30 Sophisticated Starters
Martha's Birthday Hors d'Oeuvres
Blini with Caviar
Why mess with a classic? Pair these Russian pancakes with creme fraiche and caviar.
Oysters with Serrano Chile, Avocado, and Cherry Tomatoes
Get the highest-quality ingredients possible to make a major impact.
Baked Brie with Pecans
Complement the cheese's gooey center with a sweet drizzle of maple syrup.
Fresh shrimp will really make this classic sing, but flash-frozen can work in a pinch.
Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs with Blue Cheese and Pecans
Wrapped snugly in salty, meaty blankets, these stuffed figs are always irresistible.
Send a celebratory signal by serving up this lemon and sour-cream-infused mousse.
Delicate puffs of cheese-infused batter are perfect party bites.
Pears and Camembert
Layers of cheese and nutty pear filling are as delicious as they are pretty.
Blue Cheese and Walnut Spread
Cream cheese creates luscious texture while letting the pungent cheese shine.
A meatless alternative with the texture and richness of traditional pate.
Smoked Trout and Garlic Cream on Rye Toasts
These toasts look ultra fancy but come together in a flash.
Upside-Down Mushroom Tartlets
Set a thoughtful tone by greeting guests with individual tarts made in a muffin pan.
Mini Chicken B'Steeyas
Usually made as one large pie, mini versions of the Moroccan specialty are finger-food friendly and can be made ahead.
Pear Pecan Toasts
Thinly sliced Bartlett pears are a sweet foil to tangy Roquefort.
Cantaloupe and Mozzarella with Prosciutto and Basil
Pink, white, and orange paint a pretty picture on this antipasti platter.
Expect three times the flavor in these savory puffs.
Daikon Radish Boxes with Crab Salad
Like mini gift boxes, these pristine cubes of radish hold delicious crab salad.
Cucumber Cups with Vichyssoise
Hollowed-out cucumbers become impressive vessels for creamy soup.
Fresh Radishes with Flavored Salts and Butter
Calm the veggie's bite with a bit of butter and a touch of salt.
The crispy exterior yields to a warm, salty, addictive interior.
These frilly webs of cheese require only two ingredients.
Extra-thin beet slices become ruby-red rounds of flavor.
Endive Spears with Lobster, Avocado, and Grapefruit
Endives become mini boats to transport utterly upscale ingredients.
Spicy Tuna Tartare
The surprise? Sriracha gives this tartare its spicy edge.