Appetizer Party Recipes

These appetizer party recipes are so good, you'll need to make extra! Who says you need to have a special occasion to enjoy them?

Most of these recipes can be prepared ahead of time and frozen. When company comes, simply put on the final touches, bake and serve!

Cook a few favorites for a festive change to dinner. Serve these in the living room on the coffee table and have the family sit on pillows! A great way to break up a dull dinner routine - instant party!

According to the Food Lover's Companion: an Appetizer is "any small, bite-sized food served before a meal to whet and excite the palate. Used synonymously with the term Hors d'ouerve, though this term more aptly describes finger food, whereas, appetizer can also apply to a first course served at table."

Today, it is quite common to plan a party menu simply around appetizers as the only course. Whether a formal cocktail party or a simple gathering to watch football, appetizers have become their own meal time in our culture. And why shouldn't they? Can you think of a better way to sample a variety of flavors all on one plate?

In Spain, tapas is the name of a wide variety of appetizers. They can be cold (olives and cheese) or warm (squid). In the United States, tapas have become their own cuisine with many new restaurants sprouting up serving a tapas menu as an alternative to full-entrees.

However you define your favorite bite-sized food or dip, here is a selection of some of our favorite appetizers. Use one recipe as a meal starter, or serve several as a party. - Enjoy!

Appetizer Party Recipes:

Baked Spinach Bacon Pinwheels Appetizer
Breakfast Crepe Cups
Brie in Puff Pastry
Cranberry Orange Chicken Wings
Garlic Bean Spread with Crostini
Garlic Herb Shrimp
Goat Cheese Pesto Crostini
Pacific Coast Salmon Cakes with Wasabi Aioli
Philly Cheesesteak Appetizers
Rattlesnake Pork Bites
Spicy Beef Tips with Horseradish Dipping Sauce
Stuffed Mushroom Caps
Sun Dried Tomato Appetizer Cheesecake

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