Recipes and Food
10 Showstopping Appetizers
One of America’s favorite foods turned into a dip? Sign us up. Your guests won’t be able to stop eating this delicious app that includes cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles — the whole nine yards. The best part is that it comes together in 20 minutes. Find the recipe here.
2Various Muffin Pan Minis
Never underestimate the power of a mini muffin pan when it comes to making appetizers for a crowd. This handy little pan is the queen of making easy bite-size delights. Think mini taco bites (line with tortilla, fill with meat and cheese, bake, top with sour cream and guac), tiny lasagna (use your favorite recipe but in the muffin cups), ham and cheese croissant bites, quiche cups, tartlets (both sweet and savory) — the possibilities are endless.
3Parmesan-Crusted Tortellini Bites
This cheesy crunchy bite is made easy using store bought three-cheese tortellini, panko bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese. Get the recipe here. Pro tip: Use an air fryer instead of a dutch oven and oil.
4Caprese Garlic Bread
What’s better than regular garlic bread? One that’s covered in garlic butter, mozzarella slices, tomato, basil, and balsamic vinaigrette. You can use any bread you’d like but French bread or ciabatta work best. Try this recipe.
5Polenta Bites With Wild Mushrooms and Fontina
Store-bought polenta makes this appetizer an easy one to tackle. Slice the polenta and toast it in the oven before topping with a medley of sauteed mushrooms and cheese. Find the recipe here.
Let’s face it, we all know charcuterie is having a major moment. So grab your wooden board and favorite meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, olives, and jams and get to making that board. Follow simple steps to making a cheese plate your friends and family will love.
7Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
This flavorful twist on classic hummus has a recipe that calls for tahini, jarred roasted red peppers, cayenne pepper, and cumin. It’s easy to whip up and can be paired with crudité. Snag the recipe here.
8Loaded Baked Potato Dip
Dips are always a crowd-pleaser and there are few people who can turn down a loaded baked potato. Mix sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions, and a few dashes of hot sauce a few hours before your party and then refrigerate. Serve with crispy waffle fries. Find a recipe here.
9Bite-Size Zucchini Pizza
This easy recipe simply involves slicing zucchini rounds and topping them with marinara sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni. The key is to bake the zucchini round for just a few minutes to crisp them before topping them with the sauce, cheese, and pepperoni … then broil them until the cheese is melted. Try this recipe here.
10Brownie Batter Dip
Anyone else love a dessert-like appetizer? This one can be whipped up in a cinch with just a few ingredients that you’re likely to have on hand. All you need is cream cheese, cocoa, brown sugar, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Beat it all together and serve with pretzels, chips, apple slices, and animal crackers. Check out the full recipe here.