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20 Easy Gourmet Appetizer Recipes

20 Easy Gourmet Appetizer Recipes

Whether you're hosting meat lovers, vegetarians or a mixed bag, you can impress them all with these tasty appetizer recipes.
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Updated:
2012-12-22 11:28
Published:
2012-03-20 00:00

20 Best Appetizer Recipes

From cheesy bites to meaty sliders, every appetizer recipe you’ll ever need is right here. And don’t let the gourmet-sounding names scare you away, each of these recipes is simple enough for beginners. Party on!

Cheese appetizer recipes
Appenzeller Cheese Tartlets
All over Switzerland, small or large tarts featuring local cheese are made. This recipe features the delicious and pungent cheese from Appenzell. Appenzeller cheese is a firm Alpine cheese, like Gruyère, whose rind is given regular bathings of Alpine herb-infused marc during the maturing process, giving the cheese a distinct flavour and aroma.

Cheese Croûtes
Quick to prepare, these Swiss cheese croûtes are a wonderful way to start a casual entertaining meal. Served with a salad, they also make a satisfying lunch.

Provolone Bites
Make sure you find a well-aged firm provolone cheese for these delicious bites, because a moister and younger provolone will not hold its shape when melted.

Spiced Cheese Crisps
These crisps are lovely with a pomegranate martini before the meal. They are so irresistible, you might want to bake two batches.

Swiss Chard, Leek and Feta Cheese Squares
You can bake these savoury squares ahead of time and eat them at room temperature or warm them up in a hot oven for a few minutes before serving. They go wonderfully with beer or wine as an hors d'oeuvre or can be served right along with a main course for dinner.

Vegetarian appetizer recipes

Deconstructed Gazpacho
This elegant appetizer is easy to put together and can be made in advance. Our version is also lighter than traditional Spanish gazpacho!

Stuffed Tomatoes, Endive and Cucumber Canapés
If you like Greek salad, you'll love this easy-to-assemble finger food version.

Mushroom and Eggplant Fresh Spring Rolls
This is a variation of one of the hundreds of types of fresh spring rolls made throughout Southeast Asia. Water chestnuts (available fresh at Chinese grocers or canned at supermarkets) add texture, sweetness and a little starch, which helps to bind the filling.

Mixed Baby Greens with Tomato Toasts
Serve broiled toasts over a mixed green salad or as warm, bruschetta-style appetizers. This makes an elegant first course for eight or a casual luncheon dish for four.

Artichokes with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Nothing shows your appreciation for someone more than taking a little time to prepare a special vegetable like artichokes! If you're concerned about calories and fat, add chipotle sauce to a low-fat mayonnaise instead of making our decadent home-made version.

Seafood appetizer recipes
Smoked Salmon Flatbread
Swapping bagels with flatbread lightens this classic brunch option that looks spectacular with little effort.
 
Scallops with Serrano Ham
If you cannot find Serrano ham, use another cured ham, such as prosciutto or Westphalian ham. As finger food, the scallops can be served on discs of toasted baguette or melba toast.

Smoked Trout and Chive Pâté
Smoked trout varies in saltiness, so adjust the salt to taste for this wonderfully rich spread. Serve with crisp flatbread, crackers or baguette slices.

Deep-Fried Calamari
Serve these crispy deep-fried squid rings to dip in tzatziki sauce.

Shrimp Ceviche
Marinated seafood dishes called ceviche (cebiche) are popular throughout South and Central America.

Meat appetizer recipes
Haricots Verts Bundles with Gorgonzola Cream
A creamy Gorgonzola or a lighter-tasting blue cheese, such as Bellablu or extra-creamy Danish blue cheese, is good for the dipping sauce. Prosciutto cotto is cooked Italian ham.

Little Lamb Pizzas
Using store-bought pizza dough and requiring no rolling, these tasty bite-size pizzas are easier to make than they look. Make them ahead and re-warm them in the oven if you like.

Potted Chicken Liver Pâté with Juniper Berries
Paired with the bay leaves, juniper berries lend a bit of a wild forest flavour to this pâté. Serve with toasted baguette (French stick) slices, rye crisps or other flatbreads.

Tostadas with Beef
These tasty tostadas make a lively appetizer. You can use tostadas (3- to 4-inch/8 to 10 cm rounds) imported from Mexico for the best flavour and nicest presentation, but you also can make up to 48 smaller bites by putting the toppings on nacho chips.
 
Herbed Lamb Sliders with Fresh Mushroom Yogurt Sauce
These patties are delicious served on their own, but you can also serve them in mini-pitas lined with lettuce and tomato. If you really want to use a fat-free yogurt, be sure you choose the new Greek-style 0%; other fat-free yogurts will not work in this sauce. 
 
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