Quick & Easy Appetizers
Wasabi peas add color and spice to this simple and quick five-ingredient mix. The ingredients also hold up well in the heat if you want to serve outdoors.
- Recipe: Easy Party Snack Mix
For a simple, fresh appetizer, wrap mango slices and arugula in paper-thin slices of prosciutto. For a slightly different flavor, substitute another fruit, such as pear or cantaloupe, for mango.
- Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites
This classic salsa gets a decidedly Southern spin by adding bacon and greens. We loved it over cream cheese (a great idea for leftovers). You can prepare the recipe up to a day ahead―just reheat before serving.
- Recipe: Bacon-and-Greens Salsa
For a crowd, assemble several pizzas; cover and chill up to two hours. Bake a few at a time, to keep the Pizza Sticks coming out hot and fresh.
- Recipe: Pizza Sticks
This appetizer version of a caprese salad sandwiches mozzarella slices between grape tomato halves in an elegant skewer presentation. A drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of fresh chopped basil finishes off the tasty bites.
- Recipe: Mini Caprese Bites
Set up a serving area for the shrimp and sauces on your kitchen island or breakfast table, and let everyone help themselves. To shortcut prep, ask your seafood monger to steam shrimp for you. Try them with Tangy Garlic Tartar Sauce, Rémoulade Sauce, or Spicy Cocktail Sauce.
- Recipe: Peel-and-Eat Shrimp
Cantaloupe or honeydew adds refreshing fruity flavor to these meat-and-cheese skewers that are perfect for a hot day. They’re easy to make in advance and pull out of the fridge right before party time.
Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini is a versatile recipe. The tomato topping also serves as an ingredient for tangy tabbouleh salad.
- Recipe: Fresh Herb-Tomato Crostini
We like to eat this cool, creamy spread on toasted crostini or fresh veggies. It’s packed with the goodness of soybeans and tons of flavor from garlic and basil.
- Recipe: Roasted Garlic-Edamame Spread
Take olives purchased from the deli department to the next level with lemon zest and a few seasonings in Warm Fennel-Olive Sauté.
Party Tip: If your olives have pits, be sure to set out a small bowl for your guests to dispose of them.
- Recipe: Warm Fennel-Olive Sauté
Crumbled bacon is the crowning glory of this creamy cheese dip that features cream cheese, blue cheese, and sour cream. You're guaranteed not to have any leftovers when you bring this dip to a party.
Recipe: Bacon-Cheese Dip
For super-quick preparation, measure out all of your ingredients, drain the spinach, and cut the bread while the cream cheese softens.
- Recipe: Spinach-and-Parmesan Crostini
Serve Black-eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip atop cornbread crackers for a unique regional pairing.
- Recipe: Black-Eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip
This easy appetizer dip is delicious in a grilled lamb pita. You can also use it as a spread for burgers or a crudité platter.
- Recipe: Green Pea Hummus
Classic Ham Salad gets a new look atop toasted crostini, but it's just as delicious sandwiched between two slices of bread.
- Recipe: Ham Salad