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"
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 Tomatoes
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 Bites
Cut just-ripe pears into ½-inch cubes; sprinkle with salt, sugar, and cayenne pepper. Put on a toothpick with crispy bacon. Mark Bittman

 

White Chocolate Grapes

White Chocolate Grapes
Melt white chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl. Dip grapes in chocolate and then sugar or sprinkles. Refrigerate until set.  Food & Wine

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Spicy Maple Nuts

Spicy Maple Nuts
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 Chickpeas
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

Edamame

Edamame
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 Chips
 Buy decent tortilla chips; sprinkle with lime juice and chili powder. Eat fast, before they get soggy. Mark Bittman
 

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Pimento Cheese Dip

Pimento Cheese Dip
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
 

Avocado Crostini

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

 

Hot Dog Bites

Hot Dog Bites
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 Dip
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 Eggs
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 Dip
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 Log
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

Buffalo-Style Celery Sticks

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

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Red-and-Green Shrimp

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


Popcorn with Parmesan and Thyme

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

Greek-Style Nachos

Greek-Style Nachos
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
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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