Popular Appetizers Recipes

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.

Lemon-Chili Shrimp Skewers

Shrimp are a protein powerhouse. Grill them up on skewers with a crop of vegetables and serve with steamed rice for a satisfying yet light lunch or dinner.

From Diabetic Living

Lemon-Chili Shrimp Skewers

BBQ Chicken Bites

Stuff mini peppers with zesty barbecue chicken, cheese and cilantro for a colorful and quick appetizer.

From Diabetic Living

BBQ Chicken Bites

Easy Party Appetizers

Watch how simple it is to make your appetizers the life of the party. Our Kraft Kitchens Expert will show you how with this Easy Party Appetizers video. These appetizers are a snap to prepareżand the perfect beginning to any menu.

Easy Party Appetizers

Bruschetta Planks

A sauteed vegetable medley is made for scooping up with a crunchy whole grain cracker. Serve this bruschetta as an appetizer before your next pizza or pasta dinner.

From Diabetic Living

Bruschetta Planks

Pizza Lettuce Cups

Looking for a way to slice down on the calorie count of your favorite pizza? Go crustless and serve all the tempting toppings, like cheese and pepperoni, inside a lettuce leaf.

From Diabetic Living

Pizza Lettuce Cups

BLT Cups

Kick off your next picnic or barbecue with this colorful and light salad that includes just enough bacon to satisfy. The easy homemade dressing makes all the difference!

From Diabetic Living

BLT Cups

Quick Roasted Asparagus

Roasting brings out the natural sugars in asparagus, making it a treat to eat. Serve this side dish with seafood, chicken, steak or pasta.

From Diabetic Living

Quick Roasted Asparagus

Insalada Caprese Chicken

From Diabetic Living

Insalada Caprese Chicken

Insalada Caprese Chicken

Featuring only five ingredients, this flavorful chicken dinner is a sure weeknight favorite.

From Diabetic Living

Insalada Caprese Chicken

Two-Pepper Hummus Chicken

From Diabetic Living

Two-Pepper Hummus Chicken

Two-Pepper Hummus Chicken

Dress up your chicken dinner with a quick hummus made of garbanzo beans and red sweet peppers!

From Diabetic Living

Two-Pepper Hummus Chicken

Herbed Salmon

With a fragrant blend of herbs and bright lemon, this beautifully simple dish allows the naturally sweet-richness of salmon to sing. When buying fresh fish, pay close attention to the smell. Fresh salmon should smell slightly sweet, and a little salty, like clean sea-water. If it smells "fishy" at all, it has turned, and is not safe for consumption.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Herbed Salmon

Herbed Salmon

Lemon and snipped fresh herbs garnish this easy-to-make salmon filet. Serve with rice or potatoes for a healthy meal in under 30 minutes.

From Midwest Living

Herbed Salmon

Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread

Ireland's famous freckled quickbread is expected on St. Patrick's Day, but the plump currants and orange zest in this loaf make it wonderful for year around baking. Sliced soda bread makes wonderful toast -- give it a try!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread

Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread

Add a little interest to traditional soda bread by stirring in orange peel and currants. Bake until golden and serve as a warm appetizer or side.

From Midwest Living

Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread

Cheesy Snack Mix

The secret ingredient for this cheesy, crunchy snack mix is Italian salad dressing. Make it up to three days ahead for a new tailgating favorite.

From Midwest Living

Cheesy Snack Mix

Cheddar-Beer Weenies

Prepare these weenies and cheddar-beer sauce the day before so all you have to do is warm in a slow cooker with a car adapter on game day.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cheddar-Beer Weenies

Carrot Ribbon Salad

From Better Homes and Gardens

Carrot Ribbon Salad

Carrot Ribbon Salad

Dressed in a mix of honey and white wine vinegar, this light carrot and pea salad makes a super starter before your main course. Don't forget a side of bread!

From Midwest Living

Carrot Ribbon Salad

Asparagus-Ricotta Bruschetta

Top toasted baguette slices with light and fluffy ricotta cheese and roasted asparagus for a crowd-pleasing vegetarian appetizer.

From Diabetic Living

Asparagus-Ricotta Bruschetta

Carrot Hummus

Carrots rich in beta carotene, combined with fiber rich garbanzo beans, makes this a great dip recipe for snacks or a spread for sandwiches.

From Diabetic Living

Carrot Hummus

Carrot Hummus

Dial up the flavor, color and nutrition of basic hummus by blending in carrots. Spread the dip on sandwiches or serve alongside your favorite bread, crackers and crudites.

From Diabetic Living

Carrot Hummus

Sweet Onion-Tomato Tartlets

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet Onion-Tomato Tartlets

Ginger Shrimp Skewers

Peapod-wrapped shrimp is placed on skewers with mandarin oranges for this fresh, low-fat appetizer.

From Heart-Healthy Living

Ginger Shrimp Skewers

Chicken Quesadillas

A deli-roasted chicken is a handy main ingredient to have for quick dinner ideas. This dish really needs no recipe. Simply shred the chicken and tuck it into tortillas, along with cheese and other favorite fillings.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken Quesadillas

Sweet and Nutty Popcorn

A lightly spiced sugar syrup binds this snack mix. This appetizer or snack mix is lighter tasting and easier to make than caramel corn.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet and Nutty Popcorn

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