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-Zested Snacker Mix

This slow cooker snack mix is easy to prep and serve, making it an ideal component for a stress-free party.

From Midwest Living

Lemon-Zested Snacker Mix

Greek Stuffed Meatballs

There's a surprise hiding inside these beef and lamb meatballs: a piece of creamy feta cheese. Simmer a batch in your slow cooker for a party-friendly appetizer or serve a few on a baguette for a super sub sandwich.

From Midwest Living

Greek Stuffed Meatballs

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

Grilled Squash and Manchego Quesadillas with Nectarine-Tomato Salsa

Put your grill to use for these better-than-takeout quesadillas that feature ripe summer produce. Serve them with store-bought salsa, if desired, to simplify the recipe slightly.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Grilled Squash and Manchego Quesadillas with Nectarine-Tomato Salsa

Asian Dumplings with Pickled Ginger Drizzle

Instead of ordering Chinese takeout tonight, try making it yourself. These dumplings burst with flavor: cabbage, cilantro, sesame oil, soy sauce, green onion, and chile pepper. Bonus: They are better for you, too.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Asian Dumplings with Pickled Ginger Drizzle

Mango Habañero Pulled Chicken Bites

Set the slow cooker to make this sweet and spicy chicken dish and you can serve up a delicious appetizer with hardly any effort. Use a jalepeno if you aren't able to find a habanero pepper.

From Midwest Living

Mango Habañero Pulled Chicken Bites

Spicy Mustard Stir-Fry Bites for a Crowd

Serve up these 5-ingredient wraps as an appetizer to a hungry crowd with hardly any fuss¿or clean up.

From Midwest Living

Spicy Mustard Stir-Fry Bites for a Crowd

Sweet-and-Sour-Glazed Chicken Sausage Bites

Flavorful and easy to prep, this slow cooker appetizer is fit for a crowd at a dinner party or tailgate. Serve with additional crushed red pepper so everyone can adjust the heat to their own preference.

From Midwest Living

Sweet-and-Sour-Glazed Chicken Sausage Bites

Balsamic Vinegar and Honey Pulled-Pork Sliders

Pork shoulder becomes fork tender after roasting with a balsamic vinegar-based barbecue sauce in a slow cooker for a few hours. Serve on slider buns with a scoop of coleslaw for a small sandwich that tastes like a summer cookout.

From Midwest Living

Balsamic Vinegar and Honey Pulled-Pork Sliders

Potato Latkes

These traditional Jewish potato-onion fritters, often served on Hanukkah, have tender centers and lacy rims. Top them with sour cream or applesauce.

From Midwest Living

Potato Latkes

Falafel Balls with Lemon-Yogurt Dip

Try this modern take on falafel for a vegetarian dish everyone will love. To get them out of the pan, gently pry with a fork. They freeze easily for use in other Greek dishes.

From Parents

Falafel Balls with Lemon-Yogurt Dip

Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Vary the spiciness of these snack or appetizer nuts by increasing or decreasing the cayenne pepper.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Roasted Beet Tapenade

Serve this crimson variation of the classic Provencal condiment as a topping for vegetables or garlic toast.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Roasted Beet Tapenade

Sweet & Sour Onion Jam

This is a convenient condiment to keep on hand. It makes a delicious topping for grilled meats and also enlivens sandwich fillings.

From EatingWell

Sweet & Sour Onion Jam

Lima Bean Spread with Cumin & Herbs

Humble limas are transformed into a sensational Mediterranean spread that is vibrant with a mix of fresh herbs and spices. You can substitute frozen edamame beans for the limas in Step 1; cook according to package directions.

From EatingWell

Lima Bean Spread with Cumin & Herbs

Scallion-Lemon Mayonnaise

Use this tangy mayonnaise as a sandwich spread or as a dip for a platter of grilled summer vegetables.

From EatingWell

Scallion-Lemon Mayonnaise

Grilled Pizza with Pesto, Tomatoes & Feta

Dazzle your guests, and keep the kitchen cool, by baking pizza on the backyard grill. For convenience, this recipe uses prepared pizza dough, found in most supermarkets, and pesto from a jar.

From EatingWell

Grilled Pizza with Pesto, Tomatoes & Feta

Apple, Sauerkraut & Cheddar Quesadillas

This combination may seem unusual--until you try it. The sweet-tartness of the apple, creaminess of the cheese and bite of the sauerkraut work together beautifully in this easy hot sandwich. Serve with oven-roasted potatoes or a green salad.

From EatingWell

Apple, Sauerkraut & Cheddar Quesadillas

Apple-Jalapeno Chutney

Sweetened with orange juice and brown sugar, this apple chutney gets its heat from hot jalapeno jelly. Try it alongside grilled chicken or pork.

From EatingWell

Apple-Jalapeno Chutney

Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette

This colorful salad offers a symphony of flavors and textures. Savory black olives, sweet orange slices and crisp, licorice-flavored fennel balance the slightly bitter tastes of chicory, radicchio and Belgian endive.

From EatingWell

Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette

Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola

Gorgonzola cheese meets dried figs poached in port. The result: a thoroughly elegant holiday appetizer.

From EatingWell

Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola

Black Bean & Tomato Salsa

Adding canned beans to a spicy salsa is an easy way to boost fiber and improve nutritional value. This salsa is also a good accompaniment for burgers or Scrambled Egg Burritos.

From EatingWell

Black Bean & Tomato Salsa

Salad of Boston Lettuce with Creamy Orange-Shallot Dressing

Light mayonnaise makes a velvety base for this zesty dressing, which can easily be doubled if you want enough for another meal later in the week.

From EatingWell

Salad of Boston Lettuce with Creamy Orange-Shallot Dressing

Fresh Strawberry Dressing

Pureed strawberries make a distinctive base for a colorful salad dressing with a creamy consistency, and you still get the nutritional benefits-fiber, vitamin C, heart-healthy phytonutrients-of eating the whole berries.

From EatingWell

Fresh Strawberry Dressing

Moroccan-Spiced Lemon Dressing

This dressing is inspired by the flavors of North Africa and is good drizzled on mixed green salads as well as grain salads. Shown: Quinoa Salad with Dried Apricots & Baby Spinach.

From EatingWell

Moroccan-Spiced Lemon Dressing

Sesame Mayonnaise

Use this tangy mayonnaise to enliven a burger (such as Asian Turkey Burgers or Turkey-Mushroom Burgers) or a chicken sandwich, as a dip for a platter of grilled summer vegetables, or to dress a simple coleslaw of napa cabbage and scallions.

From EatingWell

Sesame Mayonnaise

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