Easy to make finger foods for baby shower

25 Perfect Baby Shower Food Ideas on a Budget – Instacart

Throwing a fun, memorable party to celebrate the new arrival in your life doesn’t have to break the bank. You can decorate a party or backyard and prepare a tasty menu affordably without compromising on quality—it just takes planning. If you’re stuck and don’t know where to start, these baby shower food ideas on a budget will get the ball rolling.

How to throw a baby shower on a budget

Before we get into baby shower food ideas, these are our cost-cutting tips for throwing a wonderful baby shower on a budget.

1. Don’t host at mealtimes

If you host a baby shower at mealtimes, you’ll have to serve full meals, which can be expensive. Instead, throw your baby shower between meals, so you can serve only appetizers and sweet snacks. 2 p.m. is a popular time for these events.

2. Keep a pared-down guest list

On average, guests eat around 5 pieces of food at baby showers. The more people you invite, the costlier the event will be.

3. Ask guests to bring food or drinks

If you still want a full party but can’t afford to feed everyone, ask your guests to bring over food or drinks. It will be a baby-shower-meets-potluck type of event, which can be a lot of fun.

4. Choose local, seasonal ingredients

The cheapest food for a baby shower is the one that’s local and in season. Research what fresh produce is cheapest, then come up with recipes using those ingredients.

Following a themed menu can help you pinch pennies. For example, if you’re using chicken for 1 appetizer, make sure to include it in another snack. This way, you don’t have to buy as many ingredients and end up saving money.

6. Ditch the fully stocked bar

Choose just 1 or 2 drinks to serve—preferably non-alcoholic for baby showers. No need to keep a handful of spirits and mixers on hand.

7. Make your own decorations

DIY the décor using things you already have at home. Visiting a thrift store can also help you throw a stylish baby shower for cheap.

Affordable appetizers for a baby shower

Plate up these tasty, budget-friendly appetizers for your guests.

1. Ham and cheese sliders

Ham and cheese sliders are simple, easy to make, and affordable.

2. Pulled pork buns

Pulled pork sliders are also a popular snack for baby showers. Don’t skip out on the barbecue sauce.

3. Turkey cheddar hot pinwheels

With pre-made pizza dough, deli turkey slices, and cheddar cheese, you can make this comforting finger food.

4. Tomato and broccoli mini quiches

Quiches are sophisticated but surprisingly cheap to make. For this version, use ripe sliced tomatoes and broccoli florets for the filling.

5. Hummus and roasted veg toast

Spread homemade or storebought hummus on toasted bread and top with an assortment of roasted veggies.

6. Build-your-own chili

If you’re looking for a more filling snack, chili is the way to go. Let your guests add their own toppings.


Potato skins with bacon

Hollowed-out baked potatoes, bacon, and sour cream make the perfect appetizer. It’s easy to eat and packed with flavor.

8. Summer pasta salad

For something lighter, serve individual portions of pasta salad. Toss fusilli and whatever veggies are in season in olive oil and a pinch of salt.

9. Deep-fried pickles

Pickles are a popular satisfying snack among many moms-to-be. Set out a plate of deep-fried pickles with ranch dressing on the side.

10. Babies in a blanket

Give pigs in a blanket a twist. Wrap the dough around the sausage so it looks like a swaddled baby and add chocolate sprinkles for the eyes.

11. Grape jelly wieners

Toss smokies in a grape jelly and ketchup mixture, then serve on toothpicks.

12. Barbecue meatballs

Another hearty appetizer, meatballs doused in barbecue sauce are a crowd-pleaser.

13. Tater tot casserole

Tater tot casserole is pretty inexpensive to make. Use a blend of affordable cheeses to take this comfort food to the next level.

14. Chicken salad sandwiches

Spread chicken salad on soft white sandwich bread and serve with an olive and a toothpick on top.

15. Pesto chicken tea sandwiches

Grilled chicken and basil pesto is another great combination. Cut the sandwiches into quarters so they’re easier to eat.

16. Hamburger meat empanadas

Pie crust and hamburger meat can be turned into delicious empanadas. Salsa makes for a great dipping sauce.

17. Cheese pizza bites

Make finger food pizza bites using a cupcake tin, pizza dough, pizza sauce, and shredded cheese.

Cheap desserts and treats for baby showers

What’s a party without something sweet? These cheap recipes for a baby shower will satisfy your sweet tooth without going over budget.

1. Gendered rice crispy treats

Rice crispy treats are cheap to make. They only call for margarine, marshmallows, and puffed rice. Add red or blue food dye for a gendered twist.

2. Carrot cupcakes

Not into gender-themed desserts? You will probably love carrot cupcakes. Making your own is cheaper than getting it from the store—and surprisingly easy!

3. Fruit on a skewer

Pierce a skewer through pieces of fruit for a healthy snack. Grapes, banana, strawberry, apple—whatever is in season.

4. Caramel apples

In the fall, when apples are abundant, caramel apple slices hit the spot. 

5. Waffle bites

Waffle mix is inexpensive, so why not make waffle bites? Cut a waffle into fourths and top with fruits, caramel, or chocolate.

6. Decorated sugar cookies

Take sugar cookies to the next level by decorating them. All you’ll need is icing, food dye, and a piping bag.

7. Ice cream sundaes

Sundaes are perfect for summer baby showers. Choose 1 ice cream flavor and let your guests pick their toppings—pretzels, caramel drizzle, and chocolate chips are just some of the options.

