40+ Easy Appetizer Recipes

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Here is a collection of our best appetizer recipes! You can find all kinds of delicious appetizers including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. These are easy appetizer recipes that are perfect for gatherings and parties but also a good choice for a casual family dinner.

Here is a collection of our best appetizer recipes! You can find all kinds of delicious appetizers including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. These are easy appetizer recipes that are perfect for gatherings and parties but also a good choice for a casual family dinner.


 

What makes a good appetizer?

  • Easy to make: A good appetizer should be easy to make. You don’t want to spend more time on the appetizer than you would for the main dish.
  • Delicious: It’s the start of a meal, it should make people want more of whatever you’re cooking!
  • Not too filling: It should be a good nibble, but not too heavy that your guests would be too stuffed to eat the main dish.

How many appetizers should I make for a party?

This really depends on the size of the party and what you’re planning to serve as the main dish. Usually one appetizer is enough, especially if you’re not hosting many people. If you’d like to serve more and you have 10+ guests, then you can serve up to 4 types of appetizers.

Easy Appetizer Recipes

Whipped feta

5 from 16 votes

Best Whipped Feta Dip Recipe

Ready in 10 minutes, this creamy whipped feta dip is super easy and tasty. Top with walnuts and serve with pita for a unique mezze at any gathering! Follow along to learn about which feta to select and how to make the best feta dip ever!
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pita bread dipped into whipped feta.

Ful Medames Recipe (Egyptian fava beans)

ful medames topped with tomatoes and herbs.
5 from 12 votes

Ful Medames Recipe (Egyptian fava beans)

Ful medames is a fava bean stew flavored with olive oil, lemon juice and spices. Usually served for breakfast, this Egyptian classic is so easy to make and is ready in less than 30 minutes. Follow along to learn how to make ful medames at home.
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ful medames topped with tomatoes and herbs.

Mutabal Recipe (Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip)

4.93 from 14 votes

Mutabal Recipe (Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip)

Mutabal is a Middle Eastern eggplant dip with a nice smoky flavor. It's different from baba ganoush and can be served with fresh pita bread as an appetizer or on a mezze platter for a tasty feast!
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Fried Halloumi with Honey

Fried halloumi with honey on a white plate.
5 from 13 votes

Fried Halloumi with Honey

Fried halloumi is tasty, easy and ready in 5 minutes. Once fried, crispy halloumi is paired with spicy honey to make a tasty appetizer in no time.
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Fried halloumi with honey on a white plate.

Best Cucumber Sandwich Recipe

Ready in 15 minutes, this cucumber sandwich is like no other. Forget about cream cheese, the combination of feta, walnut and herbs takes this classic sandwich to a whole new level.
5 from 6 votes

Best Cucumber Sandwich Recipe

Ready in 15 minutes, this cucumber sandwich is like no other. Forget about cream cheese, the combination of feta, walnut and herbs takes this classic sandwich to a whole new level.
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Ready in 15 minutes, this cucumber sandwich is like no other. Forget about cream cheese, the combination of feta, walnut and herbs takes this classic sandwich to a whole new level.

Creamy Whipped Ricotta Recipe

5 from 15 votes

Creamy Whipped Ricotta Recipe

Whipped ricotta is creamy, light and ready in 10 minutes. Topped with herbs, olives and nuts, you can serve it as a dip or spread with some fresh bread.
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Baked Brie With Honey And Nuts

Front shot of baked brie.
5 from 2 votes

Baked Brie With Honey And Nuts

Baked brie is ready in 15 minutes and is one of the best party appetizers. Creamy wheel of brie is topped with honey, nuts and dried fruit then baked until it's melty, making the perfect appetizer served with crackers or toasted baguette slices.
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Front shot of brie topped with nuts and dried fruit.

