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.

Cheddar Pecan Crackers with Apple Butter

Welcome holiday guests with these quick-prep crackers. Made with mild cheddar and toasted pecans, they pair beautifully with chunky apple butter.

From Parents

Cheddar Pecan Crackers with Apple Butter

Apple-Cheddar Pigs in a Blanket

Put an autumn spin on traditional pigs in a blanket. These cheesy puff pastry bites feature apple chicken sausage for a melding of sweet and savory flavors.

From Family Circle

Apple-Cheddar Pigs in a Blanket

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 prepare¿and the perfect beginning to any menu.

Easy Party Appetizers

Puff Pastry-Wrapped Mini Hot Dogs

These little appetizers are the grown-up version of pigs in a blanket. They take less than an hour including bake time—sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese or finely shredded Gruyere cheese on top for a warm, cheesy appetizer or snack.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Puff Pastry-Wrapped Mini Hot Dogs

Sweet and Smoky Nuts

Serve this nut mix with drinks before dinner or make them ahead for your next gathering with friends: They store at room temperature for up to two weeks.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet and Smoky Nuts

Soft Baked Pretzels

Soft pretzels are a favorite snack around the world, from Germany's Oktoberfest to America's baseball games and street vendors. This doughy, salty classic has less than 200 calories per serving.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Soft Baked Pretzels

Caramelized Onion and Apple Flatbread

Imperfection is key when shaping flatbread pizza dough. Finish by topping the pizza with ham, apples, cheese and caramelized onion for an easy entertaining favorite.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Caramelized Onion and Apple Flatbread

Peanut-Pretzel Bars

Inspired by childhood snacks, these peanut-pretzel bars can be prepped in a half hour. Peanut butter, quick oats, and sweetened condensed milk combine to make a sweet, salty, chewy treat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Peanut-Pretzel Bars

Cornmeal Griddle Cakes with Sauteed Corn

From Midwest Living

Cornmeal Griddle Cakes with Sauteed Corn

Hamburger Steak Sliders

From Midwest Living

Hamburger Steak Sliders

Smoky-Hot Raspberry Shrimp

Give your shrimp a spicy makeover by adding chili powder, ground cumin, and chipotle chile peppers and enjoy this quick dinner any night of the week.

From Diabetic Living

Smoky-Hot Raspberry Shrimp

Tarragon Pork with Rich Onion-Cherry Chutney

Prepare this piquant chutney with cherries, vinegar, brown sugar, and onions to brighten up a pork dinner.

From Diabetic Living

Tarragon Pork with Rich Onion-Cherry Chutney

Sweet and Spicy Wasabi Snack Mix

Dried apricots offset the spicy peas to give this snack a balanced mix of sweet and spicy. Pull this recipe out for your next game night.

From Diabetic Living

Sweet and Spicy Wasabi Snack Mix

Turkey and Mango Salad with Chutney Vinaigrette

Mango chutney vinaigrette gives this light yet filling turkey dish a sweet tang. Serve it as a protein-packed dinner, or serve up smaller portions for an appetizer.

From Diabetic Living

Turkey and Mango Salad with Chutney Vinaigrette

Speedy Pizza Rounds

No time to fuss with pizza dough? Use flat sandwich rolls as the crust, then let diners customize personal pies with their favorite toppings like turkey sausage, Canadian bacon, sausage or pepperoni.

From Diabetic Living

Speedy Pizza Rounds

Lima Bean Hummus with Toasted Pita Crisps

For a fresh take on hummus, try lima beans in place of chickpeas. Serve with toasted pita chips or sliced vegetables as a snack, dinner appetizer or starter at your next cocktail party.

From Diabetic Living

Lima Bean Hummus with Toasted Pita Crisps

Pistachio-Crusted Pork Tenderloin Bruschetta

From National Pork Board

Pistachio-Crusted Pork Tenderloin Bruschetta

All-Star Pork Meatballs

From National Pork Board

All-Star Pork Meatballs

Pork and Olive Bruschetta

From National Pork Board

Pork and Olive Bruschetta

Roasted Radishes with Chive Vinaigrette

Accentuate the natural sweetness of radishes by roasting at a high heat and finishing with a drizzle of white wine vinaigrette.

From Diabetic Living

Roasted Radishes with Chive Vinaigrette

Pork Skewers with Fruit Glaze

Fruit juice and preserves sweeten up these luau-ready pork kebabs. If an outdoor grill isn't handy, use an indoor grill pan or roast in the oven.

From Diabetic Living

Pork Skewers with Fruit Glaze

Bacon-Apple Mini Empanadas

Bacon lovers, check out your next must-try dish! These mini empanadas are a sweet and savory appetizer ideal for any occasion.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bacon-Apple Mini Empanadas

Zucchini-Tomato Cups

These delightful hot appetizers feature two types of cheese--blue cheese and Parmesan.

From Midwest Living

Zucchini-Tomato Cups

Sautéed Swiss Chard and Pine Nut Bruschetta

From Midwest Living

Sautéed Swiss Chard and Pine Nut Bruschetta

Napa Cabbage Spring Rolls

From Midwest Living

Napa Cabbage Spring Rolls

Beer & Cheddar Fondue

Two great ingredients -- beer and cheddar cheese -- will make this fondue be the first dish to disappear at any party. If you double or triple the recipe for a larger gathering, consider serving the fondue in a slow cooker on low setting. The thick crock and gentle heat will keep the fondue warm and smooth for a long time.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Beer & Cheddar Fondue

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