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

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Rating: 3.25 stars
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

Rating: 3.27 stars
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!

Thai Cucumber Salad

The vegetables in this crunchy, satisfying Thai Cucumber Salad can be tossed together with the tangy rice vinegar dressing a week in advance, leaving nothing more to do before serving than to scatter roasted peanuts and fresh herbs over the top.

Peel-and-Eat Shrimp

This shrimp appetizer couldn't be easier to make. Simply poach the shrimp in water, then tossed them with butter and Old Bay Seasoning, which provides the spark.

Stuffed Jalapenos

Rating: 3.22 stars
These stuffed jalapenos make a great party appetizer. The recipe can easily be doubled for a crowd.

Guacamole Without Tomatoes

No tomatoes here! Just creamy avocados amped up with lime juice, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro.

Mussels in White Wine and Garlic

Rating: 3.37 stars
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.

Classic Roasted Salsa

Rating: 3.5 stars
Having salsa on hand is a must in summer. This homemade version is so easy, why even bother with store-bought? We love the deep, slightly smoky flavors in this version.

Tomato Burrata Bites

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

Taco Truck-Style Guacamole

The acid in the tomatillos will keep your guacamole bright green even if not serving right away.

Silver Dollar Pancakes

These mini pancakes are so much more than a delicious breakfast. Use these silver dollar pancakes as the base for a variety of sweet or savory appetizers or desserts.

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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.

Pan-Fried Sardines

The canned sardines are coated in cornmeal and fried up in minutes for a delicious appetizer.

Caramelized-Onion Tart with Olives and Anchovies

This tart-pizza dotted with already-made onions and olives takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.