8. S’mores bar

Set up a s’mores bar for a DIY dessert. You’ll need graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows. Don’t forget skewers and a few candles.

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65 Fun Baby Shower Finger Foods I Taste of Home

Whether you're expecting a boy or a girl, you can expect another thing for sure: your friends and family to adore these delicious baby shower finger foods.

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My guests peeled rubber getting to the table to munch on these puffs. The tender bites are made with hassle-free refrigerated crescent rolls and a flavorful chicken and cream-cheese filling. —Amber Kimmich, Powhatan, Virginia

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These bite-sized snacks are rich, buttery and full of flavor. You can serve them alone or with a dip.—Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas

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Caramelizing onions, broiling peppers and whipping up a homemade aioli with fresh herbs adds dimensions of flavor you won’t find in a store-bought bruschetta. —Stephanie Kalina-Metzger, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

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This beautiful cheesecake appetizer can be refrigerated up to 24 hours before serving, so it's the perfect make-ahead recipe for holidays, game days or special occasions. —Marilyn Edelman, Sabetha, Kansas

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This colorful appetizer is one of my potluck go-tos. My family loves it served either warm or cold. —Mary Ann Dell, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

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Prepare these easy, cheesy roll-ups several days in advance if desired. Serve with your choice of mild or hot salsa or picante sauce. —Barbara Keith, Faucett, Missouri

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My family is picky, but everyone loves these little bites. I make dozens of them at a time because they’re gone the second I turn my back. —Colleen MacDonald, Port Moody, British Columbia

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There's plenty of both crunch and cream in these party appetizers. Fresh chives help them really stand out. —Jean McKenzie, Vancouver, Washington

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For a fresh take on fried jalapeno poppers, we stuff chicken, cheeses and jalapenos inside puff pastry, then bake it. —Sally Sibthorpe, Shelby Township, Michigan

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Trade in the usual veggie platter for these fun kabobs. In addition to preparing these for get-togethers, I often make these as snacks for my family. And because assembly is so easy, the kids often ask to help. —Christine Mitchell, Glendora, California

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These fancy-looking appetizers are ideal when entertaining large groups. The cute crunchy cups are stuffed with a cheesy pork sausage filling that kids of all ages enjoy. We keep a few in the freezer so we can easily reheat them for late-night snacking. —Mary Thomas North Lewisburg, Ohio

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As a starter or light snack, this bruschetta is a wonderful way to savor the season with just a bite of fresh peach amid a medley of lively flavors. —Nikiko Masumoto, Del Ray, California

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My husband enjoys this recipe so much that he even helps me roll up the roulades! You can change the filling any way you like—I have used feta instead of Parmesan, or sun-dried tomatoes in the place of the olives. —April McKinney, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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This Italian eggplant dip preps quickly and actually gets better as it stands. Serve it warm or at room temperature. Try adding a little leftover caponata to scrambled eggs for a savory breakfast. —Nancy Beckman, Helena, Montana

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Here's an impressive-looking dish that's a snap to prepare. Even when my cooking time is limited, I can still serve this delicious crescent wreath. The red pepper and green broccoli add a festive touch. —Marlene Denissen, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

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My children like these so much that they ask for them every day for lunch during the summer. Whenever I have leftover chicken or turkey breast, this is a delicious way to use it up. —Patricia Nieh, Portola Valley, California

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I love incorporating new flavors into old classics, and these garlic deviled eggs were a big hit! The garlic can be roasted and the eggs can be hard-boiled up to three days in advance. The egg yolk filling can be made the night before. —Ellen Weaver, Denver, Colorado

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Asparagus makes lovely finger food, especially wrapped in pastry and tasty filling. Easily assembled, it’s perfect for weeknight noshing or something a little fancier for entertaining. —Linda Hall, Evington, Virginia

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Guests will think you spent hours preparing these cute appetizers, but they’re really easy to assemble, using purchased puff pastry. And the tasty combination of Brie, caramelized onions and caraway is terrific. —Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio

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My mother shared this fabulous recipe with me, and I have shared it with many friends. They are always requesting this tasty appetizer. The flavor explosion is something else. —Stephanie Perenyi, Littleton, Colorado

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I love banh mi sandwiches but wanted to make them a little easier to serve for a party. These skewers are a really fun twist! For easier prep on the day of the party, make the meatballs in advance and freeze them. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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I love this recipe because you can serve it warm or cold. I usually make these stuffed potatoes ahead and serve them chilled with a tzatziki sauce. —Dee Guelcher, Acworth, Georgia

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I created this deep fried mac and cheese recipe for my husband. He describes this recipe as unbelievably delicious because of the crispy deep-fried coating on the outside and the creamy richness on the inside. —Shirley Rickis, The Villages, Florida

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Three kinds of cheese and some curry powder make this cheese log a little more lively than most. Swipe it on your favorite cracker with a drizzle of honey for a sensational snack. —Ethel Johnson, North Saanich, British Columbia

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Pimiento cheese has long been a favorite in our family, so these bite-sized appetizers are a treat! I add Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce to give them a little kick. Caramelized onions create another layer of flavor. You can make the cheese and onions three to five days in advance; they store well. If you need to save time, you can use premade jalapeno pimiento cheese. —Caitlyn Bunch, Trenton, Georgia

