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.

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

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

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

Toasted Pita Crisps

A super scooper for your favorite dips.

From EatingWell

Toasted Pita Crisps

Goat Cheese Kisses

Each of these bite-size savory treats has a bit of dried fruit tucked inside for a slightly sweet surprise. They make wonderful holiday gifts as well as elegant little hors d'oeuvres.

From EatingWell

Goat Cheese Kisses

Latin American Empanadas

These savory pastries were created by Mariana Velasquez, a Test Kitchen intern who grew up in Bogot, Colombia.

From EatingWell

Latin American Empanadas

Aji Sauce

A piquant South American sauce, aji complements almost any dish in which plain hot sauce might be used.

From EatingWell

Aji Sauce

Sizzled Citrus Shrimp

This quick Spanish-inspired saute is a lesson in simplicity. All shrimp really needs to dazzle is lots of garlic and a splash of lemon. Serve as a main dish or as a tapa (appetizer).

From EatingWell

Sizzled Citrus Shrimp

Rhubarb Chutney

This quick, zesty chutney complements almost any meat or poultry. Use fresh or frozen rhubarb.

From EatingWell

Rhubarb Chutney

Mixed Greens with Berries & Honey-Glazed Hazelnuts

For a sophisticated starter, try this colorful salad, which marries fresh berries, caramelized nuts and tangy feta cheese. Pureed berries form the base of the dressing, giving it a velvety texture and rich flavor.

From EatingWell

Mixed Greens with Berries & Honey-Glazed Hazelnuts

Raspberry Vinaigrette

Mild-tasting grapeseed oil is the ideal foil for fruity raspberry vinegar. This simple dressing offers an especially nice finish for a salad of mixed greens, fresh peaches or berries and chicken. For an exquisite appetizer, drizzle the dressing over melon wedges (or fresh figs) draped with thin slices of prosciutto.

From EatingWell

Raspberry Vinaigrette

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