Impress your guest with these tasty party appetizers and first-course dishes from Food & Wine that are guaranteed to stimulate your appetite.
Katie's Pimento Goat CheeseThis super-easy variation of the classic Southern sandwich spread features goat cheese instead of the traditional cheddar, plus minced onion and crushed whole pimientos and garlic for full-bodied flavor.
Zucchini, Corn, Black-Bean, and Jack-Cheese QuesadillasThese super cheesy quesadillas are brimming with zucchini, corn, onion, jalapeño peppers, and black beans.
Bacon-and-Leek QuicheA rich quiche with bacon, leeks and Gruyčre cheese sliced into thin wedges is a great choice for an appetizer party. This recipe makes two 10-inch tarts so you’ll have plenty for your guests.
Middle Eastern Lamb SkewersChef Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia adds onion juice or pureed onions to his Middle Eastern–style marinades to tenderize and caramelize the meat for these tasty lamb skewers. Serve with pita wedges and Greek yogurt for a hearty appetizer.
Vaca Frita: Crispy BeefThis recipe for vaca frita ("fried cow") is a close cousin of Cuba's famous ropa vieja, stewed shredded beef in tomato sauce. The beef for vaca frita, however, is marinated in lime, garlic and salt, then seared until crispy.
Tomato Salsa with Cucumber "Chips"This healthy take on the traditional chips-and-salsa combo is nearly fat-free and super-refreshing. The antioxidant-rich salsa is delicious served right after it's made, but the flavors meld nicely after a day or two in the refrigerator.
Free-Form Onion TartNo fluting required for this buttery dough that you simply flatten into a disk, fill with a savory caramelized onion mixture, then fold the edges of the dough over the edges of the filling.
Cheese-Topped GuacamoleThere’s no need to decide between guacamole and queso with this chunky guacamole topped with gooey melted cheese.
Root-Vegetable GratinUse a mandoline slicer to cut sweet potato, butternut squash and rutabaga into thin slices; they will turn tender when baked with chicken broth and a little cream.
Guacamole with Charred Jalapeńo and ScallionsAdd intense flavor to chunky quacamole by stirring in grilled and charred Jalapeńo peppers and scallions.
Asian Chicken Salad with Wasabi DressingThis delectable poached-chicken salad, packed with Asian pear, cucumber and bean sprouts, offers a double hit of wasabi.