Keep summer entertaining simple with these easy appetizer recipes that keep you on the porch–and out of the kitchen.
June 08, 2009
1 of 15Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams
Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball
Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball Recipe Cheese balls never go out of style, and this one has the added benefit of sweet dates and crunchy walnuts. Serve with crackers, shortbread wafers, or fruit slices.
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Vegetable and Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Miso Sambal
Vegetable and Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Miso Sambal Recipe Impress guests by filling crisp, buttery Boston lettuce leaves with fresh cucumber, cilantro, peanuts, tofu, and avocados. Really bring the wraps to life with miso sambal, a spicy Indonesian condiment featuring chile paste, ginger, miso, rice wine vinegar, sugar, and dark sesame oil.
Uptown Figs Recipe Craving the irrestible combination of sweet and salty flavors? These figs fit the bill. Slice each fig almost in half, fill with a a mixture of cream cheese, powdered sugar, and orange liqueur, and finish off with a salted almond.
5 of 15Beth Dreiling Hontzas
Recipe Marinate blocks of fresh mozzarella in a Mediterranean-inspired mixture of olive oil and seasonings, then top with tangy sun-dried tomatoes and fresh rosemary. Since it needs to marinate for 8-24 hours before serving, this appetizer is a great make-ahead choice.
Smoked Salmon-Cardamom Spread Recipe Dress up smoked salmon with cardamom's sweet, aromatic flavor. Add sour cream, fresh lemon, and green onions for a simple–yet elegant–appetizer that's worth sharing.
9 of 15Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Caesar Salad Bites
Caesar Salad Bites Recipe Turn this classic salad into an appetizer by spooning the vegetable mixture into romaine lettuce hearts and topping with croutons and a creamy Caesar dressing.
10 of 15Oxmoor House
Caprese Skewers Recipe A Caprese salad is a made from tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and olive oil. We've taken similar ingredients and threaded them onto wooden skewers to create handheld appetizers.
12 of 15Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Allison R. Banks
Fruit, Cheese, and Herb Skewers
Fruit, Cheese, and Herb Skewers
Recipe Use any combination of your favorite summer berries and arrange them on skewers with small mozzarella balls and basil. You’ll get big points for serving the perfect summer appetizer at your next party.
13 of 15Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Stephana Bottom
Creamy Pesto Pinwheels
Creamy Pesto Pinwheels Recipe Tasty pinwheel sandwiches are always popular at parties and are easy to make ahead and transport. All you need are 4 ingredients.
14 of 15Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto
Prosciutto-Wrapped Pears Recipe When you combine the sweetness of ripe pears with the saltines of prosciutto, the result is magic. Make this 5-ingredient appetizer your go-to recipe for last-minute entertaining.
15 of 15Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto
Scallop Ceviche Recipe Ceviche is a popular Latin American appetizer where some type of seafood is marinated in an acid mixture, usually lemon or lime juice and combined with fresh veggies. The action of the acid on the raw fish changes the texture of the fish to make it more firm, but it does not actually cook the fish, so be sure to use very fresh seafood.