Browse our best ideas for appetizers to get your party planning started. Everyone knows the best parties are the ones with the best food, so pick a variety of appetizer options ranging from stunning hors d'oeuvres to the perfectly crafted (and super easy!) cheese plate. Plan to serve a range of appetizer recipes, baked appetizers, chilled appetizers, and even grilled appetizers, so that you have a constant rotation of platters at the ready, and that there's no back up in the kitchen waiting for the coveted spot in the oven. Start the party with these delicious bites that are sure to enliven everyone's appetite.
Artichoke and Fennel Caponata
This dip is chunky like a salsa, but the similarities end there. Its assortment of flavors―crisp, anise-tinged fennel, plump and chewy raisins, piquant capers, and tender, slightly sweet artichoke―create a uniquely delicious taste. The dip is best with something nice and crunchy; slice baguette very thin and toast well, or use fancy crackers.