Pear and Blue-Cheese Pastry Triangles Recipe 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.
2 of 16Photo: Lisa Romerein; Styling: Valerie Aikman-Smith
Crab Salad Cups
Crab Salad Cups Recipe 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.
3 of 16Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto
Brussels Sprout and Prosciutto Skewers
Brussels Sprout and Prosciutto Skewers Recipe 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.
4 of 16James Carrier
Salt-and-Pepper Cheese Puffs (Gougères)
Salt-and-Pepper Cheese Puffs (Gougères) Recipe 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.
5 of 16Leo Gong
Herbed Yukon Gold Potato Latkes
Herbed Yukon Gold Potato Latkes Recipe 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.
6 of 16Annabelle Breakey, Karen Shinto
Walnut Red Pepper Dip
Walnut Red Pepper Dip Recipe 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.
7 of 16Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker
Pesto Arugula Wraps
Pesto Arugula Wraps Recipe This four-ingredient appetizer comes together in about fifteen minutes, making it a perfect after-party snack or last-minute recipe for unexpected guests.
8 of 16Norman A. Plate
Cowboy Caviar Recipe Make a dish that only gets better as it sits. Mix it up the night before then pull it out of the fridge and pair it with tortilla chips for a savory, crowd-pleasing snack.
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Hot Ricotta Spinach Loaf
Hot Ricotta Spinach Loaf Recipe Whether you call it an appetizer or a light sandwich, this delicious warm dish is loaded with spinach, ricotta cheese, and Parmesan. Serve with warm marinara sauce, for dipping.
10 of 16Christina Schmidhofer
Green Grape Tomato Appetizer
Green Grape Tomato Appetizer Recipe 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.
14 of 16Photo: Jeffrey Cross; Food Styling: Karen Shinto
Olive and Pistachio Bruschetta
Olive and Pistachio Bruschetta Recipe 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.
15 of 16Photo: James Baigrie
Crab Croquettes Recipe 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.
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Sesame Fried Artichokes
Sesame Fried Artichokes Recipe This easy-to-eat appetizer borrows from Roman-style fried artichokes and adds Asian flavors. They're a snap to whip up.