Meat Appetizers

Satisfy the hungry masses with robust meat appetizers. From bacon-cream cheese spirals to herbed pork crostini, these easy meat appetizers fulfill any craving.

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Natchitoches Meat Pies with Spicy Buttermilk Dip

Food & Wine

Natchitoches, Louisiana, is renowned for its meat pies. Kelly English serves his mini version with a dipping sauce that combines two quintessential Southern ingredients: buttermilk and hot sauce.

Total: 1 hr 40 mins

Stuffed Grape Leaves with Pork and Fregola

Food & Wine

David Page and Barbara Shinn of Shinn Estate Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island trim tender young grape leaves and brine them at home. Page often stuffs the brined leaves with sausage made from locally raised duck, calling the hors d'oeuvres "a NoFo classic." Here, he creates a version with ground pork and fregola, a small, round Sardinian couscous.

Total: 3 hrs 30 mins

Chicken Puff Pastry Crowns

Hidden Valley®
Total: 1 hr 20 mins

Coffee-Marinated Beef Skewers with Aioli

Better Homes and Gardens

Pincho Ribs with Sherry Glaze

Food & Wine

These ribs are named after Spanish snacks known as pinchos. Jason McCullar rubs them with a smoked-paprika spice blend, then lacquers them with a sherry-spiked glaze. For an ideal cocktail snack, look for riblets, a half portion of baby back ribs; they're especially meaty. Or ask your butcher to split your rib racks crosswise.

Total: 3 hrs

Chili Chicken Appeteasers

Better Homes and Gardens

These quick and easy Thai flavored chicken appetizers are surprisingly low in calories.

Total: 15 mins

Cajun Pork Riblets

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Total: 55 mins

All-Star Pork Meatballs

National Pork Board
Total: 30 mins

Sandwich Salad Sampler

Better Homes and Gardens

Put out a variety of fresh, flavorful ingredients so guests can assemble their own salad or open-face sandwich.

Sausage, Bread, and Chicken Liver Spiedini

Food & Wine

Spiedini are pieces of meat and other foods grilled on skewers. "Sausages and chicken livers are staples of Tuscan cuisine," says Rolando Beramendi.

Total: 2 hrs

Shrimp-and-Chorizo Pizza with Escarole and Manchego

Food & Wine

"I don't know if I invented this combo, but since I don't remember stealing it from anyone, I'll take the credit," says Michael Schwartz of his ingenious pizza topping of shrimp, escarole, tangy Manchego, and spicy chorizo. He gets his chorizo (the firm kind; the soft one would make the pizza too greasy) from Miami's El Palacio de los Jugos marketplace.

Total: 2 hrs

Salami, Cheese and Pickle Kabobs

Betty Crocker

Instead of serving a cheese and sausage tray, make individual kabobs for a great grab-and-go appetizer.

Total: 25 mins

Pastrami Pizza Bites

Better Homes and Gardens

This hearty appetizer pizza recipe is loaded with spicy pastrami, ripe olives, and mozzarella cheese.

Greek Lamb and Cheese Strudel

Better Homes and Gardens

With the make-ahead directions, you can prepare the phyllo rolls up to 3 months before the party, then bake them just before your guests arrive.

Spinach-and-Pork Wontons

Food & Wine

For a taste of: Asia Try this book: Asian Dumplings In her pan-Asian cookbook, food writer Andrea Nguyen recommends homemade wonton wrappers but says store-bought are fine: "Just look for ones labeled 'thin' or 'Hong Kong-style.' "

Total: 1 hr

Ranch Buffalo Wings

Hidden Valley®
Total: 40 mins

Crimson-Glazed Ham Balls and Smokies

Better Homes and Gardens

Cocktail meatballs and weenies are made special for party serving with this recipe that has a zesty spark of cranberry in the sauce. Make and serve the appetizers in a slow cooker.

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