Gourmet Appetizer Recipes

These recipes for spring rolls, samosas, satay, stuffed mushrooms, and more are so delicious you may skip dinner altogether. Browse gourmet appetizer recipes, with reviews and tips from your community.

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Cheese Puffs (Gougeres)

Rating: 4.09 stars
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Light, airy, cheese puffs are a versatile addition to a meal or appetizer plate. Tiny, they're like soup nuts. Larger, they pair well with beer or wine. Even bigger, they can be split and filled with ham, chicken, tuna salad, or even more cheese! These are easier to make than the recipe sounds, yet the result looks impressive enough that you can tell your friends you slaved over them.

Cold Roasted Moroccan Spiced Salmon

Rating: 4.38 stars
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This easy dry rub blasts the fish with unique Middle Eastern flair and is perfect paired with other cold sides and salads. Roast it in the morning to enjoy cold with your guests that evening. Any variety of salmon, or even trout, works; cooking time remains the same as long as the cut is about one-inch thick. It may seem like a lot of seasonings to use on one cut of meat, but cold meat can lose flavor, so the idea is to blast it with flavors from the beginning. If cold fish isn't your thing, refrigerate it and bring it to room temperature to serve.

Blue Cheese and Pear Tartlets

Rating: 4.06 stars
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Tasty, hot appetizers that take little time to prepare but will impress your guests!

Fig and Olive Tapenade

Rating: 4.59 stars
259
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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Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

Rating: 4.44 stars
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An authentic potsticker recipe using ground beef and ground shrimp instead of the usual pork filling. You can fill the whole package of gyoza wrappers and have filling left over for next time around.

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese

Rating: 4.59 stars
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Dates are stuffed with blue cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked until crisp. These are delicious and very easy to make for a party. You can serve them at room temperature, so it is okay to make a few hours in advance!

Indonesian Satay

Rating: 4.59 stars
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This is an original Indonesian satay. I send it from a long way. Hope all over the world, readers can enjoy it.

Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: 4.63 stars
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These delicious mushrooms taste just like restaurant-style stuffed mushrooms and are my guy's absolute favorite.

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Rating: 4.71 stars
628
My husband taught me this elegant yet easy side dish! Always a hit at the holidays, and dresses up every day chicken.

Mozzarella and Tomato Appetizer Tray

Rating: 4.76 stars
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I had to make something for a work function, so I created this simple platter of mozzarella and tomato slices topped with roasted red peppers and an herb mixture. Serve chilled with toothpicks or bread slices. Omit the capers or add black olives as desired.

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Rating: 4.64 stars
762
These spring rolls are a refreshing change from the usual fried variety, and have become a family favorite. They are great as a cool summertime appetizer, and are delicious dipped in one or both of the sauces.
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Traditional Filipino Lumpia

Rating: 4.72 stars
502
This is a traditional Filipino dish. It is the Filipino version of the egg rolls. It can be served as a side dish or as an appetizer.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Churros
Rating: Unrated
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These Mexican fritters are very common at fairs. In my border hometown, the line at this stand is always overwhelming. People wait hours in line just to get a taste of these churros. I have run across several recipes but this is the best one by far.
Perfect Pot Stickers
Rating: Unrated
97
Homemade pot stickers are so versatile--you can fill them with anything you want and as full as you want. And the play between the crispy, crusty bottom, and the tender parts, makes for a truly unique dumpling. These are filled with ground pork, green onions, ginger, and cabbage.

Pita Chips

Rating: 4.7 stars
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These baked pita chips make a lovely accompaniment to any dip or spread.