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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.

  • Greek tzatziki dip with pita bread triangles

    How to Make Tzatziki Dip

    How to Make Tzatziki Dip ~ a refreshing and healthy Mediterranean appetizer that is absolute heaven on sweltering nights… if you’ve OD’d on hummus lately, (and who hasn’t?) this garlicky yogurt…

  • apricot jalapeño jam with cheese and crackers on a white marble surface

    Apricot Jalapeño Jam

    Apricot Jalapeño Jam ~ it’s sweet, hot, sticky, and makes an insanely delicious appetizer with soft cheese and crackers. Do this hot pepper jam small batch refrigerator style, or can up…

  • The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole Recipes

    The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole

    The Ultimate Guide to Guacamole ~  a great guacamole recipe is cheap, healthy, vegan, gluten free, drop dead easy, and universally loved. (We’ve been making it since college, humans have been…

  • Whipped Basil Ricotta with spring veggies

    Whipped Basil Ricotta with Spring Crudité

    Whipped Basil Ricotta with Spring Crudité ~ a healthy ode to spring produce, this raw vegetable appetizer with a fluffy herb ricotta dip is the perfect way to welcome the new…

  • Guacamole Deviled Eggs in a round tray with snipped chives

    Guacamole Deviled Eggs

    Guacamole Deviled Eggs are a fresh take on everybody’s favorite comforting appetizer, it’s amazing how a little tweak like adding smashed avocado, garlic salt, and lemon really takes them over the…

  • Scooping up Smokey Spinach and Artichoke Dip with a chip

    Smokey Spinach Artichoke Dip

    Smokey Spinach Artichoke Dip ~ a warm, cheesy classic that’s an absolute necessity if you’ve got friends coming over on a chilly night. My smokey recipe takes this familiar comfort food and gives…

  • Drunken Cranberry Meatballs

    5 Mouthwatering Cocktail Meatballs

    5 Mouthwatering Cocktail Meatballs ~ ah the cocktail meatball, equal parts dainty, elegant, and, well, meatball. If you’re looking for a crowd pleasing appetizer that doubles as dinner, get your toothpicks…

  • A round platter ofRainbow Crudités with Fire Feta

    Rainbow Crudités with Fire Feta

    Rainbow Crudités with Fire Feta ~ an oasis of freshness and crunch in a season full of comfort foods and holiday treats, people will flock to this colorful healthy appetizer!…

  • Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup

    10 Super Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers

    10 Super Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers ~ you’ve probably got the menu all set, the turkey, the fixings, and the desserts, but don’t forget about the all important starters!…

  • Olive and Herb Appetizer Wreath on a white platter with cocktail forks

    Festive Olive Wreath Appetizer

    My Festive Olive Wreath Appetizer is such fun for the holidays ~ olives are easy, they’re healthy, and fit just about every diet out there. It looks Martha Stewart-ish, but it’s…

  • The Ultimate Guide to Nachos!

    The Ultimate Guide to: Nachos!

    The Ultimate Guide to: Nachos! ~ possibly the world’s most perfect food. This beloved game day appetizer can double as an easy 30 minute dinner any day of the week.…

  • A bowl of colorful Jewel Box Labneh Balls

    Jewel Box Labneh Balls

    Today we’re making Jewel Box Labneh Balls ~ these little gems are made with homemade yogurt cheese rolled in colorful herbs and spices. Serve with a fresh sliced baguette, then let…

  • homemade labneh balls in a jar with olive oil, lemon, and thyme

    How to Make Labneh (Yogurt Cheese)

    How to Make Labneh (Yogurt Cheese) ~ this exciting recipe is a method for making cheese from yogurt! It’s a Middle Eastern staple and it’s incredibly rich and creamy. I love…

  • making quick rainbow giardiniera vegetable pickle

    Quick Rainbow Giardiniera (small batch)

    My Quick Rainbow Giardiniera is a colorful riff on the classic Italian relish ~ my vibrant version makes use of some of the more unique veggies in the produce aisle. Enjoy…

