Far from ordinary, our collection of drinks and appetizers will get your gathering off to a memorable start.
Complement any menu with this no-fuss party appetizer.
Flaky puff pastry envelopes a rich mix of cream cheese, mushrooms, onions, and Parmesan cheese. You can even assemble and
freeze these ahead of time.
Tortellini Caprese Bites are drizzled with a basil vinaigrette and are so simple to prepare. The no-mess presentation makes
these appetizer skewers ideal for parties.
You can have this five-ingredient appetizer party-ready in about 10 minutes.
With all the flavor of a traditional tomato pie, these tiny tarts will be a hit at your party.
A creamy tuna-apple mixture fills mini-phyllo pastry shells and is topped with Havarti cheese slices to make a tasty, bite-sized
If you like yours less spicy, use the smaller amount of red pepper.
Making these meatballs ahead and freezing them is a great way to save time during the holiday months.
Top Bartlett pear slices with baked pancetta, crumbled goat cheese, and a drizzle of honey for an easy, salty-sweet appetizer
recipe that tastes delicious and looks gorgeous.
Serve these as heavy hors d'oeuvres or as a light holiday supper all season long.
This is an updated version of a recipe that used ham, cheese, and mustard. Eyes lit up at our tasting table when these roast
beef sandwiches came out of the oven.
Tie these bundles with a fresh chive to put the perfect touch on this edible package.
We've taken garlic bread up a notch. Mix the spreads the day before, and refrigerate overnight. You'll only need to slather
them on French bread and bake for a super-quick presentation.
These snacks are as simple as sliced cheese. Prepare them ahead of time to allow ample chill time. Be sure to garnish with
a sprig of parsley or rosemary for a bit of panache.
Show off the festive flavor of cranberries with this sweet-hot salsa. You can make it ahead and freeze up to one month before
your holiday gathering.
Bake mixed olives, fresh rosemary sprigs, and lemon zest for a simple, yet delicious, starter for your party. Rosemary sprigs
and lemon rind strips make festive garnishes.
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.
Keep a few logs of goat cheese in the refrigerator during the holidays and you'll always be ready with a quick appetizer.
All you have to do is sprinkle the cheese with pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with bread slices or crackers.
This salty, satisfying appetizer sets a great tone for the rest of your meal. Garnish with torn basil leaves.
For these delicious tartlets, we like to use Alecia's Tomato Chutney, an Alabama-made product worth ordering if you can't find it in your grocery store. Mango chutney is a relatively close alternative
to this zesty preserve.
Take another cue from the French by using Brie as the filling in these tartlets. Grapes make an excellent topper, adding color
and an elegant touch to the hors d’oeuvre. Guests will love the creative use of this fruit, as well as the added vitamins
Ribbons of zucchini and squash make up these colorful Zucchini-and-Squash Pickles. These pickles are as beautiful as they
This easy appetizer melds the flavors of olives, egg, and salty salami.
These sweet and sour pear preserves make the perfect hostess gift. You can make them ahead of time and refrigerate for up
to 3 weeks.
"My younger cousins enjoy this recipe as much as the adults," says recipe developer Whitney Miller. "I'm not sure they know
they're eating their greens!" Pair with flavorful Rosemary Focaccia Bread and springy Mrs. Monty's Rolls for a mouth-watering appetizer.
Remove skins from roasted beets while they're still warm by gently wiping with a paper towel.
Give a classic side dish an extra kick with spices like curry, horseradish, and hot sauce.
These little gems will be the first appetizer to disappear. Make them the day before and refrigerate, or freeze up to 3 weeks.
If frozen, pop in the oven straight from the freezer; increase the bake time by 10 minutes.
Patiently roasting pecans (the entire 25 minutes!) at 325° to coax out their flavor and essential oils takes them from good
Entertain guests with a flavorful twist on a classic Southern appetizer. These cheese straws add a bit of edge with black
pepper and a generous hunk of blue cheese.
Recipe developer Julia Reed adapted this creamy dip from a recipe in Bayou Cuisine by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Indianola,
Bacon and trendy kale update the hot spinach dip.
Stamp a Southern accent on this classic French hors d'oeuvre. You can use a piping bag with a 1/2-inch round tip or a zip-top
plastic freezer bag with a corner snipped off to pipe the dough onto the baking sheets.
Party-staples pepper jelly and puff pastry go uptown in this flaky, sweet-and-savory pastry.
Fragrant fresh ginger gives these easy two-bite nibbles a bright punch of flavor. Can't find fresh ginger? Substitute with
1/2 tsp. ground ginger.
A homemade brine gives these chips a more delicate vinegar tang than mouth-puckering bagged varieties.
Revive this party staple by setting out a bountiful platter of shrimp with three bowls of zingy new sauces. For an appetizer,
plan on 1 pound of large shrimp for every 4 to 5 guests. Perk up precooked shrimp in boiling water for 30 seconds. Then plunge
them in ice water. Drain shrimp well, pat dry, and serve. Try it with Avocado Cream, Tequila-Lime Cocktail Sauce, or Ginger Rémoulade.