If you regularly host or attend parties throughout the year, having a repertoire of easy and delicious appetizers is a must. Whether you’re looking for something fresh and crisp or warm and cheesy, these eight options will have you covered for any occasion. Make sure you always have these ingredients on hand so that you can whip up a plate at a moment’s notice!
Everyone loves a pinwheel—they’re easy to eat, packed with flavour, and seem to disappear the minute they’re placed on the table! These cranberry feta pinwheels are especially festive during the holidays, but their bright and bold flavour is welcome any time of year. Make sure to choose large enough tortillas or wraps to hold all of the filling for easy slicing. You can make these ahead and refrigerate for 24 hours before slicing.
A deliciously simple appetizer that will impress everyone who takes a bite, these pistachio twists are a great addition to any food table—they can be used alongside dips or eaten alone. Frozen puff pastry forms the bulk of these twists, so make sure to always have some on hand. Spreading the crushed pistachios on both sides of the pastry sheet will ensure even coverage of the toppings. You can experiment with adding other flavours, too, like cranberries or seeds.
For a twist on traditional jalapeño poppers, these mini muffins combine the spice and brine of jalapeño with the sweet and smooth cornbread flavour. Frozen popcorn chicken and premade pulled pork make your prep work much simpler, plus you can keep the ingredients for these poppers on hand regularly to make whenever company arrives.
A simple and elegant appetizer, cucumber canapes are a staple at fancy brunches and tea parties. However, guests love these small bites on all occasions because they’re a great palate cleanser between nibbles of other, richer foods. Make your prep even faster by purchasing premade herbed cheese spread rather than making your own. You can easily chill these if you make them ahead of time.
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Onion dip is a party favourite, so impress your guests by taking it up a notch and turning the classic cold dip into a bubbling warm, cheesy appetizer. Caramelizing the onions before baking with the cheeses is a key step to building the flavour, so make sure you set up your workstation to multitask while the onions are sizzling away. Serve right out of the oven for the best experience.
This ravioli will become your go-to hot appetizer for gatherings all year long. Without using any special equipment, you can fry frozen ravioli and make it taste as if you’ve spent hours in the kitchen—but really, you’ll only need about 15 minutes! Using frozen ravioli cuts down on prep time and doesn’t alter the flavour at all. Serve with a marinara dipping sauce and freshly grated cheese on top.
This easy appetizer bakes as a single dish but can be broken up into individual sandwiches —the perfect solution for big crowds. You can prep the sandwiches a day in advance if necessary and cook right before the party, just wait to add the melted butter and seasoning mix until you’re ready to bake. You can easily replace the meat or cheese with other varieties as your guests prefer.
If you’re looking for an appetizer that seems fancy but has minimal prep, this bruschetta checks all the boxes. A fresh appetizer that is perfect for any occasion from brunch to cocktail hour, this tomato bruschetta recipe is simple to serve at home or transport to a gathering offsite. The key to this recipe is sautéing the garlic before mixing with the other ingredients; you’ll bring out a much richer flavour than raw garlic alone. Also, make sure to generously coat your baguette with olive oil before toasting in the oven—that will ensure the crispiest possible bite! Serve with the tomato mix spooned on top or as a dip next to the baguette pieces.
No matter the occasion, everyone will love these appetizers—and you’ll love how easy they are to make!