French Appetizers

Add a little savoir faire to cocktail parties with a spread of French appetizers. From baked Brie and cheese puffs (gougeres) to pretty pate, these easy recipes are the creme de la creme of French appetizers.

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Ranch Artichoke Spread

Hidden Valley®
Total: 45 mins

Pissaladiere Pizza

The Food Channel

This delightful French-style pizza hors d'oeuvre makes a dramatic presentation and the flavor is...ooh-la-la.

Petite Quiches

Better Homes and Gardens

Make these appetizers ahead and freeze up to 3 months. That way, you can bake what you need whenever guests arrive.

Reblochon Tarts with Bacon and Fingerling Potatoes

Food & Wine

With a golden layer of puff pastry topped by caramelized onions, soft potatoes, bacon, and tangy Reblochon cheese, this tart is lighter than the sum of its parts, making for a satisfying fall dish that's great any time of day. The Reblochon, a washed-rind cheese from France, can be replaced with a robust Taleggio from northern Italy or the smooth French soft-ripened cow's-milk cheese Saint-Andre.

Total: 1 hr 30 mins

Roasted Tomato Tart

Better Homes and Gardens

When it comes to tart making, frozen puff pastry is truly a miracle ingredient. Just be sure to thaw the pastry according to package directions. Should you wish to cut a few calories from this cheesy fresh tomato tart, you may use Neufchatel cheese instead of full-fat cream cheese.

Fish Terrine

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Total: 4 hrs

Roasted Fingerling Potato and Pressed Caviar Canapes

Food & Wine

For this easy, impressive hors d'oeuvre, Jacques Pepin tops roasted fingerling potatoes with sour cream and slender diamonds of pressed caviar. Boiled, sliced red potatoes also work.

Total: 35 mins

Foie Gras-Steamed Clams

Food & Wine

At the Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland, Jonathon Sawyer uses a little bit of foie gras to create a luscious sauce for clams. "It's such a simple recipe," he says. "I just put the clams, foie gras, and vinegar in a pot and just let them get to know each other for a while."

Total: 1 hr

Chicken Liver Crostini

Food & Wine

"Every good chicken has a good liver," says Peter Hoffman. "Sometimes I eat the liver myself as the cook's reward, and sometimes I let a bunch accumulate in the freezer until I have enough to make this recipe." His beautifully silky puree is accented with sweet sauteed apples, smoky bacon, and a splash of brandy, then served on crunchy toasts. For a healthier version, omit the 4 tablespoons of chilled butter in Step 4.

Total: 1 hr 30 mins

Creamy Baby Artichokes

Better Homes and Gardens

Remember this elegant side dish when serving a simply prepared meat such as grilled flank steak or broiled fish.

Total: 50 mins


Family Circle

This appetizer recipe comes from southern France. It's rather like a pizza but it's topped with sauteed onions, anchovies, and olives and sprinkled with herbes de Provence.


Better Homes and Gardens

A gougere is a French puff pastry flavored with Gruyere cheese. In France, the pastry is often piped into a large ring. This appetizer recipe features bite-size puffs instead.

Crustless Carrot Quiches

Better Homes and Gardens

These individual cheesy quiches make delicious appetizers for diet-conscious friends.

Potato-Salmon Croquettes


Turkey doesn't need to be the only protein on your post-Thanksgiving menu. Turn leftover mashed taters into a satisfying meal on the cheap with the help of canned salmon.

Mini Party Quiches

Better Homes and Gardens


Better Homes and Gardens

A specialty of Nice, in southern France, Pissaladiere (pee-sah-lah-DYEHR) is an appetizer tart of caramelized onions, olives, seasonings, and anchovies.

Melon-Radish Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

This fresh fruit and vegetable side salad makes a good low-calorie option at potlucks and parties.

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