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My whole family devours this herby cheese spread—even my son, the chef. Serve it with your favorite crackers. —Jane Vince, London, Ontario

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Filled with sausage, sweet pepper and cream cheese, these roll-ups are excellent for unexpected visitors, a cocktail party or a halftime snack. Besides being easy to make, they can be done way ahead and kept in the freezer. All you have to do is pop them into a hot oven! —Cindy Nerat, Menominee, Michigan

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I first made this for an open house three years ago and everybody liked it. It's easy to make and tastes delicious. Cheesecake is popular in these parts—it's fun to have it for an appetizer instead of dessert for a change. —Joanie Elbourn, Gardner, Massachusetts

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Korean wontons (called mandoo) are not hot and spicy like many of the traditional Korean dishes. Filled with inexpensive vegetables and beef, the fried dumplings are very easy to prepare and so tasty!. —Christy Lee, Horsham, Pennsylvania

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Cherry tomatoes may be small, but these are full of amazing flavor. Plus, they add color to any table. —Rev. David Bostedt, Zephyrhills, Florida

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Unless you plan to make two, don't count on leftovers. As an appetizer or side, this cheesy flatbread will be devoured in less time than it takes to bake. And that's not long! —Suzanne Zick, Maiden, North Carolina

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These small bites are well worth the time they take. Serve them as part of an antipasto platter or as a cheese course alongside your favorite wine. —Eleanor Grofvert, Kalamazoo, Michigan

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We love to entertain at home and the office. Ham and cheese rolled in tortillas make a quick and easy appetizer that's easy to transport. —Susan Zugehoer, Hebron, Kentucky

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Even if you don't like mushrooms, you will have to try them again with these pretty appetizers, which taste divine. For a main dish, double the filling and use large portobellos. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

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My take on Italian street food, these fried tortellini are crunchy, gooey good. For the sauce, use the best quality tomatoes you can find. —Angela Lemoine, Howell, New Jersey

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I came across this recipe years ago. Everyone who tries these little toasts absolutely loves them. The pesto is easy to find in the grocery store, and it blends beautifully with the tangy, creamy goat cheese. —Jennifer Kunz, Troy, Michigan

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Here's a healthy and delicious addition to any buffet spread. Mushrooms and pearl onions seasoned with herbs, balsamic vinegar and red wine are terrific on their own or alongside a tenderloin roast. —Courtney Wilson, Fresno, California

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If you love sweet red, yellow and orange peppers, pair them with fresh mint for a cold kitchen appetizer. Marinate for up to one hour before assembling. —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota

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I created this appetizer because I entertain a lot and wanted something simple but special. People like these empanadas so much! I always make extra. —Lynn Scully, Rancho Santa Fe, California

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This is an easy tomato appetizer that all of my family and friends love. The garden-fresh ingredients capture summer and meld together for a delightful hors d’oeuvre recipe that goes well with many different main dishes. —Lisa Kane, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Fancy-looking and filling, these sensational appetizers are a lot easier to make than they look. With just a few ingredients and our easy directions, it'll be a snap! —Kaitlyn Benito, Everett, Washington

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I used this recipe when I was in a culinary-arts program and had to prepare an entire buffet by myself. It’s an impressive party appetizer yet goes together so easily. —Amy Gaisford, Salt Lake City, Utah

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This special appetizer always makes it to our neighborhood parties and is the first to disappear at the buffet table. It's attractive, delicious—and easy! —Laurie Casper, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

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For a change from the usual toasted tomato appetizer, try this baked crostini recipe. If you like, slice the baguette at an angle instead of making a straight cut. —Leondre Hermann, Stuart, Florida

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These tasty little bites go over well with kids. They're also delicious with soups or as party appetizers. —Mrs. Marvin Buffington, Burlington, Iowa

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For a light bite, I created these pretty appetizers. I really like asparagus, so I’m always trying it in different things. This is a delicious twist on traditional bruschetta. —Elaine Sweet, Dallas, Texas

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This recipe is just like any other Asian wrap but with more flavor, a healthy twist and the convenience of a slow cooker. Instead of ordering Chinese, try making these yourself. —Melissa Hansen, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin

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I needed a brand-new appetizer for a big party. I covered polenta with Gorgonzola and a tangy sauce. That’s how you spread holiday cheer. —Margee Berry, White Salmon, Washington

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It's believed the Greeks served cheesecake at the first Olympics, so why not rewrite history with a Greek cheesecake appetizer? Ingredients in this version "tame" the kalamata olives, so even if you shy away from kalamatas, you'll be glad you tried this one. For a milder flavor, use the more common black or green olives. —Theresa Kreyche, Tustin, California

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Roasted red peppers and ricotta cheese give these pastry puffs delicious flavor, while parsley and oregano add a little spark. —Maria Regakis, Somerville, Massachusetts

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I made a healthier spin on my favorite celebrity chef’s recipe by subbing in vegetable broth for some of the oil and going easy on the cheese. To top crostini, use this recipe for a pastelike pesto. For use on pasta, add more broth for a saucelike consistency. —Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas

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I took a couple of my favorite recipes and combined them into these delicious hors d'oeuvres. The colorful and impressive snacks come together easily with refrigerated crescent roll dough, prepared pesto sauce and a jar of roasted red peppers. —Kathleen Farrell, Rochester, New York

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I call toasted ravioli a fan favorite because it disappears faster than I can make it. With just five ingredients, this is how you start the party. —Kathy Morgan, Temecula, California

