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Appetizer

Hot and cold appetizers, small plates, tapas, food boards, and snacks are some of my favorite recipes, I could make an entire meal out of a fabulous appetizer!  I’ve got easy recipes for any occasion, whether it’s a big crowd or an intimate gathering.

  • Savory herb shortbread crackers on a cooling rack

    Savory Herb Shortbread (and Party Printables!)

    Set out these buttery savory herb shortbread crackers at the cocktail hour for an elegant alternative to chips. I’ve included a pretty customizable menu and place cards to help you set…

  • serving falafel with tahini sauce

    The Best Falafel Recipe

    The best falafel near you? It’s right in your own kitchen! This recipe is crispy on the outside, a moist emerald green on the inside, garlicky, with lots of warm spices…

  • Baked feta cheese with olives, lemon, and rosemary with toasted bread on a tray with toasted bread

    Baked Feta Cheese with Olives and Lemon

    Baked Feta Cheese with Olives and Lemon is an easy baked cheese appetizer that shows off the spectacular sun drenched  flavors of the Mediterranean. Serve it with some toasted bread and…

  • lemon artichoke hummus on a platter with pita chips

    Lemon Artichoke Hummus

    Lemon Artichoke Hummus is our new fave Middle Eastern dip. The lemon brightens and the artichoke gives depth of flavor to this silky hummus. …

  • a jar of homemade artichoke lemon pesto

    Lemony Artichoke Pesto Recipe

    Artichoke Lemon Pesto is a deliciously healthy Mediterranean tapenade perfect for simple pastas, spreading on toasty bruschetta, or serving with cheese and crackers. You’ll want to have a jar in your…

  • chopped asparagus salad

    Chopped Asparagus Salad Recipe

    Make my Chopped Asparagus Salad recipe when the spring asparagus is plentiful and cheap, and you’re craving a bit of fresh crunch in your life after a long winter. This cold…

  • Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

    Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

    Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip is an easy hot appetizer that will have everybody begging for the recipe! It’s perfect for game days, holiday entertaining, or just a romantic night in.…

  • Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia Bread

    Rosemary and Olive No Knead Focaccia Bread with paper thin slices of Meyer lemon is an easy yeast bread you’ll come back to again and again. With only a quick hand…

  • Classic and elegant Shrimp Bisque ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Creamy Shrimp Bisque

    Creamy Shrimp Bisque ~ it’s a little bit retro, a little bit ‘ladies who lunch’, but this delicious shrimp chowder is ready for a comeback! Enjoy it as an appetizer in small…

  • scooping up broccoli cheese dip with a piece of toast

    Irresistible Broccoli Cheese Dip!

    Baked Broccoli Cheese Dip is for broccoli cheese casserole lovers who can’t wait for dinner to enjoy their favorite food ever. You’ve got permission to spoil your appetite with this ultimate…

  • sweet and spicy bar mix on a baking sheet

    Sweet and Spicy Bar Mix

    Try my Sweet and Spicy Bar Mix whether you’re celebrating the beginning of a New Year or the end of a busy week, this snack mix recipe will be your best…

  • Scooping up baked mushroom dip with toasted bread

    Cheesy Baked Mushroom Dip

    My cheesy baked mushroom dip recipe is a holiday game changer ~ the flavor is bold, and the texture is sumptuous in the way that only hot cheesy dips can be. Whether your…

  • Winter Cheese Platter

    How to Make an Epic Winter Cheese Board

    How to Make an Epic Winter Cheese Board ~ grazing tables are all the rage, and this blockbuster appetizer is ideal for winter holidays, game days, or any time hungry friends…

  • caramelized onion dip with bread

    Baked Caramelized Onion Dip

    Baked Caramelized Onion Dip has to be the queen of all hot appetizers, and once you learn to properly caramelize onions, this simple dip with incredibly complex flavors can be yours.…

  • Meatballs al forno

    Meatballs al forno are the A-listers of the meatball set. They’re on the menu at Nancy Silverton’s Mozza restaurant in Los Angeles and they’ve got the reputation for being the best…

  • Soft Pretzel Focaccia Bread

    Pretzel Focaccia with maple mustard dipping sauce is the easiest way to get your fix of soft, homemade pretzel-y goodness. This easy one hour pretzel bread recipe skips the messy bits…

  • Easy Chinese Scallion Pancakes (Congyoubing)

    These easy Chinese scallion pancakes, or congyoubing, are flaky, chewy, and make a fabulous appetizer or light meal. Don’t forget the perfect 4-ingredient dipping sauce!…

  • Colorful heirloom tomato toast with glass of rosé wine

    3 Ways to Make Tomato Toast This Summer

    We’re living on tomato toast this month~ and you can too! Here are my favorite ways to combine toasty bread and juicy tomatoes; enjoy them as an appetizer, lunch, or light…

  • Creamy Spring Onion and Radish Dip

    Creamy Spring Onion and Radish Dip ~ two of spring’s freshest ingredients come together in this crunchy, creamy, addictive dip! Make it skinny with veggie sticks, or pair it up with…

  • slicing fennel on a mandoline slicer

    Quick Pickled Fennel

    Quick Pickled Fennel is a zippy condiment that works with just about anything you’ll pull off your grill this season. It’s great in salads, and I love to eat it straight…

  • virtual cocktail party drinks

    How to Host a Virtual Happy Hour!

    How to Host a Virtual Happy Hour ~ just because we’re on house arrest these days doesn’t mean we can’t hang out with friends…virtual cocktail parties are all the rage right…

  • asparagus and creme fraiche tart

    Simple Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart

    A simple asparagus puff pastry tart made in just a few minutes with frozen puff pastry, creme fraiche (or mascarpone, Boursin, cream cheese…) and asparagus. A shower of lemon zest and…

  • Mushroom Gruyere Bruschetta with Thyme

    Mushroom & Gruyere Bruschetta

    Mushroom & Gruyere Bruschetta is the kind of quick and easy appetizer you can throw together on the spur of the moment. This toasted cheese bread with savory grilled mushrooms is…

  • Cream of Jalapeño Soup

    Cream of Jalapeño Soup is a lovely combination of spicy peppers in a creamy, cheesy soup base. Fresh cilantro and lime add the perfect touch to this unique soup.…

  • Elegant and delicious Swedish Cocktail Meatballs is the ultimate holiday appetizer! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    My Best Party Appetizer Recipes

    Every party needs a great appetizer ~ so here are my favorite recipes for feeding crowds, impressing guests, and leaving you with enough time and energy to be a scintillating host!…

  • Naughty and Nice Party Mix Recipe

    My Naughty and Nice Party Mix Recipe is an updated take on classic Chex mix combining spicy, salty, and sweet flavors into one seriously addictive snack. It’s endlessly customizable, just make…

  • 7 Layer Smoked Salmon Dip with wine and rye crisps

    7 Layer Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe

    7 Layer Smoked Salmon Dip because everybody needs a show stopping appetizer up their sleeve for the holidays, am I right? This Scandinavian inspired layered dip can be made a day…

  • Cheesy Brussels Sprout dip in a skillet

    Cheesy Brussels Sprout Dip

    We love Cheesy Brussels Sprout Dip, it’s our new hot appetizer obsession. If you love my spinach artichoke dip, my Vidalia onion dip, or any baked dip for that matter, this…

  • mulled cranberry jelly on a spreading knife

    Easy Mulled Cranberry Jelly

    My Easy Mulled Cranberry Jelly is a unique homemade cranberry jelly infused with mulling spices. Can it to give it out as holiday gifts, or hoard it all for yourself ~…