsa and refried beans, all topped off with a slice of creamy Fontina cheese. These are ideal for serving with cocktails, beer or wine, and a perfect combo with our Mini Combo Pizza Appetizers. No sauces are needed.

Tony’s Homemade Mini Mexican Pizza Appetizer

Homemade Mini Quiche Trio

Handmade with the exact same recipe we use for our full sized quiches and baked into appetizer sized shells.  Each package includes Quiche Lorraine, Florentine and Denver Omelet mini quiches. Great for brunches, happy hour or elegant occasions. No sauces are needed.

Tony’s Homemade Mini Quiche Trio Appetizer

Homemade Southwestern Crab Croquettes

King and Snow crab cakes in a zesty Southwestern seasoning blend! They are wonderfully crispy on the outside and very satisfying as is or with our Cocktail or Remoulade sauce. An excellent choice with wine, martini’s, beer or cocktails and a natural at brunches, especially with Champagne!  They’re also excellent like ‘hot croutons’ on a salad tossed with our Remoulade, Dijon Cream Sauce or 1000 Island Dressing.

Tony’s Homemade Mini Southwestern Crab Croquettes

Homemade Krab Puffs

Our ever-popular Krab Spread stuffed into delicate puff pastry purses that rise and brown beautifully in the top of a hot oven. If you’d like yours extra brown, brush with egg wash (1 egg well beaten with 1 tsp water) and roast at 425° with the convection fan on. Make sure you get plenty, these are always VERY popular! An excellent choice with wine, martini’s or cocktails and elegant affairs. No sauces needed.

Tony’s Homemade Krab Puff Appetizers

Homemade Mini Beef Wellington Puffs

Delicate puff pastry purses with a classic homemade Beef Wellington filling made little cubes of steak seared in brown butter and tossed with fresh mushroom duxelles and homemade red wine bordelaise sauce. If you’d like yours extra brown, brush with egg wash (1 egg well beaten with 1 tsp water) just before cooking and roast at 425° with the convection fan on. Particularly delicious served with wine, and no sauces are needed.

Tony’s Homemade Mini Beef Wellington Appetizers

Homemade Pigs in a Blanket

Tasty smoked cocktail sausages in premium puff pastry, these may be a kid favorite, but watch out or the grown ups will eat them all! They’re great served as is, or with a side of ketchup and mustard or even our Sweet and Sassy BBQ Sauce; personally I like to kick it up with spicy Carly’s Gold Ketchup and Gourmet Mustard.

Tony’s Homemade Pigs in a Blanket Appetizer

Homemade Wings, Meatballs and More

We make three incredible flavors of Chicken Wings; Buffalo, Asian Sesame or BBQ, as well as both Italian and Swedish Meatballs, find them in our freezer case with our heat and serve entrees and sides.

Tony’s Homemade Buffalo Chicken Wing Appetizers, in our freezer case

Homemade Fresh Seafood Appetizers

Our seafood department also makes fresh Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Stuffed Shrimp with any of our shellfish dressings, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Jalapeno Poppers and several different Salmon and Crab Cake recipes that can be quickly resized to appetizer sized croquettes – just ask! Speak to the Seafood Department directly to order in advance and have them waiting for you.

Homemade Bacon-wrapped Shrimp and Cream Cheese stuffed Jalapenos, order in advance from our seafood department

Asian Pork and Vegetable Dumplings

For Potstickers, brown the bottom well in a pan with oil, splash with water or stock, cover and steam to finish. Great served with your favorite dipping sauce, or try Asian chile oil and soy sauce. Also great steamed, deep fried or added to soups as a main dish.  Cook from frozen, do not thaw. These are hand-crafted for us, we do not make them ourselves.

Asian Pork and Vegetable Dumplings cooked Potsticker style – these are chef crafted for us

Buffalo Chicken Wontons

Boneless chicken and zesty Buffalo Wing sauce wrapped in a chewy wonton wrapper, they’ve just barely spicy and incredibly easy to eat. They’re great as is, or dip into Blue Cheese or Ranch dressing,  or Tony’s Mile High Hot Sauce if your guests like it spicy. These are hand-crafted for us and cooked at Tony’s, we do not make them ourselves.

Buffalo Chicken Wontons


Crab Rangoon

Crisp wonton shells stuffed with Asian style cream cheese with crab, these are wonderfully crisp and creamy. They can be served as is, or try them with Thai Chilli Sauce or Sweet and Sour Sauce and Chinese Mustard. An excellent happy hour choice with beer, wine and cocktails. These are hand-crafted for us and cooked at Tony’s, we do not make them ourselves.

Crab Rangoon Appetizers

Breaded Shrimp

Peeled and deveined ‘fantail’ style shrimp in a delicious crispy breading, they’re great as is, or dip in our homemade Cocktail or Remoulade Sauce or Thai Chilli Sauce. They also make a tasty quick meal when paired with a Tony’s deli and tossed salads, or our heat and serve side dishes. These are hand-crafted for us and cooked at Tony’s, we do not make them ourselves.

Breaded Fantail Shrimp Appetizers

Scallop Kabobs

Tender and juicy bay scallops on a skewer with a crispy breading, they don’t need sauce but pair beautifully with our Cocktail, Remoulade or Tartar Sauce, our Hollandaise or Béarnaise Sauce, or even Thai Chilli Sauce or Sweet and Sour Sauce and Chinese Mustard. These are hand-crafted for us and cooked at Tony’s, we do not make them ourselves.

Breaded Scallop Kabob Appetizer

Appetizer Serving Tips

Do everyone a favor; always serve appetizers when serving alcoholic drinks, making sure your guests get something in their stomach is the right thing to do!  I start with a cheeseboard or something that can stay out for several hours safely (make your own or available at Tony’s), and then augment with one or more rounds of hot appetizers.  Depending on your guests, allow 2-5 appetizers per person, or about 1 pound of food for every 4-6 people.  If you are NOT serving dinner think ‘Heavy Appetizers’, 3-4 people per pound.  And when there is no dinner, I also offer a nice salad to make sure the health conscious, celiacs, vegetarians and vegans in the group all get something good to eat.

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