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These finger sandwiches are filling enough to satisfy hearty appetites. I've served the fun little stacks at every event, including holiday gatherings, showers and tailgate parties. —Kelly Williams, Forked River, New Jersey

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This unique, flavorful salad and bread combo will get rave reviews—guaranteed. —Frances Pietsch, Flower Mound, Texas

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It's hard to resist a crescent roll, bacon and cream cheese in one bite! Kids, friends, everyone will scarf these cream cheese pinwheels down. Now I bake a double batch whenever we have a get-together. —Krista Munson, Sharpsburg, Kentucky

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Simple ingredients—in fact you probably have most if not all in your kitchen— are used to create a fantastic, but different appetizer.—Meta West, Abilene, Kansas

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Basil mayonnaise is the secret to these tasty little sandwiches. Keep any extra mayo in the fridge to spread on other sandwiches, stir into egg salad or layer on pizza crust before topping it with other ingredients. —Lara Pennell, Mauldin, South Carolina

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You won't believe the compliments you'll receive when you greet guests with these warm appetizers. Every crispy bite offers the savory tastes of feta cheese, tomatoes, basil and garlic. They're terrific for holiday parties or most any gathering. —Stacey Rinehart, Eugene, Oregon

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You won't be able to eat just one of these mini quiches. Filled with savory sausage, Swiss cheese and a dash of cayenne, the mouthwatering morsels will disappear fast from the breakfast or buffet table. —Dawn Stitt, Hesperia, Michigan

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Brussels sprouts for a snack? Oh, yes. Combine these roasted goodies with cheese for the ultimate toast topper. —Athena Russell, Greenville, South Carolina

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I sandwich full-flavored meats, cheeses and veggies between layers of flaky crescent dough for this sensational treat. We like to have marinara sauce on hand for dipping. —Amy Bell, Arlington, Tennessee

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This is my go-to appetizer in the summer when tomatoes and basil are fresh from the garden. The balsamic glaze takes this bruschetta recipe over the top. I like to use a Tuscan herb- or basil-infused olive oil for this. But, it's great with just plain olive oil, too. —Brittany Allyn, Mesa, Arizona

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These delicious corn croquettes are baked like muffins instead of fried. They can be served with butter, but my family prefers salsa as an accompaniment. —Karen Kuebler, Dallas, Texas

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Every bite of this cheesy dip delivers tons of flavor. I have been asked over and over again for the recipe. It's so easy to make and a great appetizer for any time of year. —Maggie McDermott, Central Square, New York

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Originally Published: August 15, 2019

Annamarie Higley

Annamarie Higley is an Associate Print Editor for Taste of Home magazine, as well as the brand's special issue publications. A midwestern transplant originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys hiking, trivia-ing, and—you guessed it!—all things cooking and baking.

30 recipes from Eat at Home. Cooking articles and life hacks

A picnic is a great opportunity to relax mentally in nature with friends and family. To make everyone not only have fun, but also taste delicious, the editors of Eat at Home have prepared a large selection of snacks and snacks. We tried to collect a variety of recipes in one place so that everyone will definitely find something to their liking. We hope you did!

Choose your favorite ideas, get inspired and experiment.

Italian eggplant rolls

We offer to cook a well-known dish with filling with Mediterranean notes. The crushed pasta is so tasty that it's hard to resist the temptation to eat it right away!

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Falafel in a pita with lettuce and tomato

Falafel is a good alternative to a meat patty and can be served with a sauce made from tahini paste with lemon juice and spices.

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Onion rings

Such an appetizer is suitable for home friendly gatherings, and for going out of town. The dish will be eaten with pleasure even by those who do not really like onions, because the rings are very tasty and crispy.

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Grilled lavash à la khachapuri

If you are going on a picnic, be sure to bring along a few sheets of lavash and a simple cheese filling in a container. The collected snack will scatter instantly!

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Baked liver pâté with mushrooms

Delicate liver pâté goes well with any bread or flatbread. Take it with you to nature for a hearty snack.

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Chicken Pepper Bacon Pita

If you have some holiday chicken left and don't know what to do with it, turn the leftovers into an amazing snack. A sauce of mustard and smoked paprika will enhance the taste of the dish even brighter, and red wine vinegar will add spice.

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Suluguni rolls with cheese

Appetizer stuffed with Serbian cheese is suitable not only for the dinner table, this fragrant cheese dish will also be appropriate at a picnic. Before going outdoors, place the rolls in a container and refrigerate for an hour.

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Mini puff pastry

Mini puff pastry can be prepared with any filling. We offer a recipe based on Italian motives: with mozzarella, pesto sauce and tomatoes.

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Paprika Chicken Roll

A worthy alternative to sausage. A quick, economical and easy chicken roulade recipe. You can use the breast, but a juicier roll is obtained from a whole bird. Make an appetizer in advance and it will definitely help you out on a picnic.

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Snack cake with sun-dried tomatoes, olives and spinach

Unusual bread improvisation, which can also be prepared for a festive table. It goes well with grilled fish or meat.

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Hearty veggie Mexican avocado dip to go with corn tortillas, crackers and veggie sticks.

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Salmon Spring Rolls

Treat your friends to this popular Asian snack. Remember to soak rice paper in water before use to make it soft and pliable.

