Whether we admit it or not, every appetizer spread is like an impromptu pageant of bite-sized snacks. Everyone can tell which appetizers are scoring high by how quickly they’re disappearing and how frequently they’re being raved about by partygoers. Every self-respecting cook knows, however, that when it comes to appetizers, you don’t ever want to come off like you’re trying too hard. That’s where it’ll get you. We’d pick homemade pimiento cheese topped with Wickles over crème fraiche drizzled with caviar every single time.
Quick appetizers, easy-to-make appetizers—those are the real winners of the party-snack pageant. Because the best appetizers are those we can make in under an hour, and the hardest-working are those that save us when we only have a spare 20 minutes. Next time you’re in panic mode, try these last-minute appetizers that steal the show every time.