Get the party started with these impressive, savory appetizers.
Cream Cheese-and-Olive Biscuits With Olive-Parsley Spread
Chicken-and-Bacon SataySatay is an Indonesian version of kabobs: thinly sliced marinated meat grilled on a skewer and served with peanut sauce.
Pork Tenderloin CrostiniThese delectable open-faced Pork Tenderloin Crostini offer a kick with each bite plus a striking presentation thanks to the Cranberry-Pepper Jelly on top.
Pepper Jelly-Goat Cheese CakesUse red or green pepper jelly for these delightful hors d'oeuvres, or a mix of both for creating a festive Christmas-hued plate.
Grits CrostiniGrits Crostini takes a Southern twist where toasted bread is replaced with grits. We top these bite-size appetizers with Caramelized Apples and Onions.
Brisket ShootersPick up brisket and sauce from your favorite barbecue joint to save time making these Southern shooters.
Grits-and-Gumbo TartsAll the iconic flavors of this Southern stew are skewered together into bite-size Grits-and-Gumbo Tarts.
Mini Crab Cakes with Pineapple-Cucumber SalsaThese crowd-pleasing Mini Crab Cakes with Pineapple-Cucumber Salsa make impressive small bites for your hoilday féte.
Chicks in a BlanketDough-wrapped chicken-apple sausages are best fresh from the oven, so bake one batch at a time and serve warm.
Pumpkin-Carrot Soup Shooters with Coconut CreamServe this delightful hors d'oeurve in glass votives or demitasse cups. Its savory-sweet, slightly spicy flavor is to die for.
Smoked Salmon CrostiniSmoked salmon is always a welcome addition to an elegant appetizer table. Get a head start on your party preparations by making this salmon mixture early in the day.
Panko-crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper-Chive AioliParty-starting crab cakes are surprisingly quick to prepare when using canned lump crab meat. Prepare the morning before the party, refrigerate, and bake just before serving.
Vietnamese Rolls with Peanut Dipping SauceCrunchy vegetables pair with hoisin-seasoned chicken in this refreshing roll. You can make the sauce and chicken mixture a few hours ahead, but assemble the rolls just before serving so that they don't dry out.
Cheesy Caramelized Onion FlatbreadsCheesy Caramelized Onion Flatbreads deliver as a flavorful appetizer. We like the mix of cheeses and black sesame seeds in these tasty snacks.
Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with QuesoYou can keep the queso blanco warm in a fondue pot or 1-qt. slow cooker. These are hearty, and would be a winner for a tailgate too.
Prosciutto, Mango, and Parmesan SaladA classic combination of sweet, sour, and salty tastes. Substitute sliced ham for the prosciutto, if desired.
Sweet Potato Ravioli with Lemon-Sage Brown ButterTry this wonton twist on ravioli as a knife-and-fork hors d'oeuvre. You can prepare the ravioli up to one day in advance; sauté in lemon-sage brown butter just before serving. Or freeze on a baking sheet until firm, transfer to an airtight container, and store frozen up to four weeks.
Smoked Salmon Mousse CanapésSpread the love for your favorite seafood at your next party with crowd-pleasing Smoked Salmon Mousse Canapés.
Shrimp Martinis with Napa Cabbage SlawImpress your guests by serving coconut shrimp over slaw in festive martini glasses. You'll be the talk of the town.
Four-Layer Cheese LoafTo make two loaves, use two(7- x 3-inch) loafpans. Mix ingredients as directed; divide mixtures in half, and follow layering procedure for each loaf.
Mini Beef WellingtonsMini Beef Wellingtons make an impressive presentation and will be a huge hit with party guests. We love the fresh rosemary and flaky puff pastry of these little bites.
Honeyed OlivesDress up plain olives in this cocktail party staple. Honey, lemon, rosemary, and toasted cumin are an irresistible combination.
Bacon-wrapped Shrimp with Basil-Garlic StuffingThe name says it all. What's better than bacon? Shrimp wrapped in bacon and stuffed with Parmesan cheese, basil, and garlic. Serve these delectable appetizers in soup spoons for over-the-top presentation.
Blue Cheese Crostini with Balsamic-Roasted GrapesKeep this recipe in your back pocket to use as your go-to for last-minute company. You can also serve the grapes with chicken or pork in lieu of a sauce. Or toss them in salads.
Chicken Sausage Puffs with Creamy Mustard Dipping SauceThis 5-ingredient appetizer is simply irresistible. Plus, they're the perfect size for popping into your mouth, so we'll bet you can't eat just one!
Ceviche de Camaron (Shrimp Ceviche Cocktail)Although a classic ceviche has raw fish that's been marinated in fresh lime juice long enough to "cook" the fish, this party version features cooked shrimp that's served in a vegetable and lime juice mixture.
Shanghai Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili SauceFill restaurant-style spring rolls with shrimp and pork for your dipping pleasure. You can fry them in advance, keeping the rolls warm in the oven before guests arrive. If you're serving as a first course, plate two rolls over lettuce leaves with a single serving of sauce.
Scallop-and-Avocado TostadasTortilla chips serve as the base for mashed avocado, micro greens and seared scallops. These elegant appetizers surely won't disappoint at your next gathering.
Beef Tenderloin with Merlot JamBeef Tenderloin with Garlic-and-Merlot Jam lends a touch of elegance to an appetizer spread at that special celebration.
Oysters with Mignonette IceServing oysters on the half shell with a little scoop of the frozen red wine mixture adds both flavor to the oysters and color to your presentation.
Pancetta Crisps With Goat CheeseStart with only 5 ingredients to make this simple and elegant appetizer that's a guaranteed crowd pleaser.