Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball
Prepare this retro-chic snack up to two days ahead, and serve with crackers, bread, or veggies. Rolled in minced fresh flat-leaf parsley, this cheese ball is festive enough for even the most discerning party guests.
Phyllo-Wrapped Asparagus with Prosciutto
Polenta Squares with Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts
Apple-Blue Cheese Chutney
Phyllo Cups with Ricotta Chèvre and Thyme
Warm Cranberry-Walnut Brie
Roasted Oysters with Pancetta and Breadcrumbs
For easy prep, slice the lemon and make the bread mixture ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator. Just before guests arrive, assemble the oysters then pop them in the oven. Be sure to set a timer; the oysters cook for only a short time.
Love the flavor of potato gratin? How about a handheld mini version brought to you by delicious, flaky puff pastry? Either baby Dutch or fingerling potatoes work well here.
Caramelized Onion, Gruyère, and Bacon Spread
Serve with crackers or bread slices. If you can't find Gruyère, substitute raclette, fontina, or Swiss cheese.
Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños
The rich and creamy combination of bacon, cream cheese, and cheddar is a nice foil for the muted spice of grilled jalapeño peppers. This recipe is a healthy, fresh alternative to the popular breaded and fried version. If making these poppers for a party, you can stuff the peppers, cover, and chill. Then grill just before your guests arrive.
Creole Deviled Eggs
Cauliflower "Caviar" with Frizzled Prosciutto
Caramelized Onion Tartlets
Citrus, Fennel, and Rosemary Olives
Spicy Squash Pickles
Quick Liver Paté
Tunisian Brik-Style Eggs
Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Pecans and Blue Cheese
Vegetable Samosas with Mint Chutney
Cajun Hot Crab Dip
Spicy Stir-Fried Mushroom Bruschetta
Baked Feta with Romesco and Olive Tapenade
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
Sweet and Spicy Pumpkinseeds
Hulled pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas) are packed with protein, iron, heart healthy fats, and fiber. This spiced up version makes a delicious snack that delivers a slight sweetness with a subtle kick thanks to the chipotle chili powder and red pepper. For even more kick, add an extra 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper. Not just for snacks, these toasty seeds are delicious over yogurt, tossed into salads, sprinkled over whole grains (bonus crunch!), or stirred into your favorite homemade granola mix. Make a double batch and store in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days; these seeds are so good you'll never want to run out!
Black Bean Hummus
Thai Cashew Brittle
Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket
Tomato-Baby Bell Pepper Tartlets
Quick Pickled Dilly Green Beans
Clams Casino with Pancetta
Crab and Celery Root Rémoulade
Mini Corn Bread Crab Cakes with Lemon-Caper Sauce
Sun-Dried Tomato Palmiers
Oysters with Pink Peppercorn Mignonette
Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
Spicy Maple-Cashew Popcorn
Zesty Green Goddess Dip
Endive Spears with Spicy Goat Cheese
Fire-Seared Antipasto Platter
Roasted Red Pepper Bagna Cauda
Baked Black Beans with Chorizo
Black-Eyed Pea and Tomato Salsa
Chicken and Lemon Pot Stickers with Soy-Scallion Dipping Sauce
Grape Leaves Stuffed with Rice, Currants, and Herbs
Parmesan Zucchini Sticks with Smoky Roasted Romesco Sauce
Prepare this traditional Greek dip within an hour of serving time to prevent it from becoming watery. Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than other yogurt, and we find it superior in this recipe. Serve with pita wedges.
Red Pepper Hummus
For convenience, prepare the dip up to three days in advance and refrigerate in an airtight container. Serve with pita wedges and bell pepper strips.
Windowpane Potato Chips
A mandoline will help you create picture-perfect chips. Tip: Buy an extra potato to practice with beforehand.
Grilled Pepper Poppers
The three-cheese filling is a nice complement for the spicy peppers. You can also use a milder chile, such as a cherry pepper. Shredded cheddar cheese can take the place of Parmesan, if you like.
Artichokes with Roasted Garlic-Wine Dip
The ritual of eating whole artichokes―tear off a leaf, eat the tender flesh, and repeat―is as much a part of the experience as the flavor. The creamy texture and sweet savoriness of roasted garlic in the dipping sauce serve to enhance everything to heavenly levels.
Bruschetta with Peach Salsa and Melted Brie
Place the cheese in the freezer for about 20 minutes for easier cutting. To make this appetizer in advance, you can prepare and refrigerate the salsa up to a day ahead. Toast bread and assemble just before serving.
Blue Cheese and Chive Straws
Blue cheese gives a bit of a bite, but is not overpowering to this delightfully crunchy snack. Prepare up to two days ahead and store in an airtight container at room temperature. We think they make a delightful nibble with drinks.
Smoked Salmon and Cheese Mini Twice-Baked Potatoes
This scrumptious low-cal finger food was developed by reader Abigail McMahon who was inspired by Ireland. "I love Ireland and the country's wonderful food. When I think of Irish food, the first items that come to mind are potatoes, salmon, and cheese." Luckily, this recipe has all three.