Burrata with Tomatoes and Peach

5 from 10 votes

Burrata with Tomatoes and Peach

Creamy burrata with tomatoes and peaches present a delightful combination of flavors, ready in just 10 minutes. I drizzle it with balsamic glaze and serve it with crusty toasted bread as a salad or an appetizer. This dish is the perfect addition to any table!
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Caprese Skewers Appetizer

5 from 18 votes

Caprese Skewers Appetizer

These caprese skewers are super easy, ready in 10 minutes and perfect for entertaining. Made with 4 ingredients including mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, this appetizer is crowd pleasing and tasty. 
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These caprese skewers are super easy, ready in 10 minutes and perfect for entertaining. Made with 4 ingredients including mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, this appetizer is crowd pleasing and tasty.

Turkish smokey eggplant salad

smoky eggplant dip Turkish style on a wooden backdrop.
5 from 15 votes

Turkish Smoky Eggplant Salad

This Turkish eggplant salad is uniquely delicious. Charred eggplant and bell peppers are combined with tomatoes, herbs and spices for a delightful convergence of flavors. Like other Mediterranean salads, key ingredients include olive oil, lemon juice and sumac.
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This Turkish eggplant salad is uniquely delicious. Charred eggplant and bell peppers are combined with tomatoes, herbs and spices for a delightful convergence of flavors. Like other Mediterranean salads, key ingredients include olive oil, lemon juice and sumac.

GOZLEME RECIPE (TURKISH STUFFED FLATBREAD)

4.97 from 29 votes

Gozleme recipe (Turkish Stuffed Flatbread)

Gozleme is a delicious Turkish flatbread stuffed with different fillings such as potatoes and spinach. Watch the video to learn how to make this classic Turkish recipe. 
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Green Goddess Salad

5 from 12 votes

Green Goddess Salad Recipe

This viral TikTok green goddess salad is delicious! Ready in 15 minutes, this salad can be served as a side, dip or sandwich topping.
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This viral TikTok green goddess salad is delicious! Ready in 15 minutes, this salad can be served as a side, dip or sandwich topping.

Easy Persian Appetizer Platter

5 from 16 votes

Persian Appetizer Platter

Persian Appetizer Platter is a great choice for gatherings and parties. This platter is ready in 10 minutes and can be served as an afternoon snack too, it'll be great with a cup of tea!
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Persian appetizer platter is a great choice for gatherings and parties. This platter is ready in 10 minutes and can be served as an afternoon snack too, it'll be great with a cup of tea!

Turkish Ezme Recipe

4.91 from 33 votes

Turkish Ezme Recipe

Ezme is a classic Turkish sauce, condiment and appetizer that’s usually served on the side of kebabs with some fresh bread. It’s ready in 10 minutes and is so delicious thanks to tomatoes, peppers and herbs.
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Ezme is a classic Turkish sauce, condiment and appetizer that’s usually served on the side of kebabs with some fresh bread. It’s ready in 10 minutes and is so delicious thanks to tomatoes, peppers and herbs.

Mediterranean mezze platter

5 from 9 votes

Mediterranean Mezze Platter

A tasty mezze platter is a cornerstone of any Mediterranean party. Learn how easy it is to build a Mediterranean mezze platter in just 10 minutes that will impress your guests and delight your taste buds!
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A tasty mezze platter is a cornerstone of any Mediterranean party. Learn how easy it is to build a Mediterranean mezze platter in just 10 minutes that will impress your guests and delight your taste buds!

Melitzanosalata (Greek Eggplant Dip)

Melitzanosalata is a Greek eggplant dip that's made with eggplant, garlic and lemon juice. You can serve this eggplant appetizer as a part of a mezze platter with some pita.

Spanish Tortilla Recipe (Easy Tutorial)

4.95 from 50 votes

Spanish Tortilla Recipe

This Spanish tortilla recipe is a classic. Also known as tortilla espanola, this easy Spanish potato omelette is so easy yet very satisfying. You're only four ingredients and a skillet away from one of the most popular Spanish dishes! 
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This Spanish tortilla recipe is a classic. Also known as tortilla espanola, this easy Spanish potato omelette is so easy yet very satisfying. You're only four ingredients and a skillet away from one of the most popular Spanish dishes!

