Collection by Novice Chef

Fig and Olive Tapenade

Rating: 4.5 stars 264
This is an easy gourmet appetizer. I've brought this to several parties and it is always a hit! I often add some chopped green olives to the olive mixture and a little more balsamic. Goat cheese may also be used in place of the cream cheese. Serve with slices of French bread or crackers.
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Festive Olive Cheese Ball

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
This is a cheese ball that has olives, butter and garlic in it, and it is rolled in walnuts - we enjoyed it every year at Christmas as children.

Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini

Rating: 4.5 stars 94
This appetizer is quick to prepare and delicious.

Brie Cheese Appetizer

Rating: 4.5 stars 354
A light, fluffy puff pastry is filled with melted Brie cheese and hot fruit preserves. If you do not want a sweet wheel, you may substitute herbed cheese spread for the preserves. Baking times are the same for the substitution.

Chef John's Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 41
For me this checks all the boxes for a hot party dip. It's relatively cheap and easy to make, but maybe more importantly, it's great hot, warm, or room temp. And it's also incredibly versatile.

Kalamata Caviar

Rating: 4.5 stars 27
Spread this fast, easy olive, cheese and nut mixture on slices of warm French bread. The combination of distinct flavors is magnificent!

Parmesan Broccoli Balls

Rating: 4 stars 225
I have made this recipe for parties before, and they seem to go quite quickly. These are great warm or cold.

Spinach and Ricotta Puff Pastry Christmas Tree

Rating: 4 stars 31
Puff pastry pinwheels are a great appetizer or finger food for any occasion but for Christmas I like to arrange them as a Christmas tree.

Spinach Artichoke Feta Ball

Rating: 4.5 stars 116
If you like hot spinach artichoke dip, this is for you. It's yummy and quick. Serve with crackers or garlic toast.

Spring Herb Hummus Vegetable Garden

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
Vegetable platters need not look all look the same. Here, fresh spring vegetables sit in an herb-laced hummus to resemble a spring garden in full bloom. My kids loved plucking the crisp vegetables from the garden, so much so that I think they forgot that they were filling themselves up with such a healthful snack.

Avocado Basil Cucumber Bites

Rating: 4.5 stars 20
Refreshing, healthy, and so-tasty appetizer that takes just minutes to prepare but looks exotic. Great for the abundance of cukes and tomatoes in the garden.

Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

Rating: 4.5 stars 50
Beautiful, sweet, twice-roasted beets and baked goat cheese with crunchy nuts and slightly bitter greens is my idea of an easy, healthy, beautiful fall lunch! Or dinner, or breakfast, or brunch. Serve with toasted walnut bread.