Our Best 2-Ingredient Party Appetizers
Whether you are hosting a party at your home or need to take a dish to a neighborhood potluck, tasty appetizers are always popular with guests. Even if there is no time to bake the traditional dips and spreads, you can still create a flavorful appetizer with just two (sometimes three) simple ingredients. We asked our editors for their favorite last-minute party app ideas. So take stock of what is in your pantry or make a quick trip to the grocery store; these ideas will help you pull together a quick and easy appetizer everyone will love—just add crackers.
Use drained, jarred, or canned olives, warm in a smattering of olive oil, and season to suit your taste—try orange zest and rosemary or red pepper flakes and garlic to add extra flavor.
Herbed Goat Cheese Log
Roll a log of goat cheese in a mix of chopped, fresh herbs. For extra flavor, add some diced nuts to the mix. You can also stir the herbs and nuts into the goat cheese, and reroll it into the log form.
You can use a number of ingredients to dress up plain yogurt—lemon juice and zest, roasted garlic and olive oil, cucumbers, chopped peppers, or fresh herbs.
Cream Cheese and Red Pepper Jelly
This may be one of the first party appetizers you ever learned to make, but people still love it. Simply spoon red or green pepper jelly over a block of cream cheese for an instant hit.
Brie and Pear Slices
Warm a round of Brie cheese and serve with fruit, such as grapes, pear, and apple slices. Dress the round up even more by topping with your favorite fruit preserve and chopped nuts.
Pimiento Cheese and Pickles
Chèvre and Caramelized Onions
Caramelizing onions may take just a few minutes of your time, but the flavor is well worth the effort. A sprinkling of fresh thyme, basil, or rosemary is the finishing touch to this elegant but easy appetizer. Serve with crackers or crostini.
Frozen meatballs from your grocery store make a great last minute party appetizer. While meatballs are baking, warm your favorite fruit preserve, jelly, or barbecue sauce. Spoon it over the meatballs or serve as a side.