Seder Appetizer Recipes

Browse appetizer recipes suitable for your Seder, including chopped liver, olives, kosher dips, tapenade, and honey figs.

Staff Picks

Gefilte Fish

Rating: 4 stars
My mother-in-law took great pains to prepare Gefilte Fish for Passover and Rosh Hashanah. The best legacy she left was to teach her sons how to do it and in turn they would teach their wives and then the next generation. This has been passed down and today it is still appreciated as the Mintz Family Gefilte Fish.

Honey and Feta Spread

Rating: 4.22 stars
Though it sounds odd, this delicious appetizer is quick and easy. It always receives rave reviews at parties.

Smoked Fish Dip

Rating: 4.63 stars
This recipe for smoked fish dip is world class, puts most others to shame, and is served in several prominent restaurants on the gulf coast of Florida. We used smoked whitefish, well boned, but any other smoked fish should work. Serve with crackers, lemon or lime wedges, and capers.

Chopped Liver the Real Mccoy

Rating: 4.33 stars
No recipe site is complete without a real recipe for real chopped liver. This makes for a great appetizer or spread for a pastrami and corned beef sandwich.

Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip II

Rating: 4.73 stars
This dip is amazing -- so cheesy and fragrant. If you don't like artichokes, don't worry -- you'll never know they're in there! My only question is: Is it okay to just eat it with a spoon right out of the dish?

Kalamata Olive Tapenade

Rating: 4.62 stars
An olive tapenade without anchovies.

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Rating: 4.68 stars
A sweet switch from the usual cheese ball. Serve with graham crackers or chocolate wafers.

Fig and Olive Tapenade

Rating: 4.59 stars
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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Creamy Garlic Dip

Rating: 4.17 stars
Creamy Garlic Dip is great with pretzels, chips, crackers and veggies. It tastes best when chilled overnight. Adjust the spices to taste. The recipe may be doubled.
By J

Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus (Chummus)

Rating: 4.22 stars
Authentic chummus is very different and SO much tastier than its American counterpart. This chummus is creamy and delicate in taste rather than overpowered with garlic or thick and pasty. It is eaten warm, fresh, and as a whole meal spread out in a dish and drizzled with fresh olive oil. It is scooped up with pita, raw onion slices, or just a fork. Do NOT use canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)!


Rating: 4.35 stars
Classic Mediterranean dish using black (preferably Kalamata) olives. This dip is great with pita bread triangles.

Eggplant Antipasto

Rating: 4.63 stars
This dish is easy to prepare and freezes well. Baked eggplant is mixed with an array of vegetables and flavors. It's a great way to make the most of the garden! Serve with crackers or pita bread.

Inspiration and Ideas

Bubbie's Chopped Liver
Rating: Unrated
"Excellent recipe! I added more eggs and touch of mayo. We like to serve this with paper-thin sliced onion on top." – TiddlyWinksChampion
Kicked Up Olives
Rating: Unrated
"Wow, to say we loved these olives is an understatement!" – lutzflcat

Wine Fondue

Rating: 4.26 stars

A lovely wine fondue for cooking chicken, rabbit or veal. Dip bite-size pieces of raw meat into the boiling fondue until cooked.