Deviled Eggs with Smoked Salmon
Green Olive and Artichoke Tapenade
Prosciutto-Wrapped Stuffed Dates
Indian-Spiced Roasted Nuts
Haitian Chicken Pâté Puffs
Mixed Olive Tapenade
Tex-Mex Pinto Bean Spread
Think of this speedy spread as the best part of a seven-layer bean dip with none of the fuss and all the flavor. Simply blend canned beans with fresh, zesty ingredients like jalapeño, fresh lime, and cilantro, and the dip is done. A sprinkle of pumpkin seeds adds interest and crunch. You could also place the dip in a small baking dish, sprinkle with a shredded Mexican blend cheese, and broil for a couple minutes until the cheese melts. Jadecker22 says, “This has been my go-to dip for years. It’s fast, inexpensive, and full of flavor.”
Orange Chipotle-Spiced Pecan Mix
Artichoke and Fennel Caponata
Nectarine, Prosciutto, and Arugula Bundles
Mushroom and Parmigiano Bruschetta
Spiced nuts are usually baked; this stovetop version speeds up the process. The smoky-spicy snack will store well in an airtight container for several days.
White Bean Dip with Rosemary and Sage
White beans make a wonderfully creamy and hearty dip when pureed, and the flavors of rosemary and sage make this dip irresistible. If serving with pita or baguette slices, heat the bread in a 250-degree oven for a few minutes first so it's nice and warm.
Grilled Stone Fruit Antipasto Plate
Sweet and savory collide in this dish that works as appetizer, hors d'oeuvre, or dessert. Grilling caramelizes the sugars and intensifies the flavor of the fruit (you need two pounds total, but you can use any combination you like), while the black pepper, balsamic vinegar, and hot sauce in the dressing bring out hidden elements you'd never expect to find in peaches, plums, and nectarines.
This recipe uses one can of tomatoes drained and the other undrained for the perfect scoopable texture. It's easy to adjust to your taste―add more or less garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, and lime as you see fit, and try stirring in diced avocado, radish, or jicama for extra taste.
Sliders with Shallot-Dijon Relish
These mini-burgers make fun and tasty appetizers. Although we enjoyed them on Parker House rolls, they would also be tasty on small dinner rolls or sweet Hawaiian bread rolls.
Caramelized Black Bean "Butter"
The sweet, savory, and toasty flavors of caramlized onions contribute a unique taste to this spread.
Bring a little heat to this snack by adding 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper to the spice mix. Turning the oven off before returning the spice-coated nuts to the oven ensures they won't overtoast. Prepare up to one week ahead, and then store nuts in an airtight container at room temperature.
Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Pecans and Blue Cheese
Sweet-tangy chutney pairs beautifully with pungent blue cheese and toasty pecans. You can make the chutney up to three days in advance; assemble bruschetta shortly before serving.
Roasted Red Pepper and Cannellini Bean Dip
The smoky-sweet flavor of roasted red peppers makes a perfect combination with creamy cannellini beans in this Mediterranean dip. It's similar to the Spanish classic romesco, making it a great addition to a tapas-style spread. Serve with crunchy veggies like carrots, zucchini, broccoli, and jicama for dipping.
Smoked Salmon Dip
The trick to this easy recipe is blending some of the salmon in the food processor, so its taste gets spread throughout, but also folding in some larger bits for textural contrast.
Stuffed Grape Leaves
This classic Mediterranean dish makes a great party hors d'oeuvre. Brined flavor comes from both the grape leaves and the salty feta cheese.
Chipotle-Lime Crab Crisps
Pinto Bean Nachos
Spicy Black Bean Hummus
Baked Brie with Golden Raisin Compote
Garlic Flatbreads with Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato Vinaigrette
Crostini with Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onions, and Fig Jam
Ginger-Shrimp Pot Stickers with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
Seared Beef Tenderloin Mini Sandwiches with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce
Creamy Garlic-Herb Dip
Creamy Mushroom Phyllo Triangles
This is a basic—but not boring!—version of hummus. The Middle Eastern dip is traditionally made with chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), 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 at least 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with a lemon wedge and fresh parsley sprig, and serve with Spicy Baked Pita Chips or crunchy raw vegetables (radishes, cucumber slices, and bell pepper strips are particularly delicious with hummus). Feeling adventurous? Try these variations on Traditional Hummus: White Bean and Roasted Garlic Hummus, Spicy Red Pepper Hummus, Feta-Baked Hummus
Beef Teriyaki Crisps with Wasabi Mayonnaise
Sloppy Joe Sliders
Smoked Trout with Apple-Horseradish Cream on Potato Pancakes
Spicy Shrimp Cakes with Corn and Avocado Salsa
Muhammara with Crudités
If you’re unfamiliar with muhammara, it’s a sweet-spicy Middle Eastern dip made from roasted bell pepper, walnuts, and, traditionally, Aleppo pepper and pomegranate molasses. We subbed in readily available crushed red pepper and honey with delicious results. Think of the dip as a more robust version of romesco sauce, with a slightly bitter edge. Baby lettuce shakes up the usual crudités game; it’s beautiful on a platter and offers mild, sweet flavor. Many supermarkets now carry gorgeous varieties, such as Little Gem, which are worth seeking out. For even more stunning veggie options, look for elegant radish varieties, such as French breakfast radishes (elongated with white tips) or watermelon radishes (offering brilliant pink color inside).