20 Easy Appetizer Recipes (in 20 Words or Less)

To kick off a season of merrymaking, we combed our favorite magazines and blogs for fast, crowd-pleasing ideas.

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Pea "Hummus"

Pea "Hummus"Yunhee Kin for Reader's Digest
Puree 1 cup thawed peas, 2 tbs. tahini, 1 minced garlic clove, and 2 tbs. lemon juice in food processor until smooth. Garnish with peas, olive oil.  —Whole Living

Baked Feta with Capers and Tomatoes

Baked Feta with Capers and TomatoesYunhee Kin for Reader's Digest
Place feta cheese, chopped tomatoes, red onions, capers, oregano, and olive oil on foil. Wrap; bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. Lottie + Doof

Bacon-and-Pear Bites

Bacon-and-Pear BitesYunhee Kin for Reader's Digest
Cut just-ripe pears into ½-inch cubes; sprinkle with salt, sugar, and cayenne pepper. Put on a toothpick with crispy bacon. Mark Bittman  

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White Chocolate Grapes

White Chocolate Grapes Yunhee Kin for Reader's Digest
Melt white chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl. Dip grapes in chocolate and then sugar or sprinkles. Refrigerate until set.  Food & Wine

Spicy Maple Nuts

Spicy Maple Nutsistock/bhofack2
Mix 2 cups each pecans, almonds, and walnuts with ¼ cup maple syrup, 2 tbs. olive oil, 2 tbs. chopped herbs, and ¼ tsp. cayenne. Bake for 15 minutes at 350°F. Food & Wine

Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeasistock/nagehanozsezer
Toss 1 can rinsed, drained, dried chickpeas with olive oil, salt, and spices (like Creole blend, cumin, paprika). Roast at 400°F, 30 to 40 minutes. steamykitchen.com

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Edamame

Edamameistock/MmeEmil
Boil fresh or frozen edamame in pods 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with coarse salt. For this, they charge you eight bucks. Mark Bittman

Beyond Simple Chips

Beyond Simple Chipsistock/AlexPro9500
Buy decent tortilla chips; sprinkle with lime juice and chili powder. Eat fast, before they get soggy. Mark Bittman

Pimento Cheese Dip

Pimento Cheese Dipistock/Catherine Murray
Combine ½ lb. grated sharp cheddar, ½ cup mayonnaise, 1 (4-oz.) jar drained and diced pimientos, and ½ tsp. horseradish (or hot sauce) in a bowl. designsponge.com

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Avocado Crostini

Avocado Crostini isotck/Lauri Patterson
Toast crusty bread; top with mashed avocado, olive oil, coarse salt, and pepper. Country Living

Hot Dog Bites

Hot Dog Bites istock/Juanmonino
Broil a good hot dog, roll in a tortilla spread with brown mustard. Slice. You know everyone will eat them. Mark Bittman

Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Spinach-Artichoke Dipistock/nicolebranan
Heat 1 cup frozen spinach and 1½ cups artichokes. Add 6 oz. warmed cream cheese, ¼ cup sour cream, ¼ cup mayonnaise, 1/3 cup Parmesan, ½ tsp. red pepper flakes, and ¼ tsp. garlic powder. Heat. Alton Brown

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Hummus Deviled Eggs

Hummus Deviled Eggsistock/PaulCowan
Mix 5 or more yolks from 12 hard-boiled eggs with 1 cup hummus. Pipe into eggs, garnish with parsley and smoked paprika.  food52.com

Salted Caramel Apple Dip

Salted Caramel Apple Dipistock/TheCrimsonMonkey
Combine 8 oz. cream cheese, ¼ cup brown sugar, ¾ cup caramel sauce, 1 tsp. vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Serve with apple slices. cooks.com  

Pistachio-Covered Cheese Log

Pistachio-Covered Cheese Logistock/HandmadePictures
Beat 1 bar cream cheese, 1 cup grated cheddar, 1 tbs. mustard, and 1 tsp. Worcestershire. Refrigerate. Shape into log; roll in chopped toasted pistachios. Chill. Everyday Food

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Buffalo-Style Celery Sticks

Buffalo-Style Celery Sticksistock/fcafotodigital
Mix together 2 oz. each blue cheese and cream cheese. Stuff 6 celery stalks with mixture. Top with cayenne pepper. Everyday Food

Red-and-Green Shrimp

Red-and-Green Shrimpistock/Cameron Whitman
Serve shrimp cocktail with cocktail sauce (red) and salsa verde or pesto (green). myrecipes.com

Popcorn with Parmesan and Thyme

Popcorn with Parmesan and Thymeistock/GoodLifeStudio
Toss plain popped popcorn with olive oil, grated Parmesan, chopped fresh thyme, and lemon juice. kitchenetteblog.com

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Greek-Style Nachos

Greek-Style Nachos istock/Alena Dvorakova
Top pita chips with feta, roasted red peppers, pepperoncini. Bake until melted; top with chopped tomatoes, olives, Greek yogurt. Cat Cora  

Cheeseburger Dip

Cheeseburger Dip istock/AlexPro9500
Combine 1 lb. cooked ground hamburger, 1 lb. American or Velveeta cheese, 1 can tomatoes with green chilies, and 1 cup shredded mozzarella. Microwave; top with chopped scallions. recipe.com

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