Quick & Easy Appetizers

From sweet to salty, vegetarian to meaty, a mixture of hot and cold these finger foods, dips, and light savory snacks make for perfect appetizers in a pinch.

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Bookmark These Easy Recipes for Your Next Party

These tasty recipes take the stress out of entertaining so that you can spend more time enjoying the party with your guests.
By Rebecca Morris

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

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Get a perfect hard-boiled egg every time with these simple tips. With hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator, you always have the components of a satisfying meal.

Creamy Deviled Eggs

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Deviled eggs are a classic and one of Martha Stewart's favorite hors d'oeuvres. Deviled eggs are crowd-pleasing party snack that are the perfect way to start a casual evening. Make this creamy deviled egg recipe and get your party started in 30 minutes or less!

Jalapeño Popper Dip

Taking a cue from the creamy, spicy flavors of jalapeño poppers, this dip is sinfully good and blissfully easy. Just mix a few of the roasted chiles with room-temperature cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, and drained jarred pimientos, then slide it all into the oven until the casserole dish bubbles.
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Persimmon and Brie Crostini

These little toasts make a delectable Thanksgiving appetizer. Be sure to use Fuyu persimmons -- they should be ripe but sliceable.

Tomato Burrata Bites

No-cook finger food at its finest! Sweet Campari tomatoes are stuffed with rich, creamy burrata and finished with fresh basil.

Smoked Salmon Dip with Bagel Chips

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This dip is what bagels dream about. With a kick of horseradish, this smoked salmon dip packs all the flavors of your favorite New York deli in to one bite.

Spiced Walnuts

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Cayenne pepper gives these slightly sweet walnuts a piquant kick.

Mussels in White Wine and Garlic

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Be sure to buy live mussels. Any open mussels that do not close when you press their shells a few times are dead, and you should discard them.

Baked Scallops

The pan juices that are released from baking the scallops mix with creme fraiche and white wine to create a delicious garlicky sauce. Serve this gratin with crusty bread for dipping, or for a heartier dish, serve over thin spaghetti tossed in olive oil.

Flavored Cheese Balls

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Make all 3 flavors of cheese balls or prepare just 1 or 2, adjusting the ingredients accordingly.

Stuffed Jalapenos

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These stuffed jalapenos make a great party appetizer. The recipe can easily be doubled for a crowd.
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Inspiration and Ideas

22 Amazing Last-Minute Appetizers
Sometimes the best parties aren't planned at all. When friends descend unexpectedly, you'll just need a few pantry ingredients to create these deceptively sophisticated snacks.
Greek Layer Dip
Serve this zesty Mediterranean spin on traditional seven-layer dip with pita chips for a delightful party starter.

Chicken Liver Pate

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Reader Maya Parada in Brooklyn, New York, shares her secret for adding sweetness to this pate: grated carrot. Serve as an appetizer, or spread on crackers or sandwiches for rich flavor.