Our Best Easter Appetizers
Chef John's Asparagus Tart
This flaky veggie pastry is not only beautiful and delicious, it's also remarkably easy — and an impressive Easter appetizer. You'll spread a little creamy mayonnaise sauce on the bottom of the pastry and then top it with briefly blanched asparagus spears. Dust lightly with Parmesan cheese and pop in the oven. It's the perfect savory tart for spring. This impressive treat can be served piping hot, warm, or even cold.
It's a fresh Caprese salad in bite-size appetizer portions. Easy Easter appetizers don't get much more simple! Toss grape tomatoes, small mozzarella cheese balls, and fresh basil in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and skewer them onto toothpicks. That's it! If you're looking for light appetizers for Easter dinner, here you go! "Clever and delicious idea!" says EMILYSNAN. "I've made this several times with much success!"
Sour cream and mayonnaise with carrots, red pepper, onion and cumin create a delicious, colorful dip. "An unbaked spinach dip. Unlike many other spinach dips this one is served deliciously cold," says Candice. "Enjoy! You can replace the red bell pepper with minced carrot or cucumber, or try using a combination of the three."
Spring Herb Hummus Vegetable Garden
Here's a healthy Easter appetizer that's also adorable! "Vegetable platters need not look all look the same," says Ashley Baron Rodriguez. "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."
Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Here's one of the best Easter brunch appetizers around! "The way the tangy, slightly salty goat cheese works with the syrupy, balsamic-coated strawberries and crispy, charred bread is a thing of beauty," Chef John.
Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls
These simple fresh rolls are stuffed with good stuff — rice vermicelli, cooked shrimp, and lots of fresh herbs. "These spring rolls are a refreshing change from the usual fried variety, and have become a family favorite," says Paula. "They are great as a cool summertime appetizer, and are delicious dipped in one or both of the sauces."
Easter Chick Deviled Eggs
Transform delicious deviled eggs into super cute Easter appetizers. The quick video shows you how to cut and fill the eggs, and how to add a few realistic, edible touches, too! "Adorable 'deviled' chicks peak out of their eggs," says rachelu. "Display in an egg cup or egg tray."
Mauigirl's Smoked Salmon Stuffed Pea Pods
Looking for healthy appetizers for Easter? "These are a cute and fresh idea for an appetizer or as a pretty addition to a festive vegetable tray," says mauigirl. "I used to steam the pea pods, but this uncooked method yields a nicer look without all the fuss."
Asparagus Roll Ups
Baked bread wrapped around tender asparagus, cream cheese, chives, and bacon, topped with melted butter and parmesan cheese – always an Easter hit! "Fun way to eat asparagus!" says luckoftheIrish. "Have the kids help out while making them, and they will enjoy them even more!"
Easter Deviled Eggs
"A very easy, special touch for Easter and fun to do at baby showers as well," says NancyClancy. "Do some plain white ones to keep everyone happy."
Bacon and Date Appetizer
Sweet dates are stuffed with almonds, wrapped in bacon, and broiled until the bacon is crispy. "This is SO delicious," says FIVEINKENYA. "It's sweet, chewy, crispy and so unique. And just as good without the almonds."
Use pre-made phyllo dough and prepping these Greek spinach pies is a cinch. Better yet, you can prep them ahead of time and keep them in the freezer till you're ready to cook them.
Cilantro Edamame Hummus
Reviewers call this dip their favorite take on hummus. They suggest serving it with tortilla chips, pita triangles, and baby carrots for dipping.
Creamy Shrimp Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
This make-ahead appetizer looks (and tastes!) impressive. "Made this for a family dinner, and they sure didn't last long. The stuffing is great, and it is all thanks to the horseradish," Terri Gainer says.
Spring Vegetable Tart
"This spring vegetable tart only looks hard to make and would be a perfect centerpiece for any special occasion. Just put it out on the table a little bit early so everyone can get their Instagramming in," Chef John says. In-season veggies like watermelon radishes, asparagus, and sugar snap peas add fresh flavor and color.
Take advantage of spring strawberries with this tart-sweet take on bruschetta. "I absolutely love this recipe. So simple, so fresh, so easy," Joanna Furino says.
Cheesy Thumbprint Appetizers with Hot Pepper Jelly
This savory take on thumbprint cookies will go fast at an Easter gathering. "I was looking for an appetizer that didn't need to stay warm and was a little unique. This was definitely it," user Redonion says.