 Easy Homemade Hummus Recipe

5 from 14 votes

Hummus Recipe

This is the ultimate homemade hummus recipe. It’s smooth and creamy with a bright flavor, and pairs perfectly with bread! Follow along for tip and tricks, a video tutorial and complete details!
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This is the ultimate homemade hummus recipe. It’s smooth and creamy with a bright flavor, and pairs perfectly with bread! Follow along for tip and tricks, a video tutorial and complete details!

Skordalia (Greek Potato Dip)

5 from 8 votes

Skordalia Greek Potato and Garlic Dip

Skordalia is a popular Greek potato and garlic dip that's creamy and so tasty. Watch the video to learn how to make this traditional Greek dip with just a few ingredients. 

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Skordalia is a popular Greek potato and garlic dip that's creamy and so tasty. Watch the video to learn how to make this traditional Greek dip with just a few ingredients.

Eggplant Caponata Recipe

4.62 from 91 votes

Eggplant Caponata Recipe

Eggplant caponata is an easy recipe that’s full of flavor. This vegetarian eggplant recipe is made with fresh vegetables and is very simple to make. 
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Eggplant caponata is an easy recipe that's full of flavor. This vegetarian eggplant recipe is made with fresh vegetables and is very simple to make.

The Best Traditional Greek Salad Recipe

5 from 23 votes

Traditional Greek Salad Recipe

Here is a traditional Greek salad recipe, requiring just a few ingredients. It's the perfect starter or side dish for a Mediterranean meal.
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Here is a traditional Greek salad recipe, requiring just a few ingredients. It's the perfect starter or side dish for a Mediterranean meal.

Salmon Croquettes Recipe

5 from 23 votes

Salmon Croquette Recipe Mediterranean Style

Salmon croquettes may sound fancy but they're so easy to make. This salmon croquettes recipe is an easy way to use up leftover salmon and make it into a delicious appetizer or light dinner. 
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Salmon croquettes may sound fancy but they're so easy to make. This salmon croquettes recipe is an easy way to use up leftover salmon and make it into a delicious appetizer or light dinner.

Turkish white bean salad

White bean salad piyaz.
4.82 from 32 votes

Turkish White Bean Salad

This Turkish white bean salad is ready in just 10 minutes. It's an easy and tasty side dish that pairs nicely with many Mediterranean flavors.
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This Turkish white bean salad is ready in just 10 minutes. It's an easy and tasty side dish that pairs nicely with many Mediterranean flavors.

  Lebanese Kibbeh Recipe (Video Tutorial)

kibbeh on a plate.
4.97 from 28 votes

Classic Kibbeh Recipe (Baked Or Fried)

Kibbeh is a Middle Eastern meatball dish containing bulgur, ground beef and warm spices. A great kibbeh is characterized by a tender shell stuffed with delicious spiced filling. Learn how to perfect this classic of Middle Eastern cuisine with our step-by-step tutorial and video.
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Kibbeh is a Middle Eastern meatball dish containing bulgur, ground beef and warm spices. A great kibbeh is characterized by a tender shell stuffed with delicious spiced filling. Learn how to perfect this classic of Middle Eastern cuisine with our step-by-step tutorial and video.

Tirokafteri

5 from 5 votes

Tirokafteri (Greek Spicy Feta Dip)

Tirokafteri is a classic spicy Greek feta dip that's ready in 5 minutes. Made with creamy feta and roasted red peppers, you can enjoy this dip as part of a mezze platter with some pita bread.
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Tirokafteri is a classic spicy Greek feta dip that's ready in 5 minutes. Made with creamy feta and roasted red peppers, you can enjoy this dip as part of a mezze platter with some pita bread.

