Appetizers

From last-minute appetizers to the best party finger foods, we have irresistible recipes for any event. Your favorite classic dips are all here, plus healthy and vegetarian choices galore!

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Irresistible Individual Appetizers, Sides, and Desserts for Holiday Meals

Whether you choose to serve cheesy fondue bites as an appetizer, individual potato gratins alongside dinner, or mini Bundt cakes or lemon tarts for dessert, these pre-portioned recipes are sure to delight and help keep everyone safe.
By Rebecca Morris

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.

How to Assemble the Cheese Board of Your Dreams

It's the easiest and most impressive party appetizer ever! Here, our tips and tricks for putting it all together.
By Laura Rege

Classic Shrimp Cocktail

Rating: 3 stars 181
One of Martha's favorite entertaining strategies is to serve a pared-down—but still special feeling—menu. Her classic shrimp cocktail is a perfect example: it's an easy but elegant starter that shines because it calls for the very best ingredients—including a quick homemade cocktail sauce. When preparing this spread, use high-quality, sustainably sourced shrimp, and plan on about three to six shrimp per guest.

25 Easy Crostini and Bruschetta Recipes

Featuring a combination of vegetables, seafood, and cheese, these crunchy bites are a delicious way to start a meal.
By Kelly Vaughan

Antipasto

Rating: 3 stars 568
Antipasto means "before the meal," and this antipasto recipe doesn't disappoint. Serve up this antipasto of cured meats, fresh cheeses, and herbs that will satisfy guests until the next course is ready.

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.

Easy Steamed Artichokes

These leafy, mild-flavored veggies get at the heart of spring. Our method for steaming artichokes could not be easier, but the result is an impressive, delicious side dish.

Deviled Egg with Relish

Take your deviled eggs to the next level with this recipe's subtle spin on the classic party appetizer. You can't go wrong with this sweet, tangy version, which adds relish to the mustardy filling for a subtle kick.

Simple Crostini

Rating: 3 stars 455
Crostini couldn't be simpler to make or more versatile to use. Meaning "toasts" in Italian, they are the perfect base for your pick of toppings. All you need is a loaf of white bread, such as a simple Italian loaf or a baguette. Slice it evenly, brush with a little olive oil on both sides, and toast just enough to crisp, not darken, the slices. Pair with one (or more) of our favorite toppings for your next party.

Potato Croquettes

Rating: 3.5 stars 113
It's worth setting aside some mashed potatoes just to make these potato croquettes the next day. This finger food is a crowd pleaser and makes an ideal hors d'oeuvres for entertaining or a fun side dish. All it takes is dressing up mashed potatoes with some chopped parsley before shaping the mixture into logs and then breading and frying to golden perfection. Sprinkle with finely chopped parsley before serving and maybe even a dusting of grated parmesan or manchego cheese for a special touch.

Basic Empanadas

Rating: 3.5 stars 378
These tasty and convenient Latin-American-style turnovers can be frozen for up to three months, individually wrapped in plastic and placed in resealable plastic bags. There's no need to thaw before baking, they can go right from the freezer to the oven.
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Get the Party Started With a Holiday Grazing Board—It's the Best Way to Feed a Crowd
Our step-by-step guide will help you create a spectacular and delicious grazing board for your end-of-year celebration.
13 Make-Ahead Cold Appetizer Recipes for the Busy Host
You know what we love about cold appetizers? No last-minute baking, sautéing, simmering, or frying. These recipes can be prepared ahead of time, so you can enjoy your party sans stress. Whether you're a Martha-level host or new to entertaining, you'll want to add some of these cold appetizer recipes to your list of party must-makes. Ultimately, having dishes made before a gathering is like having money in the bank—you'll be comfortable knowing that your menu is handled, no heat necessary. Best of all, these light bites are total crowd-pleasers that just might persuade you to prep all your appetizers ahead, or at least the majority (so you have time to focus on that special last-minute dish). Whatever your approach, you can rely on these trusty cold appetizer recipes to delight your loved ones time and again.
Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam
Rating: 3.5 stars 2145

Bacon jam is an irresistible condiment for burgers and sandwiches—but you can spread it on toast and crackers or toss it with pasta, too. Our slow cooker version starts on the stovetop, so the bacon can be crisped and rendered. Apple cider vinegar adds tang, maple syrup and brown sugar sweeten the savory base, and brewed coffee builds depth of flavor over 31/2 to 4 hours in the slow cooker.

26 Super Bowl Appetizers That Will Win Big on Game Day

It doesn't matter if you're a football fan—the appetizers served at Super Bowl celebrations are reason enough to celebrate. Kick off the festivities with staples like pigs in a blanket, chicken wings, and nachos, then score a touchdown with fresh dips and more innovative bites, like skewers and crab croquettes. We don't know who will win the game, but we're certain about this: Our favorite Super Bowl appetizer recipes are sure to draw cheers.