Appetizers set the mood for any party, whether it's a holiday party, birthday party, baby shower, or elegant dinner party. Browse our favorite vegetarian appetizer recipes and find the perfect way to welcome your guests.
The classic Sicilian dish combining eggplant, tomatoes, raisins, pine nuts, and vinegar gets added depth from unsweetened cocoa powder. Serve the caponata on crostini or enjoy it as a pasta sauce or sandwich spread.
Goat cheese seasoned with garlic, parsley, and hot pepper is stuffed into button mushroom caps, topped with fresh breadcrumbs, and baked until lightly browned. This easy appetizer recipe can be customized to your liking with shallots, chopped olives, or toasted nuts.
Bright-green edamame (young soybeans) are pureed with carrot, ginger, sesame oil, scallion, and Sriracha sauce to make the filling for these vegetarian dumplings. Serve the steamed dumplings with a flavorful dipping sauce made of soy sauce, rice-wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and julienned ginger.
Goat cheese and nonfat buttermilk make a light, tangy fondue. Fresh chives, thyme, tarragon, and parsley are a refreshing, colorful addition. If you do not own a fondue pot, a small slow cooker is an excellent way to keep this appetizer warm throughout the party.
A rich filling of shiitake mushrooms, cream, and Port is sandwiched between two layers of cooked, cooled polenta and cut into diamond shapes. Heat these elegant appetizers in the oven just before serving, and garnish with slivers of roasted red bell pepper and mascarpone cheese.
Combine smoky grilled jalapenos and corn with cilantro, lime juice, scallions, and cheddar cheese to make the topping for these dressed-up nachos. Spoon the topping onto chili-lime tortilla chips and give them a quick trip under the broiler just before serving.
Roll up red bell pepper, beets, carrot, daikon, cucumber, and radish sprouts in delicate rice-paper wrappers and serve with a tangy ginger-soy dipping sauce. These can be prepared a few hours in advance, or you can let your guests have fun making their own spring rolls.
These easy cheese-straw appetizers are made with frozen puff pastry and grated Parmesan cheese. In addition to cheese, you can vary the flavorings with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, paprika, or cayenne pepper. The baked and cooled straws will keep at room temperature up to one week.
This tart's topping of tender sauteed leeks flecked with thyme, Nicoise olives, and Parmesan and Pave d'Affinois cheeses makes a beautiful presentation. Using store-bought puff pastry is a great time-saver. If you can't find Pave d'Affinois, use another soft-ripened cheese, such as Camembert.
Layer grilled bread with mozzarella cheese, pesto, arugula, and curls of Parmesan cheese to make this boldly flavored appetizer. If you use store-bought pesto, this recipe comes together in mere minutes.