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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.

  • Skinny Microwave Potato Chips

    Easy Microwave Potato Chips Recipe

    Easy microwave potato chips are a quick and guilt-free way to get your daily snack fix. These healthy homemade potato chips are light, crisp, and made right in the microwave! (Plus…

  • crispy crab balls with lemon and dip

    Crispy Crab Balls

    My crispy crab balls are crunchy on the outside, velvety smooth and packed with crab inside. A classic cocktail party appetizer that’s great for date nights in, and game day nibbling,…

  • scooping pineapple salsa

    Pineapple Salsa

    My vibrant pineapple salsa is a brighter, juicier version of pico de gallo ~ we serve it with chicken, steak, pork, and fish. But it’s also the best excuse I know…

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

    Posh (but easy!) Winter Appetizers

    Keep the festive holiday vibes going strong with these luxe appetizers for New Year’s Eve and beyond! Smoked salmon, rose wine, and bubbly baked cheese are guaranteed to get any party…

  • mini cheese ball holiday appetizer platter.

    Mini Cheese Ball Holiday Platter

    My mini cheese ball holiday platter is made with bite sized cheese balls arranged like a festive tree. This adorable appetizer is easy, delicious, and fun!…

  • scooping hot crab dip with a cracker

    Hot Crab Dip

    Hot Crab Dip is the queen of hot cheesy appetizers, and so easy to make. Serve it with toasted bread, crackers, or chips, but don’t hold back because it always disappears…

  • taking a wedge of gooey baked Brie

    How to Bake Brie

    Do you know how to bake Brie the right way? Baked brie is one of the most luxuriously easy appetizers ever invented, and I’m sharing all the secrets to getting that…

  • Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup

    Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, & Maple Syrup

    Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup is an appetizer that gathers together so many fall favorites…with gooey molten cheese and maple syrup, caramelized apples and crunchy roasted pecans, it’s…

  • roasted winter squash seeds in small bowls

    How to Roast Squash Seeds ~ five ways!

    How to Roast Perfectly Crisp Squash Seeds ~ the secret to super crisp and delicious roasted winter squash seeds is simple and oh so easy…I’ll show you how to make five…

  • apple butter brandy meatballs in a small copper skillet

    Apple Butter Brandy Meatballs

    Apple Butter Brandy Meatballs ~ the name tells you all you need to know. These luscious meatballs are smothered in a sweet and tangy apple butter brandy sauce that will bring…

  • Rosé Wine Hot Pepper Jelly

    Rosé Wine Hot Pepper Jelly is a simple sweet/hot wine jelly that turns cheese and crackers into a gourmet experience. This pretty homemade hot pepper jelly makes the perfect easy appetizer…

  • smoked trout dip in a jar with Ritz crackers

    Smoked Trout Dip

    Smoked trout dip is a fabulous appetizer made with smoked fish, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, and a few secret spices. This Florida style fish dip is so tasty I can’t…

  • A jar of tomato jam with a small knife.

    Old Fashioned Tomato Jam

    Old fashioned tomato jam is sweet, spicy, piquant, savory, and utterly fabulous whether you devour it with cheese and crackers, or spread it on your favorite burger or sandwich. A tomato…

  • roasted peppers filled with melted cheese

    Molly Baz’ Blistered Cheesy Peppers

    Molly Baz’ blistered cheesy peppers are now my official favorite late summer side dish/snack. The smokey charred peppers with the melty cheese are out of this world, great for keto and…

  • quick pickled red onions

    How To Quick Pickle (almost) Anything!

    How To Quick Pickle (almost) Anything! Today I’m exploring the vibrant world of quick and easy refrigerator pickles ~ these crisp homemade ‘quickles‘ are more complex in flavor than commercial pickles. You…

  • pan con tomate on parchment paper

    Pan Con Tomate (Spanish tomato bread)

    Pan Con Tomate is a lusciously simple Mediterranean tradition made with fabulous toasted bread topped with olive oil, garlic, and grated tomatoes. It’s an homage to everything we love about summer.…

  • sage focaccia bread topped with sage leaves

    Sage Focaccia Bread

    Sage focaccia is topped with fresh sage leaves that bake up to a deliciously crisp topping on this chewy no-knead bread. Slice it up as an appetizer or serve make it…

  • How to Make Summer Rolls

    Vietnamese summer rolls are one of the most refreshing foods on the planet, and they get bonus points for fitting in to just about any diet you’re on, from low carb…

  • Bloody Mary Gazpacho with lime wedges and garnishes

    Bloody Mary Gazpacho

    My Bloody Mary Gazpacho recipe is a is a clever mash-up of your favorite brunch cocktail and a refreshing chilled tomato soup ~ now you can sip a zesty Bloody Mary out of…

  • zucchini Parmesan Crisps with fry sauce in a basket

    Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

    Zucchini Parmesan crisps are little nuggets of squash dipped in buttermilk and cheesy breadcrumbs, then baked in the oven or an air fryer until they’re crispy on the outside, hot and…

  • beer battered fried mushrooms on a plate

    Beer Battered Fried Mushrooms

    Beer Battered Fried Mushrooms with Herbed Ranch Dip are crispy on the outside, and insanely juicy inside…these fried mushrooms are in my top ten hot appetizers of all time!…

  • mushroom and Boursin puff pastry tart

    Mushroom & Boursin Puff Pastry Tart

    Mushroom & Boursin Puff Pastry Tart is a multi-tasking dress-it-up or dress-it-down kind of dish that takes a couple of minutes to throw together and impresses everybody ~ I mean, puff…

  • Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean salad, this cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain GOOD!

    Cowboy Caviar Recipe

    Cowboy Caviar ~ whether you call it Texas caviar, black bean salsa, black-eyed pea salad, or Southwestern bean dip, this all-American cross between a salsa and a salad is just plain…

  • Hot pepper jelly in glass canning jars.

    Super Easy Hot Pepper Jelly

    Easy Hot Pepper Jelly is one of my favorite recipes. This small batch refrigerator recipe makes use of both sweet and hot peppers for a colorful, confetti-like look and an intense…

  • Homemade Boursin Cheese Recipe ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

    Homemade Boursin Cheese Recipe

    My Homemade Boursin Cheese recipe is easy to do, and the flavor is spot on. This copy cat garlic and herb creamy cheese is absolutely delicious and will save you SO…

  • A bowl of Salsa Negra with cilantro.

    Fire Roasted Salsa Negra (black salsa)

    Fire Roasted Salsa Negra is an intense Mexican black salsa is made with roasted tomatoes and peppers for a deep dark color and a gutsy flavor. Caution, this recipe involves playing…

  • sliced sweet onion tart with fresh thyme

    Sweet Onion Puff Pastry Tart

    My sweet onion puff pastry tart is an easy peasy but oh-so-elegant tart for lunch, brunch, or cut it into small squares for an appetizer. Use Vidalia, Maui, Texas, or generic…

  • My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect side salad ~ it'll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you'll want to make up a big batch to keep in the fridge for quick and healthy lunches, too, it's packed with protein!

    Mediterranean Bean Salad

    My colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect mixed bean salad ~ it’ll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you’ll want to make up a…

  • baked feta bruschetta with toasted bread

    Baked Feta Bruschetta

    Baked Feta Bruschetta is an easy Mediterranean style small plate made with cherry tomatoes and olives, baked until the cheese is soft and spreadable, the olives are warm and mellow, and the tomatoes have burst…