50 Easy Appetizer Recipes

Make these pre-dinner bites from Food Network Magazine in 15 minutes or less.

Appetizer, Thanksgiving, Holiday
Page 3 of 5

21. Broiled Brie with Cranberry Chutney: Slice the rind off the top of a small wheel of brie. Spread 1/4 cup cranberry chutney over the cheese and broil until bubbly, 3 minutes. Top with pecans. Serve with baguette slices.


22. Biscuits with Cheese and Preserves: Spread digestive biscuits with triple-cream cheese (such as Saint Andre) or brie. Top each with apricot or cranberry preserves and a dill sprig.


23. Blistered Mini Peppers: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add whole baby bell peppers and cook, turning occasionally, until charred and tender. Sprinkle with lemon juice and salt.


24. Spiced Fried Chickpeas: Drain and rinse 1 can chickpeas; pat dry. Deep-fry in batches in 375 degrees F vegetable oil until crisp and golden, about 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels, then toss with 1/2 teaspoon each ground coriander, cumin, smoked paprika and salt.


25. Ham and Endive Spears: Pulse 1/4 pound diced ham, 1/4 cup chopped dill pickle, 2 scallion whites and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise in a food processor until combined. Spoon onto endive spears. Top with sliced scallions.


26. Pumpkin-Prosciutto Canapes: Pulse 1 stick softened butter, 1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin, 1 tablespoon chopped sage and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor until smooth. Spread on cocktail bread and top with thinly sliced prosciutto.


27. Pumpkin-Sage Scallops: Make the pumpkin-sage butter from Pumpkin-Prosciutto Canapes (No. 26). Melt 1/2 tablespoon plain butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 12 small scallops and sear, turning once, until just cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the pumpkin-sage butter and a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve with toothpicks.


28. Shrimp Cocktail: Combine 1/2 cup ketchup or sweet chili sauce, 1/4 cup drained horseradish, the juice of 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, a pinch of celery salt, 2 dashes of hot sauce and 1 tablespoon minced celery. Serve with chilled cooked shrimp.


29. Shrimp with Sauce Verte: Simmer 4 garlic cloves and 2 scallion whites in salted water until soft, 6 minutes. Add the scallion greens and 1 cup each torn basil and parsley leaves; cook until wilted, 10 seconds. Drain and rinse under cold water. Purée in a food processor with 1/4 cup mango chutney, 1 teaspoon mustard powder and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Serve with chilled cooked shrimp.


30. Spicy Broiled Oysters: Mix 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon Sriracha and 1 minced small garlic clove. Shuck 12 oysters and leave on the half shell; pat dry. Spread with the mayonnaise mixture and broil until browned in spots, 2 minutes. Top with chopped chives.