Vegetarian Appetizer Recipes
Eggplant Caponata Crostini
The classic Sicilian dish combining eggplant, tomatoes, raisins, pine nuts, and vinegar gets added depth from unsweetened cocoa powder. Serve the caponata on crostini or enjoy it as a pasta sauce or sandwich spread.
Goat-Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Goat cheese seasoned with garlic, parsley, and hot pepper is stuffed into button mushroom caps, topped with fresh breadcrumbs, and baked until lightly browned. This easy appetizer recipe can be customized to your liking with shallots, chopped olives, or toasted nuts.
Pears and Camembert
Ordinary cheese gets dressed up for a special occasion with brandy-kissed sauteed pears and balsamic glaze. You can use Brie or any other soft-ripened cheese for this recipe.
Two favorite party dips unite in this creamy recipe. Three cups of cilantro leaves give the dip its vivid green color.
A classic French pastry gets the savory treatment with Parmesan, cheddar, and your choice of fresh herbs. Form them by folding up a sheet of puff pastry and then cutting it into thin slices.
Salsa Trio and Homemade Tortilla Chips
Start the fiesta with salsa cruda, salsa verde, and roasted tomato salsa. All three of these delicious dips can be made several days in advance.
Marinated artichoke hearts, Parmesan cheese, and parsley are easy ingredients to keep on hand to make this easy appetizer anytime. Serve the crostini at room temperature or broil them for a few minutes so the cheese melts.
Hot Spinach Dip
Mozzarella and cream cheese make this hot spinach dip extra rich and flavorful. To save time, use frozen spinach in place of fresh. This appetizer can be made up to three days ahead of time and baked shortly before you are ready to serve it.
Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese Crostini
Walnuts and dried currants add crunch and sweetness to the classic combination of tapenade and goat cheese. You can use homemade or store-bought tapenade for this recipe.
Candied Spiced Chickpeas
Simmer canned chickpeas in a compelling combination of cinnamon, allspice, sugar, and salt. Frying them in vegetable oil makes them addictively crisp.
French green lentils, cremini mushrooms, shallots, and sherry make a rich and savory vegetarian spread. Toasted hazelnuts and chopped hard-cooked egg whites give the pate a varied texture.
Stuff halved, seeded jalapenos with cheddar and cream cheeses and roast until browned and bubbly. These will be a hit at any casual get-together.
These little bites pack a punch! Green olives are stuffed with blue cheese, coated in breadcrumbs, and fried to a golden crisp.
Spinach Phyllo Pie
Spinach, feta cheese, and sweet golden raisins fill a light and flaky phyllo dough crust. Serve this pie in small slices as an appetizer or in larger wedges for a vegetarian main dish.
Egg-rich choux pastry gets a savory punch from cayenne pepper, lemon zest, scallions, and parsley. Once the dough is piped into rounds, it can be frozen for up to one month before baking.
Crostini with Kale and Parmesan
Kale is sauteed with garlic and lemon juice, and heaped on top of toasted baguette slices in this rustic appetizer. Use a vegetable peeler to create the thin curls of Parmesan cheese that top the crostini.
Tomato Hand Pies
Sliced tomatoes, onion, oregano, feta cheese, and oil-cured black olives are tucked into a rich, buttery dough to make these savory little pies. Keep the pies in the muffin tin you bake them in for easy transport to a picnic or potluck.
Martha's Cheddar Cheese Ball
Mango chutney adds a sweet bite to this cream cheese and cheddar cheese ball. Roll it in chopped toasted pecans or any other nuts you like.
Nori and tangy sushi rice are rolled around julienned carrot, red bell pepper, celery, and scallion to make this colorful vegetarian sushi. Whisk together soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil, and wasabi paste to make a dipping sauce.
Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip
This delectable dip blends roasted red peppers, walnuts, and balsamic vinegar. Paprika and cumin add smoky back notes.
Creamy Deviled Eggs
Light mayonnaise lends creaminess to these deviled eggs, while Dijon mustard, white-wine vinegar, minced shallot, and a dash of hot sauce add zing. Sprinkle each egg with paprika for a traditional touch.
Whether it's a backyard barbecue, game day, or birthday party, you can't go wrong with this layered taco dip. Refried beans, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, avocado, scallions, canned green chiles, sour cream, and shredded lettuce comprise the enticing layers.
Artichoke Dip with Fontina
In this interpretation of the favorite party dip, white wine and fontina cheese blend with canned artichoke hearts and fresh parsley. Dial up the flavor even more by using marinated artichoke hearts.
Blue Cheese and Walnut Spread
This easy, sophisticated dip is a simple combination of cream cheese, blue cheese, and toasted walnuts. It can be made up to a week in advance.
Brie and Walnut Cake
Blend goat cheese and Gorgonzola to make the filling for this "cake." Just before serving, top the brie with red grapes and drizzle with honey-port syrup.
Bright-green edamame (young soybeans) are pureed with carrot, ginger, sesame oil, scallion, and Sriracha sauce to make the filling for these vegetarian dumplings. Serve the steamed dumplings with a flavorful dipping sauce made of soy sauce, rice-wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and julienned ginger.
Carrot Roulades with Radish and Herb Goat Cheese
Goat cheese gets a fresh zing from minced radishes, chives, and chervil. Blanched carrot strips are rolled into bite-size cups and filled with the goat cheese mixture to create a light, elegant appetizer.
Corn Dip with Tomatoes and Basil
Silken tofu makes this fresh corn dip wonderfully creamy. Serve it with corn chips or spread it on tortillas and sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese to make quesadillas.
Sweet Onion Dip
This flavorful dip is made with sweet sauteed Vidalia onions and lightened up with reduced-fat versions of cream cheese and sour cream. Serve this popular party appetizer with an assortment of colorful vegetable chips.
Add sweetness and heat to mixed nuts with a glaze of sugar, cayenne pepper, chili powder, allspice, and cumin. This party snack can be prepared up to a week ahead and stored at room temperature in an airtight container.
Easy Goat Cheese Appetizer
To make this easy appetizer, marinated goat cheese or feta is baked until soft and golden brown. Serve the warm cheese with crackers, sliced baguette, or blanched broccoli and red bell pepper strips for dipping.
Fingerling Potatoes and Goat Cheese Fondue
Goat cheese and nonfat buttermilk make a light, tangy fondue. Fresh chives, thyme, tarragon, and parsley are a refreshing, colorful addition. If you do not own a fondue pot, a small slow cooker is an excellent way to keep this appetizer warm throughout the party.