Whether you're hosting a last-minute get-together or a planned dinner party, creating easy-to-make appetizers will allow you to spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen. Make a mix of warm and cold appetizers using a variety of ingredients to please all party-goers. Create finger foods that guests can sample as they move about the celebration space.
Serve one amazing dip or several to allow guests to sample a variety of flavors. You can't go wrong with creamy ranch dressing accompanied by fresh vegetables. Make other traditional favorites, such as guacamole or taco dip, to please a crowd. Or create a warm artichoke or cheese dip.
A cheese tray is a classic party appetizer that never fails to satisfy guests' appetites. Create a varied mix of cheeses using both firm and soft varieties. Cut harder cheeses, such as cheddar, into cubes and insert a toothpick into each one for convenience. Accompany soft cheeses, like Brie and Camembert, with a spreader. Enhance the cheese spread with crackers, mini toasts and fresh fruit.
Deviled eggs are easy to make but taste like you spent a long time in the kitchen. Hard-boil as many eggs as you need to accommodate all guests. Create a creamy filling using egg yolks, mustard, mayonnaise and a salad dressing mix. Top each egg with a sliced black olive to add interest to the presentation.
Bruschetta looks like a gourmet appetizer but takes only minutes to prepare. Grill or bake sliced French or Italian bread to create mini toasts. Top the slices with cheese, pesto, marinara sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, prosciutto or grilled vegetables.
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