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.

Classic Nachos

These five-ingredient nachos are a cinch to make for a large crowd. Bake a batch for your next party and serve with an array of topping options, like cilantro, jalapeno peppers, sour cream and salsa.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Classic Nachos

Mushroom-Crab Puffs

For warm from the oven appetizers, stuff marinated mushroom caps with crab meat, bake, and serve immediately.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mushroom-Crab Puffs

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

Mummy Wraps

Two ingredients, plus ketchup and mustard, make this 30-minute Halloween snack a simple and fun treat.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mummy Wraps

Mozzarella with Basil

Reinvent this recipe every time you make it by varying the cheese and the herb. Try feta with oregano or dill, or queso fresco with cumin or red pepper flakes.

From Diabetic Living

Mozzarella with Basil

Mint Avocado Dip

For a unique twist on guacamole, swap mint for traditional cilantro in your avocado spread. Don't worry: You can still serve this appetizer with tortilla chips!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mint Avocado Dip

Mini Burger Party Platter

For your next picnic, potluck or backyard barbecue, serve a spread of beef sliders. A touch of Worcestershire sauce and chopped onion keeps the lean meat nice and tender.

From Family Circle

Mini Burger Party Platter

Mini Bacon Cheeseburgers

The best part about these slider-sized Bacon Cheeseburgers? It's totally acceptable to eat more than one!

From Family Circle

Mini Bacon Cheeseburgers

Mini Party Quiches

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mini Party Quiches

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

From Family Circle

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

Mini Double-Cheddar Biscuit Sandwiches

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mini Double-Cheddar Biscuit Sandwiches

Melon-Berry Agua Fresca

From Better Homes and Gardens

Melon-Berry Agua Fresca

Melting Snowflakes

What to do on a snowy day? Show the the kids how to cut snowflakes from flour tortillas and turn them into a cheesy quesadilla-like snack.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Melting Snowflakes

Mediterranean Salmon Spread

From Diabetic Living

Mediterranean Salmon Spread

Maryland Crab Cakes

This Maryland specialty, pan-fried patties of crab meat coated with bread crumbs and flavored with lively seasonings, is quick to make.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Maryland Crab Cakes

Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce

Cumin and nutmeg spice these ground beef and pork appetizer meatballs.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce

Maryland Crab Cakes with Horseradish Sauce

This bite-size version of an East Coast classic makes a terrific appetizer for any party.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Maryland Crab Cakes with Horseradish Sauce

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

Mandarin Beef Buns

Serve these Asian favorites as appetizers or as an accompaniment to a meal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mandarin Beef Buns

Malaysian Prawns and Shrimp

Half of this rich and zesty sauce serves as a dip alongside the seafood; the other half, laced with a splash of soy sauce, is basted over the prawns when broiling.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Malaysian Prawns and Shrimp

Macaroni and Cheese

This updated casserole recipe uses fat-free milk, refrigerated egg product, and reduced-fat cheddar cheese, which lower the calories, fat, and carbs in your meal.

From Diabetic Living

Macaroni and Cheese

Lime-Green Chile Pork Tortas with Freezer Guacamole

Freeze the marinated pork and guacamole (yes, you can freeze avocados!) to pop in the slow cooker at the start of your next super-busy day.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lime-Green Chile Pork Tortas with Freezer Guacamole

Lemony Scampi Kabobs

Serve colorful kabobs of shrimp, red pepper, and zucchini brushed with lemon butter sauce for your next barbecue.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lemony Scampi Kabobs

Lemony Red Pepper Spread

Bright lemon juice and aromatic garlic beautifully complement antioxidant-rich eggplant and sweet peppers in this delectable spread. When buying peppers, choose that are firm, heavy for their size, and have shiny, vibrantly-colored skin. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to a week.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lemony Red Pepper Spread

Lemon-Marinated Vegetables

Robust garlic and lemon marinade flavors the vegetables in this side dish or party appetizer recipe.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lemon-Marinated Vegetables

Layered Picnic Pate

Made with ground veal and beef, this elegant appetizer is great for cocktail parties as well as picnics. When the pate is sliced, each piece should show the layers of vegetables and egg.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Layered Picnic Pate

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