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Salmon Classic

Smoked salmon is always a cocktail party favorite.

» Salmon Classic

Tomato-Basil Skewers

Skewering mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes makes them easy to nosh at a party.

» Tomato-Basil Skewers

Steak-&-Boursin-Wrapped Bells

For an even quicker preparation, try deli roast beef.

» Steak-&-Boursin-Wrapped Bells

Roasted Garlic Guacamole with Help-Yourself Garnishes

Rick Bayless’s new book is all about how to throw a great fiesta, or party, and a key part of any great fiesta is the food. “I like to welcome guests with this guacamole bar,” he says. “I start off with a basic guacamole made with roasted garlic and set out bowls of toppings so everyone can customize each bite.” (Recipe from "Fiesta at Rick’s" by Rick Bayless; W.W. Norton and Company, July 2010.)

» Roasted Garlic Guacamole with Help-Yourself Garnishes

Polenta Wedges with Tomato Tapenade

Crispy pieces of polenta topped with a tangy sun-dried tomato tapenade makes a pretty and tasty appetizer.

» Polenta Wedges with Tomato Tapenade

Olive & Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

This olive-and-goat-cheese-stuffed cherry tomato recipe makes a great pop-in-your-mouth appetizer. Scooping out the insides to stuff the tomato can be a little tricky without the right tool—a 1/4-teaspoon measuring spoon works very well for the job.

» Olive & Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Middle Eastern Zucchini Dip

This creamy and tangy Middle Eastern zucchini dip recipe, also known as Koosa Ma Laban, is best served with baked pita chips or crunchy vegetables.

» Middle Eastern Zucchini Dip


Tasty appetizers that help make entertaining easy and fun.

Whether you need quick nibbles to satisfy predinner hunger pangs or you’re hosting a party, this collection of tasty, healthy appetizer recipes is sure to hit the spot. These appetizers are party-ready in 30 minutes or less, and the emphasis is on delicious and healthy ingredients like fresh bell peppers and shrimp. Fun-to-eat tomato-basil skewers, studded with chunks of tomato and mozzarella, boast calcium and vitamin C. Or combine beans and cheese in classic Tex-Mex dip, which packs plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium. From crowd-pleasing dips and spreads to delicious canapés, you’ll find tasty ideas that will have people eating in no time.

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Appetizers ready in 15 minutes or less

These sweet and savory bites are like a cheese course in a...
This colorful salsa comes together in a snap with avocado...
Fresh figs, blue cheese and a drizzle of honey top toasted...
Top blue corn tortilla chips with mango slices, cotija...
Sliced eggs and ruby-colored salmon roe top whole-grain...
Top rice crackers with pickled ginger and crabmeat for a...
Crunchy pita chips make the perfect base for this ultra-...
Give this childhood treat a savory twist by swapping the...
Spread this creamy ham and roasted red pepper dip on...
Marinating precooked shrimp in garlic- and lemon-infused...
Blue corn tortilla chips make this Mexican-style red-white-...
Horseradish sour cream, pickled beets and roast beef top...
Smoked salmon is always a cocktail party favorite.
These shrimp appetizers are simple yet full of flavor. Just...
For an even quicker preparation, try deli roast beef.
Skewering mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes makes them...
A super scooper for your favorite dips.
Stirring salsa into versatile canned refried beans makes a...

Appetizers ready in 30 minutes or less

Savory, smoky and slightly sweet, these are great with...
These quesadillas have an irresistibly creamy filling. They...
This smoked salmon platter requires little effort but the...
Deviled eggs are a perennial potluck favorite. Our recipe...
Lots of freshly chopped herbs add zing to our white bean...
Crackers topped with tangy goat cheese and a confetti of...
Not a fan of kale? These crispy baked kale chips will...
This is a famous dish along the Yangtze, with regional...
This creamy and tangy Middle Eastern zucchini dip recipe,...
We love the way Brie and apples taste together in these...
This olive-and-goat-cheese-stuffed cherry tomato recipe...
Our oven-baked zucchini sticks taste every bit as good as...
We love the taste of these zesty Italian-style one-bite...
Crispy pieces of polenta topped with a tangy sun-dried...
The sweet-and-salty combination in this easy, one-bite...
Roasting isn't just for turkey. Roasting fruit, in...
Rick Bayless’s new book is all about how to throw a great...
In this deconstructed version of hot spinach-artichoke dip...
It’s definitely worth making your own corn tortilla chips—...

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