Appetizers on the Grill

Fire up the grill and get your summer party started with these favorite grilled appetizers.

  • Gorgonzola-Grilled Pear Crostini
    Text by Lane Nieset, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Gorgonzola-Grilled Pear Crostini

    You can use your grill for more than hamburgers. Prepare elegant appetizers perfect for a sophisticated dinner party or soiree. This Gorgonzola-Grilled Pear Crostini has grilled pear wedges sprinkled with pecans and rosemary. Drizzle on honey for a sweet finish to a beautiful appetizer.

  • Caramelized Tomato Bruschetta
    Text by Lane Nieset, Photo: Erin Kunkel

    Caramelized Tomato Bruschetta

    This simple appetizer is a party favorite and the caramelized tomatoes enhance the flavor of the dish. You can even set out toasts and toppings so guests can build their own bruschetta.
  • Grilled Pepper Poppers
    Text by Lane Nieset, Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

    Grilled Pepper Poppers

    Grilled peppers add color to the plate, as well as a sweet, subtle flavor. When stuffed with garlic and herb cheese and topped with bacon slices, these bite-sized appetizers are sure to be a hit with guests.
  • Roasted Corn Salsa
    Text by Lane Nieset

    Roasted Corn Salsa

    Roasted corn combined with tomatoes, onions, and parsley in sweet-hot vinaigrette will definitely have some kick. This summertime salsa has a Southwest influence and is a fun appetizer served with tortilla chips or on top of a grilled dish.
  • Steak Crostini With Avocado-Horseradish Mayonnaise
    Text by Lane Nieset, Oxmoor House

    Steak Crostini with Avocado-Horseradish Mayo

    For an appetizer that tastes just as good as it looks, this steak crostini is a definite must-serve. The grilled flank steak pairs beautifully with the avocado and wasabi spread. Add a sprig of oregano on top and you’ll get a pop of color and a pretty presentation.
  • Grilled Stuffed Peppers
    Text by Lane Nieset, Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Grilled Stuffed Peppers

    For a fresh take on stuffed peppers, use a three-cheese filling that balances out the spice from the jalapeños. This hot dish is great for cocktail parties or for a more intimate dinner party.
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    Text by Lane Nieset, The Food You Crave

    Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups with Herbs and Cheese

    Thin slices of grilled zucchini give this appetizer a delicate air. Rolled up with goat cheese, herbs, and spinach, these sushi-like treats are full of flavor and color.
  • Shrimp Bruschetta al Limoncello
    Text by Lane Nieset, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Shrimp Bruschetta al Limoncello

    Bruschetta is a classic appetizer and the shrimp really are the icing on the cake. They’re mixed in a sauce featuring garlic, shallots, lemon juice, and limoncello. The hint of lemon will make this dish truly unforgettable.
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