Appetizers

From last-minute appetizers to the best party finger foods, we have irresistible recipes for any event. Your favorite classic dips are all here, plus healthy and vegetarian choices galore!

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22 Amazing Last-Minute Appetizers

Sometimes the best parties aren't planned at all. When friends descend unexpectedly, you'll just need a few pantry ingredients to create these deceptively sophisticated snacks.

How to Assemble the Cheese Board of Your Dreams

It's the easiest and most impressive party appetizer ever! Here, our tips and tricks for putting it all together.
By Laura Rege

Classic Shrimp Cocktail

Rating: 2.96 stars 181
One of Martha's favorite entertaining strategies is to serve a pared-down—but still special feeling—menu. Her classic shrimp cocktail is a perfect example: it's an easy but elegant starter that shines because it calls for the very best ingredients—including a quick homemade cocktail sauce. When preparing this spread, use high-quality, sustainably sourced shrimp, and plan on about three to six shrimp per guest.

25 Easy Crostini and Bruschetta Recipes

Featuring a combination of vegetables, seafood, and cheese, these crunchy bites are a delicious way to start a meal.
By Kelly Vaughan

Antipasto

Rating: 3.11 stars 568
Antipasto means "before the meal," and this antipasto recipe doesn't disappoint. Serve up this antipasto of cured meats, fresh cheeses, and herbs that will satisfy guests until the next course is ready.

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Rating: 3.25 stars 4885
Get a perfect hard-boiled egg every time with these simple tips. With hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator, you always have the components of a satisfying meal.

Pigs in Blankets

Rating: 3.24 stars 391
Our secret to making this classic finger food extra irresistible? Brush the puff pastry with honey mustard before baking these pigs in blankets.

Easy Steamed Artichokes

These leafy, mild-flavored veggies get at the heart of spring. Our method for steaming artichokes could not be easier, but the result is an impressive, delicious side dish.

Fried Macaroni-and-Cheese Bites

Make way for little squares of heaven -- these fried morsels are sure to be voted most popular at any party. You can (and should) prepare the stovetop macaroni and cheese a few days ahead, since it will firm up in the refrigerator, for easier cutting. Then follow a two-step breading process, using panko instead of regular breadcrumbs for a crust that's crisp yet light. Don't be put off by the yield; the squares fry quickly, in three or four batches, and you can reheat replenishments over the course of the evening -- whenever the platter is wiped clean (which will be often).This recipe originally appeared in "Martha Stewart's Appetizers" (Clarkson Potter).

Cauliflower-and-Mushroom Roast

We like to think of this recipe as a deconstructed, healthier grilled cheese. Cauliflower stands in as the base while the bread serves as a crunchy garnish.

Simple Crostini

Rating: 3.18 stars 455
Crostini are perfect spooned high with your pick of toppings.
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It's Super Bowl Time! These Are the Best Snacks to Serve on Game Day
The Super Bowl is here once again, and we've selected our best game-day snacks for you to enjoy. Here, you'll find MVPs like hot wings and nachos, as well as some rookies to watch, like fried mac-and-cheese bites and white pizza.