Easter Appetizers Recipes

Get your Easter menu off to a great start with these easy appetizers. Choose from our recipes for festive dips and spreads to bite-size starters and -- what else? -- a pleasing platter of deviled eggs for perfect Easter appetizers.

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Zesty Bean Dip & Chips

From EatingWell

Stirring salsa into versatile canned refried beans makes a quick and healthy bean dip. It also works well as a sandwich spread with your favorite vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese.

Zesty Bean Dip & Chips

Cottage Cheese Veggie Dip

From EatingWell

Stir lemon pepper into cottage cheese for a quick and healthy vegetable dip. We like carrots and snow peas, but any crunchy vegetables you have on hand will do.

Cottage Cheese Veggie Dip

French Onion Dip

From EatingWell

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

From EatingWell

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 Con Queso

From EatingWell

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

Parmesan Spinach Cakes

From EatingWell

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

Parmesan Spinach Cakes

Roasted Eggplant & Feta Dip

From EatingWell

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

Spinach-&-Brie-Topped Artichoke Hearts

From EatingWell

In this deconstructed version of hot spinach-artichoke dip, we stuff artichoke hearts with lightly seasoned cooked spinach and melt brie on top.

Spinach-&-Brie-Topped Artichoke Hearts

Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

From EatingWell

Roasting tomatoes brings out their inherent sweetness.

Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Five-Spice Scallops

From EatingWell

You could also serve the scallops over Asian salad greens dressed with sesame oil and rice vinegar for a simple dinner.

Five-Spice Scallops

Smoked Trout Crackers with Lemon-Dill Mayonnaise

From EatingWell

A simple lemon-dill mayonnaise adds a touch of sophistication to smoked trout on crackers.

Smoked Trout Crackers with Lemon-Dill Mayonnaise

Feta & Herb Dip with Crudites

From EatingWell

Lots of freshly chopped herbs add zing to our white bean dip. Serve with assorted vegetables, such as baby carrots, bell pepper strips, radishes, snow peas, broccoli and caulifower florets.

Feta & Herb Dip with Crudites

New World Gravlax

From EatingWell

This gravlax is a play on the traditional Scandinavian recipe. Thinly slice the finished salmon for canapes or layer it on warm grilled flatbread with a scattering of sliced sweet red onions, fresh salmon caviar and a dollop of good sour cream or creme fraiche. This salmon is also delicious used to make those wonderful old-fashioned tea sandwiches with fresh herb butter and thinly sliced cucumbers.

New World Gravlax

Mushroom & Leek Galette

From EatingWell

Tote this savory tart to potlucks and holiday gatherings. It makes perfect party food because it is easy to eat while you are balancing a glass and grazing at a buffet. Serve as an appetizer or as a vegetarian main dish.

Mushroom & Leek Galette

Spicy Blue Cheese Dip

From EatingWell

Make this your dip for Boneless Buffalo Wings and crunchy vegetables instead of a higher-fat blue cheese dressing. We've added a generous amount of cayenne pepper for fans of hot wings--omit the cayenne if you're serving this to a less "spicy" crowd.

Spicy Blue Cheese Dip

Sesame Mayonnaise

From EatingWell

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.

Sesame Mayonnaise

Roasted Beet Crostini

From EatingWell

The entire beet plant - roots, stems and greens - can be used in this stunning appetizer. The beets are roasted then pureed with goat cheese for a creamy ruby-red spread. The greens and stems are sauteed with olive oil and garlic for the topping.

Roasted Beet Crostini

Rustic Pesto Tart

From EatingWell

Talk about easy! Almost everything in this pesto-cranberry tart is store-bought. Although the tart can be enjoyed shortly after it comes out of the oven, it's just as good served at room temperature.

Rustic Pesto Tart

EatingWell Deviled Eggs

From EatingWell

Deviled eggs are a perennial potluck favorite. Our recipe replaces some of the egg yolks with nonfat cottage cheese-keeping the filling velvety and rich while reducing some of the fat. No one will know the difference.

EatingWell Deviled Eggs

Clams Casino

From EatingWell

Lean Canadian bacon, Parmesan cheese and an aromatic blend of chopped vegetables and herbs give our baked, stuffed clams so much flavor and crunch that you won't even miss the 6 tablespoons of butter that typically goes into this classic appetizer. They make a fabulous starter for a dinner party or a light summer entree with a fresh salad.

Clams Casino

Garlic & White Bean Dip

From EatingWell

For this simple-as-can-be dip, rich-tasting poached garlic is pureed with convenient canned beans, a little bit of onion and a dash of lemon juice. Use it as a dip for crudit's, a topping for bruschetta or even as a spread for a sandwich.

Garlic & White Bean Dip

Wasabi Crab on Endive

From EatingWell

Spicy wasabi mayonnaise makes crab sing in these easy appetizers.

Wasabi Crab on Endive

Smoked Salmon Tartare

From EatingWell

Smoked salmon gets an added crunch when served on radish slices.

Smoked Salmon Tartare

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

From Midwest Living

This creamy appetizer dip is made with three types of cheese. Bake it in a casserole dish, then tote the dish to a party along with a bag of pita chips.

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Garlic Shrimp Dip

From Midwest Living

Garlic Shrimp Dip

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