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Egg, cheese and onion biscuit

Even a novice cook can cope with the preparation of a biscuit. Universal dough goes well with any fillings, but boiled eggs with young onions and greens are the most summer option!

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Vegetable salad "Three cabbages"

The best addition to shish kebab is fresh vegetable salad. Instead of the usual duet of cucumbers with tomatoes, we recommend preparing cabbage platter with carrots and green peas.

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Spring Sandwiches

Bright sandwiches will delight your friends and relatives with their unusual look. Such a treat is easy to make at home and take with you for a walk or a trip.

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Stuffed Mushrooms

For stuffed mushrooms, it is better to use mushrooms with large caps. Decorate the appetizer with sour cream and fresh herbs.

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Salad bread rolls

This recipe can be filled with any salad you like. Fantasize!

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Elementary pie with young cabbage

Appetizing homemade pie with young cabbage will be especially good in nature with hot tea.

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Baked beetroot mousse

An easy-to-make but very original spread with baked beetroot, curd cheese, herbs and walnuts.

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Lightly salted cucumbers

A quick recipe for lightly salted cucumbers in a bag. You will need currant leaves, dill, horseradish and garlic. You can serve it to the table in 3 hours!

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Potato biscuits with cheese and herbs de Provence

Choose the shape of cuts at your discretion: squares, rhombuses, circles. If you roll out the dough very thinly, the cookies will turn out more crispy. Any cheese will do.

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Puff ears with parsley pesto

Appetizer of puff pastry with pine nuts and pesto to whet your appetite. Such pastries can still be prepared as a treat for tea for those who do not like sweets.

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Baked corn

Corn on the cob is usually boiled, but when baked with olive oil and paprika, the cobs are even tastier.

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Mozzarella Garlic Tortilla

Fragrant homemade garlic, mozzarella and herb tortilla to complement fresh vegetable salads, fried chicken or grilled meats.

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Baked aromatic zucchini

Baked vegetables are always delicious! Introducing a quick and easy way to prepare zucchini with parmesan, herbs and dried garlic.

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Battered cauliflower

In nature, while waiting for the meat to be cooked, it will be very nice to have a bite of crispy battered cauliflower with sparkling water.

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Baked salmon riete

Riette is a heritage of French cuisine. It differs from pate in that it does not have a uniform smooth texture, but a coarser fibrous texture.

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Cheese and curd braids

Adults and children alike will be happy to enjoy these pigtail sticks. Serve instead of regular bread.

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Mediterranean Tuna Tortilla

Canned tuna, olives, red onion and tomato tortillas are juicy even without additional sauce. Add greens as desired.

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Herb Snack Pies

These lovely baby pies are a real find for a picnic in nature. Different types of greens are perfectly combined with each other in the filling, and cream cheese with Parmesan gives the pastry a delicate and piquant taste.

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Thanks to all the contributors for the great recipes and advice. Let the weather be sunny and the picnic treats sure to be delicious!

Elegant and Simple Holiday Appetizers Quick and Easy Recipes

Learn how to make simple yet elegant appetizers for your holiday party.


American Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Dip is a real homemade “soul food”: pieces of artichoke and spinach in a creamy mixture of parmesan, cheddar and sour cream. Serve with chips as an appetizer.

Recipe: American Spinach Artichoke Dip

Festive Cheeseball Wreath

Decorate your table with a festive cheeseball wreath. Use a small cake pan with a hole in the center to make a wreath, or roll the mixture into a ball or log. For a cheeseball that's perfect for any occasion, roll a cheeseball in chopped toasted almonds instead of a bright decoration.

Recipe: Festive Cheeseball Wreath

Oven baked brie

This is an easy recipe, perfect for a party. Drizzle the brie with honey and bake for 5-7 minutes until soft and pliable. Serve with crackers and fruit.

Recipe: Oven-Baked Brie

Creamy Scampi Shrimp Dip

This rich garlic sauce has created a buzz in our kitchen. Our favorite dish - shrimp pasta - we turned into a delicate snack for a big company. You can cook it in advance and take it with you to a party: arrange with the owners of the house to use their oven and quickly bake a snack.

Recipe: Creamy Scampi Shrimp Dip

Italian Wedding Soup

Homemade meatballs are the secret to authentic Italian cuisine in this soup. For vibrant color and texture, Giada De Laurentiis uses curly endive.

Recipe: Italian Wedding Soup

Swedish Meatballs

These miniature meatballs are served with a slice of pickled cucumber and a dip of savory lingonberry jam and sour cream.

Recipe: Swedish Meatballs

Baked Brie with Cranberries, Pecans and Bacon

This simple cheese dip is a hit at the party, so maybe you should double up! Dried fruits can be changed to your taste: cherries, raisins, figs and dates are suitable here.

Recipe: Baked Brie with Cranberries, Pecans and Bacon

Oven Coconut Shrimp

Traditionally deep fried shrimps in coconut flakes, but here they are baked in crispy breadcrumbs. A dipping sauce with honey, orange and curry gives the dish a spice.

Recipe: Oven Coconut Shrimp

Fried Onion Dip Sauce

For a sweet touch, Ina adds caramelized onions to the sauce. Serve with crunchy veggies like celery, carrots and endive for a contrast of texture and flavor.

Recipe: Fried Onion Dip

Fried Ravioli

Crispy Fried Ravioli is a great all-round appetizer for any party.

