Party in a Flash: 15-Minute Appetizers

These crowd-pleasing starters come together in 15 minutes or less, so you can get out there and enjoy the party.

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Start the Party

Whether you're hosting a casual last-minute get-together or have an ambitious main dish in the works, you can't lose with these simple yet satisfying appetizers. They're all ready in 15 minutes or less.

Warm Brie with Fuji Apple, Pear and Melba Toasts

Few appetizers are as irresistible as warm, creamy Brie cheese. Rather than wait for the oven to heat up, simply microwave the Brie for 1 minute. Once it's melted, serve the Brie with a platter of fruit and Melba toasts and watch how quickly it disappears.

Get the Recipe: Warm Brie with Fuji Apple, Pear and Melba Toasts

Pea Pesto Crostini

Giada combines peas, garlic and grated Parmesan in her food processor to create a simple, spreadable pesto for crusty grilled baguette slices. Using defrosted frozen peas will save time without sacrificing flavor.

Get the Recipe: Pea Pesto Crostini

Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

The key to bruschetta's signature crunchy texture is to char the baguette slices under the broiler or on the grill. Rachael rubs the toasts with garlic before piling on the fresh tomato-basil topping.

Get the Recipe: Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

Sweet dates pair perfectly with Giada's creamy mascarpone-goat cheese mixture. A slice of salty prosciutto balances the flavor.

Get the Recipe: Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

Shrimp Cocktail with Quick Remoulade

Ditch the cocktail sauce and serve this classic appetizer with a spicy twist by preparing Rachael's easy remoulade. She combines mayonnaise, Creole mustard, lemon juice and cayenne to create a tangy dip.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Cocktail with Rach's Quick Remoulade

Smoked Trout Canapes with Creme-Fraiche and Herb Sauce for Two

Rachael spreads zesty creme fraiche on top of crunchy pumpernickel toasts before laying on a hearty chunk of smoked trout. Another small dollop of the creme fraiche and a dill frond for garnish make these toasts special-occasion-worthy.

Get the Recipe: Smoked Trout Canapes with Creme-Fraiche and Herb Sauce for Two

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