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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

Lemon-Thyme Whipped Ricotta

This stunning yet easy appetizer recipe infuses creamy ricotta with fresh herbs and lemon. Serve with whole-grain crackers and cut-up vegetables or use as a spread for sandwiches or sauce for pasta.

» Lemon-Thyme Whipped Ricotta


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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