French Appetizer Recipes

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Peach and Goat Cheese Tartine

Rating: 5 stars 14
For me, this is summer on a slice of bread. August is national goat cheese month (no, I don't know who decides these things), and what better way to enjoy chevre than by topping it with sweet, ripe, impossibly juicy peach slices? Mix in a little thyme and black pepper to keep things interesting, and you're looking at a very special treat.

Cheese Puffs (Gougeres)

Rating: 4 stars 35
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.

How to Make Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Rating: 5 stars 105
An easy, elegant scallop appetizer with a creamy sauce and Gruyère cheese.

Brie Cups

Rating: 5 stars 47
If you are looking for a quick, easy, delicious appetizer, this is for you. I've served them many times and my friends always gobble them up. Even cheese haters love this. You can find the phyllo cups in the freezer section.

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

Rating: 4.5 stars 247
This wonderful, light puff pastry is filled with melted Brie cheese. Serve with crackers on the side.

Tuna Mousse Terrine with Olives

Rating: 3 stars 6
Tasty and beautiful, this mousse-like textured terrine is impressively studded with pimento-stuffed olives. It's great for entertaining and looks far more difficult than it really is. Serve it on greens along with crackers or slices of Melba toast.

Puff Pastry Shells

Rating: 5 stars 10
These are fairly simple to make, and once baked the real fun begins, as they can hold so many amazing fillings, both sweet and savory. The key is making sure your puff pastry dough is very firm, and very cold, preferably still partially frozen, before you start cutting it. You want nice clean cuts, because if you mash the layers of pastry together, your shells will not rise as high, and they can also bake into some strange shapes.

Real Poutine

Rating: 4.5 stars 82
This Canadian specialty is an indulgence of fries, gravy, and cheese curds.


Rating: 5 stars 1196
This French delicacy is extremely versatile, as it can be filled with virtually anything -- fruits, pudding, mousse for desserts as well as vegetables and meats for dinner. No need to add more oil each time unless the pan begins to stick. Freeze extra crepes for later use.

Kalamata Olive Tapenade

Rating: 4.5 stars 231
A garlicky, salty spread made with olives, parsley, capers, and lemon.

Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars 70
This herb and cheese spread is great on crackers, sandwiches when bored with mayo and mustard, or tucked into beef Wellington! It's so much cheaper to make it than buy it.

Sauteed Mushrooms (Quick and Simple)

Rating: 4.5 stars 36
Delicious as a side, appetizer, part of a salad, or even just a snack! How French of you!
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12 Fancy French Appetizers You Can Actually Make at Home
These authentic French appetizers are easy to prepare and will have your guests wondering where you learned to make such fancy hors d'oeuvres.
Chef John's Tomato Tart
Rating: Unrated 43
One of these days Michele and I will travel to the south of France, where we'll eat this amazing tomato tart at least once a day. It's going to be hot, since we'll have to go in the middle of summer to enjoy best possible tomatoes, but that's fine, as long as there's chilled rosé. One layer of tomato is plenty, since more than that will make for an overly wet tart, which means your pastry will not stay crispy.
Liver Pate
Rating: Unrated 35
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.