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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Make perfect hard-boiled eggs every time with our simple two-step recipe that cooks up to a dozen eggs at once. All you need are eggs, a pan large enough to hold them, and water to cover. Follow our tips for peeling hard-boiled eggs, and then enjoy as a protein-packed snack, or in deviled eggs and egg salad.

Creamy Deviled Eggs

Rating: 3.5 stars 1068
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

Rating: 3.5 stars 234
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.

Mussels in White Wine and Garlic

Rating: 3.5 stars 266
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.

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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Smoked Salmon Dip with Bagel Chips

Rating: 3.5 stars 337
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.

Cheater's Deviled Eggs

Everything you love about deviled eggs but deconstructed into an easier-to-make bite! Spread rice crackers with mayo and mustard, then top with a slice of hard-boiled egg, smoked sweet paprika, and fresh dill.

Greek Layer Dip

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

Guacamole Without Tomatoes

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

Stuffed Jalapenos

Rating: 3 stars 561
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.
Peel-and-Eat Shrimp
Rating: Unrated 20
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.
Spiced Walnuts
Rating: 3 stars 130

Cayenne pepper gives these slightly sweet walnuts a piquant kick.