Appetizers

From last-minute appetizers to the best party finger foods, we have irresistible recipes for any event. Your favorite classic dips are all here, plus healthy and vegetarian choices galore!

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22 Amazing Last-Minute Appetizers

Sometimes the best parties aren't planned at all. When friends descend unexpectedly, you'll just need a few pantry ingredients to create these deceptively sophisticated snacks.

How to Assemble the Cheese Board of Your Dreams

It's the easiest and most impressive party appetizer ever! Here, our tips and tricks for putting it all together.
By Laura Rege

Classic Shrimp Cocktail

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One of Martha's favorite entertaining strategies is to serve a pared-down—but still special feeling—menu. Her classic shrimp cocktail is a perfect example: it's an easy but elegant starter that shines because it calls for the very best ingredients—including a quick homemade cocktail sauce. When preparing this spread, use high-quality, sustainably sourced shrimp, and plan on about three to six shrimp per guest.

25 Easy Crostini and Bruschetta Recipes

Everything's better on toast! Whether you go savory or sweet, bruschetta and crostini are always a hit. The bread acts as a built-in plate, making them perfect finger food for party guests. And the variety of toppings is almost endless. These quick and easy appetizer recipes make entertaining a breeze.
By Kelly Vaughan

Antipasto

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Antipasto means "before the meal," and this antipasto recipe doesn't disappoint. Serve up this antipasto of cured meats, fresh cheeses, and herbs that will satisfy guests until the next course is ready.

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

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Get a perfect hard-boiled egg every time with these simple tips. With hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator, you always have the components of a satisfying meal.

Easy Steamed Artichokes

These leafy, mild-flavored veggies get at the heart of spring. Our method for steaming artichokes could not be easier, but the result is an impressive, delicious side dish.

Simple Crostini

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Crostini are perfect spooned high with your pick of toppings.

Basic Empanadas

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These tasty and convenient Latin-American-style turnovers can be frozen for up to three months, individually wrapped in plastic and placed in resealable plastic bags. There's no need to thaw before baking, they can go right from the freezer to the oven.

Classic Roasted Salsa

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Having salsa on hand is a must in summer. This homemade version is so easy, why even bother with store-bought? We love the deep, slightly smoky flavors in this version.

Individual Nachos

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Individual nachos guarantee that you won't lose out to a cheese hog on game day.
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