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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!

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • bright green chimichurri sauce

    Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

    Chimichurri sauce is a glorious, garlicky herb sauce meant for slathering over grilled meats. It’s the Argentinian version of a pesto, and it’s fabulous! Use it with chicken, fish, tacos, and…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • Focaccia bread on a baking sheet

    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…

  • 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 Cheese Board

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

  • 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.…

  • pretzel focaccia bread with dipping sauce

    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…

  • scallion pancakes cut in triangles in a white bowl

    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…

  • radish dip with fresh radishes

    Creamy Spring Onion and Radish Dip

    Creamy Spring Onion and Radish Dip ~ two of spring’s freshest ingredients come together in this crunchy, creamy, irresistible 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 Bruschetta with Gruyere

    Mushroom bruschetta is a quick and easy appetizer ~ the savory mushroom toast with a hint of garlic and lots of melty Gruyere is a combination no one can resist!…

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