  • apricot gazpacho in a glass bowl with an ice cube

    Refreshing Apricot Gazpacho

    Apricot Gazpacho ~ this uber refreshing summer starter is a playful riff on the classic Spanish cold soup. The sweetness of the apricots is balanced with a touch of fresh lime…

  • Colorful heirloom tomato toast with glass of rosé wine

    Heirloom Tomato Toast

    Heirloom Tomato Toast ~ the simple pleasure of great tomatoes paired with great bread is known to tomato lovers everywhere. When you’ve got tomato toast, no matter what else is going…

  • A bowl of Spanish Chilled Almond Soup with droplets of olive oil, toasted almonds, and fresh mint leaves

    Spanish Almond Soup “ajo blanco”

    Spanish Almond Soup ~ aka ajo blanco, or white gazpacho, is a cool and creamy chilled soup without a speck of dairy ~ it’s wonderfully refreshing and unexpectedly delicious!…

  • Savory goat cheese and summer squash tart sliced on a wooden table with a glass of wine

    Goat Cheese and Summer Squash Tart

    Goat Cheese and Summer Squash Tart ~ call it a galette, a pizetta, or a flatbread pizza, this savory tart is elegant, crispy, and delicious. Serve it as an appetizer or…

  • My Favorite Hot Pepper Jelly Recipes

    Summer is Hot Pepper Jelly making season, and there’s a jackpot of hot peppers in the farmers markets and grocery stores right now ~ maybe your garden is exploding with them!…

  • Farmers Market Hummus in a white bowl

    Farmers Market Hummus

    My Farmers Market Hummus is topped with juicy heirloom cherry tomatoes and basil ~ they’re an unexpectedly perfect complement to a classic Mediterranean chickpea dip ~ it’s summer in an appetizer!…

  • Tomato bruschetta on a white surface

    Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

    Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta ~ why do we feel like we have to reinvent the wheel every time we have friends over? I mean, the Italians have already done it, bruschetta is…

  • basil marinated mozzarella with sliced summer tomatoes on a white surface

    Basil Marinated Mozzarella with summer tomatoes

    Basil Marinated Mozzarella with summer tomatoes ~ this riff on Caprese salad is the ultimate healthy summer tomato salad! The simplest foods are usually the best, and we know instinctively that…

  • overhead photo of pickled blackerry and grapefruit salad in round bowl

    Pickled Blackberries and Grapefruit Salad

    Pickled Blackberries and Grapefruit Salad ~ yes, you can pickle berries, and they’re amazing! Serve this refreshing fruit salad as is for a first course, over greens for a light lunch, or…

  • A plate of Better than Restaurant Salsa and chips

    Better Than Restaurant Salsa

    My Better Than Restaurant Salsa combines the best of two worlds ~ it’s got that deep rich roasted tomato flavor and thickness that you love from your favorite cantina, but brightened…

  • overhead photo of baked truffle fries with mayo dip

    Baked Truffle Fries

    Baked Truffle Fries are a healthier, lower fat version of my current restaurant appetizer obsession ~ truffle oil and truffle salt give it an over the top decadent truffle flavor.…

  • Fully Loaded Wedge Salad on a platter with dressing

    Fully Loaded Wedge Salad

    The Fully Loaded Wedge Salad is the queen of salads ~ a salad even salad haters can’t resist! With hearts of iceberg lettuce piled high with goodies like bacon, eggs, croutons,…

  • Shrimp and romesco sauce in skillet

    Shrimp in Romesco Sauce

    Shrimp in Romesco Sauce ~ serve this grilled shrimp and bold roasted red pepper sauce along with some crusty bread for a Spanish style tapas menu. It’s a wonderful way to…

  • Fresh Asparagus Blender Soup

    I make this Fresh Asparagus Soup so easily in the blender. There’s no long cooking involved so this healthy soup stays bright and flavorful (all the vitamins remain right in the…

  • Spring Tonic Carrot Soup

    Spring Tonic Carrot Soup ~ a vibrant raw soup packed with beta carotene and Vitamin A that’ll kick start you into the new season ~ are you ready?…