Gourmet Appetizer Recipes

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Canapes and Crostini

Cheese Puffs (Gougeres)

Rating: Unrated
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.
Moroccan Recipes

Cold Roasted Moroccan Spiced Salmon

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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.
Pastry Appetizers

Blue Cheese and Pear Tartlets

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Tasty, hot appetizers that take little time to prepare but will impress your guests!
Olive Appetizers

Fig and Olive Tapenade

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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.
By Anonymous
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Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

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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 Appetizers

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese

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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 Recipes

Indonesian Satay

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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.
Stuffed Mushrooms

Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

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These delicious mushrooms taste just like restaurant-style stuffed mushrooms and are my guy's absolute favorite.
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Baked Asparagus

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

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

Mozzarella and Tomato Appetizer Tray

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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.
Wraps and Rolls Appetizers

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

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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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Vegan Bread


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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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Easy Butternut Squash Ravioli

Rating: Unrated
These easy butternut squash ravioli are a terrific way to use up leftover roasted butternut squash. They can stand in equally well as either the ideal appetizer or as an elegant main dish for dinner. The secret? Wonton wrappers instead of pasta make these ravioli incredibly easy.

Avocado and Tuna Tapas

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Living in Spain I have come across a literal plethora of tapas. This is a light, healthy tapa that goes best with crisp white wines and crunchy bread. This recipe is great for experimenting with a variety of different vegetables, spices, and vinegars.

Baked Stuffed Brie with Cranberries & Walnuts

Rating: Unrated

One of the most common mistakes people make when serving cheese is not letting it come to room temperature first, so that all the flavors can be fully realized. This beautiful baked stuffed brie takes that principle to the next level.