Amazing Grilled Appetizers

Use the grill to make summer party appetizers like flatbread, simple shrimp, chicken skewers and even grilled salads.

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Rachael Ray's Grilled Shrimp

Rachael Ray shows just how delicious simply grilled shrimp can be: This recipe calls for nothing more than shrimp, olive oil, salt and pepper, but the resulting flavor tastes like so much more.

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Giada's Italian Flatbread (Piadina) with Fontina and Prosciutto

Giada says, "Piadini is a lot like a pizza, except that the crust doesn't rise and it's typically cooked on a grill to give it a nice, smoky flavor and crunchy crust. You can top a piadina with anything you like. This sauceless combination is very typical of northern Italy, where piadini are especially popular."

Get the Recipe: Italian Flatbread (Piadina) with Fontina and Prosciutto

Grilled Watermelon Salad

Claire's five-ingredient salad shows that grilled summer fruit is delicious in savory dishes as well as dessert. She pairs sweet grilled watermelon with fresh arugula and creamy crumbles of cheese.

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Pineapple Polenta Squares with Shrimp

A reader won the Chairman's Challenge in Food Network Magazine with this creative pineapple recipe. The fruit does double duty: It's combined with the polenta and used in the shrimp's marinade.

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Margarita Chicken Skewers

Sandra's easy-to-grill skewers are full of flavor thanks to a tequila-spiked margarita mix marinade.

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Giada's Beef Pops with Pineapple and Parsley Sauce

Giada's grilled beef and pineapple skewers are a great way to start any party.

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Jumbo Shrimp Stuffed with Cilantro and Chiles

Juicy shrimp are stuffed with a flavorful mixture of garlic, jalapeno, scallions and cilantro, which also adds vibrant color to this finger-friendly appetizer.

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Bobby's Pork Satay

Add a tropical twist to your next cookout with Bobby's tasty pork skewers, served with a coconut-peanut dipping sauce.

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Anne's Grilled Crostini

Anne toasts up some baguette slices on the grill then tops them with a saute of charred corn kernels, bacon and Fresno chile peppers for a starter that truly celebrates summertime heat.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Corn, Bacon and Chile Crostini

Tyler's Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Tyler's yogurt marinade ensures these chicken skewers will grill up moist and ready for his chili-peanut sauce.

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Grilled Grape Leaf-Wrapped Goat Cheese

We're grilling everything this summer, even creamy goat cheese! Grape leaves make a grill-friendly wrapper for the cheese and infuse it with flavor.

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Alex's Grilled Clams with Scallions and Cucumber

"There is, to me, no better thing than when a food can be cooked in its own shell for deep, authentic (and simple) flavor," says Alex. "Be patient with the clams. Sometimes they can take a few minutes to open on the grill. I find that when I give up and turn my back on them, that’s when they open."

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Grilled Potato and Goat Cheese Napoleon

Bobby's Napoleon is an elegant way to kick off a cookout, and the recipe couldn't be easier. Make sure to boil the potatoes before grilling so they cook all the way through.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Potato and Goat Cheese Napoleon with Balsamic-Basil Vinaigrette

Jalapeno Pepper Poppers

Stuffed with cheese and wrapped with bacon, Sandra Lee's take on jalapeno poppers will be unlike any you've ever had at a restaurant.

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Bobby's Wood Grilled Oysters

Bobby Flay's Wood Grilled Oysters are paired with a simple sauce of pancetta, basil and shallots in order to really celebrate that wood-smoked flavor.

Get the Recipe: Tuscan Wood-Grilled Oysters with Crispy Pancetta-Tomato-Basil Mignonette

Bobby's Grilled Flatbread with Figs and Blue Cheese

Bobby tops grilled flatbread with figs, blue cheese a red wine vinaigrette infused with fennel and thyme for an appetizer that brings the best of sweet and savory.

Get the Recipe: Flatbread with Fresh Figs, Monterey Jack, Blue Cheese and Red Wine Reduced Vinaigrette

Bobby's Grilled Oysters with Fra Diavolo Sauce

Try Bobby's simply prepared grilled oysters with tomato-red wine vinaigrette sauce that can be as spicy as you please.

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Bobby's Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Cilantro Mint Chutney

Serve up a colorful platter of Indian-spiced shrimp skewers with a cooling cilantro-mint chutney.

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