Instant Italian Cheese TrayWhen you need an appetizer in a hurry, see how to transform storebought items into impressive party foods. For example, you can make a ho-hum cheese tray spectacular with a few unexpected additions like a quick olive sauté, sliced persimmons, and prosciutto.
Citrus OlivesOlives are always a great addition to an appetizer buffet, and these are enhanced with a bit of orange zest. Serve with breadsticks and roasted almonds.
Lemony Herbed Ricotta and Roasted Tomato Bruschetta
Pear, Brie, and Balsamic Bruschetta
Goat Cheese BruschettaYou can whip up this quick appetizer with ingredients you may already have on hand: bread, goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, and any type of herb. The recipe is ideal for pairing with a crisp wine such as sauvignon blanc.
Tiny Pizza PiesIt sort of feels like cheating, but this is such a fun idea for a party appetizer. All you need are a couple of frozen pizzas and a biscuit cutter. Then you just top the rounds with whatever ingredients you have on hand such as olives, mushrooms, or fresh herbs.
Black-Eyed Pea, Bacon, and Pickled Okra Bruschetta
Smoked Trout and Dill Cream Bruschetta
Black Pepper-Goat Cheese LogKeep a few logs of goat cheese in the refrigerator during the holidays and you'll always be ready with a quick appetizer. All you have to do is sprinkle the cheese with pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with bread slices or crackers.
Cheese PlatterNothing is easier and more sophisticated than an assortment of artisanal cheeses, fresh fruits, and bread. It's a bonus for your guests if you put "nametags" on the cheeses so they'll know which ones they're enjoying.
Holiday SalsaNo cooking required for this colorful 3-ingredient appetizer. Serve with tortilla chips for an appealing contrast between salty and sweet. If you have any left over, you can use it as a topping for fish or chicken.