Serve up delicious snacks for guests to indulge in before the big meal! These starters are categorized by level of preparation required, so if you're looking for a five minute starter, start at the top of the list.
Entertain with ease and flair by serving these quick appetizers
The-easier-the-better is my philosophy when it comes to feeding a crowd. Make a beautiful and sophisticated cheese platter using a variety of crackers, cheeses, spreads and fruits. The best part is that this platter requires very little preparation and can be made to feed small or large crowds.
Hummus and pita chips
While cheese and antipasto platters are impressive spreads, hummus and pita chips can be just as exciting. Here are 10 different ways to dress up plain hummus .
Pair your custom hummus with this recipe for homemade pita chips, and you’ve got a hearty party platter. Both items can be made in advance.
Nuts are a great appetizer because they're very filling and help ward off hunger. These three delicious sweet or savory recipes for roasted nuts are sure to satisfy. I always like to keep these nuts on hand for dinner parties and entertaining.
Cheese and chorizo stuffed dates
Another sweet and savory appetizer that I like to serve is cheese and chorizo stuffed dates . These can be made a couple days ahead of time, or frozen and served later. If you choose to, you can omit the chorizo and serve equally delicious bacon and cheese wrapped dates.
For a starter with a fresh twist, try these zucchini roll ups . The filling can be made ahead of time and the zucchini ribbons can be grilled or sautéed. Assemble the roll-ups on the day of and serve warm or at room temperature.
Buffalo cauliflower bites
Buffalo wings? How about Buffalo cauliflower bites ? This lower-calorie twist on the old classic is sure to be a topic of conversation!
Looking for a satisfying, gluten free starter? Check out these polenta-based breadsticks ! While they're definitely not your traditional breadstick, they are seriously delicious.
Cheesy garlic bread
Everyone loves cheesy garlic bread ! This easy classic uses a loaf of French bread, which speeds up the process to garlicky, cheesy goodness.
Pizza pull-apart bread
This pizza pull-apart bread is served with marinara, and made using pizza dough! You'll never look at pull-apart bread the same way again.
Garlic and goat cheese pull-apart bread
This savory treat bakes goat cheese (or any other cheese) with dough in a bundt cake pan! Serve garlic and goat cheese pull-apart bread with a butter dipping sauce.
Which appetizers will you be trying?