Appetizer Recipes: Be The Hostess With The Mostess In 20 Minutes Or Less

At long last, warmer weather and longer evenings are finally here. It’s party time!

Whether an intimate spur of the moment gathering for six, or a full-fledged throw down for thirty, getting together with friends and neighbors is a key ingredient for happy, fun summers. Don’t have much time to prepare? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Even if you aren’t a born hostess, we have some killer tips to help you fake it!

The Essentials

First, keep a few essentials available in your fridge or freezer. Whip these out on a moment’s notice for those “we are on our way over” texts or phone calls.

  • Gourmet salsa. Mix it with cheese for a dip, or use it as a topping for other appetizers.
  • Frozen shrimp.Thaw them out by soaking the bag in cold water, and arrange them artfully on a plate.
  • Cheese. Blocks of cheese keep for several weeks in the fridge, making them a sure bet for those last minute festivities. Chop them into chunks, and serve on a tray with crackers, or with an olive on a toothpick.
  • Nuts. Fancy almonds, cashews or roasted peanuts add a crunchy, salty touch to your table. Plus, they are healthy and filling.
  • Crackers. Have a few different types on hand to accompany dip and cheese.
  • Fresh herbs. Keep basil, cilantro, garlic, and mint in tightly sealed bags in your fridge to add to appetizers – and cocktails – to make them pop.

Impress in 20 Minutes or Less

For a truly stress-free party, serve your guests a mix of the “staple” appetizers mentioned above, and a few of the more elegant, homemade appetizers listed below. Your guests will think you’ve spent all day in the kitchen when really each recipe took you 20 minutes or less to make!

