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Appetizers

Hot and cold appetizer recipes, small plates, and little bites are a favorite around here! Everything from healthy hummus and crunchy crudités to warm cheesy dips and juicy cocktail meatballs for fabulous entertaining or casual nights around the coffee table.  These are appetizers so good you’ll want to make a meal out of them!

  • peach and prosciutto crostini on black and white plates

    peach prosciutto & ricotta crostini

    Peach, prosciutto & ricotta crostini is the perfect summer appetizer to enjoy when the peaches are fresh and the weather is beautiful! Sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy, these easy-to-put-together toasts…

  • Watermelon Salsa

    Summer’s here and the eating is easy with my watermleon salsa popped with chili and lime. It’s a healthy low calorie refresher that works as a side dish for barbecues, or…

  • Cherry Tomato Focaccia

    Cherry tomato focaccia with rosemary is an easy no knead recipe ~ the bread is crunchy, the tomatoes are juicy, and the whole thing is absolutely delicious!…

  • veggie sushi, vegan, with chopsticks

    Garden Veggie Sushi

    Veggie sushi is an easy vegan sushi roll that celebrates fresh summer vegetables. It’s a great way to get started making sushi at home!…

  • Pulling apart a gooey cornflake crusted cheese curd

    Cornflake Crusted Cheese Curds

    Cornflake crusted cheese curds are a twist on a favorite Midwestern snack that anyone can make ~ cornflakes are the secret to my extra delicious crispy crust.…

  • Jarcuterie Jars, individual charcuterie in glass jars, lined up

    Jarcuterie!

    Jarcuterie are individual charcuterie boards in adorable jars or cups. Everybody gets to take their meat and cheese appetizer with them as they mingle (the concept is pure genius!)…

  • 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…

  • Guinness Battered Onion Rings with Spicy Curried Mayo

    Guinness Beer Battered Onion Rings

    Guinness beer battered onion rings with a spicy curried mayo dip is the ultimate appetizer ~ but these onion rings are so gutsy and satisfying, there’s really no meal required!…

  • Raincoast Crisps Recipe, crackers laid out on white board

    Copycat Raincoast Crisps® Crackers

    Homemade Raincoast Crisps are a copycat version of the famously beautiful and crunchy crackers that dominate cheese boards everywhere, and they’re so easy to make! Everyone who tastes them falls in…

  • 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…

  • Jar of rose wine hot pepper jelly.

    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…

  • 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…

  • fresh summer roll with sprouts

    How to Make Summer Rolls

    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 and…

  • 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…

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