Recipe: Fried Ravioli

Spinach and Goat Cheese Tartlets

Stuff your phyllo dough baskets with the classic spinach and cheese holiday appetizer.

Recipe: Spinach Goat Cheese Tartlets

Chicken Cheese Balls

Grilled chicken and spicy cheddar are key ingredients in this delicious fried appetizer. The dish is served with blue cheese dip, mayonnaise and a hint of spicy sauce.

Recipe: Chicken Cheese Balls

BBQ New Orleans Shrimp Dip

This flavorful dip is inspired by the spicy New Orleans shrimp dishes. A base of sour cream and cream cheese creates a savory taste and creamy texture.

Recipe: BBQ New Orleans Shrimp Dip

Shrimp Cocktail with Physalis and Horseradish Sauce

Bobby Fly makes his version of the classic seafood appetizer by boiling shrimp with lemon, black peppercorns and coriander, and then served with a dip of roasted Mexican tomato, jalapeno and horseradish.

Recipe: Shrimp Cocktail with Physalis and Horseradish Sauce

Cheese Beer Fondue in a Bread Bowl

This delicious fondue is served in a round bread bowl that is also edible. For a hearty starter, serve fondue with slices of grilled bratwurst, bread and fruit.

Recipe: Cheese Beer Fondue in a Bread Bowl

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Claire's Sauce has all the flavors of Buffalo Wings (hot sauce, blue cheese and celery) without the hassle of deep frying. For a lighter version, use low-fat cream cheese.

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Roasted Spicy Olives

These roasted olives have a tangy, spicy note thanks to rosemary, garlic and red chillies. A bright finishing touch is a little tangerine juice.

Recipe: Roasted Spicy Olives

Classic Hummus

This holiday appetizer takes only 10 minutes to make. Ina uses garlic and freshly squeezed lemon juice for her hummus. Serve with crispy dipping vegetables.

Recipe: Classic Hummus

Croquembush Cheese

Use cream cheese, goat cheese and parmesan to hold cheese profiteroles together.

Recipe: Croquembush Cheese

Dried Tomato Thyme Crostini

Guests can hold cocktails in one hand and these simple toasts in the other. Slow-roasting tomatoes with thyme and sea salt intensifies their flavor and color.

Recipe: Dried Tomato Thyme Crostini

Stuffed Artichoke Casserole

Love stuffed artichokes but don't have time to cook them? Try this simple casserole: it tastes the same but cooks twice as fast.

Recipe: Stuffed Artichoke Casserole

Focaccia with Onions and Herbs

Frozen pizza dough makes this impressive appetizer super easy to make. Coat it with rosemary and oregano olive oil and thin onion slices.

Recipe: Focaccia with Onions and Herbs

Baked Cheese Bread Antipasto

You can safely forget about other cheese snacks: this bread with a viscous topping containing all the flavors of antipasto is the perfect holiday dish.

Recipe: Baked Cheesy Bread Antipasto

Bacon and Onion Pesto Tortilla

An elegant appetizer is based on baked pizza dough topped with lemon crème fraîche, green onion pesto and crispy bacon.

Recipe: Bacon and Onion Pesto Flatbread

Christmas Tree with Cheese Stuffed Peppers

This kale tree will take pride of place on the holiday table. It is garlanded with cheese-stuffed chili peppers that guests can remove by untying the fastening ribbons.

Recipe: Christmas Tree with Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Walnut and Roasted Pepper Spread

For a simple, impressive appetizer, blend walnut flavored oil, toasted nuts and roasted red peppers in a blender.

Recipe: Walnut and Roasted Pepper Spread

Simple Cheese Plate Serving

Ina knows how to throw a party effortlessly. Here is her formula for success: the perfect cheese plate with 4 types of cheese, fruit and crackers.

Recipe: Easy Serving Cheese Plate

Jalapeno Pepper Crackers with Battered Shrimp

One dish will please both shrimp lovers and those who prefer stuffed jalapenos. For a crunchy, savory snack, deep-fry shrimp-stuffed peppers.

Recipe: Battered Shrimp Jalapeno Puffers

Sausage Balls

The secret ingredients in this pork and shredded spicy cheddar appetizer are store-bought dry onion soup mix and pancake mix.

Recipe: Sausage balls

Ham-wrapped scallops

First, Giada tops the scallops with dried tomato, basil and black olive pesto, then wraps them in slices of prosciutto. Baked sea scallops served on salad with arugula.

Recipe: Ham Wrapped Scallops

Cheddar Cheese Gougères with Applesauce, Ham and Sage

These cheese profiteroles are small but delicious. They combine sweet and savory ingredients, including prosciutto, sage and warm spiced apples.

Recipe: Cheddar Gougères with Applesauce, Ham and Sage

Shrimp, Tarragon and Arugula Bruschetta

For this warm winter appetizer, Giada tops slices of bread with a topping of tomato, shrimp mascara and tender cheese. The aromatic blend also contains arugula and tarragon.

Recipe: Shrimp, Tarragon and Arugula Bruschetta

Chestnut Soup with Roasted Parsley

Guests will love this warm, nutty flavored soup with roasted chestnuts and dry sherry. Serve as an appetizer in low glasses or as a first course in soup bowls.

Recipe: Chestnut Cream Soup with Roasted Parsley

Ham and Cheese Croquettes

This unique appetizer is based on a familiar sandwich: good old ham and cheese. Coat the tender ham filling with the egg and cracker mixture, then deep-fry the croquettes until they are crispy and the cheese inside is melted.

