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Appetizers

Browse awesome small bites, game day recipes, hors d’oeuvres, and great starters perfect for any occasion. Big on taste but easy to share—we have dozens of appetizer recipes to choose from!

From Slow Cooker BBQ Meatballs to Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip to Southern Deviled Eggs, find the perfect appetizer recipe to share with friends and family and have them coming back for seconds and thirds!

Cherry Tomato Salad with basil on a white platter.

Cherry Tomato Salad

Cherry Tomato Salad is so easy with just fresh mozzarella balls, fresh basil, and a simple dressing of white balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Pretty to look at and perfect for parties! Caprese salad is so popular during the height of summer when tomatoes are at their peak. That lovely combination of fresh tomato and …

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Prosciutto wrapped asparagus crispy from the grill and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese is one of our favorite and easiest appetizers!

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus crispy from the grill and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese is one of our favorite and easiest appetizers! The plate is empty almost before it hits the table.  I admit it, we have a thing for prosciutto: Prosciutto with Pears, Arugula, and Goat Cheese; Prosciutto, Arugula, and Cheese; Fig Jam, Caramelized Onion, and Prosciutto …

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Peach chutney in a white bowl on a green checkered tablecloth.

Peach Chutney

Peach Chutney with fresh ginger and lime juice is the perfect topping for your grilled meats or your holiday ham! Fruit chutneys are excellent for adding that extra touch of flavor to meat, poultry, or fish. And almost any fruit can be made into a chutney, which is basically a relish. Around the holidays, I …

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Pieces of caramelized bacon on a platter lined with parchment.

Caramelized Bacon

Caramelized bacon is crispy, candied bacon made with a pecan, brown sugar, and maple syrup paste—it’s the first thing to go at gatherings! The title says it all, doesn’t it? This was the first recipe I saw when I bought Ina Garten’s cookbook, Foolproof, and let me tell you, people love this bacon. It is …

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Cucumber sandwiches on a platter ready to serve.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

These cucumber tea sandwiches are simple to make and will lend an old-fashioned elegance to your next party! Made with cream cheese and thin white bread, cucumber sandwiches are always a crowd pleaser. There’s something about cucumber tea sandwiches with cream cheese that’s reminiscent of Great Gatsby days, of times when elegance reigned and things were …

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This colorful Pesto Pasta Salad features a zippy lemon basil pesto salad dressing, along with bowtie pasta, sundried tomatoes, asparagus, artichoke hearts, and more lemon zest...it's overflowing with flavor and color and pizazz!

Pesto Pasta Salad

This colorful Pesto Pasta Salad features a zippy lemon basil pesto salad dressing, along with bowtie pasta, sundried tomatoes, asparagus, artichoke hearts, and more lemon zest…it’s overflowing with flavor and color and pizazz! Lemon Basil Pesto Pasta Salad…you know you can’t resist a pasta salad with a name like that. It’s superb and has a …

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A large white bowl with green border filled with vidalia onion dip sprinkled with parsley.

Vidalia Onion Dip

Vidalia Onion Dip is a simple, creamy, sweet onion dip that mixes up in minutes, bakes for half an hour, and is devoured in seconds! We first tried this sweet onion dip years ago at a work reception that was held at the home of a lovely older couple, Mr. and Mrs. Chancy, in Florida. …

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Jar of pimento cheese ready to serve with a serving knife in background.

Homemade Pimento Cheese

Homemade Pimento Cheese is classic and simple with just grated Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos, and cayenne pepper. It’s easy to make and great as either a dip or for sandwiches! Masters Pimento Cheese When April comes around, many lucky attendees of the Master’s tournament get to experience their first taste of homemade pimento cheese. The …

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Cheese Straws — crispy, buttery, homemade crackers that are easy to make and a great appetizer!

Southern Cheese Straws Recipe

Cheese Straws — crispy, buttery, homemade crackers that are easy to make and a great appetizer! Southerners love cheese straws and serve them at bridal showers, baby showers, and anything in between.  If you attend a bridal or baby shower in the South, or a church dinner on the grounds, or just about any type …

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Pickled shrimp in a white bowl with spoon and colored napkin in the background.

Pickled Shrimp

Pickled Shrimp is a simple shrimp recipe that you can serve as an appetizer or as a main course. With an overnight marinade in pickling spice, this pickled shrimp recipe is make-ahead and healthy! When I throw a dinner party, the entree is usually the main event, especially if it’s something like Braised Beef Short …

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Plate of meatballs with crockpot in the background.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatballs

Slow cooker barbecue meatballs, Puerto Rican style with recaito and honey barbecue sauce—easy and delicious! A few years ago, my friend Jenni brought a crockpot full of these barbecue meatballs to our Super Bowl party. Everyone went nuts! The meatballs were devoured before anything else—and we had a LOT of yummy food available! Of course …

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Pickled red onions in an open jar sitting on a wooden board.

How to Make Pickled Red Onions

Pickled Red Onions may be the easiest and best condiment ever, with just sliced red onions, vinegar, and a little salt and sugar. These pickled red onions can enhance the most mundane of dishes, like sandwiches or a simple green salad. I am in love with these pickled red onions. They are so easy to …

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Closeup of Buffalo Chicken Dip on a piece of celery.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip made with three cheeses and Ranch dressing makes a great appetizer for feeding a crowd or weeknight dinner sliders. Cook the chicken in the crock pot and your work is done! Don’t you love easy appetizers? I sure do, especially ones that are portable and can be made ahead. This Easy …

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Give your next party an extra dose of fun with this spicy Jalapeno Pimento Cheese—easy and classic Southern Pimento Cheese with a kick from diced jalapeno peppers!

Jalapeno Pimento Cheese

Give your next party an extra dose of fun with this spicy Jalapeno Pimento Cheese—easy and classic Southern Pimento Cheese with a kick from diced jalapeno peppers! There’s rarely a gathering of any sort in the South that does not include someone’s favorite pimento cheese. This iconic classic has graced Southern tables for decades, and there …

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Green Goddess Dressing served with vegetables

Green Goddess Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing made with mayonnaise, sour cream, watercress, and lots of fresh herbs. It’s delicious on salad, fish, or as a dip! It’s easy to pull out regular old Ranch dip when you’re having a party and want to serve chopped vegetables, but it you want to serve something a little prettier and with …

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Smoked Salmon with Roasted Red Peppers Wrap

Smoked Salmon Wrap

Isn’t springtime synonymous with picnics? It’s neither too cold nor too hot, the gnats are not out in full force, trees and flowers are filled with green buds and it feels as though we’ve been cooped up in the dreary dark of winter for years. Along about the middle to end of March I long …

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