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

Our deliciously simple recipes—which include everything from appetizers to entrées to desserts—take the stress out of entertaining. Add these dishes to your menu and you'll spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying time with family and friends.
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.

Greek Layer Dip

Serve this zesty Mediterranean spin on traditional seven-layer dip with pita chips for a delightful party starter.

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!

Classic Roasted Salsa

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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.

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.

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.

Peel-and-Eat Shrimp

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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.

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.

Taco Truck-Style Guacamole

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

Baked Feta-Marinara Dip

Doctor homemade or store-bought marinara with smoky piquillo peppers and tangy feta cheese for an irresistible dip that comes together in a flash. Serve with plenty of crostini to sop up every last bit of sauce.

Guacamole Without Tomatoes

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

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.
Chickpea and Tuna Dip
Set the scene for a fun get-together with finger foods you can set out and forget about -- like this delicious, no-fuss dip.
Silver Dollar Pancakes
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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.