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.
This Middle Eastern dip is traditionally made with chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil; it lends itself to several variations. Prepare and refrigerate it a day ahead; let it stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with a lemon wedge and fresh parsley sprig, and serve with Spicy Baked Pita Chips.