They say that at a great party people never want to leave the kitchen.
That may or may not be true, but with the right appetizers at least you may entice them to another room. At Southern Living we love appetizers so much that we're always looking for easier ways to get them on the table—even if it is the coffee table. Appetizers keep family and friends satisfied at the holidays, when Thanksgiving treats like Pear-and-Blue Cheese Crostini or Cherry-Pecan Brie serve as the perfect warm-up for the meal to come. Sometimes all you want to eat is appetizers, and whether you choose hearty or healthy treats, they can make mouthwatering bites meaningful.
Try some Smoked Trout Crostini with Radishes and Dill Cream, or Cocktail Meatballs, when you want the perfect savory treat that keeps you satisfied until you get to the table. Whatever happens, remember our Rules for Amazing Appetizers: keep them smaller than two bites; make appetizers that don't require utensils; build these treats with a substantial base; if the party's outside, watch what you make; put out what can be eaten in an hour; and no crudité plates. Now, whet your appetite for appetizers.