1 of 13Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Instant Italian Cheese Tray
Instant Italian Cheese Tray Recipe When you need an appetizer in a hurry, see how to transform storebought items into impressive party foods. For example, you can make a ho-hum cheese tray spectacular with a few unexpected additions like a quick olive sauté, sliced persimmons, and prosciutto.
2 of 13Photo: Maura McEvoy
Citrus Olives Recipe Olives are always a great addition to an appetizer buffet, and these are enhanced with a bit of orange zest. Serve with breadsticks and roasted almonds.
3 of 13Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Lemony Herbed Ricotta and Roasted Tomato Bruschetta
This bruschetta is both sweet, with pear slices and honey, and savory because of the Brie cheese and balsamic drizzle.
5 of 13Photo: Dana Gallagher
Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Goat Cheese Bruschetta Recipe You can whip up this quick appetizer with ingredients you may already have on hand: bread, goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, and any type of herb. The recipe is ideal for pairing with a crisp wine such as sauvignon blanc.
Try out an innovative bruschetta recipe that will leave your guests begging for more!
7 of 13Photo: Caren Alpert
Tiny Pizza Pies
Tiny Pizza Pies Recipe It sort of feels like cheating, but this is such a fun idea for a party appetizer. All you need are a couple of frozen pizzas and a biscuit cutter. Then you just top the rounds with whatever ingredients you have on hand such as olives, mushrooms, or fresh herbs.
8 of 13Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Black-Eyed Pea, Bacon, and Pickled Okra Bruschetta
Add a sophisticated twist to a classic appetizer. Your guests will be begging for the recipe!
10 of 13Photo: Ralph Anderson
Black Pepper-Goat Cheese Log
Black Pepper-Goat Cheese Log Recipe Keep a few logs of goat cheese in the refrigerator during the holidays and you'll always be ready with a quick appetizer. All you have to do is sprinkle the cheese with pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with bread slices or crackers.
11 of 13Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Rachael Burrow
Mini Crab Melts
Mini Crab Melts
Recipe These little morsels are perfect for snacking on before dinner is served. As soon as the cheese is melted, they're ready to serve.
12 of 13Photo: Melanie Acevedo
Cheese Platter Recipe Nothing is easier and more sophisticated than an assortment of artisanal cheeses, fresh fruits, and bread. It's a bonus for your guests if you put "nametags" on the cheeses so they'll know which ones they're enjoying.
13 of 13Jennifer Davick
Holiday Salsa Recipe No cooking required for this colorful 3-ingredient appetizer. Serve with tortilla chips for an appealing contrast between salty and sweet. If you have any left over, you can use it as a topping for fish or chicken.