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.
Summer means long days filled with outdoor activities and impromptu weekend gatherings. So when the temperature rises, keep the cooking time to a minimum and the kitchen cool with our favorite no-cook summer recipes.
Behind every great party is some savvy planning. Every detail matters, such as inviting the right number of guests, buying enough ice, and especially putting together a fabulous menu. To remove some of the guesswork, we've compiled our favorite warm-weather hors d'oeuvre recipes -- perfect for a spring or summer fete.
While the holiday season is a time to indulge in treats we look forward to all year long, there's no rule that says every bite we take between November and January must be soaked in butter and covered in cheese. We've gathered some of our favorite recipes for lighter appetizers that ease up on the fat and have plenty of colorful vegetables and bright, refreshing flavors. Intersperse some lighter appetizers amongst the rich dips and Christmas cookies, and your guests will thank you for it.
Fondue is an easy, fun, crowd-pleaser of a party food. The most traditional recipe is made with Emmental or Gruyere cheese, white wine, and kirsch, but endless variations are possible, including the additions of Stilton, cheddar, or goat cheese, and the substitution of apple cider in place of wine. In addition to our selection of cheese fondue recipes, we have a rich caramel fondue for dessert. Teach everyone the fondue party rules, and let the fun begin.
Stock your pantry with the long-lasting ingredients for these tasty appetizers so you can whip up a snack at a moment’s notice for drop-in guests and spontaneous get-togethers throughout the season. With cheese, salami, and smoked salmon in the fridge, olives, peppers, and crackers or chips in the pantry, and baguettes or pita bread in the freezer, you’ll be ready to party at a moment’s notice.