Let friends and family gather around appetizers while dinner is being prepared -- and nobody will notice if the turkey's running late. Take your pick from favorites such as baked brie, cheese logs, crackers, dips, spiced nuts, and cheese straws.
The golden globes of the fruit world make tart-sweet "cups" for dollops of tangy creme fraiche, creating a delightful union of flavors. Serve these as a snack or starter -- anytime you want a bite (or two) of sunshine.
Where will you be on our nation’s birthday? Clustered around a backyard grill, hoofing it up a hiking trail, or sprawled out in your local park, staking out the best spot for the fireworks spectacular? Wherever you are, you’ll be hungry, but we’re here to help. These take-along snacks will satisfy the whole crowd.
The best appetizers for a July 4th celebration are the make-ahead kind. Get them ready long before you turn on the grill -- and go for starters that can take the heat, not delicate dishes that will wilt or melt if you set them out in the sun. Go for vegetable-based dishes, after all, there are plenty of hot dogs, hamburgers, and steaks to come.