Make-Ahead Cold Appetizer Recipes for the Busy Hostess
Martha's Cheddar Cheese Ball
Mango chutney adds a sweet bite to this cream cheese and cheddar cheese ball. Roll it in chopped toasted pecans or any other nuts you like.
Creamy Deviled Eggs
Light mayonnaise lends creaminess to these deviled eggs, while Dijon mustard, white-wine vinegar, minced shallot, and a dash of hot sauce bring zing. Sprinkle each egg with paprika for a traditional touch.
A blend of smoked salmon and sour cream gets a luxurious texture from unflavored gelatin in this simple, elegant appetizer. Chill it for up to two days before serving.
Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip
This delectable dip blends roasted red peppers, walnuts, and balsamic vinegar. Paprika and cumin add smoky back notes.
Chicken-Liver Mousse with Raspberry Jelly
Exquisite and easy, the rich combination of chicken livers and butter is beautifully complemented by sweet-tart raspberry jelly.
Dried and fresh mushrooms, bacon, and garlic give layers of flavor to this creamy dip. This make-ahead appetizer tastes even better when it's been refrigerated for a day or two.
Two favorite party dips unite in this creamy recipe. Three cups of cilantro leaves give the dip its vivid green color.
Cucumber Cups with Vichyssoise
Hollowed-out cucumbers become impressive vessels for creamy chilled soup.
Whether it's a backyard barbecue, game day, or birthday party, you can't go wrong with this layered taco dip. Refried beans, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, avocado, scallions, canned green chiles, sour cream, and shredded lettuce make up the enticing layers.
Marinated in lemon juice, white-wine vinegar, fresh oregano, and olive oil, these mushrooms taste even better when made a few days before serving. Serve this easy appetizer with olives and a selection of cheeses.