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All-Time Best Recipes Series

All-Time Best Appetizers:

Full Recipe List

75 OF THE MOST FINGER-FRIENDLY, CROWD-PLEASING, PARTY-READY RECIPES

We’ve organized each chapter around the format of the recipe so if you mix and match among them, you’re guaranteed to have a menu that covers all the bases and not only pleases your guests but also doesn’t overtax your time and energy in the kitchen. We’ve also got your back when it comes to accommodating a wide variety of diets, which can be a major challenge when you’re cooking for a crowd. All-Time Best Appetizers includes 83 vegetarian recipes, 20 vegan recipes, 74 gluten-free recipes, and 50 dairy-free recipes, and lists them all in the back so you can find them easily.

Wrapped and Stuffed

Curry Deviled Eggs
Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs
Marinated Artichoke Hearts and Stuffed Pickled Sweet Peppers
Stuffed Mushrooms with Parmesan and Thyme
Stuffed Mushrooms with Cheddar, Fennel, and Sage
Stuffed Mushrooms with Olives and Goat Cheese
Stuffed Jalapeños
Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs with Gorgonzola
Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
Broiled Bacon-Wrapped Sea Scallops
Broiled Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Shrimp Salad on Endive
Spanakopita
Asparagus Puffs
Beef and Bean Taquitos with Avocado Sauce
Easy Mini Chicken Empanadas
Potstickers with Scallion Dipping Sauce
Steamed Chinese Dumplings (Shu Mai)
Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls 

Snacks in Bowls

Crispy Spiced Chickpeas
Marinated Olives
Marinated Olives with Feta
Marinated Olives with Baby Mozzarella
Spiced Nuts
Curry-Spiced Nuts
Cinnamon-Spiced Nuts
Kale Chips
Ranch-Style Kale Chips
Spicy Sesame-Ginger Kale Chips
Perfect Popcorn
Garlic and Herb Popcorn
Cajun-Spiced Popcorn
Hot and Sweet Popcorn
Barbecue Party Mix
Fisherman's Friend Party Mix
Asian Firecracker Party Mix
Cheddar Cheese Coins
Parmesan and Rosemary Cheddar Cheese Coins
Gruyere, Mustard, and Caraway Cheese Coins
Blue Cheese and Celery Seed Cheese Coins
Homemade Cheese Straws
Olive Oil-Sea Salt Pita Chips
Rosemary-Parmesan Pita Chips
Chili-Spiced Pita Chips
Buttermilk-Ranch Pita Chips
Cinnamon-Sugar Pita Chips
Kettle Chips

Sliced and Stacked

Bruschetta
Black Olive Pesto, Ricotta, and Basil Topping for Bruschetta
Grape Tomato, White Bean Purée, and Rosemary Topping for Bruschetta
Artichoke and Parmesan Topping for Bruschetta
BLT Canapés with Basil Mayonnaise
Serrano and Manchego Crostini with Orange Honey
Homemade Gravlax on Pumpernickel with Crème Fraîche
Naan Tarts with Fig Jam, Blue Cheese, and Prosciutto
Naan Tarts with Ricotta and Sun-Dried Tomato-Olive Tapenade
Naan Tarts with Artichokes, Pesto, and Goat Cheese
Tomato and Mozzarella Tart
Fennel, Olive, and Goat Cheese Tarts
Smoked Salmon and Leek Tart
Caramelized Onion, Pear, and Bacon Tarts
Classic Pizza Dough
Crispy Polenta Squares with Olive Tapenade

Spread and Dipped

Caesar Dip with Parmesan and Anchovies
Chipotle-Lime Dip with Scallions
Creamy Horseradish Dip
Green Goddess Dip
Bacon, Scallion, and Caramelized Onion Dip
Herbed Spinach Dip
Herbed Spinach Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon
Herbed Spinach Dip with Feta, Lemon, and Oregano
Herbed Spinach Dip with CIlantro-Lime
Cilantro-Lime Spinach Dip
Whipped Cashew Nut Dip with Roasted Red Peppers and Olives
Whipped Cashew Nut Dip with Chipotle and Lime
Whipped Cashew Nut Dip with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Rosemary
Roasted Artichoke Dip
Baked Crab Dip with Crostini
Ultimate Seven-Layer Dip
Ultimate Smoky Seven-Layer Dip
Spicy Whipped Feta
Baked Brie with Honeyed Apricots
Rosemary and Garlic White Bean Dip
Caper and Tarragon White Bean Dip
Goat Cheese andn Lemon White Bean Dip
Green Chile and Cilantro White Bean Dip
Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta White Bean Dip
Classic Hummus
Artichoke-Lemon Hummus
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Roasted Garlic Hummus
Sweet Potato Hummus
Baba Ghanoush
Guacamole
Bacon and Tomato Guacamole
Chipotle and Pepita Guacamole
Feta and Arugula Guacamole
Habanero and Mango Guacamole
Easy Mushroom Pâté
Chicken Liver Pâté

Passed and Plattered

Ham and Cheese Palmiers
Gougères
Hushpuppies with Chipotle Aïoli
Green Chile Cheeseburger Sliders
Chicken and Avocado Arepa Bites
Mini Cheese Quiches
Pan-Fried Halloumi
Pan-Fried Halloumi with Garlic-Parsley Sauce
Spanish Tortilla with Garlic Mayonnaise
Bacon-Cheddar Potato Skins
Latkes
Blini
Scallion Pancakes
Cocktail Crab Cakes with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Easy Crab Rangoon
Fried Calamari with Tartar Sauce
Classic Shrimp Cocktail with Horseradish Cocktail Sauce
Broiled Shrimp Cocktail with Creamy Tarragon Sauce
Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp
Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
Beef Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
Cocktail Meatballs in Tomato-Saffron Sauce
Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce
Oven-Fried Chicken Wings
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Smoky Barbecue Wing Sauce
Sweet and Spicy Thai Wing Sauce
Korean Fried Chicken Wings