Top Appetizers from Food & Wine

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 Cheese
    Photo: © Earl Carter

    Katie's Pimento Goat Cheese

    This 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.
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    Zucchini, Corn, Black-Bean, and Jack-Cheese Quesadillas

    These super cheesy quesadillas are brimming with zucchini, corn, onion, jalapeño peppers, and black beans.
  • Bacon-and-Leek Quiche
    Photo: © Quentin Bacon

    Bacon-and-Leek Quiche

    A 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 Skewers
    Photo: © Quentin Bacon

    Middle Eastern Lamb Skewers

    Chef 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 Beef
    Photo: © Lucy Schaeffer

    Vaca Frita: Crispy Beef

    This 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"
    Photo: © Maura McEvoy

    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 Tart
    Photo: © Quentin Bacon

    Free-Form Onion Tart

    No 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 Guacamole
    Photo: © Quentin Bacon

    Cheese-Topped Guacamole

    There’s no need to decide between guacamole and queso with this chunky guacamole topped with gooey melted cheese.
  • Root-Vegetable Gratin
    Photo: © John Kernick

    Root-Vegetable Gratin

    Use 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 Scallions
    Photo: © Lucy Schaeffer

    Guacamole with Charred Jalapeńo and Scallions

    Add intense flavor to chunky quacamole by stirring in grilled and charred Jalapeńo peppers and scallions.
  • Asian Chicken Salad with Wasabi Dressing
    Photo: © James Baigrie

    Asian Chicken Salad with Wasabi Dressing

    This delectable poached-chicken salad, packed with Asian pear, cucumber and bean sprouts, offers a double hit of wasabi.
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