Cocktail Party Hors d'Oeuvres
Spanish Ham with Olives and Oranges
Serrano ham or prosciutto can be used in these savory morsels.
Tuna Nicoise Crostini
These crostini can be stored up to one day in an airtight container at room temperature.
Grilled Scallops Wrapped in Prosciutto
With just a few ingredients, these quick-cooking skewers become an elegant starter to stave off hunger or an easy addition to any menu.
Stuffed Piquillo Peppers with Goat Cheese
Sweeter and smokier than regular roasted red bell peppers, piquillos form an ideal shell for tangy, creamy goat cheese speckled with scallions and mint.
For this classic starter, you have two options. You can buy "flash-frozen" (frozen at sea), which can be purchased in advance and thawed when needed, or fresh. If you choose to use fresh shrimp from a fishmonger, buy it on the day you plan to use it.
This tasty snack is easier than you might think -- it requires only three ingredients.
Crab Salad Canapes
Creamy crab salad gets crunch from diced fresh vegetables, and sits atop slices of baguette.
Tamari and Maple-Roasted Almonds
Tamari, a form of soy sauce, combines with maple syrup for a salty-sweet combination.
Mini Asian Crab Cakes
Mini crab cakes encrusted with sesame seeds get a kick from wasabi and soy sauce, and they're freezable, to boot.
This simple flatbread is flavored with rosemary and Taleggio cheese.
These freezable ham-and-cheese pastries are based on a French classic.
Potato Pancakes with Gravlax and Dill
These savory bites are perfect for a special occasion.
For an extra indulgent hors d'oeuvre, top this shortbread with smoked salmon and caviar, and serve with glasses of Champagne.
Spicy Tuna Tartare
This simple recipe, served on store-bought waffle chips, offers deliciously complex flavors and textures.
These flaky cheese-flavored pastries melt in your mouth.
Gougeres have the reputation of nearly instant disappearance at parties -- this lemon-and-parsley rendition is no exception.
Caramelized Onion Tartlets
Cipollini onions are perfect for these tarts -- which can be baked in mini-muffin tins -- because they are small, flat, and sweet.
Endive Boats with Marinated Vegetables
This light fare is perfect for vegetarians, or anyone who needs a refreshing bite.
A handful of spicy nuts is the perfect accompaniment for a cocktail.