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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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: 2.96 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

Everything's better on toast! Whether you go savory or sweet, bruschetta and crostini are always a hit. The bread acts as a built-in plate, making them perfect finger food for party guests. And the variety of toppings is almost endless. These quick and easy appetizer recipes make entertaining a breeze.
By Kelly Vaughan

Antipasto

Rating: 3.11 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

Rating: 3.25 stars 4885
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.

Simple Crostini

Rating: 3.18 stars 455
Crostini are perfect spooned high with your pick of toppings.

Devils on Horseback

Rating: 3.57 stars 333
Don't let the sinister name throw you -- these bacon-wrapped dates couldn't be more delicious. Martha takes them to the next level by stuffing the dried fruit with pungent Stilton.

Deviled Egg with Relish

Relish adds a sweet, tangy kick to the classic deviled egg.

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.

Potato Croquettes

Rating: 3.3 stars 113
Crunchy potato croquettes, a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes, flatter any meal.
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Our Best and Brightest Christmas Appetizers
Start your Christmas meal with a few of these delicious appetizers. Some are rich and decadent, others are meaty classics, and some just plain fun and delicious. Whichever route you choose, you're bound to delight your loved ones.