Recipe: Ham and Cheese Croquettes

Spicy Potato Chips

Improve store-bought potato chips by coating them with a mixture of chili powder, paprika and other spices, then reheat in the oven.

Recipe: Spicy potato chips

Club sandwiches (club sandwiches) with goat cheese and herbs

Ina sandwiches are very fragrant and easy to prepare. The cream cheese filling is topped with garlic, goat cheese and fresh herbs, and topped with cucumber.

Recipe: Club Sandwiches with Goat Cheese and Herbs

Shrimp Bisque

Ina achieves a smooth, creamy sauce by chopping cooked shrimp in a food processor with tomato paste and seafood broth. For a refined and bright taste, Aina cooks shrimp in a small amount of cognac and sherry.

Recipe: Shrimp Bisque

Eggplant with Ricotta

Breaded eggplant is sautéed instead of deep-fried: this way you get a crispy crust without excess oil, and the dish will be less greasy. For an eggplant Parma-inspired appetizer, top with ricotta and tomatoes.

Recipe: Eggplant with Ricotta

Warm Spinach Salad

Warm Spinach Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing gains a richness of flavor and texture from pistachios and red grapes. Add some crispy bacon and crumbled blue cheese for an even more delicious meal.

Recipe: Warm Spinach Salad

Sea Scallop and Shrimp Cocktail

Surprise your guests with a spicy Sea Scallop and Shrimp Cocktail. The savory ingredients - lime juice, onion and chili - provide a rich flavor without making the dish calorie-dense.

Recipe: Scallop and Shrimp Seafood Cocktail

Crab Rangoon Flavored Layered Dip

This fresh, savory dip is inspired by the popular fast food dip, crab rangoon (fried dumplings).

Recipe: Crab Rangoon Flavored Layered Dip

Scallop and Shellfish Crudo

Fresh seafood doesn't require a lot of additional ingredients. In his recipe, Ted coats scallops and clams with olive oil, salt, and crushed jalapenos. The most important thing here is the quality of the products. Contact a trusted supplier and warn you that you will eat raw shellfish.

Recipe: Scallop and Clam Crudo in Shells

Baked Broccoli Cheese Dip with Cheddar

This dip is based on the classic pairing of broccoli and rich, zesty cheddar. Like most cheese sauces, it's best used immediately after making it while it's still hot. Use mild cheddar for this recipe, as hot tends to get grainy in this type of sauce.

Recipe: Cheese Dip with Baked Broccoli and Cheddar

Seven-layer Cranberry Cobb Dip

This festive dip is like a layered salad. Spoon a serving onto a plate (be sure to scoop up all the layers) and spread over your favorite crackers.

Recipe: Seven Layer Cranberry Cobb Dip

Rosemary Olive Oil Potato Chips

These potato chips are easy to make at home and perfect for any occasion. Try adding garlic and rosemary to your deep-frying oil to turn this homemade snack into an elegant party appetizer.

Recipe: Potato Chips with Rosemary and Olive Oil

Roasted Grapes with Walnuts

Roasting the grapes enhances their sweet taste, while the walnuts make the mixture rich and crunchy. Serve with crackers and your favorite cheese.

Recipe: Roasted grapes with walnuts

Avocado sauce

Feta cheese enriches the familiar guacamole with a festive palette of flavors: savory, spicy and spicy.

Recipe: Avocado Sauce

BLT Portion Salad

A classic sandwich turns into a compact appetizer: Crispy pancetta and chives-flavored mayonnaise are served on fresh lettuce boats.

Recipe: BLT Portion Salad

Potato Boats with Cheese

Prepare the dish ahead of time and reheat the potatoes in the oven over high heat just before serving.

Recipe: Cheese Potato Boats

Cayenne Pepper Cheese Sticks

Surprise party guests with homemade cheese sticks. The recipe is surprisingly simple, but you have to grate the cheese yourself: store-bought grated cheese contains anti-clumping ingredients that can ruin the final result.

Recipe: Cayenne Cheese Sticks

Palmier Meat Parmesan Puffs

These savory puffs are easy to make with store-bought dough. Be sure to refrigerate it! When the dough has stood in the refrigerator, the puffs will retain their shape when cut.

Recipe: Palmier Puffs with Meat and Parmesan

Blue Cheese Fig Bruschetta

In just 20 minutes, sweet fig jam pairs perfectly with tangy blue cheese.

Recipe: Fig Blue Cheese Bruschetta

Mini Shrimp Sandwiches

Decorate these Shrimp Filled Sandwiches with pretty toothpicks for a festive look.

Recipe: Mini Shrimp Sandwiches

Sweet and Hot Peppers Stuffed with Cream Cheese

Stuff jalapenos and sweet red peppers with store-bought cheese spread for an appetizer that takes just 5 minutes to make. Tell your guests exactly which peppers are on the plate so that the hot taste does not take them by surprise.

Recipe: Cream Cheese Stuffed Sweet & Hot Peppers

Filled Salami Canape

This appetizer only needs 4 ingredients and is easy to make in large quantities - perfect for a party.

Recipe: Canape with salami and stuffing

Puff pastry tarts with tomatoes

Frozen puff pastry comes in handy when you are waiting for guests and there is not much time. These mini tarts are made with 4 ingredients and in just 40 minutes.

