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
Making appetizers ahead of time
Depending on the recipe, there are many appetizers on this list that you can make in advance, or at least prepare the ingredients ahead of time. You can choose the right appetizer for your menu by considering the amount of time you're going to spend on doing the other tasks such as making the main dish, dessert, salad, etc.
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40+ Easy Appetizer Recipes
- 20 white button mushrooms cleaned
- 8 oz crab meat
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup Monterey cheese shredded
- ¼ cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 4 tablespoon panko bread crumbs
- ¼ cup green onions sliced
- ¼ cup parsley chopped
- Heat the oven to 375F and coat a cast iron skillet using olive oil. Set aside.
- Remove the stems of the mushrooms and place them in a cast iron skillet.
- Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil in another pan and heat it over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic in the pan until golden brown. Add in the crab meat and cook for a few minutes.
- Add in bay seasoning, paprika and salt to the crab and stir. Add in the cheeses and half of the bread crumb. Mix well until all incorporated.
- Turn the heat off and stuff the mushroom caps with the filling. Top with some more bread crumbs.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until the mushrooms are cooked.
- Top with green onions and parsley. Serve immediately.
- Store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
- Adjust the old bay seasoning to your liking if you'd like the filling less or more spicy.
- You can use fresh crab or canned crab meat, but imitation crab might not work as well.
- Add a squeeze of lemon juice right before serving for more flavor.
- You can make large appetizer by using Portobello mushrooms. The cooking time would be about the same.