Emily Caruso

Emily Caruso

Appetizer Fanatic

Hi, there! My name is Emily and I’m the photographer, cook and rambler behind the blog Jelly Toast. Aside from compulsively taking photos of everything I eat and drinking way too much coffee, I also spend my days being a joke teller, snack maker and giver-of-hugs to my two little kiddos. Full disclosure: I’m not so great at the jokes but I can cook up some pretty mean snacks. Whether it’s an after-preschool pick-me-up, a big family BBQ or a ‘Girls’ Night’ cocktail party, I simply love making snacks. Let’s be honest, I love eating snacks even more. I could not watch my Top Chef marathon without a hummus and veggie platter or spicy popcorn. A dinner party would not be complete without some sort of crudité or canapé. Snacks and appetizers are like the ice breaker of food. I’ve made many-a-friend around a lovely cheeseboard. What can I say? Antipasto makes me down right chatty. Here on FoodFanatic, I will share with you all of my favorite appetizer and snack recipes - from kid friendly to cocktail party and everything in between. Welcome to my cheeseboard!

Emily's Recent Posts

Harissa Goat Cheese Deviled Eggs

Harissa Goat Cheese Deviled Eggs

Emily Caruso
Emily Caruso
Jelly Toast
Spicy
Harissa Goat Cheese Deviled eggs are the perfect bite-size appetizers to kick off any summer soirees. Creamy and flavorful, these gorgeous deviled eggs will be gone in the blink of an eye.
Baked Goat Cheese with Harissa

Baked Goat Cheese with Harissa

Emily Caruso
Emily Caruso
Jelly Toast
Goat Cheese
Baked goat cheese with harissa you’re going to want to dive right into. Serve this up at your next dinner party, we know it’ll be a huge hit!
Garlic Herb Baked Pretzels with Cider Cheese Dip

Garlic Herb Baked Pretzels with Cider Cheese Dip

Emily Caruso
Emily Caruso
Jelly Toast
Herbs
Garlic Herb Baked Pretzels are soft, warm and packed with flavor. Serve them with a batch of Cider Cheese Dip and your next football party is bound to be a winner! Don't miss that special Silpat giveway too!
Silpat Perfect Pretzel Baking Sheet Review

Silpat Perfect Pretzel Baking Sheet Review

Emily Caruso
Emily Caruso
Jelly Toast
Silpat
The Silpat Perfect Pretzel Baking Sheet will ensure you have perfect pretzels, every time! Top them with chocolate, cheese, salt or seeds - it doesn't matter, because clean up is a breeze!
Mini Reuben Toasts

Mini Reuben Toasts

Emily Caruso
Emily Caruso
Jelly Toast
St. Patrick's Day
Mini Reuben toasts will knock your St. Paddy's day out of the park. These mega yum appetizers will kick the party off with a bang.
Grapefruit Smoothie with Chia

Grapefruit Smoothie with Chia

Emily Caruso
Emily Caruso
Jelly Toast
Smoothies
This grapefruit smoothie with chia is perfect if you’re needing a quick and healthy breakfast on the go. It’s packed full of nutrients and flavor, plus it can be made the night before for an even quicker morning.
Mini Cheese Balls

Mini Cheese Balls

Emily Caruso
Emily Caruso
Jelly Toast
Snacks
Mini cheese balls are the adorable make ahead appetizer that your friends will go crazy for. Full of cheese, bacon and herbs this recipe can be endlessly adapted to fit your own tastes, all while leaving you the time to truly enjoy your holiday party.
Vol au Vent Appetizers

Vol au Vent Appetizers

Emily Caruso
Emily Caruso
Jelly Toast
Appetizers
Vol au Vent appetizers with brie and jam are quick, simple, but oh so elegant and perfect for your holiday party. Just be sure to make a double batch because these little goodies are going to disappear fast.