Hosting an appetizer party doesn't mean you need to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. Instead, start with store-bought
ingredients that save you time, like puff pastry. The pastry is delicate, so don't overload it.
Serve a chilled appetizer salad loaded with crab, avocado, and fresh parsley. It's light enough to balance the rest of your
appetizer spread, but hearty enough to provide a solid base for the party's bar menu.
Pickup appetizers are ideal for cocktail parties; they're individually portioned and don't require any plate balancing while
your guests enjoy. Try this new spin on the prosciutto skewer. It's delicious and can be made ahead to save you time on the
day of the party.
When a party-sized cheese ball is too much for your intimate crowd, make miniature versions topped with delicious sea salt.
Make them up to a month ahead of time and pull them out when unexpected guests arrive.
Serve a delicious potato-and-salmon appetizer that looks almost as good as it tastes. The salmon adds a bright pop of color
to the appetizer buffet, and the potato base gives this appetizer top-rated portable ability.
If you usually serve spinach dip at friendly gatherings, switch it up this year by serving a warm dip made with roasted red
peppers, walnuts, and a dash of lemon juice. Serve with toasted bread slices or even sliced veggies for an easy appetizer
station perfect for welcoming guests to your home.
With bright yellow-green clusters that look like bunches of large Muscat grapes, Green Grape tomatoes have a sweet flavor
and bright acidity that call for creamy cheeses and rich fillings. A chef's favorite.
This combo has everything we love in a great appetizer--it's salty, crunchy, savory, and just a little decadent. If you're
doubling or tripling the recipe for a party, you can set out the toppings and the grilled toasts brushed with olive oil to
let your guests build their own.
Sunset reader Herbert Roebuck of Clovis, California, suggests chilling the formed crab balls for an hour or up to 1 day, if
you have time, to make them easier to roll in panko. They're delicious served with tartar sauce in addition to the hot sauce.