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 <a href="/recipes/appetizers/chicken-wings/popular/">wings</a>, <a href="/recipes/appetizers/deviled-egg/popular/">deviled eggs</a>, easy <a href="/recipes/appetizers/canapes/popular/">bruschetta</a>, or even a nicely presented <a href="/recipes/appetizers/dips-spreads/popular/">dip</a> 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 <a href="/recipes/appetizers/party/popular/">party</a>, 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.

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Salty Chihuahua

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This thirst-quenching cocktail was said to be created by a bartender from Chihuahua, Mexico, in the 1940s.

Salty Chihuahua

Summer Fruit Punch

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Your favorite stone fruit stars in this sparkling punch.

Summer Fruit Punch

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Easy Party Appetizers
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

Island Limeade

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Take a trip to the islands in this simple tropical cocktail.

Island Limeade

Tomato & Fennel Salad

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We like to use heirloom tomatoes in this simple salad. They're at their peak during the summer months and worth seeking out at your local grocery store or farmers' market. Which varieties you choose is up to you - any will work well here.

Tomato & Fennel Salad

Baba Ganouj

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Grilled eggplant is pureed along with garlic, lemon juice and tahini to make a lighter version of the classic Middle Eastern dip. If you can't find ground sumac for the garnish, chopped pistachios are traditional as well. Serve with pita wedges or use as a spread for sandwiches.

Baba Ganouj

Baja Butternut Squash Soup

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This silky-smooth butternut soup gets a hit of spice from chipotle, cloves and cumin. Adapted from Chef Jesus Gonzalez, Chef of La Cocina Que Canta at Rancho La Puerta.

Baja Butternut Squash Soup

Garlic & Herb Pita Chips

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You can make your own tasty pita chips in a matter of minutes. Just cut pita bread into wedges (stale pitas work very well), brush them with a little olive oil and bake. Not only do homemade pita chips save you money, you'll also cut calories by 16 percent.

Garlic & Herb Pita Chips

French Onion Dip

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In our homemade version of French onion dip, we simmer chopped onions in broth and use reduced-fat sour cream and yogurt for the familiar rich and creamy flavor. All told, our version has 12 grams less fat and nearly 50 percent less sodium per serving than the original.

French Onion Dip

Creamy Spinach Dip

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Try this light spinach dip made healthier with reduced-fat cream cheese, nonfat yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese instead of full-fat cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream. It will save you a whopping 84 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving when compared to traditional versions. Serve it with pita chips and crunchy vegetables or spread it on a sandwich.

Creamy Spinach Dip

Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips

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These tortilla chips are baked, not fried, and a squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of chili powder add flavor without tons of calories. Plus with 5 grams less fat per serving than a packaged version, they deliver all the crunch without the guilt.

Chile-Lime Tortilla Chips

Chile Con Queso

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Our healthier version of chile con queso will have ooey-gooey-cheese lovers celebrating. Now you can enjoy this Tex-Mex dip without all the fat and calories. We replaced some of the cheese with a low-fat white sauce and used sharp Cheddar plus a splash of beer to boost the flavor. Our version cuts the calories in half and reduces total fat and saturated fat by nearly 60 percent.

Chile Con Queso

Shredded Root Vegetable Pancakes

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Red beets and golden carrots look especially festive in these zesty horseradish-and-bacon-flecked cakes. Avoid parsnips, which need to be cored, in this recipe, as trying to shred the smaller cored pieces might result in nicked knuckles. Try the pancakes with seared steaks or make them bite-size for a beautiful appetizer.

Shredded Root Vegetable Pancakes

Roasted Parsnip Soup

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The earthy flavor of parsnips goes especially well with fragrant pears, but carrots or even rutabaga work nicely in this soup as well. Serve it as a first course or as a light main dish with a crusty whole-grain bread.

Roasted Parsnip Soup

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers

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These tuna-stuffed peppers are ubiquitous in delis all over Susa, Italy.

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers

Salsa Rojo

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Here's a homemade version of the tomato salsa served at taco stands and burrito joints everywhere. Try it with all your favorite Mexican foods--it even works as enchilada sauce.

Salsa Rojo

Parmesan Spinach Cakes

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If you like spinach-cheese pie, try these simple but elegant-looking little spinach cakes.

Parmesan Spinach Cakes

Roasted Eggplant & Feta Dip

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This roasted eggplant and feta dip gets a kick from a fresh chile pepper and cayenne pepper. There are countless variations on this classic meze (appetizer) in Greece. Out-of-season eggplant or eggplant that has been heavily watered often has an abundance of seeds, which make the vegetable bitter. Be sure to taste the dip before you serve it; if it's a touch bitter, you can remedy that with a little sugar. Serve with toasted pita crisps or as a sandwich spread.

Roasted Eggplant & Feta Dip

Greek Fava with Grilled Squid

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Fava is the Greek word for bean puree, almost exclusively made with yellow split peas--here it's served with grilled squid, but the simplest and most traditional is raw onion, olive oil and lemon juice; in Santorini it is topped with stewed capers and onions, a combination referred to as "married" fava in Greek. For a vegetarian topping, try a combination of arugula and caramelized onions.

Greek Fava with Grilled Squid

Ratatouille a la Casablancaise

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Ratatouille - a cooked eggplant and tomato dish combined with other seasonal vegetables and olive oil - has many regional variations. This one is made with cinnamon, a signature spice in Moroccan cooking. Try it as an appetizer with bread or as a sandwich filling.

Ratatouille a la Casablancaise

Moroccan Vegetable Soup

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Hearty with chunks of beef or lamb, plenty of vegetables and a bit of pasta, this Moroccan soup gets its rich, golden-orange color from turmeric.

Moroccan Vegetable Soup

Kefta

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Kefta, seasoned ground meat, is one of Morocco's most popular street foods. Traditionally, kefta is washed down with a glass of sweet mint tea. It's delicious served with ratatouille.

Kefta

Scallops Yakitori

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"Yakitori" is a Japanese word that literally means "grilled bird," a reference to chicken bits on skewers in a sticky/salty sauce. The sauce itself is so favored that it has come to be known as "yakitori." Here we make yakitori with scallops, mushrooms and scallions. Don't overcook these scallops; just a few minutes over the heat will do the trick.

Scallops Yakitori

Mussels South of Two Borders

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Prince Edward Island may account for a healthy share of the world's mussel production, but this recipe takes those mollusks farther south for a Latin American preparation that combines chorizo, chiles and beer.

Mussels South of Two Borders

Grilled Chicken & Polenta with Nectarine-Blackberry Salsa

From EatingWell

Grilled nectarines and fresh blackberries turn into a summery salsa to top cumin-rubbed chicken and polenta in a dish that's special enough for weeknight entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with a spinach salad and a crisp glass of rose.

Grilled Chicken & Polenta with Nectarine-Blackberry Salsa

Watercress & Endive Salad

From EatingWell

Watercress and Belgian endive are topped with fresh corn kernels, grated egg and a simple lemon vinaigrette for a stunning first-course salad.

Watercress & Endive Salad

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