Scallop Crudo
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Bring the light, casual taste of the sea to your table with our Scallop Crudo recipe. It’s served on a Himalayan salt block for a burst of flavor and beautiful presentation that’s sure to wow your guests.
Scallop Crudo
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Bring the light, casual taste of the sea to your table with our Scallop Crudo recipe. It’s served on a Himalayan salt block for a burst of flavor and beautiful presentation that’s sure to wow your guests.
Servings
4servings
Servings
4servings
Ingredients
  • Scallop Crudo
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Squash julienned
  • 1/2 cup Zucchini julienned
  • 1/2 cup Grape Tomatoes quartered
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil for drizzling
  • White Balsamic Vinegar for drizzling
  • Kosher Salt to taste
  • 4 Sea Scallops dry packed
  • 1 Himalayan Salt Block
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 5 Fresh Basil Leaves torn
  • Zucchini Planks
  • 1 Zucchini
Servings: servings
Units:
Ingredients
  • Scallop Crudo
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Squash julienned
  • 1/2 cup Zucchini julienned
  • 1/2 cup Grape Tomatoes quartered
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil for drizzling
  • White Balsamic Vinegar for drizzling
  • Kosher Salt to taste
  • 4 Sea Scallops dry packed
  • 1 Himalayan Salt Block
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 5 Fresh Basil Leaves torn
  • Zucchini Planks
  • 1 Zucchini
Servings: servings
Units:
Instructions
Zucchini Planks
  1. Take full zucchini remove the ends and cut lengthwise into four 1/8- to 1/4-inch planks.
Directions
  1. Add squash, zucchini and tomatoes together. Splash with some olive oil and vinegar, and season with salt. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
  2. With your sharpest knife, slice the scallops into 1/4-inch, or thinner, rounds.
  3. Prep your salt block by coating it with a little olive oil. Lay the planks of zucchini across the block.
  4. Arrange the scallop slices, slightly overlapping each other, in four rows, with half of each round sitting on top of the zucchini and the other half directly on the salt block. Squeeze lemon juice and drizzle a few drops of olive oil on each row of scallops.
  5. Top the scallops with some of the vegetable salad and a sprinkle of the basil leaves. Serve.
Share this Recipe
Gorgonzola Grilled Pear Crostini
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Since the weather is warming up, it’s the perfect time to pull out the grill! Delight your guests with this flavorful and gorgeous gorgonzola grilled pear crostini.
Gorgonzola Grilled Pear Crostini
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Since the weather is warming up, it’s the perfect time to pull out the grill! Delight your guests with this flavorful and gorgeous gorgonzola grilled pear crostini.
Servings
18servings
Servings
18servings
Ingredients
  • 3 ripe Bartlett Pears cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 4 oz Gorgonzola Cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Butter softened
  • 2 tbsp Dry Sherry
  • 36 French Baguette Slices toasted
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Pecans finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Rosemary finely chopped
Servings: servings
Units:
Ingredients
  • 3 ripe Bartlett Pears cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 4 oz Gorgonzola Cheese crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Butter softened
  • 2 tbsp Dry Sherry
  • 36 French Baguette Slices toasted
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Pecans finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Rosemary finely chopped
Servings: servings
Units:
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Place pear wedges on grill and cover with lid. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until golden.
  3. Stir together cream cheese, gorgonzola cheese, butter and dry sherry.
  4. Spread about 1/2 tablespoon on each baguette slice.
  5. Top with grilled pears; sprinkle with pecans and rosemary, and drizzle with honey. Enjoy!
Share this Recipe
Raw Zucchini "Sushi" Rolls
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Watch your guests, especially the vegetarians, attack and devour these delectable raw zucchini "sushi" rolls.
Raw Zucchini "Sushi" Rolls
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Watch your guests, especially the vegetarians, attack and devour these delectable raw zucchini "sushi" rolls.
Servings
4servings
Servings
4servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Cashews soaked overnight in water
  • 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar optional
  • 4 Zucchini
  • 2 Carrots sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 Cucumber seeds removed and sliced into matchsticks
  • 4 Radishes sliced
  • 1 Avocado peeled and sliced
  • 1 Cilantro small bunch
Servings: servings
Units:
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Cashews soaked overnight in water
  • 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar optional
  • 4 Zucchini
  • 2 Carrots sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 Cucumber seeds removed and sliced into matchsticks
  • 4 Radishes sliced
  • 1 Avocado peeled and sliced
  • 1 Cilantro small bunch
Servings: servings
Units:
Instructions
  1. Drain cashews and put into food processor with rice vinegar.
  2. Process, scraping sides with spatula if necessary, until cashews are a soft paste but still have some texture. Add a tablespoon of water at a time to get the paste-like consistency.
  3. Chop the ends off of the zucchini and use a vegetable peeler to peel zucchini into long, thin strips.
  4. Lay zucchini strip flat and add a small spoonful of cashew mixture onto one of the ends of zucchini.
  5. Add a few matchsticks of veggies, avocado, and a couple of pieces of cilantro.
  6. Roll up and serve.
Share this Recipe
Spinach, Artichoke, And Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
This Spinach-feta cheese stuffed mushrooms recipe is a must for every hostess. Each bite-sized piece is visually appealing, healthy, and easy to put together.
Spinach, Artichoke, And Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
This Spinach-feta cheese stuffed mushrooms recipe is a must for every hostess. Each bite-sized piece is visually appealing, healthy, and easy to put together.
Servings
15servings
Servings
15servings
Ingredients
  • 30 Cremini Mushrooms
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1/2 cup Artichoke Hearts
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic minced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Paprika to season
Servings: servings
Units:
Ingredients
  • 30 Cremini Mushrooms
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1/2 cup Artichoke Hearts
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic minced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Paprika to season
Servings: servings
Units:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Remove caps from mushrooms. Add 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture to each mushroom. Top with a dash of paprika.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the tops are golden. Serve warm.
Share this Recipe
Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Clever and elegant, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus tempts the taste buds and pleases the palette. The best part? This recipe requires only two ingredients.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Clever and elegant, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus tempts the taste buds and pleases the palette. The best part? This recipe requires only two ingredients.
Servings
12servings
Servings
12servings
Ingredients
  • 24 Asparagus
  • 12 slices Prosciutto sliced thin (6 ounces)
Servings: servings
Units:
Ingredients
  • 24 Asparagus
  • 12 slices Prosciutto sliced thin (6 ounces)
Servings: servings
Units:
Instructions
  1. Bring 2 gallons of salted water to a boil in a large stock pot.
  2. Add the asparagus and cook until tender, approximately 3 minutes.
  3. Remove asparagus from water and place in ice water for 5 minutes to stop cooking, then drain and dry.
  4. Cut sliced prosciutto in half. Wrap each stalk with one slice prosciutto and transfer to a serving platter. Enjoy!
Share this Recipe
Artichoke Chicken Bites
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Light and delectable flavors join forces to make artichoke chicken bites a smart addition to your appetizer menu. This recipe yields 45 servings, but can be halved for smaller parties.
Artichoke Chicken Bites
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Light and delectable flavors join forces to make artichoke chicken bites a smart addition to your appetizer menu. This recipe yields 45 servings, but can be halved for smaller parties.
Servings
45servings
Servings
45servings
Ingredients
  • 45 Phyllo Cups
  • 1 cup Shredded Rotisserie Chicken
  • 6 Strips of Bacon cooked & chopped
  • 7 oz Artichoke Hearts
  • 1/2 cup Spinach Leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup Mayo
  • 2 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 cup Smoked Gouda shredded
  • 1/2 cup Havarti Cheese shredded
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Servings: servings
Units:
Ingredients
  • 45 Phyllo Cups
  • 1 cup Shredded Rotisserie Chicken
  • 6 Strips of Bacon cooked & chopped
  • 7 oz Artichoke Hearts
  • 1/2 cup Spinach Leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup Mayo
  • 2 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 cup Smoked Gouda shredded
  • 1/2 cup Havarti Cheese shredded
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Servings: servings
Units:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, thoroughly mix shredded chicken and cream cheese.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients and mix.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Fill each phyllo cup with 2 teaspoons of the chicken mixture.
  6. Bake for 5-8 minutes. Serve warm.
Share this Recipe

RelatedPost