 Turkish Lentil Balls (Vegan)

Vegan Turkish lentil meatballs are usually served with lettuce.
4.70 from 69 votes

Turkish Vegan Lentil Balls (Mercimek Köftesi)

These vegan lentil meatballs are a Turkish classic. Made with red lentils and bulgur, these meatballs are usually served with lettuce and herbs. 
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These vegan lentil meatballs are a Turkish classic. Made with red lentils and bulgur, these meatballs are usually served with lettuce and herbs.

Homemade Falafel Recipe (Step-By-Step)

4.93 from 26 votes

Homemade Falafel Recipe

This homemade falafel recipe is easy to follow and makes delicious falafels that are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Learn how to make this staple of Middle Eastern cuisine at home and ditch the take out.
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This homemade falafel recipe is easy to follow and makes delicious falafels that are crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Learn how to make this staple of Middle Eastern cuisine at home and ditch the take out.

Easy Greek Meatballs Recipe (Keftedes)

4.81 from 21 votes

Easy Greek Meatballs Recipe (Keftedes)

Keftedes are Greek meatballs that are juicy, delicious and easy to make. Serve them with some pita, salad and tzatziki for a complete Mediterranean meal!
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These Greek meatballs are a delicious treat! You can serve these meatballs as a crowd pleasing appetizer or a complete meal.

Muhammara Roasted Red Peppers and Walnut Dip

4.89 from 9 votes

Muhammara Recipe (Syrian Red Pepper Dip)

Muhammara is a tasty roasted red pepper dip from Aleppo, Syria. This classic Muhammara recipe is made with roasted red peppers, walnuts and olive oil.
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Muhammara is a tasty roasted red pepper dip from Aleppo, Syria. This classic Muhammara recipe is made with roasted red peppers, walnuts and olive oil.

Lebanese Fattoush Salad Recipe

4.86 from 28 votes

Fattoush Salad Recipe

This authentic Lebanese fattoush salad is a Middle Eastern classic. Fresh chopped salad is flavored with crispy toasted pita and a bright, zesty dressing.
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This authentic Lebanese fattoush salad is a Middle Eastern classic. Fresh chopped salad is flavored with crispy toasted pita and a bright, zesty dressing.

Greek potatoes

4.96 from 22 votes

Greek Potatoes Recipe

These Greek potatoes are probably going to be the best roasted potatoes you've ever had. Give roasted potatoes a Mediterranean twist by making them Greek style with garlic, herbs and lots of lemon!
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These Greek potatoes are probably going to be the best roasted potatoes you've ever had. Give roasted potatoes a Mediterranean twist by making them Greek style with garlic, herbs and lots of lemon!

Tabouli Salad Recipe (Tabbouleh)

4.93 from 13 votes

Tabbouleh Salad Recipe

Tabouli, also known as tabbouleh, is a beautiful Middle Eastern salad that's very simple to make. Fresh tomatoes, and finely chopped herbs, mixed with bulgur, lemon juice, and olive oil, are the ingredients of this simple yet delicious salad. This salad is ready in 20 minutes.
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Tabouli, also known as tabbouleh, is a beautiful Middle Eastern salad that's very simple to make. Fresh tomatoes, and finely chopped herbs, mixed with bulgur, lemon juice, and olive oil, are the ingredients of this simple yet delicious salad. This salad is ready in 20 minutes.

Baked Feta Recipe with Honey And Zaatar

4.95 from 17 votes

Baked Feta Recipe with Honey And Zaatar

This 20-minute baked feta recipe is easy and makes a delicious appetizer. It's made with only five ingredients and is topped with honey and zaatar. 
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This baked feta recipe is easy and makes a delicious appetizer. It's made with only five ingredients and is topped with honey and zaatar.

