Appetizers are like tiny jewel boxes of flavor, small bites meant to stimulate the palate -- not fill your stomach. That's what makes looking for appetizer recipes so much fun - since you don't have to fill the plate, you can concentrate on putting together ingredients in ways that sing. And they don't have to be fancy to pack a punch - spicy wings, deviled eggs, easy bruschetta, or even a nicely presented dip can be a winner. The classic combination of melon and prosciutto is a perfect example: Just two ingredients that play off of each other perfectly, the salty richness of the ham contrasting with the tropical sweetness of the melon. Perfection. When you're planning for a holiday party, you want quick and easy appetizers that play nicely with what you're serving as a main course. You want to compliment the dish without repeating ingredients - serving marinated mozzarella before plating up a cheese-heavy lasagna is definitely overload. Try to keep things light, and remember - you're going for flavor, not quantity.

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Easy Elegant Appetizers: Sweet Onion Tomato Tartlets

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10 Thanksgiving Appetizers You Need to Try!

Hosting a Thanksgiving feast can feel overwhelming, but if you set out an array of appealing appetizers for your guests, you'll at least avoid the rush of hungry folks poking their heads into the kitchen to see what's cooking. (Trying to get that turkey perfectly golden brown is hard enough without prying eyes!)

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Mediterranean Palmiers

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

Need a show-stopping appetizer for your next party? Here it is...pesto, goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, wrapped in delicate puff pastry. It just doesn't get any better than this!

Total: 2 hrs 10 mins

Olive Crisps

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

Savory olive tapenade, tomato paste and cheese rolled up in puff pastry make these crisp snacks perfect for cocktail hour nibbles.

Total: 1 hr 40 mins
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