Recipe: Tomato Puff Pastry Tartlets

Greek Meze

For a simple Greek plate, Ina uses both store-bought ingredients (like hummus and dolma) and homemade ingredients (marinated feta and pita chips).

Recipe: Greek Meze

Roasted Tomato Ricotta Basil Crostini

Crostini is an Italian toasted bread appetizer that can be topped with almost any topping. This version uses baked tomatoes and ricotta with herbs. Prepare the ingredients ahead of time and gather the toast just before serving to keep it from getting soggy.

Recipe: Crostini with baked tomatoes, ricotta and basil

Cheese fondue with mushroom caps

Stuffed mushrooms taste even better with Raclette cheese. Your guests will love the combination of creamy cheese filling and crunchy breadcrumbs topping.

Recipe: Cheese Fondue in Mushroom Hats

Yolk Stuffed Eggs with Crispy Bacon

Stuffed Eggs are prepared in a classic breakfast style. Ree adds crispy peppered bacon to the appetizer, a new way to serve eggs and bacon.

Recipe: Yolk Stuffed Eggs with Crispy Bacon

Prosciutto Bruschetta

For a flavorful bruschetta base, rub slices of toasted bread with a whole clove of garlic; the rough texture of the bread plays the role of a grater, making it easy to complement the appetizer with garlic flavor.

Recipe: Bruschetta with Prosciutto

Bunches of Vegetables with Tarragon and Lemon Dip

This vegetable appetizer is a nice addition to a menu of hearty dishes usually served during the holidays. Get ready for the party with the kids by having them crochet vegetable sticks with chives.

Recipe: Bunches of Vegetables with Tarragon Lemon Dip

Lobster Hashpappi with Horseradish Cream

These Hashpappies are very tasty and elegant looking and take less than an hour to cook. Although large pieces of lobster meat serve as the basis, a little meat is also added to the dough itself.

Recipe: Lobster Hashpappi with Horseradish Cream

Gougères with Liquid Cheese and Mustard Beer Dip

Gougères are a savory pastry made from choux pastry, the same as used for profiteroles, eclairs, French doughnuts and other products . They look impressive and seem difficult to prepare, but in fact this dish is hard to mess up. Jeffrey Zakarian even advises letting the gougères caramelize in the oven; the bitter taste pairs well with a rich, creamy Mornay sauce.

Recipe: Gougères with Wet Cheese and Mustard Beer Dip

Caprese Canape with Plum Balsamic Dressing

Ree uses fresh rosemary sprigs as skewers for a classic appetizer to add flavor and interest. If you don't have a sauce bottle handy, grab a spoon: holding the bowl of balsamic sauce over your plate, dip the spoon into it and drizzle lightly over your appetizer.

Recipe: Caprese Canape with Plum Balsamic Dressing

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Ree's simple chicken satay is served at room temperature so it can be prepared long before guests arrive.

Recipe: Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Artichoke and Leek Starter Soup

Turn a classic dip into an elegant soup. Cream fresh and chives will be a simple exquisite decoration.

Recipe: Artichoke Leek Snack Soup

Persimmon and prosciutto appetizer

Try the winter version of melon appetizer with prosciutto slices. Winter is the season not only for citruses, but also for persimmons.

Recipe: Persimmon and Prosciutto Starter

Breaded Shrimps with Popcorn

Try a new way to use popcorn on your holiday table. Popcorn and panko breadcrumbs make an excellent and light breading for shrimp.

Recipe: Breaded shrimp with popcorn

Potato with pepper steak

Steak with potatoes does not have to be served as a main course. They make the perfect party appetizer served with sour cream.

Recipe: Potato with Pepper Steak

Thick White Bean Escarole Dip

Serve raw vegetables at your holiday party. You will be surprised when you see how quickly the plate with this sauce is empty.

Recipe: Thick White Bean Escarole Dip

Crostini with Meatballs

This appetizer is the perfect combination of elegance and hearty meal. Miniature meatballs fit perfectly on crostini toast in this hearty appetizer.

Recipe: Meatball Crostini

Spinach and Pumpkin Tart

If you like flat pies, you will love this savory tart. The 3-ingredient homemade crust is super easy to make, and the vegetable topping with three types of cheese makes for a hearty meal.

Recipe: Pumpkin Spinach Tart

Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Ginger Sauce

This is not your typical shrimp cocktail. The sauce is mixed with mango chutney and chili sauce for a spicy-sweet note, while the prawns are spiced with ginger and other spices.

Recipe: Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Ginger Sauce

Cocktail Meatballs

Meatballs look special when served nicely. Garnish an unfussy dish with green onions to add freshness and vibrant color.

Recipe: Cocktail Meatballs

Whipped Ricotta with Raisins and Pine Nuts

This sweet and tangy cheese sauce saves space in the oven. Blend the ricotta and capers in a food processor, then top with the raisins, pine nuts, and some honey. Overeating!

Recipe: Whipped Ricotta with Raisins and Pine Nuts

Mustard Onion Jam Crackers with Figs

For a gourmet appetizer, Aida Mollenkamp tops crackers with ricotta with mustard, orange and onion paste. Fresh figs will be a beautiful and fragrant finishing touch.

Recipe: Mustard Onion Jam Crackers with Figs

Mashed Potato Dip with Roasted Peppers

This savory potato sauce is an adaptation of the classic Greek skordalia sauce. Blanched garlic and fresh lemon juice add spiciness.

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