Mediterranean deviled eggs

Mediterranean deviled eggs.
5 from 9 votes

Mediterranean Deviled Eggs

These Mediterranean deviled eggs will be your favorite! They’re very delicious and light thanks to Greek yogurt, feta and spices. I’ve included instructions on how to prepare the eggs and variations of this delicious appetizer.
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Mediterranean Deviled Eggs are the perfect twist on your favorite appetizer. The herbs and spices in this recipe make a refreshing dish that's quick and tasty!

Tzatziki (Greek yogurt and cucumber sauce)

4.93 from 38 votes

Tzatziki Recipe (Greek Cucumber Sauce)

This classic tzatziki recipe is made with just a few ingredients and will be ready in only 10 minutes. It's perfect for vegetables, meat, or simply as a dip. Check out our video and step-by-step tutorial.
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This classic tzatziki recipe is made with just a few ingredients and will be ready in only 10 minutes. It's perfect for vegetables, meat, or simply as a dip. Check out our video and step-by-step tutorial.

Mediterranean Roasted Cauliflower Salad

5 from 7 votes

Mediterranean Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Roasted cauliflower salad with Mediterranean spices is so flavorful and easy to make. The cauliflower is seasoned with warm spices and roasted to perfection, then topped with a zesty yogurt dressing, making every bite extra delicious.
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Roasted cauliflower salad with Mediterranean spices is the perfect side dish. It has bright colors and flavors, thanks to fresh vegetables and a zesty lemon yogurt dressing.

Chicken walnut puff pastry

This Chicken Walnut Puff Pastry is a great appetizer as it's very easy and can be made ahead of time. The creamy and crunchy texture of this dish satisfies every appetite!
5 from 1 vote

Chicken Walnut Puff Pastry

This Chicken Walnut Puff Pastry is a great appetizer as it’s very easy and can be made ahead of time. The creamy and crunchy texture of this dish satisfies every appetite!
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This Chicken Walnut Puff Pastry is a great appetizer as it's very easy and can be made ahead of time. The creamy and crunchy texture of this dish satisfies every appetite!

The Best Middle Eastern Eggplant Recipe

4.61 from 41 votes

Middle Eastern Eggplant Recipe

This is a great Middle Eastern eggplant recipe to always keep on hand. Perfectly roasted eggplant is served with a stunning tahini yogurt sauce and pomegranate arils. It's perfect as a side dish or an impressive appetizer!
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This is a great Middle Eastern eggplant recipe to always keep on hand. Perfectly roasted eggplant is served with a stunning tahini yogurt sauce and pomegranate arils. It's perfect as a side dish or an impressive appetizer!

Baba Ganoush

5 from 4 votes

The Best Baba Ganoush Recipe

Baba ganoush is a classic middle eastern eggplant recipe. Charred eggplant mixed with tahini makes a delicious dip that you can make in 30 minutes!
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Baba ganoush is a classic middle eastern eggplant recipe. Charred eggplant mixed with tahini makes a delicious dip that you can make in 30 minutes!

Turkish zucchini fritters (mucver)

Overhead shot of mucver Turkish zucchini Fritters.
5 from 13 votes

Turkish Zucchini Fritters Recipe Mucver

Mucver or zucchini fritters is a classic Turkish dish that's ready in 30 minutes. This recipe calls for fresh zucchini and herbs and it's very simple to make. 
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Mucver or zucchini fritters is a classic Turkish dish that's ready in 30 minutes. This recipe calls for fresh zucchini and herbs and it's very simple to make.

Kashke Bademjan (Persian eggplant dip)

4.93 from 63 votes

Kashke Bademjan (Persian Eggplant Dip)

Kashke bademjan is a simple Persian eggplant dip that is made with a handful of ingredients. This tasty vegetarian dip is full of amazing flavors and makes for a perfect appetizer!
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Kashke bademjan is a simple Persian eggplant dip that is made with a handful of ingredients. This tasty vegetarian dip is full of amazing flavors and makes for a perfect appetizer!

Light Summer Appetizer Board

4.86 from 7 votes

Light Summer Appetizer Board

With just a few quality ingredients, you can put together a nice and light appetizer board that will satisfy all your cravings.
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With just a few quality ingredients, you can put together a nice and light appetizer board that will satisfy all your cravings.

Easy Homemade Labneh Recipe

5 from 30 votes

Easy Homemade Labneh Recipe

Labneh is a rich and creamy yogurt cheese from the Middle East. This easy recipe results in a tangy spread that you can top with extra virgin olive oil and serve with warm pita. 
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Labneh is a rich and creamy yogurt cheese from the Middle East. This easy recipe results in a tangy spread that you can top with extra virgin olive oil and serve with warm pita.

Fried Eggplant and Tomatoes

5 from 12 votes

Fried Eggplant Recipe with Tomatoes

Fried eggplant with tomatoes are the easiest side dish. Fresh eggplant and tomatoes fried to perfection and are topped with crispy garlic.
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Fried eggplant with tomatoes are the easiest side dish. Fresh eggplant and tomatoes fried to perfection and are topped with crispy garlic.

Turkish Borek (3 flavors)

5 from 20 votes

Turkish Borek Recipe (Sigara Borek)

Borek is a Turkish savory crunchy pastry filled with different fillings such as cheese or potatoes. Learn how to make Turkish borek recipe by watching our step-by-step video and tutorial. They are perfect as a midday snack or for breakfast and you can make them in advance and freeze them for later. 
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Borek is a Turkish savory crunchy pastry filled with different fillings such as cheese or potatoes. Learn how to make Turkish borek recipe by watching our step-by-step video and tutorial. They are perfect as a midday snack or for breakfast and you can make them in advance and freeze them for later.

Blistered Shishito Peppers

5 from 3 votes

Blistered Shishito Peppers Recipe (5 minutes!)

This easy blistered shishito peppers recipe is so easy to make. These little mild peppers are perfect to snack on as an appetizer. Make sure your skillet is hot to have the perfect char on each pepper. 
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This easy blistered shishito peppers recipe is so easy to make. These little mild peppers are perfect to snack on as an appetizer. Make sure your skillet is hot to have the perfect char on each pepper.

Spicy crab stuffed mushrooms

4.93 from 13 votes

Spicy Alaska Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Spicy crab stuffed mushrooms are the perfect appetizer! Juicy mushrooms filled with a spicy crab filling are so delicious and easy to make.
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Spicy crab stuffed mushrooms are the perfect appetizer! Juicy mushrooms filled with a spicy crab filling are so delicious and easy to make.

Loaded Hummus

4.92 from 24 votes

Best Loaded Hummus Recipe

This loaded hummus recipe with all the fixings is ready in 15 minutes! Creamy hummus is topped with delicious toppings and served with pita!
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This loaded hummus recipe with all the fixings is ready in 15 minutes! Creamy hummus is topped with delicious toppings and served with pita!

Spanish Garlic Shrimp Recipe (Gambas Al Ajillo)

5 from 8 votes

Spanish Garlic Shrimp Recipe (Gambas Al Ajillo)

Gambas al ajillo, also known as garlic shrimp, is a classic Spanish tapa that's ready in 10 minutes. Delicious shrimp cooked in olive oil with a lot of garlic, it can’t get any better! 
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This easy garlic shrimp (gambas al ajillo) is a classic Spanish tapas. Delicious shrimp cooked in olive oil with a lot of garlic, it can’t get any better!

Patatas Bravas

Patatas bravas.
5 from 18 votes

Easy Patatas Bravas Recipe

Patatas bravas is a classic Spanish tapas dish. Crispy potatoes topped with spicy tomato sauce and garlic aioli makes a simple but tasty recipe!
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Patatas bravas is a classic Spanish tapas dish. Crispy potatoes topped with spicy tomato sauce and garlic aioli makes a simple but tasty recipe!

Dolma (Stuffed Grape Leaves)